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Mrs. Pollifax-Spy (1971)

Mrs. Emily Pollifax of New Jersey goes to the CIA to volunteer for spy duty, being in her own opinion, expendable now that the children are grown and she's widowed. And being just what the ... See full summary »

Director:

Leslie H. Martinson (as Leslie Martinson)

Writers:

Rosalind Russell (screenplay) (as C.A. McKnight), Dorothy Gilman (book)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rosalind Russell ... Mrs. Pollifax
Darren McGavin ... Farrell
Nehemiah Persoff ... Berisha
Harold Gould ... Nexdhet
Albert Paulsen ... Perdido
John Beck ... Lulash
Dana Elcar ... Carstairs
James Wellman James Wellman ... Mason
Dennis Cross Dennis Cross ... Bishop
Nick Katurich Nick Katurich ... Stefan
Don Diamond ... DeGamez
Robert Donner ... Larrabee
Tom Hallick ... Roger
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Mrs. Emily Pollifax of New Jersey goes to the CIA to volunteer for spy duty, being in her own opinion, expendable now that the children are grown and she's widowed. And being just what the department needed (someone who looks and acts completely unlike a spy), she's assigned to simple courier duty to pick up a book in Mexico City. But when the pickup doesn't go as plan, Mrs. Pollifax finds herself handcuffed to a handsome stranger on a plane bound for an Albania prison. And it's up to her to get them out. Written by Kathy Li

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Before she joined the CIA, Mrs. Pollifax thought Red China was a set of dishes. See more »

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Adventure | Comedy

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 1971 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Rosalind Russell wrote the screenplay under her mother's name Clara A. McKnight. Russell used C.A. McKnight as her pseudonym. See more »

Goofs

When Mrs. Pollifax looks in the mirror at the reflection of her hotel door, the digits of her hotel room number (700) should all be mirror images, including the "7" digit, but although the digits are correctly reversed in their order (007), the "7" is NOT reversed, as its mirror image actually would be. This is presumably because the film-makers didn't want the audience to miss the allusion to James Bond's number, 007. See more »

Crazy Credits

Closing credits epilogue: Research for this film was done from a documentary picture-"The Three Faces of Communism" which was filmed in present day occupied Albania. See more »

Alternate Versions

CBS edited 28 minutes from this film for its 1975 network television premiere. See more »

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Version of The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax (1999) See more »

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Espionage as a new career
27 August 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Like so many of her contemporaries Rosalind Russell was finding it difficult to get work without having to resort to the horror genre. I give her credit she never did do that. For her last big screen release she chose a film that was about a middle aged woman who now that her kids are grown and she's a widow decides that espionage is the career for her. With the help of her US Senator she gets an introduction to a top CIA man and says she wants to become Mrs. Pollifax-Spy.

As guileless as Russell is Dana Elcar decides maybe she will do at least as a courier. But through a series of mixups and missed signals Russell whose assignment was in Mexico is whisked off to Albania where she's held prisoner with professional spy Darren McGavin. Their Albanian prison is in the hands of a "Red" Chinese general Albert Paulsen with his second being Albanian Nehemiah Persoff. Paulsen's occidental features are explained that he's off mixed racial origin.

Mrs. Pollifax-Spy has the charm of Rosalind Russell to carry it over the rough spots which are many. I find it hard to wrap myself around the concept that at my age which is older than Russell's was as presented I could just get my Senator to just arrange an appointment with the CIA so I could apply to be a spy. People for that agency are recruited in all kinds of ways, but I doubt they just take people who ask to work. Even Dana Elcar says we get a lot of screwballs.

For Roz Russell fans.


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