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The History of Mr Polly (2007)

In the early 1900s Alfred Polly, still hankering after his dream girl Christabel, marries Miriam Larkins and they open a shop, but, as the years go by, the marriage becomes stale and Polly ... See full summary »

Director:

Gillies MacKinnon

Writers:

Adrian Hodges (screenplay), H.G. Wells (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Evans ... Alfred Polly
Anne-Marie Duff ... Miriam Larkins
Julie Graham ... Nancy Potter
Richard Coyle ... Jim
Beans El-Balawi Beans El-Balawi ... Young Polly (as Beans Balawi)
Richard Elfyn ... William Polly
Paul Bown Paul Bown ... Teacher
Catrin Morgan Catrin Morgan ... Miss Armitage
John Warnaby John Warnaby ... Mansfield
Roger Lloyd Pack ... Mr. Johnson (as Roger Lloyd-Pack)
Selina Cadell ... Mrs Johnson
Chrissie Cotterill Chrissie Cotterill ... Mrs. Larkins
Monica Dolan ... Annie Larkins
Rebecca O'Mara ... Minnie Larkins
Stan Stennett Stan Stennett ... Uncle Penstemon
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In the early 1900s Alfred Polly, still hankering after his dream girl Christabel, marries Miriam Larkins and they open a shop, but, as the years go by, the marriage becomes stale and Polly feels trapped. He decides to stage his own death by burning down the shop but becomes an accidental hero when he saves a deaf old lady from the flames. Giving Miriam the insurance pay-out he decides to go walkabout and gets a job at a country pub, the Potwell Inn, run by a kindly landlady. However, her violent nephew Jim is driving the customers away and Polly reluctantly faces up to him. Jim is drunk and falls in the river and drowns, wearing a pair of trousers stolen from Polly with Polly's name inside and so at last Polly has his perfect escape as it is assumed his is the corpse. After a visit to Miriam, now perfectly happy running a tea-shop, he returns to the Potwell Inn and the idyllic life he has always craved. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Goofs

When the newlywed Alfred and Miriam enter the shop for the first time, the lights are already lit. See more »

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Featured in The Story of the Costume Drama: The Stars (2008) See more »

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More pure Folly than Polly!
26 October 2018 | by briand-198-154032See all my reviews

This latest version of The History of Mr Polly by HG Wells is total dross! It lacks real atmosphere and any sort of enthusiasm from the actors - who, for me, were totally miscast. A complete waste of time and money. Enjoy reading the book, and watch the John Mills movie version which Does still stands the test of time.


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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 May 2007 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. Polly lázadása See more »

Filming Locations:

South Wales, Wales, UK

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$7,000,000 (estimated)
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