Pollyanna

  • U
  • David Swift (1960)
  • US
  • 134 min
Pollyanna
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Considering this was his debut, writer/director David Swift made a splendid job of adapting Eleanor H Porter's 1912 children's classic for the screen. Disney spared no expense in re-creating the look and feel of small-town Vermont, and signed up such top-line performers as Agnes Moorehead, Karl Malden, Adolphe Menjou and Jane Wyman. They play the cheerless citizens whose lives are transformed by effervescent orphan Pollyanna (Hayley Mills) and her bottomless supply of "gladness". Mills won a special Oscar for her spirited performance. If there is a fault, it's that it's a bit too long for most children to take at a single sitting.

Plot Summary

Children's drama starring Hayley Mills. A young orphan arrives in a small American town in 1912 to live with her aunt. Her optimistic, cheerful outlook soon begins to lift the staid, depressed community out of the doldrums.

Cast and crew

Cast

Pollyanna
Hayley Mills
Aunt Polly Harrington
Jane Wyman
Dr Edmond Chilton
Richard Egan
Reverend Paul Ford
Karl Malden
Nancy Furman
Nancy Olson
Mr Pendergast
Adolphe Menjou
Mayor Warren
Donald Crisp
Mrs Snow
Agnes Moorehead

Crew

Director
David Swift

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
The Walt Disney Company Ltd
Available on video and DVD
Certificate U
Categories
Childrens
Drama

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