David Swift (1960)

U Certificate


Our Score
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.


An orphan is sent to live with her strict and humourless aunt in a stuffy New England town, which is slowly being torn apart by feuding neighbours. Aware of the situation, she sets about spreading cheer and common sense among the miserable inhabitants. Family drama based on Eleanor H Porter's novel, starring Oscar-winner Hayley Mills, alongside Jane Wyman, Richard Egan, Karl Malden and Agnes Moorehead.

Cast & Crew

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
Director David Swift
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: The Walt Disney Company LtdAvailable on: video and DVD
Children's Drama