The History of Mr Polly

The History of Mr Polly

Anthony Pelissier (1948)

U Certificate


Our Score
This splendid adaptation of HG Wells's charming comic novel by writer/director Anthony Pelissier is pleasingly faithful to its source and enormously entertaining. John Mills gives one of the finest performances of his career as the draper whose search for contentment involves him in an unhappy marriage and a feud at a country inn. The supporting cast is impeccable, with Betty Ann Davies neatly switching from giggling cousin to grousing wife, and Moore Marriott inch-perfect as wizened Uncle Pentstemon. The scenes with Christabel (Sally Ann Howes) on the wall don't quite come off, but the encounters with Polly's ghastly family and the duel with Finlay Currie are well staged.


A daydreaming Victorian clerk comes into a large inheritance, which he invests in setting himself up as a gentlemen's outfitter. However, his lacklustre business and hasty marriage to a crabby harridan only bring unhappiness, so he begins to make desperate plans to escape. Period comedy based on HG Wells' novel, starring John Mills, Betty Ann Davies, Sally Ann Howes and Finlay Currie.

Cast & Crew

Alfred Polly John Mills
Miriam Betty Ann Davies
Uncle Jim Finlay Currie
Annie Diana Churchill
Minnie Shelagh Fraser
Christabel Sally Ann Howes
Mr Johnson Edward Chapman
Uncle Pentstemon Moore Marriott
Plump woman Megs Jenkins
Director Anthony Pelissier
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: General Film Dist LtdAvailable on: video and DVD
Comedy Drama