Pollyanna (1960)



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Young Pollyanna (Hayley Mills) is a 12 year old orphan girl sent to live with her Aunt Polly (Jane Wyman) in the picturesque New England town of Harrington. She meets fellow orphan Jimmy Bean (Kevin Corcoran) and the two quickly become friends. Pollyanna plays "the glad game" in which she always looks for something to be glad about. Her infectious enthusiasm soon spreads across the conservative town. When the two visit Mrs. Snow (Agnes Moorhead) , the woman is transformed from an agoraphobic hypochondriac to an outgoing church goer. The Reverend Ford ( Karl Malden) is changed from an aloof hellfire and brimstone prophet of doom to a congregation friendly soul espousing the joys of the Bible. Even the hermit-like Mr. Pedergast (Adolphe Menjou) takes a shine to sunny Pollyanna and eventually adopts young Jimmy. She plays Cupid for her prim and proper Aunt Polly, matching her with the local doctor and saving her from the life of a spinster. Pollyanna falls from a tree and loses the use of her legs and falls into depression. The doctor plans for her to have an operation in Baltimore, but fears her state of mind will prevent a full recovery. When the people of Harrington hear about the accident, they congregate at the young girl's house to give back the hope and optimism Pollyanna had brought to them. This Walt Disney production was Adolphe Menjou's last film.

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Hayley Mills
as Pollyanna
Jane Wyman
as Aunt Polly
Richard Egan
as Dr. Edmond Chilton
Karl Malden
as Reverend Paul Ford
Agnes Moorehead
as Mrs. Snow
Nancy Olson
as Nancy Furman
Adolphe Menjou
as Mr. Pendergast
Kevin Corcoran
as Jimmy Bean
Donald Crisp
as Mayor Karl Warren
James Drury
as George Dodds
Reta Shaw
as Tillie Lagerlof
Leora Dana
as Mrs. Paul Ford
Anne Seymour
as Amelia Tarbell
Edward Platt
as Ben Tarbell
Jenny Egan
as Mildred Snow
Gage Clarke
as Mr. Murg
Ian Wolfe
as Mr. Neely
Nolan Leary
as Mr. Thomas
Edgar Dearing
as Mr. Gorman
William Newell
as Mr. Hooper
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Critic Reviews for Pollyanna

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (2)

Pollyanna emerges on the wide screen as the best live-actor movie Disney has ever made: a Niagara of drivel and a masterpiece of smarm.

Mar 9, 2009 | Full Review…
TIME Magazine
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Hayley Mills' work more than compensates for the film's lack of tautness and, at certain points, what seems to be an uncertain sense of direction.

May 20, 2008 | Full Review…
Top Critic

This is Disney at its finest.

Dec 27, 2010 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Heartwarming period coming-of-age tale with typical Disney gloss

Jun 21, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

One of Disney's best 1960's films...and one of Hayley's best.

Oct 15, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

It's so saccharine it's difficult to take seriously.

May 9, 2002 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Pollyanna

I'm sure some people love this film, but I can't stand it. I hate absolutely everything about it. I hate the story, the characters, the music, and I especially hate Pollyanna. Whenever this film is on TV, I change the channel as fast as possible.

Stephen Skudlarek
Stephen Skudlarek

Super Reviewer


Sickeningly sweet and a tad overlong, Pollyanna is a different kind of Disney live action movie. Whereas Old Yeller dealt with "adult themes" of death and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is an action film, Pollyanna wants the audience to believe there are idealic communities where one person can change everyone's attitude at the same time. Hayley Mills is relentlessly upbeat-until the finale, and the dour attitude goes away in the blink of an eye. The characters change because the script demands it, not because its organic over time. Each of the crusty townspeople gets a moment to show why they're deplorable on their ultimate way to redemption-I can almost see chapters in a book devoted to their stories before the overall story moves on. Even though Pollyanna is likely to give you a toothache from all the sugary sweetness, Mills and the cast eventually win you over. It's very hard to hate a little girl who is always smiling and trying to bring light into other people's lives.

Jason Vargo
Jason Vargo

Super Reviewer


Hayley Mills warms your heart and the upbeat optimistic preacher's daughter.

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer


corny to be sure but also throughly enjoyable on that level

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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