The History of Mr. Polly

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H. G. Wells' non-fantasy efforts have, with the exception of Kipps, proven traditionally difficult to transfer to film. History of Mr. Polly occasionally suffers from too-close fidelity to its Wellsian source; one wishes that adaptor/director Anthony Pelissier could have "opened up" the story a bit more. Still, the film is impeccably cast: particularly good is John Mills as Alfred Polly, whose efforts to make a go in the business world continually come acropper. A humble draper's clerk, Polly is profoundly affected by a variety of personal relationships, most notably with colorful Uncle Jim (Finlay Currie) and his nagging wife Miriam (Betty Ann Davies). Ultimately, he finds happiness in an even humbler pursuit than the drapery business. Star John Mills' daughter Juliet shows up in a very minor role. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Cast

John Mills
as Alfred Polly
Sally Ann Howes
as Cristabel
Finlay Currie
as Uncle Jim
Edward Chapman
as Mr. Johnson
Megs Jenkins
as Plump woman
Moore Marriott
as Uncle Pentstemon
Gladys Henson
as Mrs. Larkins
Wylie Watson
as Mr. Rusper
Miles Malleson
as Old gentleman
Doris Hare
as May Pant
Dandy Nichols
as Mrs. Johnson
Irene Handl
as Lady on Left
Lawrence Baskcomb
as Mr. Rumbold
Edie Martin
as Lady on Roof
Ernest Jay
as Mr. Hinks
Cyril Smith
as Mr. Voules
Dennis Arundell
as Clergyman
Juliet Mills
as Little Polly
David Horne
as Mr. Garvace
Wally Patch
as Customer
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