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Pollyanna (1960) was a Drama - Family Film directed by David Swift and produced by Walt Disney and George Golitzen.

Academy Awards 1960 --- Ceremony Number 33 (source: AMPAS)

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Honorary AwardHayley MillsWon
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Walt Disney's Pollyanna

By Rick29 on Mar 5, 2018 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

Hayley Mills as Pollyanna. Impeccably produced and exceedingly well cast, Pollyanna ranks as Walt Disney's finest live-action children's film. Set in 1913, it tells the story of 12-old-year Pollyanna Whittier, an eternally-optimistic orphan who comes to live with her stern aunt in the picturesque s... Read full article


Walt Disney's Pollyanna

By Rick29 on Mar 5, 2018 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

Hayley Mills as Pollyanna. Impeccably produced and exceedingly well cast, Pollyanna ranks as Walt Disney's finest live-action children's film. Set in 1913, it tells the story of 12-old-year Pollyanna Whittier, an eternally-optimistic orphan who comes to live with her stern aunt in the picturesque s... Read full article


Pollyanna (1960)

By Crystal J. Anderson on May 29, 2013 From Classic Film Review

Director: David Swift Writers:?Eleanor H. Porter (novel), David Swift (screenplay) Genre: Drama, Comedy Main Cast: Hayley Mills (Pollyanna) Jane Wyman (Polly Harrington/Aunt Polly) Richard Egan (Dr. Edmond Chilton) Nancy Olson (Aunt Polly’s maid, Nancy) Kevin Corcoran (Jimmy Bean) Karl Malden ... Read full article


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Quotes from

Pollyanna Whittier: Aunt Polly? Do you ever have steak and ice cream?
Aunt Polly Harrington: Are you complaining about the food?
Pollyanna Whittier: Oh, no, it's delicious! I just wondered. My father always used to say that if we ever had the money you have, we'd have steak and ice cream three times every day!
Aunt Polly Harrington: Pollyanna, I think we ought to get one thing straight right now. I don't want you constantly quoting what your father used to say. Do I make myself clear?
Pollyanna Whittier: Mm-hm.


Mrs. Paul Ford: [finding Reverend Ford, head bowed, on his knees in prayer] Paul? Are you alright?
Reverend Ford: Nobody owns a church, no one.


Pollyanna Whittier: [after Jimmy Bean jumps out of the tree and scares her] Why don't you come out of the front door like normal people?
Jimmy Bean: They won't let us. I can come out anytime I want with my tree.
Pollyanna Whittier: You could also fall and hurt yourself badly. You shouldn't play in trees.
Jimmy Bean: That's stupid. Don't you believe in God?
Pollyanna Whittier: [offended] Of course I do! But what's that got to do with it?
Jimmy Bean: He grew it there, didn't He? So I can climb it anytime I want.
Pollyanna Whittier: You're much too young to go around discussing things you don't know anything about.
[coolly walks away]
Jimmy Bean: [chasing after her] He did too! Why else would it be there?
Pollyanna Whittier: Shows you're very juvenile.
Jimmy Bean: You aren't so much, you girl! 'Sides, I'm something you can't be. I'm an orphan.
Pollyanna Whittier: [exaggerated patience] Go away from me, please, little boy.
Jimmy Bean: [mimicking her] Go away from please, little boy!
Pollyanna Whittier: [finally losing her cool] What is it you want?
Jimmy Bean: [suddenly all smiles] I wanna go fishin'! You wanna come along?


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The film opens with a close-up of a naked backside of young blond boy, who swings from a rope swing away from the camera jumping into a river. The boy is played by William Betz, who was 7 at the time of filming, who recalled in 2009 that at the time of filming, people weren't really allowed to swim in that river, White Sulfur Springs. He said his mother also had a very brief background extra role as one of the ladies at the train station where Pollyanna is picked up. Neither of them were actors but just locals where the movie was filmed. He is amused that the small Vermont town depicted in the movie was actually a mix of various locales miles apart in Napa Valley and Sonoma County, California.
Final film of Adolphe Menjou.
Director / screenwriter David Swift had wanted to trim the overlong film by about 20 minutes and rearrange some scenes (most notably the acquisition of the doll in the town bazaar sequence) but Walt Disney, who fell in love with the film by watching the dailies, would not allow it and Swift did not have final-cut privileges.
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