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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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Aunt Polly Harrington: Nancy, I thought I made myself clear about gentlemen callers.
Nancy Furman: Mam?
Aunt Polly Harrington: Don't pretend you don't understand me. I saw you and George Dodds out in the summer house.
Nancy Furman: George has been every inch a gentleman with me!
Aunt Polly Harrington: We won't discuss it! If you want to remain on my staff, I don't want you to see him any longer.


Nancy Furman: I think it might be better if you didn't mention the ice cream to your aunt.
Pollyanna Whittier: My father taught me never to tell a lie.
Nancy Furman: Oh, Pollyanna, it wouldn't be telling a lie. But there's no reason to bring up the subject if it isn't mentioned. About Cousin Fred, I mean.
Pollyanna Whittier: I like your Cousin Fred. Very much.
Nancy Furman: Oh, he's all right, I guess.
Pollyanna Whittier: He's very handsome, and he has a nice smile. But there's something... I don't know... funny about him.
Nancy Furman: [suddenly defensive] What do you mean, funny?
Pollyanna Whittier: I know what it is! It's his name. He doesn't look at all like a Fred!
Nancy Furman: What?
Pollyanna Whittier: He looks more like a George to me!


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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Facts about

According to director David Swift, after looking at 362 girls for the part of Pollyanna, they still did not have anyone to play the part. One day, Walt Disney's wife Lilly went shopping with Disney studio head Bill Anderson's wife while they were in London on business. The two ladies saw Hayley Mills in Tiger Bay and thought she was perfect for the role of Pollyanna. The two men didn't listen to them, but they were so persistent that the men finally agreed to watch the movie and immediately decided to cast Hayley.
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.
Final film of Adolphe Menjou.
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