Pollyanna (Disney 1960 with Hayley Mills and Jane Wyman)

USA / Walt Disney / 134 minutes / 1960 Made in Technicolor

Writer and Director: David Swift / Novel: Eleanor Porter / Cinematography: Russell Harlan / Music: Paul Smith with additional contributions from Carroll Clark, Robert Clatworthy / Producer: George Golitzen

Cast: Hayley Mills, Jane Wyman, Karl Maiden, Nancy Olson, Adolphe Menjou, Donald Crisp, Agnes Moorehead, Richard Egan, Kevin Corcoran, James Drury, Reta Shaw, Leora Dana

Pollyanna should probably be marked down as the most quintessential family movie ever made, produced by Disney in 1960 and starring the always wonderful Hayley Mills as the titular Polly in her first American movie Pollyanna just envelopes you in its lovely warm cosyness.

When her parents die young Pollyanna is sent to live in a small town with her none too nice maiden Aunt Polly (Jane Wyman) who pretty much rules it over the rest of the townsfolk; Pollyanna though has soon exerted her ever sunny influence over not just Polly but the man she holds a candle for – Dr Chilton (Richard Egan) as well as practically the whole town, watch out for an early appearance by Karl Malden as the vicar, Adolphe Menjou as a reclusive old sort Pollyanna brings out of his shell and Agnes Moorhead as the bedridden old woman Pollyanna also works her magic on.

Very feel good, very Disney and of course a wonderful watch.

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