Pollyanna (1920)

Drama | 18 January 1920

Director:

Paul Powell

Writer:

Frances Marion

Production Designer:

Max Parker

Production Company:

Mary Pickford Co.
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HISTORY

This picture, which was Pickford's first production for United Artists Corp., was highly praised by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures and by clergymen for its positive, wholesome message. One of the highlights of the elaborate promotional tour for this "glad" picture was a special screening in Hartford, CT attended by a thousand children and six crippled dogs. It is unclear whether Alfred L. Werker served as assistant director, casting director, or both. In 1960, Disney filmed another adaptation of Pollyanna , which starred Hayley Mills and Jane Wyman and was directed by David ... More Less

This picture, which was Pickford's first production for United Artists Corp., was highly praised by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures and by clergymen for its positive, wholesome message. One of the highlights of the elaborate promotional tour for this "glad" picture was a special screening in Hartford, CT attended by a thousand children and six crippled dogs. It is unclear whether Alfred L. Werker served as assistant director, casting director, or both. In 1960, Disney filmed another adaptation of Pollyanna , which starred Hayley Mills and Jane Wyman and was directed by David Swift. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
24 Jan 20
p. 805.
MPN
24 Jan 20
p. 1129.
MPN
14 Feb 20
p. 1561.
MPN
4 Sep 20
p. 1943.
MPN
30 Oct 20
p. 3287.
MPW
24 Jan 20
p. 636.
MPW
14 Feb 20
p. 975.
New York Morning Telegraph
25 Jan 1920.
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New York Times
19 Jan 20
p. 1613.
Variety
24 Jan 20
p. 60.
Wid's
25 Jan 20
p. 17.
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LITERARY
Based on the novel Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter (Boston, 1913) and the play of the same name by Catherine Chisholm Cushing (New York, 18 Sep 1916).
DETAILS
Release Date:
18 January 1920
Copyright Claimant:
Mary Pickford Co.
Copyright Date:
10 January 1920
Copyright Number:
LP14635
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After the death of her father, Pollyanna, whose credo has always been "Just be glad," goes to live with her cranky old Aunt Polly. Although Pollyanna wins the townsfolk over with good deeds such as finding a home for the orphaned Jimmie Bean, Aunt Polly remains unmoved, still heartsick over an early romance with the village doctor. One day, in an attempt to save a child, Pollyanna is run over by a car and paralyzed, finally forcing Aunt Polly to realize how much the child means to her. Upon learning that only Dr. Chilton can save the girl, Aunt Polly swallows her pride and goes to her old sweetheart. Chilton restores Pollyanna's ability to walk as well as Polly's love, and the whole town rejoices at their good fortune, especially Jimmie Bean, who asks Pollyanna to marry ... +


After the death of her father, Pollyanna, whose credo has always been "Just be glad," goes to live with her cranky old Aunt Polly. Although Pollyanna wins the townsfolk over with good deeds such as finding a home for the orphaned Jimmie Bean, Aunt Polly remains unmoved, still heartsick over an early romance with the village doctor. One day, in an attempt to save a child, Pollyanna is run over by a car and paralyzed, finally forcing Aunt Polly to realize how much the child means to her. Upon learning that only Dr. Chilton can save the girl, Aunt Polly swallows her pride and goes to her old sweetheart. Chilton restores Pollyanna's ability to walk as well as Polly's love, and the whole town rejoices at their good fortune, especially Jimmie Bean, who asks Pollyanna to marry him. +

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