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 Swift. ...

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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.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
24 Jan 1920
p. 805
MPN
24 Jan 1920
p. 1129
MPN
14 Feb 1920
p. 1561
MPN
4 Sep 1920
p. 1943
MPN
30 Oct 1920
p. 3287
MPW
24 Jan 1920
p. 636
MPW
14 Feb 1920
p. 975
New York Morning Telegraph
25 Jan 1920
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New York Times
19 Jan 1920
p. 1613
Variety
24 Jan 1920
p. 60
Wid's
25 Jan 1920
p. 17
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Alfred L. Werker
Asst dir
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
SOURCES
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).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
18 January 1920
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Mary Pickford Co.
10 January 1920
LP14635
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
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 ...

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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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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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