The Agnes Moorehead Blogathon – Pollyanna (1960)


This is the final of three posts dedicated to the Agnes Moorehead Blogathon being held over at In The Good Old Days of Hollywood. Tnx Crystal for letting me take part!


polly“[reading Pollyanna’s locket] When you look for the bad in mankind, expecting to find it, you surely will. – Abraham Lincoln. ” – Reverend Ford

Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Dec 2016)

Brief Synopsis – An orphan girl comes to a new town to live with her aunt and tries to cope with the way they live there lives despite it being very different from how she was brought up.

My Take on it – This is a film that I saw bits and pieces of as a kid, but never really saw the entire movie.

The themes depicted here are actually pretty powerful and Disney did a great job of sugarcoating it all for kids and adults alike.

Despite the sugar coating, it is still very possible to see the messages through it all and they can be quite inspiring if one pays enough attention to it all.

The cast does a wonderful job of making things feel more realistic.

Haley Mills, Jane Wyman, Karl Malden, Richard Egan, Donald Crisp and Agnes Moorehead all make the characters they play come to life and feel quite believable under the circumstances portrayed here.

The messages shown here deal with positive outlook on life, having a good attitude no matter the situation and being true to yourself really ring true here.

As with most Disney live action films of the 50’s and 60’s, this film shows things from an interesting view, but they still manage to give us the impression that things are pertinent to the real world just as well.

Bottom Line – Was pleasantly surprised at how uplifting this story was. Great cast helps make it feel more realistic.  The messages here about attitude and outlook on life (both the good and the bad) works really well and keeps things inspiring. It’s shown from a very Disney perception of life, but still comes off really well and shows things from the perspective of a realistic world.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Roy O. Disney, studio business head and brother to Walt Disney, issued thousands of “Pollyanna Photo Locket Necklaces” as a promotional item containing the famous quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln in the movie. Discovering the necklace in a gift shop while on vacation with his family, director / screenwriter David Swift called the studio to have the item recalled immediately. Lincoln never said, “When you look for the bad in mankind expecting to find it, you surely will.” Swift had simply made it up. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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