Pollyanna


1920

Brief Synopsis

When Pollyanna is orphaned, she is sent to live with her crotchety Aunt Polly. Pollyanna discovers that many of the people in her aunt's New England home town are as ill-tempered as her aunt. But Pollyanna's incurable optimism - exemplified by her "glad game," in which she looks for the bright side of every situation - bring a change to the staid old community.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 18, 1920
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Mary Pickford Co.
Distribution Company
United Artists Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
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).

Technical Specs

Sound
Silent
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.33 : 1
Film Length
6 reels

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 him.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 18, 1920
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Mary Pickford Co.
Distribution Company
United Artists Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
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).

Technical Specs

Sound
Silent
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.33 : 1
Film Length
6 reels

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Trivia

Catherine Chilholm Cushing's play opened in New York on 18 September 1916.

Notes

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.