Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

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“Pollyanna” is a classic family drama film released in 1960, based on the 1913 novel of the same name by Eleanor H. Porter. The movie was produced by Walt Disney Productions and directed by David Swift.

The story revolves around an orphaned girl named Pollyanna Whittier, portrayed by Hayley Mills. After the death of her parents, Pollyanna is sent to live with her wealthy and strict Aunt Polly Harrington, played by Jane Wyman, in the small town of Harrington.

Pollyanna’s cheerful and optimistic outlook on life, along with her infectious enthusiasm, soon starts to have a profound effect on the people in the town. She introduces a game called the “Glad Game,” taught to her by her late father, where one always looks for the positive side of any situation. As she shares this philosophy with the townspeople, their lives begin to change for the better.

Throughout the film, Pollyanna faces challenges and obstacles but remains steadfast in her positive attitude. She befriends various individuals in the community, including a stern recluse named Mr. Pendergast and a disabled girl named Jimmy Bean. Through her unwavering kindness and empathy, Pollyanna brings hope and joy to those around her.

The film is a heartwarming tale of resilience, optimism, and the power of kindness, with themes that resonate with audiences of all ages. Pollyanna’s character embodies the notion that a positive attitude and a compassionate heart can make a significant difference in the lives of others.

“Pollyanna” received critical acclaim and was a commercial success upon its release. It earned Hayley Mills a special Academy Juvenile Award for her outstanding performance as Pollyanna. The film’s enduring popularity has led to multiple adaptations and references in popular culture over the years.

In addition to its entertainment value, “Pollyanna” carries an important message about the importance of empathy, understanding, and finding joy in the little things. The movie remains a beloved classic that continues to inspire and uplift audiences worldwide.

Fun Facts

  • The movie is based on the 1913 novel of the same name by Eleanor H. Porter.
  • This was the first of six Disney movies Hayley Mills starred in.

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  • Type of Movie: Live-Action
  • Box Office: $2.5 million
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  • Hayley Mills: Pollyanna Whittier
  • Jane Wyman: Polly Harrington
  • Kevin Corcoran: Jimmy Bean
  • Richard Egan: Dr. Edmond Chilton
  • Karl Malden: Reverend Ford
  • Agnes Moorehead: Mrs. Snow
  • Jenny Egan: Mildred Snow
  • Adolphe Menjou: Mr. Pendergast
  • Reta Shaw: Tillie Lagerlof
  • Mary Grace Canfield: Angelica
  • Nancy Olson: Nancy Furman
  • James Drury: George Dodds
  • Leora Dana: Mrs. Ford
  • Gage Clarke: Mr. Murg
  • Donald Crisp: Mayor Karl Warren
  • Edward Platt: Ben Tarbell
  • Anne Seymour: Amelia Tarbell
  • Ian Wolfe: Mr. Neely
  • Nolan Leary: Mr. Thomas
  • Edgar Dearing: Mr. Gorman


  • Director: David Swift
  • Producer: Walt Disney and David Swift
  • Music: Paul Smith

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