The History of Mr. Polly

The History of Mr. Polly

Director: Anthony Pelissier Cast: John Mills, Sally Ann Howes, Finlay Currie


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The History of Mr. Polly

H. G. Wells' non-fantasy efforts have, with the exception of Kipps, proven traditionally difficult to transfer to film. History of Mr. Polly occasionally suffers from too-close fidelity to its Wellsian source; one wishes that adaptor/director Anthony Pelissier could have "opened up" the story a bit more. Still, the film is impeccably cast: particularly good is John Mills as Alfred Polly, whose efforts to make a go in the business world continually come acropper. A humble draper's clerk, Polly is profoundly affected by a variety of personal relationships, most notably with colorful Uncle Jim (Finlay Currie) and his nagging wife Miriam (Betty Ann Davies). Ultimately, he finds happiness in an even humbler pursuit than the drapery business. Star John Mills' daughter Juliet shows up in a very minor role.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/19/2011
UPC: 0089859874727
Original Release: 1949
Rating: NR
Source: Vci Video
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:36:00
Sales rank: 72,565

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Mills Alfred Polly
Sally Ann Howes Cristabel
Finlay Currie Uncle Jim
Betty Ann Davies Miriam
Edward Chapman Mr. Johnson
Diana Churchill Annie
Megs Jenkins Plump woman
Shelagh Fraser Minnie
Moore Marriott Uncle Pentstemon
Gladys Henson Mrs. Larkins
Wylie Watson Mr. Rusper
Miles Malleson Old gentleman
Doris Hare May Pant
Dandy Nichols Mrs. Johnson
Irene Handl Lady on left
Lawrence Baskcomb Mr. Rumbold
Edie Martin Lady on roof
Ernest Jay Mr. Hinks
Cyril Smith Mr. Voules
Dennis Arundell Clergyman
Juliet Mills Little Polly
David Horne Mr. Garvace
Wally Patch Customer
Victor Platt Actor
Michael Ripper Actor
Muir Mathieson Conductor

Technical Credits
Anthony Pelissier Director,Screenwriter
William Alwyn Score Composer
Robert Asher Asst. Director
Francis Carver Special Effects
Desmond Dickinson Cinematographer
John Gow Special Effects
Elizabeth Hennings Costumes/Costume Designer
John Mills Producer
John W. Mitchell Sound/Sound Designer
John Seabourne Editor
Ray Sturgess Cinematographer
Duncan Sutherland Art Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- History of Mr. Polly
1. Intro [1:27]
2. Where's Mr. Polly? [3:05]
3. Six Years Experience [9:31]
4. Some Fresh Air [12:46]
5. You're A Stranger [11:02]
6. Another Point Of View [8:28]
7. Off To Church [10:09]
8. I've Been Thinking [8:07]
9. Ferrman [8:13]
10. Mad Drunk [8:54]
11. Break In [8:42]
12. The End [1:21]

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