Pollyanna (1960)

DAVID SWIFT

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1960.  Walt Disney Productions.  Screenplay by David Swift, based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1960.  

A perennial family favourite, this delightful Disney film is about a sweet young orphan () who comes to live with relatives and ends up charming an entire town. The formula, which involves cheering up old ladies and assisting with social problems, has been repeated many times since (including by Disney), but few have been able to capture this one’s freshness. Mills is delightful, and became the last actor ever awarded the Special Academy Award for Outstanding Performance by a Juvenile.

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