~Pollyanna~
1920
~Plot Synopsis~
Here is a review of "Pollyanna," by Louise Reeves Harrison

Mary Pickford's First Production for the United Artists is a Gem of Exquisite Pathos
and Humor.

In viewing Mary Pickford's "Pollyanna," children will be charmed by the playful humor in swift
contrast with delicate notes of pathos. Mature minds will discover in its theme a suggestions for their
own life-quest that sweetness of personality is the golden rule of personal conduct. Because of Mary's
truthful interpretation of this tender motif, "Pollyanna," as pictured, is bound to far out reach the
influence of "Pollyanna," as printed. It will also be much more extensively enjoyed as a story. It is
that much more important as a medium of extending a simple philosophy of happiness.

Miss Pickford's role is one of the most difficult because of its bare simplicity. It is merely that of a
very young girl radiant with the beautiful glamor of pure childhood. Yet she appears on screen but a
few moments , before she arouses heart-felt interest. It is because of her keen sensibilities that "Little
Mary" is able to convey all shade of emotional impulse and the swift-flying thoughts passing through
her mind. She is disconcertingly  affectionate when, coming in out of the rain, and soaked to the skin,
she leaps into her aunt's arms and makes a mess of handsome silk dress. She disarms anger among
the grown-ups at one moment by her amusing awkwardness, at another by the very innocence of her
exuberant joy. She nourishes a dream of making everybody glad, and her philosophy radiates among
with weak, the sick, the halt and the blind, both by example and contagion. When misfortune lays a
cruel and crippling hand on her and she is tense with the anguish of a spiritual struggle, nothing
could be more exquisitely portrayed than her attempt to mask her suffering by forcing a faint,
quivering smile. Her mastery of the role is an inspiration.

In the supporting cast there are many fine types, all of them so well chosen as to hold the mood of
the play, but honors go to Katherine Griffith as Aunt Polly Harrington and to young Howard Ralston
as Jimmie Bean. These two distinct characteristics contribute heavily to the abundant humor of the
story. The atmosphere of an old New England village is well preserved, considering that the play was
produced in California. There are, in fact, no marring elements. The sum of values is therefore so
high that "Pollyanna" must be ranked as a gem and entitled to a place of honor among classics of the
screen.
Directed by: Paul Powell

Written by:
Eleanor H. Porter - novel
Catherine Chisholm Cushing - play
Frances Marion - adaptation
~Cast~

Mary Pickford ...  Pollyanna Whittier
Wharton James ...  Reverend John Whittier
Katherine Griffith ...  Aunt Polly Harrington
Helen Jerome Eddy ...  Nancy Thing, Polly's Maid
George Berrell ...  Old Tom, Polly's Handyman
Howard Ralston ...  Jimmy Bean
William Courtleigh ...  John Pendleton
Herbert Prior ...  Dr. Tom Chilton
Doc Crane ...  Bit Role (uncredited)
Joan Marsh ...  Bit Role (uncredited)
Frederick Peters ...  Bit Role (uncredited)
Gordon Sackville ...  Bit Role (uncredited)
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~Remaining Credits~

Production Company: Mary Pickford Company

Distribution Company: United Artists

Produced by: Mary Pickford & Paul Powell
Cinematography by: Charles Rosher
Art Direction by: Max Parker
Assistant Director: Alfred L. Werker

Length: 6 Reels
Runtime: 58 Minutes
Released: January 18, 1920