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''Pollyanna'' is a 1960 Creator/{{Disney}} live-action movie, based on [[{{Literature/Pollyanna}} the novel of the same name]]. Written and directed by David Swift, it stars Creator/HayleyMills as the heartwarming orphan Pollyanna Whittier.

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-> ''"We looked for the good in them...and we found it, didn't we?"''
--> '''Reverend Ford'''

''Pollyanna'' is a 1960 Creator/{{Disney}} live-action movie, based on [[{{Literature/Pollyanna}} the novel of the same name]]. Written and directed by David Swift, it stars Creator/HayleyMills as the heartwarming orphan Pollyanna Whittier.
Whittier. Jane Wyman stars as Aunt Polly, Agnes Moorhead as Mrs Snow and Karl Malden as Reverend Ford. The film was the last performance of Adolphe Menjou - who stars as Mr Pendergast.



* AbledInTheAdaptation: A surprising inversion. [[spoiler: The book confirms that Pollyanna walks again, her injury caused by a car accident there. Here the film ends with her heading off to get the operation, and the injury coming from falling off the side of the house - making a recovery uncertain]].



* AdaptationPersonalityChange: Pollyanna becomes much shyer and a bit of a CuteClumsyGirl than the the book's more outwardly PluckyGirl.



* AloofDarkHairedGirl: Aunt Polly is a grown up example. Brunette and avoids love and affection, remaining in a high society persona.



** Angelica the maid.

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** Angelica the maid.maid, who is much crabbier to Pollyanna than Nancy (who merely seems stressed).



* EveryoneHasStandards: Grumpy old lady though she may be, Mrs Tarbell [[spoiler: is the first of the townspeople to sincerely wish Pollyanna well in the end]].



* GracefulLadiesLikePurple: Aunt Polly's favorite colour appears to be purple; she wears many dresses in different shades of it, befitting the richest woman in town. There's some overlap with PurpleIsPowerful too, given her IronLady facade.



* HenpeckedHusband: Mr. Tarbell, whose wife is a crony of Aunt Polly's.

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* HenpeckedHusband: Mr. Tarbell, whose wife is a crony of Aunt Polly's. A significant moment for him is standing up to her and ordering her to join in the neighborhood bazaar.



* ItsAllMyFault: [[spoiler: After Pollyanna's accident, Aunt Polly admits the entire thing is down to her.]]
--> "I couldn't have been the least bit understanding?"



* MeaningfulEcho: Mr Neely is annoyed by Aunt Polly's charity basket, and snorts when Pollyanna tries to tell him to think of it not as charity but a gift from a friend. [[spoiler: He's among the first to wish Pollyanna well, presenting her with a flower and repeating the same line]].



* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: We see an early moment of Pollyanna's cheerful disposition slipping when she finally calls out Mrs. Snow for wasting all her time planning for her death when she should be enjoying life. When she runs out of the room clearly distraught over what just happened, both Mrs. Snow and the undertaker with whom she was having a discussion feel terrible after seeing the look of despair on Pollyanna's face. This snaps Mrs. Snow out of her fatalist mindset.

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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: OOCIsSeriousBusiness:
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We see an early moment of Pollyanna's cheerful disposition slipping when she finally calls out Mrs. Snow for wasting all her time planning for her death when she should be enjoying life. When she runs out of the room clearly distraught over what just happened, both Mrs. Snow and the undertaker with whom she was having a discussion feel terrible after seeing the look of despair on Pollyanna's face. This snaps Mrs. Snow out of her fatalist mindset.mindset.
** This is then followed by a moment like this for Mrs Snow herself. She begins sewing the patchwork quilt, and Millie does a DoubleTake when she sees. She seems completely stunned when her mother then smiles.



* StepfordSmiler: While Pollyanna's cheerfulness is mostly genuine, she occasionally shows signs of struggling to maintain that cheerfulness, most notably when she cries while praying to her dead father about how hard it is to be glad all the time and when [[spoiler:she gets crippled in an accident and learns that she may never walk again]].

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* StepfordSmiler: While Pollyanna's cheerfulness is mostly genuine, she occasionally shows signs of struggling to maintain that cheerfulness, most notably when she cries while praying to snaps at Mrs Snow for her dead father about how hard it is to be glad all the time obsession with death and when [[spoiler:she gets crippled in an accident and learns that she may never walk again]].



The film makes a few alterations and expansions to the novel. Aunt Polly for example is now even more of an antagonist - portrayed as a matriarch who controls the entire town (which is appropriately named Harrington Falls here) down to what the reverend says in his sermons every Sunday. The maid Nancy likewise now has a sweetheart called George that Polly disapproves of - and not snitching on them is what prompts Nancy to become Pollyanna's friend. An additional narrative change involves the townspeople rejecting Aunt Polly's false charity and organising a town bazaar to raise funds themselves. The [[spoiler: accident that cripples Pollyanna]] is also drastically changed. New characters are added - such as a sour maid Angelica and a cook Tilly - and others have their roles expanded like Jimmy Bean and Mr Pendergast (a renamed Mr Pendleton).

Despite being viewed as a financial disappointment, ''Pollyanna'' was a hit for the Disney studio, and turned Hayley Mills into one of the biggest child stars of the early 60s; she became the last winner of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academy_Juvenile_Award Academy Juvenile Award]] for her performance. Walt Disney apparently loved the film so much, he refused to let any scenes from it be cut.



* AdaptationExpansion:
** A new subplot for Nancy - who is in love with a man called George that Aunt Polly disapproves of. She tries to pass him off as her cousin to Pollyanna at first, but the child isn't fooled. Her deciding not to tell Aunt Polly that Nancy was out with George is what marks the start of their friendship.
** A subplot is added involving the town needing a new orphanage. Aunt Polly intends to donate the money herself, but the townspeople reject her charity and opt to hold a bazaar that will raise funds. Pollyanna sneaking out of the house against Polly's wishes to go to the bazaar [[spoiler: is what leads to her accident]].



* AdaptationalAlternateEnding: [[spoiler: Pollyanna was crippled in a car accident in the book, and learns to walk again afterwards. In the film, she falls from her attic room while sneaking back in from the bazaar. While the townspeople do cheer her up, it's left open whether she will walk again, and the film ends with her leaving the town to prepare for an operation]].
* AdaptationalJerkass: Aunt Polly has to go through far more CharacterDevelopment than her book counterpart. Here, she's shown as an oppressive presence who controls the town the way she sees fit. She doesn't in fact have her HeelRealization until the last ten minutes.



* AscendedExtra: Both Jimmy Bean and Mr Pendergast (renamed from Mr Pendelton) have larger roles in the film than the book.



* BrickJoke: When Pollyanna and Jimmy are in Mr. Pendergast's house he randomly feels Jimmy's hair and says "don't they ever cut your hair in that orphanage". This then shifts to a dramatic scene with Aunt Polly and about 20 minutes later we see Jimmy and Pendergast in the barber shop.

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* BrickJoke: BrickJoke:
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When Pollyanna and Jimmy are in Mr. Pendergast's house he randomly feels Jimmy's hair and says "don't they ever cut your hair in that orphanage". This then shifts to a dramatic scene with Aunt Polly and about 20 minutes later we see Jimmy and Pendergast in the barber shop.shop.
** A heartwarming example regarding Nancy and George. Their relationship is mostly forgotten about once Pollyanna covers for them with Aunt Polly, but the ending reveals [[spoiler: they're engaged and waiting until after Pollyanna's operation so she can be their flower girl]].



** Pollyanna.

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** Pollyanna.Pollyanna of course, although Hayley Mills does portray her as a bit of a CloudCuckooLander as well.



* DamnedByFaintPraise: Pollyanna struggles to find something to be glad about after the intense Sunday sermon. She eventually decides they can be glad because they have seven more days until they have to hear the ''next'' one.
* DeathSeeker: A mild example with Mrs Snow, who merely expects to die soon and is already picking out the lining for her coffin.



** Aunt Polly.

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** Aunt Polly.Polly takes longer, and it's not until the last few minutes or so but [[spoiler: she realises how cold she's been to Pollyanna when her niece is crippled]].
* EarnYourHappyEnding: After spending the whole story cheering everyone in town up with her sunny attitude, [[spoiler: Pollyanna is at her darkest moment and the entire town turns up to wish her well. She may walk again, and she earns the love of her aunt - who also may reconnect with Dr Chilton]].



* HappyEnding



* {{Irony}}: [[spoiler: Mrs Snow's moment of defrosting is ensuring Pollyanna gets the doll she always wanted. When sneaking back into the attic room, Pollyanna falls and cripples herself while trying to go back for the doll]].



* MaybeEverAfter: [[spoiler: Aunt Polly's reconciliation with Edmund Chilton is left open in the finale so it can focus more on her and Pollyanna's relationship being mended]].



* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Pollyanna is the American heroine of an American novel, but she has Hayley Mills' English accent in the movie. This is {{Hand Wave}}d by saying that she was previously living with her missionary father in the British West Indies. In the original novel, her missionary father was based in the western U.S. instead.

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* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Pollyanna is the American heroine of an American novel, but she has Hayley Mills' English accent in the movie. This is {{Hand Wave}}d by saying that she was previously living with her missionary father in the British West Indies. In the original novel, her missionary father was based in the western U.S. instead. Hayley does however give Pollyanna a few American pronunciations in her accent to realistically suggest Pollyanna was influenced by both parents.



* RelativeError: Inverted. Nancy tries to pass her sweetheart George off as a cousin to Pollyanna.



* ShakingHerHairLoose: After an argument with Edmund about how loveless she is, Aunt Polly retreats to her room and lets her hair loose for the only time in the film; it's said that she previously wore it down but wore it up [[ExpositoryHairstyleChange as she became colder to people]].



* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Heavily on the idealistic side.

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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Heavily on the idealistic side. The film stresses the power of being optimistic and having a positive outlook towards life.


** Mr. Pendelton becomes Mr. Prendergast.

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** Mr. Pendelton becomes Mr. Prendergast.Pendergast.



* BrickJoke: When Pollyanna and Jimmy are in Mr. Pendergast's house he randomly feels Jimmy's hair and says "don't they ever cut your hair in that orphanage". This then shifts to a dramatic scene with Aunt Polly and about 20 minutes later we see Jimmy and Prendergast in the barber shop.

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* BrickJoke: When Pollyanna and Jimmy are in Mr. Pendergast's house he randomly feels Jimmy's hair and says "don't they ever cut your hair in that orphanage". This then shifts to a dramatic scene with Aunt Polly and about 20 minutes later we see Jimmy and Prendergast Pendergast in the barber shop.

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* BadBoss: Polly considers it her right to demand that her employees remain permanently single as a condition of employment.


* SpoiledSweet: Aunt Polly deconstructs this. She doesn't flaunt her wealth and does try to use it to do good things. However, she only does good things out of a stuffy sense of obligation, because she's the wealthiest woman in town. As such, the people resent the 'false charity' and it's seen as just another way for Polly to control them. Polly does however learn the true meaning of kindness and is arguably a proper example by the end.


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* WealthyPhilanthropist: Aunt Polly deconstructs this. She doesn't flaunt her wealth and does try to use it to do good things. However, she only does good things out of a stuffy sense of obligation, because she's the wealthiest woman in town. As such, the people resent the 'false charity' and it's seen as just another way for Polly to control them. Polly does however learn the true meaning of kindness and becomes a better person by the end.

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* PlagiarismInFiction: Reverend Ford's first sermon in the film, "Death Comes Unexpectedly", is a series of quotations from Jonathan Edwards' "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God." Worse, not only do we not hear much scripture quoted, but Ford never even says, "As the good man, Reverend Edwards, wrote long ago..."

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* RaceLift: A 1989 Series/WaltDisneyPresents MadeForTVMovie titled "Polly" that was also a musical starring [[Series/TheCosbyShow Keisha Knight Pulliam and Phylicia Rashad]] as Polly and Aunt Polly, respectively.


* BetaBitch: Mrs Tarbell acts as this to Aunt Polly.

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* BetaBitch: Mrs Mrs. Tarbell acts as this to Aunt Polly.



* BrickJoke: When Pollyanna and Jimmy are in Mr. Pendergast's house he randomly feels Jimmy's hair and says "don't they ever cut your hair in that orphanage". This then shifts to a dramatic scene with Aunt Polly and about 20 minutes later we see Jimmy and Prendegast in the barber shop.
* CanonForeigner: The Disney film adds in a sour maid called Angelica in Aunt Polly's house, as well as a cook called Tilly. Likewise Nancy is given a sweetheart called George that Polly wishes to suppress.
* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: Pollyanna [[spoiler:falls off the roof and paralyzes herself]] while sneaking back into the house from a town gathering Aunt Polly forbade her from going to. Crosses over with TooDumbToLive because [[spoiler:she was safe but went out to fetch a prize she won at the fair only to fall off the roof]].

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* BrickJoke: When Pollyanna and Jimmy are in Mr. Pendergast's house he randomly feels Jimmy's hair and says "don't they ever cut your hair in that orphanage". This then shifts to a dramatic scene with Aunt Polly and about 20 minutes later we see Jimmy and Prendegast Prendergast in the barber shop.
* CanonForeigner: The Disney film adds in a sour maid called Angelica in Aunt Polly's house, as well as a cook called Tilly. Likewise Nancy is given a sweetheart called George that Polly wishes to suppress.
* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: Pollyanna [[spoiler:falls off the roof and paralyzes herself]] while sneaking back into the house from a town gathering festival Aunt Polly forbade her from going to. attending. Crosses over with TooDumbToLive because [[spoiler:she was safe safe, but went out to fetch a prize she won at the fair only to fall off the roof]].



* DecoyProtagonist: It's been argued that although Pollyanna appears to be the lead, it is actually Aunt Polly who is the true protagonist of the story. She goes through the most CharacterDevelopment, Pollyanna acting more as a catalyst for it. Given that ''Pollyanna'' precedes a certain other Disney film by only a few years, it's quite easy to think of Aunt Polly as a proto-version of [[Film/MaryPoppins Mr. Banks]].

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* DecoyProtagonist: It's been argued that although Pollyanna appears to be the lead, it is actually Aunt Polly who is the true protagonist of the story. She goes through the most CharacterDevelopment, with Pollyanna acting more as a catalyst for it. Given that ''Pollyanna'' precedes a certain other Disney film by only a few years, it's quite easy to think of Aunt Polly as a proto-version of [[Film/MaryPoppins Mr. Banks]].



* HappilyAdopted: [[spoiler:In the last scene, Mr Pendergast reveals he's adopted Jimmy Bean]].

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* HappilyAdopted: [[spoiler:In the last scene, Mr Mr. Pendergast reveals he's adopted Jimmy Bean]].Bean.]]



* HeelFaceTurn: Pollyanna can make this happen to anyone. Most notable is Aunt Polly. It's downplayed but the first person Pollyanna sees in the crowd of well-wishers is also the snobby Mrs Tarbell -- who had been opposing the bazaar. This time Mrs. Tarbell sincerely wishes Pollyanna a recovery.

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* HeelFaceTurn: Pollyanna can make this happen to anyone. Most notable is Aunt Polly. It's downplayed but the first person Pollyanna sees in the crowd of well-wishers is also the snobby Mrs Mrs. Tarbell -- who had been opposing the bazaar. This time time, Mrs. Tarbell sincerely wishes Pollyanna a recovery.



* KissingCousins: Not literally but Nancy lies saying her lover George is actually her cousin Frank. Pollyanna is not fooled when she sees them kissing.

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* KissingCousins: Not literally literally, but Nancy lies saying her lover George is actually her cousin Frank. Pollyanna is not fooled when she sees them kissing.



** Aunt Polly, after [[spoiler:Pollyanna is crippled while climbing back into her room. Her attic room, that Polly gave her. Sneaking back from a bazaar that Polly forbade her from going to, and actually ''refused'' to take her to]].

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** Aunt Polly, after [[spoiler:Pollyanna is crippled while climbing back into her room. Her attic room, that which Polly gave her. Sneaking back from a bazaar that Polly forbade her from going to, attending, and actually ''refused'' to take her to]].attend with her.]]



* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: We see an earlier moment of Pollyanna's cheerful disposition slipping when she finally calls out Mrs. Snow for wasting all her time planning for her death when she should be enjoying life. When she runs out of the room clearly distraught over what just happened, both Mrs. Snow and the undertaker she was having a discussion with felt terrible after seeing the look of despair on Pollyanna's face. This snaps Mrs. Snow out of her fatalist mindset.

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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: We see an earlier early moment of Pollyanna's cheerful disposition slipping when she finally calls out Mrs. Snow for wasting all her time planning for her death when she should be enjoying life. When she runs out of the room clearly distraught over what just happened, both Mrs. Snow and the undertaker with whom she was having a discussion with felt feel terrible after seeing the look of despair on Pollyanna's face. This snaps Mrs. Snow out of her fatalist mindset.



* ThePollyanna: She's more layered than most examples however; it's strongly hinted that she's holding onto the Glad Game because it's all she has left.

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* ThePollyanna: She's more layered than most examples examples, however; it's strongly hinted that she's holding onto the Glad Game because it's all she has left.



* SliceOfLife: The first two acts of the story don't have much of a plot. It just involves Pollyanna going around meeting various people in the town and winning them over with the Glad Game. WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick pointed out that this is all very important build-up for [[spoiler:Pollyanna's crippling accident and HeroicBSOD, as well as Aunt Polly's HeelFaceTurn]].

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* SliceOfLife: The first two acts of the story don't have much of a plot. It just involves Pollyanna going around meeting various people in the town and winning them over with the Glad Game. WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick pointed points out that this is all very important build-up for [[spoiler:Pollyanna's crippling accident and HeroicBSOD, as well as Aunt Polly's HeelFaceTurn]].



* SpoiledSweet: Aunt Polly deconstructs this. She doesn't flaunt her wealth and does try to use it to do good things. However she only does good things out of a stuffy sense of obligation -- she feels she has to because she's the wealthiest woman in town. As such the people resent the 'false charity' and it's seen as just another way for Polly to control them. Polly does however learn the true meaning of kindness and is arguably a proper example by the end.

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* SpoiledSweet: Aunt Polly deconstructs this. She doesn't flaunt her wealth and does try to use it to do good things. However However, she only does good things out of a stuffy sense of obligation -- she feels she has to obligation, because she's the wealthiest woman in town. As such such, the people resent the 'false charity' and it's seen as just another way for Polly to control them. Polly does however learn the true meaning of kindness and is arguably a proper example by the end.



* {{Tsundere}}: Mrs. Snow and Mr. Pendergast are harsh and cold initially but eventually become good friends with Pollyanna.
* VillainyFreeVillain: Aunt Polly never does anything evil in the story. At first she merely scolds Pollyanna for her behaviour. She does oppose the town bazaar but not maliciously. Ultimately the entire story is setting up [[spoiler:a HeelFaceTurn]].

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* {{Tsundere}}: Mrs. Snow and Mr. Pendergast Prendergast are harsh and cold initially initially, but eventually become good friends with Pollyanna.
* VillainyFreeVillain: Aunt Polly never does anything evil in the story. At first she merely scolds Pollyanna for her behaviour. She does oppose the town bazaar bazaar, but not maliciously. Ultimately the entire story is setting up [[spoiler:a HeelFaceTurn]].



** Mrs. Snow is initially grumpy and cantankerous. But after Pollyanna tells her off, she goes to work on a patchwork quilt for the bazaar. Her daughter catches her doing it, Mrs. Snow smiles at her and Millie doesn't quite believe what she's just seen. We see Mrs Snow smiling a lot more at the bazaar too.

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** Mrs. Snow is initially grumpy and cantankerous. But after Pollyanna tells her off, she goes to work on a patchwork quilt for the bazaar. Her When her daughter catches her doing it, Mrs. Snow just smiles at her her, and Millie doesn't quite believe what she's just seen. We see Mrs Mrs. Snow smiling a lot more at the bazaar too.



** Aunt Polly smiles plenty of times in the movie, but it's always slightly vapid and just another relic of her ProperLady image. However there's a big difference when she sincerely smiles at Pollyanna in the end.

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** Aunt Polly smiles plenty of times in the movie, but it's always slightly vapid and just another relic of her ProperLady image. However However, there's a big difference when she sincerely smiles at Pollyanna in the end.


* DecoyProtagonist: It's been argued that although Pollyanna appears to be the lead, it is actually Aunt Polly who is the true protagonist of the story. She goes through the most CharacterDevelopment, Pollyanna acting more as a catalyst for it. Given that they're both Disney films, it's quite easy to think of Aunt Polly as a proto-version of [[Film/MaryPoppins Mr. Banks]].

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* DecoyProtagonist: It's been argued that although Pollyanna appears to be the lead, it is actually Aunt Polly who is the true protagonist of the story. She goes through the most CharacterDevelopment, Pollyanna acting more as a catalyst for it. Given that they're both ''Pollyanna'' precedes a certain other Disney films, film by only a few years, it's quite easy to think of Aunt Polly as a proto-version of [[Film/MaryPoppins Mr. Banks]].


* DecoyProtagonist: It's been argued that although Pollyanna appears to be the lead, it is actually Aunt Polly who is the true protagonist of the story. She goes through the most CharacterDevelopment, Pollyanna acting more as a catalyst for it.

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* DecoyProtagonist: It's been argued that although Pollyanna appears to be the lead, it is actually Aunt Polly who is the true protagonist of the story. She goes through the most CharacterDevelopment, Pollyanna acting more as a catalyst for it. Given that they're both Disney films, it's quite easy to think of Aunt Polly as a proto-version of [[Film/MaryPoppins Mr. Banks]].

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* CreatorCameo: The director has one as a fireman shooing a boy off a ladder, after the boiler accident at the orphanage.


* HairContrastDuo: Pollyanna is blonde, cheerful and optimitic, while Aunt Polly is brunette and cold.

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* HairContrastDuo: Pollyanna is blonde, cheerful and optimitic, optimistic, while Aunt Polly is brunette and cold.

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* HairContrastDuo: Pollyanna is blonde, cheerful and optimitic, while Aunt Polly is brunette and cold.


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* MatteShot: Used to add two stories to the exterior shots of Aunt Polly's house. The real house (the [=McDonald=] Mansion in Santa Rosa, California) is a single story.

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''Pollyanna'' is a 1960 Creator/{{Disney}} live-action movie, based on [[{{Literature/Pollyanna}} the novel of the same name]]. Written and directed by David Swift, it stars Creator/HayleyMills as the heartwarming orphan Pollyanna Whittier.
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!!This film contains examples of:

* AdaptationNameChange:
** Mr. Pendelton becomes Mr. Prendergast.
** Thomas Chilton becomes Edmund Chilton.
** The town was Beldingsville in the book, and becomes Harrington Falls in the film.
* AdaptationalNationality: Pollyanna is implied to be half-British in the film, where she's played by the English Hayley Mills. It's said that her father was a minister in the British West Indies and she is seen teaching Nancy the English folk song "Early One Morning" at one point.
* AgeLift: The other way around. Aunt Polly and Dr. Chilton are younger in the Disney movie than in the book, and in the book have not spoken in ''fifteen'' years (as opposed to just five in the movie).
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: Nancy becomes Pollyanna's friend because the little girl doesn't tell Aunt Polly about them running into George in town.
* BeneathTheMask: After Dr. Chilton gives Polly a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, the servants note that it didn't faze her at all. Cut to Polly in her room, where her ProperLady façade breaks and she cries into her mirror.
* BetaBitch: Mrs Tarbell acts as this to Aunt Polly.
* BitchAlert:
** Angelica the maid.
** Mrs. Tarbell, whose first scene is her complaining about the arrangements on the train.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: The women in Aunt Polly's household -- Nancy (blonde), Polly (brunette), Angelica (redhead).
* BreakTheCutie: Well, the Universe seems to be trying... [[spoiler:At the end, almost succeeding.]]
* BrickJoke: When Pollyanna and Jimmy are in Mr. Pendergast's house he randomly feels Jimmy's hair and says "don't they ever cut your hair in that orphanage". This then shifts to a dramatic scene with Aunt Polly and about 20 minutes later we see Jimmy and Prendegast in the barber shop.
* CanonForeigner: The Disney film adds in a sour maid called Angelica in Aunt Polly's house, as well as a cook called Tilly. Likewise Nancy is given a sweetheart called George that Polly wishes to suppress.
* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: Pollyanna [[spoiler:falls off the roof and paralyzes herself]] while sneaking back into the house from a town gathering Aunt Polly forbade her from going to. Crosses over with TooDumbToLive because [[spoiler:she was safe but went out to fetch a prize she won at the fair only to fall off the roof]].
* CheerfulChild:
** Pollyanna.
** Jimmy Bean the orphan.
* DecoyProtagonist: It's been argued that although Pollyanna appears to be the lead, it is actually Aunt Polly who is the true protagonist of the story. She goes through the most CharacterDevelopment, Pollyanna acting more as a catalyst for it.
* DefrostingIceQueen:
** Mrs. Snow, the crabby old woman convinced she's ill and who is rude to everyone.
** Angelica, the cynical maid in the house.
** Aunt Polly.
* FloatingHeadSyndrome: The "Vault Disney Collection" edition's [[http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51E8NECWT1L.jpg DVD case]].
* ForHappiness: Pollyanna likes everyone and wants them to be happy. She seems to accomplish this goal without realizing the size of her role.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** Pollyanna's father taught her the Glad Game when a missionary barrel they received contained a pair of crutches instead of a much-wanted doll. He said she could be glad she didn't need to use them. [[spoiler:Near the end of the movie she finds herself severely crippled -- after she dropped a doll she won, and overreached herself trying to retrieve it -- with warnings that she may never walk again...]]
** Aunt Polly allowing Pollyanna to kiss her goodnight is foreshadowing that she does have a sweet side after all.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Pollyanna. Hair colour isn't mentioned in the book and she's been portrayed by brunette actresses in other adaptations.
* HappilyAdopted: [[spoiler:In the last scene, Mr Pendergast reveals he's adopted Jimmy Bean]].
* HappyEnding
* HeelFaceTurn: Pollyanna can make this happen to anyone. Most notable is Aunt Polly. It's downplayed but the first person Pollyanna sees in the crowd of well-wishers is also the snobby Mrs Tarbell -- who had been opposing the bazaar. This time Mrs. Tarbell sincerely wishes Pollyanna a recovery.
* HenpeckedHusband: Mr. Tarbell, whose wife is a crony of Aunt Polly's.
* HeroicBSOD: When this happens to Pollyanna, just about the whole town tries to help. [[spoiler:She eventually gets past her BSOD]].
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Pollyanna herself, in the most winsome possible way. She sees everyone as a potential friend, assumes everyone's motivations are all good -- and instead of being victimized, she transforms the town as everyone tries to live up to the good she sees in them.
* KissingCousins: Not literally but Nancy lies saying her lover George is actually her cousin Frank. Pollyanna is not fooled when she sees them kissing.
* LargeHam: Karl Malden as a preacher butchering Jonathan Edwards' "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God".
* LettingHerHairDown: Dr. Edmund Chilton says that Aunt Polly was so much nicer when she used to wear her hair down. After an emotional conversation with him, Aunt Polly goes upstairs and lets it down for a moment.
* LickedByTheDog: Some people find Pollyanna's friendliness to be this, at least at first.
* LiteralMinded: Pollyanna, as the innocent that she is.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone:
** Reverend Ford says this after talking to Pollyanna. He realises how silly he was for listening to Aunt Polly and making people feel horrible at the sermons every week. He resolves to read from 'the happy texts' in the Bible every week from then on.
** Aunt Polly, after [[spoiler:Pollyanna is crippled while climbing back into her room. Her attic room, that Polly gave her. Sneaking back from a bazaar that Polly forbade her from going to, and actually ''refused'' to take her to]].
---> "That child lies up there because of me!"
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Pollyanna is the American heroine of an American novel, but she has Hayley Mills' English accent in the movie. This is {{Hand Wave}}d by saying that she was previously living with her missionary father in the British West Indies. In the original novel, her missionary father was based in the western U.S. instead.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: We see an earlier moment of Pollyanna's cheerful disposition slipping when she finally calls out Mrs. Snow for wasting all her time planning for her death when she should be enjoying life. When she runs out of the room clearly distraught over what just happened, both Mrs. Snow and the undertaker she was having a discussion with felt terrible after seeing the look of despair on Pollyanna's face. This snaps Mrs. Snow out of her fatalist mindset.
* PluckyGirl: Pollyanna merges this with her own [[ThePollyanna trope]] and manages to transform an entire town of sourpusses into happy people.
* ThePollyanna: She's more layered than most examples however; it's strongly hinted that she's holding onto the Glad Game because it's all she has left.
* PreApprovedSermon: Aunt Polly coaches Reverend Ford on what to say to his congregation.
* {{Remaster}}: A featurette on the DVD of the Disney version reveals that during TheNineties, Disney's film preservation team discovered two problems with the original film elements: the negative suffered color crush due to a faded yellow layer, and the reel containing the ShoppingMontage only had separation masters in red and blue, as opposed to red, blue, and green. In order to restore the colors as close as possible to their original appearance, the team had to create their own green separation master, from the un-faded green layer of the negative.
* SliceOfLife: The first two acts of the story don't have much of a plot. It just involves Pollyanna going around meeting various people in the town and winning them over with the Glad Game. WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick pointed out that this is all very important build-up for [[spoiler:Pollyanna's crippling accident and HeroicBSOD, as well as Aunt Polly's HeelFaceTurn]].
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Heavily on the idealistic side.
* SpoiledSweet: Aunt Polly deconstructs this. She doesn't flaunt her wealth and does try to use it to do good things. However she only does good things out of a stuffy sense of obligation -- she feels she has to because she's the wealthiest woman in town. As such the people resent the 'false charity' and it's seen as just another way for Polly to control them. Polly does however learn the true meaning of kindness and is arguably a proper example by the end.
* StepfordSmiler: While Pollyanna's cheerfulness is mostly genuine, she occasionally shows signs of struggling to maintain that cheerfulness, most notably when she cries while praying to her dead father about how hard it is to be glad all the time and when [[spoiler:she gets crippled in an accident and learns that she may never walk again]].
* SugarAndIcePersonality: Angelica the maid. Although Pollyanna does defrost her, she still remains slightly aloof with the occasional PetTheDog moment.
* ThinkHappyThoughts: Pollyanna's "game" involves finding a bright side to even the saddest situations.
* {{Tsundere}}: Mrs. Snow and Mr. Pendergast are harsh and cold initially but eventually become good friends with Pollyanna.
* VillainyFreeVillain: Aunt Polly never does anything evil in the story. At first she merely scolds Pollyanna for her behaviour. She does oppose the town bazaar but not maliciously. Ultimately the entire story is setting up [[spoiler:a HeelFaceTurn]].
* WhenSheSmiles:
** Mrs. Snow is initially grumpy and cantankerous. But after Pollyanna tells her off, she goes to work on a patchwork quilt for the bazaar. Her daughter catches her doing it, Mrs. Snow smiles at her and Millie doesn't quite believe what she's just seen. We see Mrs Snow smiling a lot more at the bazaar too.
** Mrs. Tarbell spends most of the movie acting as a snobby ProperLady. As such it's a huge contrast when she's smiling sincerely at the end.
** Aunt Polly smiles plenty of times in the movie, but it's always slightly vapid and just another relic of her ProperLady image. However there's a big difference when she sincerely smiles at Pollyanna in the end.
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