Synopsis: Wealthy, impossible to please lady Polly, whom only gardener Tom's irresistibly charming, indomitably cheerful son Tim, the chauffeur-handyman, can handle, grudgingly lets her late sister's orphaned daughter Pollyanna (11) move into her grand home. The staff takes to the playful brat, who finds the grimly stern dignified house regime stifling, but often gets round it. The happy game Pollyanna's father taught her soon spreads friendship and joy in the village. After succeeding to adopt a stray cat and dog, she sets her mind to 'fellow orphan' Jimmy Bean. Finding recluse rich neighbor Pendleton with a broken leg and another accident starts a cascade involving his and her family's past.
Genre: Drama, Family
99 min


Dead fly!

Nancy, you may clear out the rear attic room

and make up the bed.

My niece, Miss Pollyanna Whittier,

is coming to live with me.

She is 11, and will sleep in that room.

Pollyanna. What a ridiculous name.

A little girl coming to stay. Oh, won't that be


No, it won't be nice.


Dead fly!

- (Mockingly) Dead fly.

(Car hooter)


A pretty one too isn't she?

Hello. I'm Pollyanna.


I'm so glad to see you.

I've been wondering all the way what

you'd look like and...I'm very pleased, Aunt Polly.

Oh, I'm not Aunt Polly.

Your aunt wanted to come,

but she had um...

some urgent reading to do at home.

I'm Nancy, her maid.


Is she like you?

Um, not really, no.

Do you like this dress?

I should be wearing a black dress,

now that Father's gone to heaven

to be with Mother, the angels

and, you know, GGod,

but the Ladies' Aid -

the ladies who've been looking after me -

couldn't find me one.

- Who are you?

- Me?

Oh, well, I'm the handyman, Tim.

And my father's the gardener - Tom.

Do you want to know something,

Miss Pollyanna?

Yes! Yes, I do.

Well, in ten years' time,

we'll all be driving motorcars.

Walk on.

Is my Aunt Polly rich?

- Yes, she is, miss.

- It must be lovely to have lots of money.

Does Aunt Polly eat ice cream every day?

- No.

- Why not?

She doesn't like it.

I have to warn you -

you may find your aunt a little stricct.

I've only been with her for a matter of weeks,

but sometimes, well, she's hard to please.

Do you know, she's my only living relative now.

I'm so lucky she wants to look after me.


Miss Pollyanna, ma'am.

(Clock ticks)

How do you do, Pollyanna?

Oh, Aunt Polly,

thank you so much for taking me in!

I'm not much to look at. It's the freckles.

I'd sooner they weren't there,

although Father says they're beautiful,

Iike blossom on a lawn.

I just love your house.

If I had a house like this, I'd invite everyone over

for sandwiches every day.

Father always says...said...

I have no interest in what your father said.

Will you follow me to your room?


I believe you have everything you need here.

Supper is at six o'clock

A bell will be rung. Be where you can hear it.



How's the young 'un settling in?

How would you feel, stuck in an attic

when there's a dozen rooms going begging?

That'll be something,

seeing Miss Jennie's girl.

- Who's Miss Jennie?

- Miss Polly's sister.

They fell out when...

Miss Jennie ran off

with Pollyanna's father.

Ran off?

I'd run off if I had a sister like Miss Polly.

I'd go to Timbukktu, wherever that is.

You're not so fond of her, then?

As if anyone could be.

You don't know about Miss Polly's love affair,


Somebody loved Miss Polly? Who?

Ah, it's not my place to say.

Couldn't he find someone more worthwhile?

Miss Polly was quite a beauty once.

Still could be,

if she stopped trying to look like a nun.


It was the affair that made her sour and prickly.

She was all right before that.

Well, there's no pleasing her now, that's for sure.


You're early, Pollyanna. I said six o'clock


- Ah, Timothy. Come in.

- Ma'am.


I've er... I've come to ask you again

if you've had time to consider the question

of purchasing a motorcar.

Mrs Minklin's still selling hers

I remain unpersuaded that a motorised vehicle

is anything other than an unnecessary expense.


- Do we really need one?

- Well, I was just telling your lovely Pollyanna...

She's not mine.

She's my late sister's.

I have accepted her here because it is my duty.

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Simon Nye

Simon Nye (born 29 July 1958 in Burgess Hill, Sussex) is an English comic television writer, best known for creating the hit sitcom Men Behaving Badly, writing all of the four ITV Pantos, co-writing the 2006 film Flushed Away, co-writing Reggie Perrin and creating the latest adaption of the Just William in the same-name CBBC series of 2010. more…

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