The History of Mr Polly

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"Based on the novel by H.G. Wells."
  • Approved
  • 1949
  • 1 hr 35 min
  • 6.6  (647)

The History of Mr. Polly is a 1949 British comedy-drama film directed by Anthony Pelissier and starring John Mills, Sally Ann Howes, and Betty Ann Davies. The movie is based on the novel of the same name by H.G. Wells, which was published in 1910. The story follows the life of a man named Alfred Polly, who is unhappy with his mundane and unsatisfying life. Mr. Polly is a middle-aged, working-class man who hates his job as a draper's assistant and feels trapped in a loveless marriage to his wife, Miriam.

Mr. Polly's life changes when he inherits some money from his father, which provides him with the opportunity to escape his unhappy life. He decides to use the money to make some much-needed changes in his life, including starting a small business and pursuing his dream of becoming an inventor.

As Mr. Polly embarks on his new life, he encounters a series of obstacles and setbacks that test his resolve and determination. Along the way, he meets and falls in love with a young woman named Christabel, who brings new meaning to his life and gives him the courage to pursue his dreams.

Throughout the movie, Mr. Polly struggles with his own fears and insecurities while facing the challenges of the world around him. He must learn to overcome his own limitations and the obstacles that stand in his way if he hopes to achieve success and find true happiness.

John Mills delivers a standout performance as Mr. Polly, perfectly capturing the character's blend of vulnerability and determination. Sally Ann Howes is equally impressive as Christabel, bringing a sense of lightness and joy to the story.

The movie is beautifully shot, with stunning cinematography and a nostalgic, almost dreamlike quality that perfectly captures the essence of the time period. The supporting cast is also excellent, with each actor bringing a unique and memorable character to the screen.

Overall, The History of Mr. Polly is a charming and heartfelt movie that explores themes of love, self-discovery, and the pursuit of happiness. It is an excellent adaptation of the H.G. Wells novel and a must-see for fans of classic British cinema.

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    6.6  (647)