Mr Polly is a dreamer; a daydreamer, who never seems to know exactly what it is he wants, apart from a quiet and simple existence. After the death of a relative, he inherits some money and eventually finds a wife, opens a shop and soon becomes trapped in a dismal and uninteresting existence. He longs to be freed from the life he has made for himself and his only outlet is books; fantasies and fairytales. Since he refuses to work, the shop becomes a liability and he has difficulty paying the bills. No matter what his wife says to him, he still refuses to change and things become pretty bad.
He decides to change his life and sets about the task in a rather contraversial way: burning down his shop. However, even this doesn't go according to his plan and he finds himself made out to be a hero; something which he most definitely is not.
His dreams and plans are very muddled; he never seems to have a real idea or direction in his life. Eventually, he leaves his wife and heads off for the country. Here, he stumbles across an Inn, where he decides to stay, although has to contend with the occasional visit of the drunk and violent husband of the landlady.
With comical, although pleasing and simple charm, Mr Polly defeats the drunkard and continues his peaceful life, until, that is, he becomes restless again and wants to find out how his wife is doing without him.
The story is slow and gentle; charming and witty, but it still tells the story of a man who really just craves the peaceful, uncomplicated life. As ever, John Mills makes the film a pleasure to watch.
Another good one for the collection!