Having never read the book, I cannot comment on how faithful this movie adaptation is. Certainly, Hayley Mills was the best choice to play the role of Pollyanna at the time and she is excellent as always. However, in spite of its pleasantness, I think the movie is overlong and tedious, and the main character becomes slowly overwhelmed by all the others in the cast. Richard Egan, Karl Malden and James Drury seem out of place in a Disney film and I think they were miscast. And was it really necessary to have so many extras? The segment towards the end of the movie where all the townsfolk are outside celebrating and Pollyanna sings 'America, The Beautiful' is, frankly, nauseating and could easily have been omitted. By the time Pollyanna has her fall and loses the use of her legs, the movie is almost over and a lot of the impact is lost. We don't even get to see her walk again, although there is never any question that she will. I much prefer the recent TV version with Georgina Terry and Amanda Burton, albeit anglicised, in which Miss Terry really shines as Pollyanna.