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The History Of Mr Polly [DVD]

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  • Actors: John Mills, Sally Ann Howes, Finlay Currie, Betty Ann Davis, Megs Jenkins
  • Directors: Anthony Pelissier
  • Writers: H.G. Wells
  • Format: Black & White, PAL, Dolby, Mono
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Jan. 2007
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RPKAL2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,462 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

John Mills stars as Alfred Polly, recently sacked from his job he inherits money from his father, thus enabling him to take a bike tour of the country. He falls in love but it all goes wrong so Alfred ends up marrying his cousin, Miriam. They set up a draper's shop in a small town. Miriam sours, they face bankruptcy and boredom and Mr Polly comes to hate his life. In utter despair he decides to commit suicide, but even this goes wrong and he is forced to take to the road again.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Davey on 26 April 2008
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You don't get better 'cinema' than this. Such characters and settings and a feeling for the age it was set in are so difficult to capture but the effect of a great cast that will never be bettered has created a masterpiece of British cinema and a great tribute to the story teller from which it came in H G Wells.

Poor Mr Polly. Dreaming of a life of romance, adventure and heroism. Only to be found in the pages of books that he has to hide from his nagging and unadventurous wife. The score enriches the pages of his meanderings with their comedic and nostalgic tempo as Mr Polly struggles to find his place in a fast moving world filled with mishap, fright and hopefulness.

There is something here for anyone who feels lost and without direction or fulfilment in romantic entanglements or with the path their life has unwittingly taken.

Watch it when you want to be reminded, that there can be a happy ending, even if it arrives from unexpected actions.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. C. Gribble on 16 Jan. 2010
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I have always loved HG Wells' books. The stories such as 'The Invisible Man' and 'The Time Machine' have always been some of my favourite books. However, this book has always been my favourite Wells novel. The story is wonderful and one of the more down to earth of his repertoir. And i stumbled across the film quite by mistake, looking through a review on Great Expectations.(another of John Mills' hits)
I quickly ordered this film and was amazed! It keeps the wonderful story in the right atmosphere and its all topped off by the wonderful acting supplied by the simply sublime cast. It's not one of those films that you watch once and then forget about and leave on the shelf to gather dust. You just want to watch this film over and over again. There are some parts which are shocking (When Mr Polly decides to commit suicide) but then there are wonderous moments.(like when Mr Polly is fighting off Uncle Jim) The spine-tingling monologues that Mr Polly (John Mills) performs throughout the film do pull you into the world and how the character is thinking. With the book already implanted in my mind, i did wonder how they were going to have done some of the significant scenes, but i was wrong to doubt, because its all pulled off superbly.

I can't think of a bad word to say against this film. A definate watch for any time of the year, and its family friendly.

10 out of 10 from me!

Enjoy the journey into the world of Mr Polly and lose yourself in this truly magnificent film!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By UK Filmbuff TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 22 Nov. 2006
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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!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Sioux A. Mcgookin on 9 July 2009
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This film was the perfect gift for my dad. It was his favourite film as a kid & the story is still good today. John Mills is classic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Nov. 2014
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"The History of Mister Polly" has always had a special place in my heart. We go back a long way to a battered old Collins film book that was given to me some years ago. It wasn't new then I hasten to add! I only remember two films from that book. The other was that great western "Red River". Both films would be high up on my desert island list of films! I was drawn to the character of Mister Polly who seemed to have got the balance in life just right. Since then I seem to have gradually been turning into him. We have a lot in common.

Mister Polly prefers fishing to work. Me too!
Mister Polly prefers reading books to work. Me too!
Mister Polly prefers riding his bike in the country to work. Me too!
Mister Polly prefers having a nice pint of ale to work. Me too!
Mister Polly has a nagging wife. Umm...errr!!!

In short Mister Polly was a very sensible Edwardian character, who takes very unsensible Reggie Perrin type action when trapped in a life he is unhappy with. Elysium beckons at the Potwell Inn. But all is not well when the scary hulking figure of Uncle Jim appears on the scene. A chance for Mister Polly to prove his worth! A vanished England is beautifully conveyed, even if many of the scenes are interiors. The director/writer Anthony Pelissier sensitively adapts my favourite H G Wells novel. A far cry from his science fiction work which left me rather cold! Pelissier's film "The Rocking Horse Winner" is one of my favourite British films! John Mills is perfectly cast as Mister Polly. Megs Jenkins is the welcoming innkeeper at the heavenly Potwell Inn, and Finlay Currie makes a grand Uncle Jim. What more could you want? Well, perhaps a pint and a fishing rod! Bliss! We all need a Potwell Inn to retreat to in lifes more stressful times! We envy Mister Polly because we want to be just like him. Sadly life just isn't that easy. Never mind, we can always watch this film and dream! Dreams don't get much better!
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