The History of Mr Polly (1949)

The History of Mr Polly
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TitleThe History of Mr Polly
Year1949
CountryUnited Kingdom
GenreDrama (Movies)
CollectionH.G. Wells
Run Time1h 31 min
Director

Following his dismissal from a draper’s shop, where his father had placed him as an apprentice, protagonist Alfred Polly finds it hard to find another position. When a telegram arrives informing him of his father’s death, he returns to the family home. With a bequest of £500, Polly considers his future; and a friend of his father’s, Mr Johnsen, urges him to invest it in a shop – an idea that Polly dislikes. Whilst dawdling in the country on a newly-bought bicycle, Polly has a brief dalliance with a schoolgirl, Christabel; but later marries one of his cousins, Miriam Larkins. Fifteen years later, Polly and his wife are running a draper’s shop in Fishbourne, and the marriage has descended to incessant arguments and bickering.

While walking in the country, Polly decides to commit suicide. He sets his shop ablaze in the hope that the insurance will assure Miriam’s prosperity. However, he botches the arson job and, instead of killing himself, rescues an elderly neighbour and becomes a minor local celebrity. Still unhappy, Polly leaves his wife and is hired by a rural innkeeper as handyman and ferryman; however, he soon realises that the position was only open because the innkeeper’s brother-in-law Jim is a drunkard who bullies any other man to leave the inn. Polly clashes with him until the latter accidentally drowns in a weir while chasing Polly.

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The History of Mr Polly
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Cast:

John Mills John Mills
Alfred Polly
Betty Ann Davies Betty Ann Davies
Miriam Larkins Polly
Megs Jenkins Megs Jenkins
The Innkeeper

Following his dismissal from a draper’s shop, where his father had placed him as an apprentice, protagonist Alfred Polly finds it hard to find another position. When a telegram arrives informing him of his father’s death, he returns to the family home. With a bequest of £500, Polly considers his future; and a friend of his father’s, Mr Johnsen, urges him to invest it in a shop – an idea that Polly dislikes. Whilst dawdling in the country on a newly-bought bicycle, Polly has a brief dalliance with a schoolgirl, Christabel; but later marries one of his cousins, Miriam Larkins. Fifteen years later, Polly and his wife are running a draper’s shop in Fishbourne, and the marriage has descended to incessant arguments and bickering.

While walking in the country, Polly decides to commit suicide. He sets his shop ablaze in the hope that the insurance will assure Miriam’s prosperity. However, he botches the arson job and, instead of killing himself, rescues an elderly neighbour and becomes a minor local celebrity. Still unhappy, Polly leaves his wife and is hired by a rural innkeeper as handyman and ferryman; however, he soon realises that the position was only open because the innkeeper’s brother-in-law Jim is a drunkard who bullies any other man to leave the inn. Polly clashes with him until the latter accidentally drowns in a weir while chasing Polly.

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