Miss Polly (1941)

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Mrs. Minerva Snodgrass heads up the town's Purity League and is so good at imposing restrictions of keeping the girls and boys apart that the town hasn't had a marriage in over two years. ... See full summary »


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8 January 2007 | mkilmer
| It was good, but it could not have been longer.
I first encountered Zasu Pitts as "Trina" in Erich von Stroheim's GREED (1924), but this is not that. Here, she's Miss Pandora Polly, a lady with a big heart and a youthful spirit. Instead of GREED, what we have is a small town being terrorized by a stereotypical "upright and uptight guild." They've literally taken over the town, reducing the mayor to a pawn and passing all sorts of weird ordinances which proscribe amorous or even friendly contact between unmarried youths of the opposite sex. Zasu won't have any of this, and she takes steps to put the town right.

MISS POLLY is a story with one side to root for, the other against. The laughs are plenty, many coming from Slim Summerville as Slim Witkins, Polly's inventor friend. The only sane character in this movie, except for the soon-to-retire mailman, is Zasu's friend (or maid), Patsy (Brenda Forbes), who plays a delightful "straight-man" to Summerville's eccentricity.

It's only 45 minutes long, and it's a delight, especially if you enjoy observing the hypocrites getting their comeuppance.

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