Faithful adherence to the original H. G. Wells story is one of the main virtues of The History of Mr Polly which is noted for its fine characterizations.
The story of Mr Polly is retold simply from the time of his father’s death, his inheritance and marriage, subsequent failure as a shop-keeper and final happiness and freedom as a general handyman in a small country inn. Its success is a personal tribute to the sterling acting of John Mills.
Director Anthony Pelissier has put all the emphasis on the principal characters, and has extracted every ounce of human interest from the classic. Every part, right down to the smallest bit, has been selected with care and there is some notable work from an experienced cast.