Review: ‘Pretty Polly’

Hayley Mills (as Polly) goes on vacation with a rich, disagreeable aunt to Singapore. Frumpish, bespectacled and lumpily dressed, she timidly obeys her aunt's constant demands for attention and looks suitably badgered.

Hayley Mills (as Polly) goes on vacation with a rich, disagreeable aunt to Singapore. Frumpish, bespectacled and lumpily dressed, she timidly obeys her aunt’s constant demands for attention and looks suitably badgered.

But the relation dies from taking a swim too soon after a heavy lunch, and this sparks off the transformation scene. Polly is encouraged by an Indian acting as guide and helpmate to have her hair done, exchange her glasses for contact lenses,and indulge in a riot of makeup. She emerges as a siren.

Derived from a Noel Coward short story – itself written in the vein of Somerset Maugham – the script goes all out for sentiment, and, on its undemanding level, achieves it.

Pretty Polly

UK

Production

Universal. Director Guy Green; Producer George W. George, Frank Granat; Screenplay Willis Hall, Keith Waterhouse; Camera Arthur Ibbetson; Editor Frank Clarke; Music Michel Legrand; Art Director Peter Mullins

Crew

(Color) Extract of a review from 1967. Running time: 102 MIN.

With

Hayley Mills Trevor Howard Shashi Kapoor Brenda de Banzie Dick Patterson Kalen Lui
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