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Miss Polly (1941)

Approved | | Comedy | 14 November 1941 (USA)
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 there hasn't been a marriage in the town in over ... See full summary »

Director:

Fred Guiol

Writers:

Eugene Conrad (screenplay), Edward E. Seabrook (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zasu Pitts ... Miss Pandora Polly
Slim Summerville ... Slim Wilkins
Kathleen Howard ... Mrs. Minerva Snodgrass
Brenda Forbes ... Patsy
Elyse Knox ... Barbara Snodgrass
Richard Clayton Richard Clayton ... Eddie (as Dick Clayton)
Dink Trout Dink Trout ... Postman Wilbur Boggs
William Newell ... Hubert - New Postman
Ferris Taylor ... Mayor Walsh
Fern Emmett ... Mrs. Frisbee
Vera Lewis ... Elvira Pennywinkle
Sarah Edwards Sarah Edwards ... Angie Turner (as Sara Edwards)
Virginia Sale ... Orsina Wiggins
Walter Baldwin ... Lem Wiggins
Mickey Daniels ... Elmer, the Grocery Boy
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Storyline

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 there hasn't been a marriage in the town in over two years. Her next-door neighbor, Miss Panadora Polly, aptly named based on what she lets out of the box later in the film, is doing her best to promote the romance between town-nerd Eddie and Minerva's daughter Barbara. Miss Polly also does a lot of reflecting on what-might-have been regarding her own life reference romance, or the lack thereof. She and her handyman Slim Wilkins and (described in the dialogue) "housekeeper and companion" Patsy try sampling some of the spirits in the cellar, as Miss Polly is looking for the one that makes one nervy and romantic, that she is sure is there according to family legend. She finds it and it works as advertised and even better, and it is no pretty sight when the horny Zasu Pitts puts a hit on grocery-boy Mickey Daniels. She skips - she really does - down to... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Travessura de Solteirona See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film was first purchased for telecast in New York City in mid-1948 by WPIX (Channel 11), as part of their newly acquired series of three dozen Hal Roach feature film productions, originally released theatrically between 1931 and 1943, and now being syndicated for television broadcast by Regal Television Pictures. However, no record of WPIX ever showing the film has been found. Its earliest documented telecasts took place in Chicago Sunday 30 January 1949 on WBKB (Channel 4), in Philadelphia Tuesday 24 May 1949 on WCAU (Channel 10), and in New York City Tuesday 16 August 1949 on WJZ (Channel 7), who picked up the Roach package after WPIX was finished with it; in the meantime, on the West Coast, its initial television presentation occurred in Los Angeles Tuesday 28 September 1948 on KTLA (Channel 5) and it was first telecast in Detroit Saturday 5 November 1949 on WXYZ (Channel 7). See more »

Quotes

Miss Pandora Polly: Nobody ever
[wolf call whistle]
Miss Pandora Polly: at me but I wish they would've.
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Follows Niagara Falls (1941) See more »

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Zasu Pitts puts an end to small-town hypocrisy...
2 January 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

A short comedy from '41 with ZASU PITTS starring as a woman with an eccentric handyman inventor (SLIM SUMMERVILLE). It should have been called "Love Potion 9" because it's all about the sip of special wine that puts the love gleam in someone's eye. Zasu's purpose is to cement the romance between ELYSE KNOX and DICK CLAYTON that is threatened to wilt if KATHLEEN HOWARD (Elyse's strict mother) has her say.

The scheme to concoct a love potion goes awry with a few amusing incidents piling up until Pitts and Summerville are able to convince the townspeople to loosen up and stop being under the influence of Kathleen Howard's puritanical ways. At a town meeting, they slip the mixture to Howard and she chases Summerville out of the courtroom with a love gleam in her eyes. The End.

Summing up: The kind of wacky comedy that only Zasu Pitts fans can truly appreciate. She's at her wide-eyed, fluttery best after a sip of the potion but it's very, very weak material, notable only for some of Summerville's wacky inventions.


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