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A Matter of Innocence (1967)

Pretty Polly (original title)
Approved | | Romance, Comedy, Drama | 24 January 1968 (USA)
Miss Polly decides to spend a few months with her wealthy spinster aunt as a traveling companion. While in India her aunt's demise leaves her alone to pursue her freedom and explore an ... See full summary »


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Noël Coward (story "Pretty Polly Barlow") (as Noel Coward), Keith Waterhouse (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hayley Mills ... Polly Barlow
Brenda de Banzie ... Eva Innes-Hook
Dorothy Alison ... Mrs. Barlow
Peter Bayliss ... Critch
Patricia Routledge ... Miss Gudgeon
Shashi Kapoor ... Amaz Hudeen
Trevor Howard ... Robert Thorne-Hook
Kalen Liu Kalen Liu ... Lorelei
Toni Murphy Toni Murphy ... Lady Tourist
Dick Patterson ... Rick Preston
Ric Young ... Lim Kee (as Eric Young)
Sarah Abdullah Sarah Abdullah ... Bad Girl
Anthony Chinn ... Japanese Proprietor
S.Y. Han S.Y. Han ... Oculist
David Prosser David Prosser ... Ambrose


Miss Polly decides to spend a few months with her wealthy spinster aunt as a traveling companion. While in India her aunt's demise leaves her alone to pursue her freedom and explore an arm's length romance with a local boy. Tender, fun loving, and poetic representation of that transition from youth to young womanhood. Written by Mike Gomez <mgomez@kuentos.guam.net>

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Release Date:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Free from her 6-year Disney contract that forced her to play younger than she was, Hayley Mills was 21 when she played the 21-year-old Polly Barlow. See more »


References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


Pretty Polly
Music by Michel Legrand
Lyrics by Don Black
Sung by Matt Monro
[Played over the opening credits]
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Hurt by a drifting narrative, but a decent vehicle for pretty Hayley...
18 September 2005 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Bookish, virginal British lass cuts loose on vacation in Singapore, where she has a romance with her hotel escort, a local young man who may be a gigolo. From a Noel Coward story, with some surprising and funny twists and turns, but the film doesn't know quite when or how to wrap things up. In the lead, Hayley Mills is self-effacing and a little bit feisty; her makeover from a flamboyant male hairdresser is amusing, as is her later switch to teasing tourist. After Mills left the Disney company, British filmmakers mostly seemed interested in getting rid of her darned virginity; this vehicle is no different, though the colorful location is nicely captured and Trevor Howard has a terrific role as Hayley's uncle (he has a speech near the end that evokes many dimensions). Not a complete success, and the Polly character is eventually so mercurial in her emotions that we don't know where we stand with her. Otherwise, an entertaining travelogue and Mills is always worth watching. **1/2 from ****

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