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An orphan tries to use gladness to unite the people in a small southern town.


Debbie Allen


William Blinn (teleplay), Eleanor H. Porter (novel)
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Keshia Knight Pulliam ... Polly
Phylicia Rashad ... Aunt Polly
Dorian Harewood ... Dr. Shannon
Barbara Montgomery ... Mrs. Conley
T.K. Carter ... George
Vanessa Bell Calloway ... Nancy
Brandon Quintin Adams ... Jimmy Bean (as Brandon Adams)
Ken Page
Larry Riley ... Rev. Gillis
Butterfly McQueen ... Miss Priss
Brock Peters ... Mr. Pendergast
Celeste Holm ... Miss Snow
George Anthony Bell ... Mr. Tarbell
Tom McGreevey Tom McGreevey ... Doctor
Michael Peters Michael Peters ... Mr. Thurm


An orphan tries to use gladness to unite the people in a small southern town.

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Release Date:

12 November 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pollyanna See more »

Filming Locations:

Pasadena, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Walt Disney Television See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The last performance of Butterfly McQueen. See more »


Nancy: Polly, this is Mrs. Conley. Mrs. Conley...
Mrs. Conley: ...this is Polly? Ha! Ha! Well you're a lil' runtsy aren't ya' child?
Polly: I'm as big as I know how to get!
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Version of Tale of Pollyanna, Girl of Love (1986) See more »


Shine a Light
Written by Jim Cox
Performed by Ken Page, Dorian Harewood and T.K. Carter
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Loved it!!
10 June 2005 | by vaughaalSee all my reviews

I saw this movie for the first time when I was four, and have continued to watch it until now. (I'm 19) I think it is a great movie, especially for kids. Both the first and sequel are about giving people second chances, and getting along as one instead of separating off into groups because of being different races. They do a great job of dating it back to the 50s in Alabama, with the outfits as well as the racial issues. It's basically a town split in half, that is then brought together by the ideas of one girl and a tragedy, and they all become one great community. The sequel was just as amazing, and you HAVE to see it if you have seen the first one. It is really a movie that the whole family can enjoy, and it also teaches great values.

Plus I used to LOVE singing along with it. I happen to think this version is WAY better than the Disney original. The cast is amazing, all of them have fabulous singing voices, and they have great chemistry together!!

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