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Polly with a Past

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Country  United States
Director  Leander De Cordova
Polly with a Past Polly with a Past Wikipedia

Language  Silent (English intertitles)
Writer  Guy Bolton, George Middleton, June Mathis
Release date  November 29, 1920
Cast  Ina Claire, Ralph Graves, Harry Benham, Marie Wainwright, Frank Currier, Myra Brooks, Louiszita Valentine
Screenplay  June Mathis, Arthur J. Zellner
Story by  Guy Bolton, George Middleton
Similar movies  Greed (1924), The Conquering Power (1921), To Hell with the Kaiser! (1918), Blood and Sand (1922), Camille (1921)

Polly with a Past is a 1920 American silent drama film produced and distributed by Metro Pictures and directed by Leander de Cordova. Based on a 1917 Broadway stage play of the same name, the film starred Ina Claire, reprising her stage role as the title Polly. Clifton Webb had an early unbilled screen appearance in this film.

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As with many Metro Pictures productions from the period from the late 1910s to the early 1920s, this film is presumed lost.

Plot

Minister's daughter Polly Shannon (Ina Claire), in order to earn money go to Paris and study opera, takes a job as a maid for Clay Cullum (Harry Benham) and Harry Richardson (Clifton Webb). Cullum and Richardson are friends with Rex Van Zile (Ralph Graves), whose love for Myrtle Davis (Louiszita Valentine) is unrequited. The three friends and Polly come up with a scheme to get Myrtle to notice Rex. Polly poses as a French adventuress "with a past" who pursues Rex. Their plan is to inspire Myrtle to save Rex from the bad woman.

Complications ensue and in the end Rex and Polly fall in love.

Cast

  • Ina Claire as Polly Shannon
  • Ralph Graves as Rex Van Zile
  • Marie Wainwright as Mrs. Van Zile
  • Harry Benham as Clay Cullum
  • Clifton Webb as Harry Richardson
  • Louiszita Valentine as Myrtle Davis
  • Myra Brooks as the cook
  • Frank Currier
  • Production

    In December 1919, Metro acquired the play Polly With a Past (1917) from Guy Bolton and George Middleton for $75,000, reputedly the highest price paid for a stage story to that time. Its purchase reflected Metro's efforts to obtain stories that were already well-known and popular. From the start, Ina Claire, who had played Polly on the stage, was intended to star in the film version.

    June Mathis began work on the script in June 1920. Location scouting trips to Long Island were reported in August. Interiors were filmed at the Metro studios in New York; two Long Island estates provided exteriors. By the end of September shooting was finished.

    References

    Polly with a Past Wikipedia


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