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Polly Ann
Bessie Love with a suit of armor in Polly Ann (1917).jpg
Bessie Love in the film
Directed byCharles Miller
Written byJ. G. Hawks
R. Cecil Smith
Produced byTriangle Film Corporation
StarringBessie Love
CinematographyHenry Bredesen
Distributed byTriangle Film Corporation
Release date
  • September 9, 1917 (1917-09-09) (U.S.)
Running time
5 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Polly Ann (also known as The Little Reformer[1] and Pernickety Polly Ann[2][3]) is a lost 1917 American silent comedy-drama film produced and distributed by the Triangle Film Corporation. It was directed by Charles Miller and stars Bessie Love.[4]


Bessie Love as Polly Ann
Bessie Love as Polly Ann

In rural New Hampshire, Orphan Polly Ann (Love) leaves the poor farm to work at the village tavern, run by Jud Simpkins (Lockney). When a traveling theater troupe comes to town, actor Hubert de Courcey (Foss) convinces Polly Ann to become an actress and leave with them. Village schoolteacher Howard Straightlane (Lee) intervenes, and takes Polly Ann under his wing. When a sick relative in Boston sends for Polly Ann, she goes to care for the relative, and nurses him back to health. When she learns that this relative and Howard are uncle and nephew, Polly Ann facilitates a reunion between them. The uncle then gives his blessing for Polly Ann and Howard to marry.[5][6][7][8][9][10]


The cast in a scene from the film
The cast in a scene from the film


Although the plot was considered unoriginal by its reviewers,[9] the film did well at the box office.[11]


  1. ^ Ryan, Charles H. (October 27, 1917). "What the Picture Did for Me". Motography. Vol. 18, no. 17. p. 856.
  2. ^ "Checklist 85 – Bessie Love". Monthly Film Bulletin. Vol. 39, no. 456. London. January 1, 1972. p. 43.
  3. ^ "Triangle, Full Speed Ahead". Motography. Vol. 18, no. 7. August 18, 1917. p. 346.
  4. ^ Hanson, Patricia King, ed. (1988). The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States: Feature Films 1911–1920. Berkeley, California: University of California Press. ISBN 978-0-520-06301-3.
  5. ^ "Reviews: Polly Ann". Exhibitors Herald. Vol. 5, no. 13. New York: Exhibitors Herald Company. September 22, 1917. pp. 25–26.
  6. ^ "Bessie Love in 'Polly Ann'". The Moving Picture World. September 1, 1917. p. 1360.
  7. ^ a b "Triangle Film Corp". The Moving Picture World. September 29, 1917. p. 2049.
  8. ^ "A Pair of Triangles". The Moving Picture World. September 22, 1917. p. 1857.
  9. ^ a b "Moving Pictures". Variety. September 1917. p. 34.
  10. ^ "Ready-Made Ad-Talks". Motion Picture News. Vol. 16, no. 12. September 22, 1917. p. 1992.
  11. ^ Miller, E.C. (September 29, 1917). "What the Picture Did for Me". Motography. Vol. 18, no. 13. p. 643.

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