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Eleanor H. Porter's PollyannaA Children's Classic at 100$
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Roxanne Harde and Lydia Kokkola

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781628461329

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2015

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628461329.001.0001

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The Gospel of Good Cheer

The Gospel of Good Cheer

Innocence, Spiritual Healing, and Patriotism in Mary Pickford’s Pollyanna

(p.191) 10 The Gospel of Good Cheer
Eleanor H. Porter's Pollyanna

Anke Brouwers

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter analyzes the first film adaptation of Pollyanna (1920) starring “America's Sweetheart,” Mary Pickford. Pollyanna's “glad philosophy” matched Pickford's public profile as a role model for American women and girls—one who was qualified to offer advice to the American public at large. The 1920 adaptation of Pollyanna reflects some key concerns of the society in which it was released: a postwar, post-scared, and post-sentimental climate. Pickford's film version affirms Pollyanna's relationship in America and demonstrates how its resonance clearly rests on its secular yet spiritually inspired motivations. Pollyanna asserted a strong influence on the development of Hollywood, in which the presence of strong emotional address, emphatic ability, and genteel morality served as markers of quality.

Keywords:   Pollyanna, Mary Pickford, glad philosophy, postwar society, Hollywood

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