The History of Mr Polly

A bit of a pattern here, as I found myself watching another film on a Sunday.  I had never heard of this black and white film based upon a HG Wells book. It was simply accompaniment to my ironing chores and I got sucked into its simple/sentimental storyline.

It featured John Mills playing the part of Alfred Polly a dreamer who sleepwalked through life. In many ways everything was caricatured but it added to the spectacle. The film ambled along, but within its simplicity there was a quiet subversion,  which  strangely reminded me of the origins of punk rock – Do anything you want to do!  HG Wells is more famous for the Time Machine and War of the Worlds and the odd thing was that this film was covering the same territory in different ways.

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