Polly with a Past (1920) - Rotten Tomatoes

Polly with a Past (1920)




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Small town American girl Polly Shannon (Ina Claire) goes to Paris to study singing, but winds up as a maid to two bachelors. They have a wealthy friend, Rex Van Zile (Ralph Graves), who is having problems with his cold-hearted fiancee. So they decide to make her jealous by having Polly pose as a notorious French adventuress who has her eye on Rex. She does her job so well that -- predictably -- Rex actually does fall in love with her and completely forgets about his fiancee. Ina Claire previously starred in the George Middleton/Guy Bolton stage play from which this picture was made. Although her on screen performance was well-received, she would achieve greater fame during the talkie era, when Hollywood raided Broadway for new stars. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi


Ina Claire
as Polly Shannon
Ralph Graves
as Rex Van Zile
Harry Benham
as Clay Cullum
Clifton Webb
as Harry Richardson

Critic Reviews for Polly with a Past

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

Polly's gowns and hats are marvels of daring design. Ina Claire plays Polly in this airy plot borrowed from the stage, and she proves that she does not need dialogue to tell a story.

September 13, 2021 | Full Review…

Miss Claire has unquestionably piquant appeal and the picture is generally well made.

October 26, 2020 | Full Review…

One of the finest and most enjoyable productions of the current season in the Cinema world.

October 26, 2020 | Full Review…

Miss Claire will doubtless establish herself as a first-grade picture star with Polly.

October 26, 2020 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A few striking costumes worn by Ina Claire, a few amusing sub-titles, and the rest is just so much perforated celluloid.

October 4, 2021 | Full Review…

Polly With a Past serves [Claire] very well as a medium for her introduction.

October 26, 2020 | Full Review…

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