Polly is a musical television movie that originally aired in November 1989 on NBC. Adapted from the book Pollyanna, Polly was directed and choreographed by Debbie Allen and stars Keshia Knight Pulliam and Phylicia Rashād. It also featured the final performance of actress Butterfly McQueen.


The film is set in Alabama during the 1950s and features an all African-American cast (with the exception of Celeste Holm). Pulliam stars as Polly Whittier, an orphan who moves in with her aunt Polly Harrington and attempts to unite the small Southern town during the segregation era.

Polly proved to be a ratings hit and a sequel, Polly: Comin' Home!, followed in 1990. Both of these films are available on DVD exclusively from the Disney Movie Club and Disney Movie Rewards.


  • Keshia Knight Pulliam as Polly Whittier
  • Phylicia Rashād as Aunt Polly Harrington
  • Dorian Harewood as Dr. Robert Shannon
  • Barbara Montgomery as Mrs. Conley
  • T. K. Carter as George Dodds
  • Vanessa Bell Calloway as Nancy Palmer
  • Brandon Quintin Adams as Jimmy Bean
  • Butterfly McQueen as Miss Priss
  • Larry Riley as Reverend Gillis
  • Brock Peters as Mr. Pendergast
  • Celeste Holm as Miss Snow
  • Ken Page as Mayor Warren

Musical numbers

  1. By Your Side – Polly
  2. Honey Ain't Got Nothin' On You – Polly, Nancy, & Girls
  3. Sweet Little Angel EyesvJimmy Bean, Polly, George, Nancy, & Children
  4. Something More – Aunt Polly
  5. Shine A Light – Mayor Warren, Dr. Shannon, & George
  6. Rainbow Maker – Polly, Nancy, & Aunt Polly
  7. Stand Up – Reverend Gillis, Dr. Shannon, & Congregation
  8. Finale – Company

Home media

Both Polly and Polly: Comin' Home were released on VHS by Walt Disney Home Video in 1990. Around 2000 the two movies were released on DVD on Disney Movie Club Exclusive.

Award nominations

Year Award Result Category Recipient
1988–1989 Emmy Award Nominated Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or a Special Isidore Mankofsky
Outstanding Achievement in Choreography Debbie Allen
Young Artist Awards Best Young Actress Starring in a TV Movie, Pilot or Special Keshia Knight Pulliam
Best Young Actor Starring in a TV Movie, Pilot or Special Brandon Adams


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