The History of Mr. Polly ★★★½

Unsure of his course in life, Mr. Polly wanders the countryside aimlessly. He tries marriage and a small business, but neither suits him. Nearing 40, he leaves his wife and wanders again. Ultimately, Polly finds contentment as the handyman in a small, idyllic hostelry, owned by a sympathetic widow.

The film is based on a 1910 novel of same name by H. G. Wells. The hero of both novel and film searches for his proper place in life. Polly has a flair for language and makes up his own, amusing expressions to describe events and his feelings about them.