|Directed by||Leslie H. Martinson|
|Written by||Dorothy Gilman (novel)
C. A. McKnight (screenplay)
|Music by||Lalo Schifrin|
|Edited by||Fred Bohanan
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|12 May 1971|
Mrs. Pollifax-Spy is a 1971 comedy film directed by Leslie H. Martinson, starring Rosalind Russell and Darren McGavin, and released by United Artists. This was Russell's last theatrical film role, with one TV movie in 1972. Russell adapted the novel The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax, written by Dorothy Gilman under the pseudonym C. A. McKnight.
Mrs. Emily Pollifax of New Jersey goes to the CIA to volunteer for spy duty, being in her own opinion, expendable now that the children are grown and she's widowed. And being just what the department needed (someone who looks and acts completely unlike a spy), she's assigned to simple courier duty to pick up a book in Mexico City. She finds this easier said than done. The film's tagline summizes the person of Pollifax: 'Before she joined the CIA, Mrs. Pollifax thought Red China was a set of dishes'.
- Rosalind Russell as Mrs. Pollifax
- Darren McGavin as Farrell
- Nehemiah Persoff as Berisha
- Harold Gould as Nexdhet
- Albert Paulsen as Perdido
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