Mrs. Pollifax-Spy

Mrs. Pollifax-Spy is a 1971 American 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, under the pseudonym C. A. McKnight, adapted the novel The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax, written by Dorothy Gilman.[1]

Mrs. Pollifax-Spy
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Directed byLeslie H. Martinson
Written byDorothy Gilman (novel)
C. A. McKnight (screenplay)
StarringRosalind Russell
Music byLalo Schifrin
CinematographyJoseph Biroc
Edited byFred Bohanan
Gene Milford
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
12 May 1971
Running time
110 min.
CountryUnited States


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'.



  1. ^ "Mrs. Pollifax -- Spy (1971) - Leslie Martinson - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related". Allmovie.

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