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Little Women (1933)

Not Rated | | Drama, Family, Romance | 24 November 1933 (USA)
Little Women is a "coming of age" drama tracing the lives of four sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. During the American Civil War, the girls father is away serving as a minister to the troops... See full summary »

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Little Women is a "coming of age" drama tracing the lives of four sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. During the American Civil War, the girls father is away serving as a minister to the troops. The family, headed by thier beloved Marmee, must struggle to make ends meet, with the help of their kind and wealthy neighbor, Mr. Laurence, and his high spirited grandson Laurie. Written by Liza Esser <essereli@student.msu.edu>

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$424,000 (estimated)
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David O. Selznick had been working for RKO Radio but had become increasingly disillusioned with the way the studio was operating. His stress at work, coupled with his anxiety over the worsening condition of his father, led him to turn to MGM who had been actively courting him for some time. He agreed to join them in February 1933 but his departure left three active projects in limbo at RKO, one of which was Little Women (1933). George Cukor had been assigned to direct the film but he followed Selznick to MGM. However, Cukor agreed to return to RKO to finish off the film as a personal favor to Selznick. See more »

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In the Christmas play when the prop tower falls down Jo says everything is all right, her lips aren't moving. See more »

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[first lines]
Marmee March: So you're going to Washington?
Elderly man: Yes, ma'am; my son is sick in the hospital there.
Marmee March: Oh, this will be an anxious Christmas for you.
Marmee March: [finding him a coat] I think this one will do; let's try this. Is it your only son?
Elderly man: No, ma'am. I had four; two were killed, one is a prisoner.
Marmee March: [deeply moved] You've done a great deal for your country, sir.
Elderly man: Oh, not a mite more than I ought, ma'am. I'd go myself if I was any use. Thank you for the overcoat.
Marmee March: Wait a minute...
Marmee March: [giving him some money] I hope you ...
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Referenced in Book Revue (1946) See more »

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Tramp! Tramp! Tramp! (The Boys Are Marching)
(1864) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by George Frederick Root
In the score for the opening scene
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Beautifully adapted version of the Alcott classic!
14 March 1999 | by (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada) – See all my reviews

It's always a wonderful feeling when a film works its wonders on you. LITTLE WOMEN had that effect on me, and I'm not even a fan of these types of stories. This adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott classic has real heart, warmth, and the right amount of sentimentality, amounting to a wonderful film. Katharine Hepburn stars as the tomboyish Jo, a free-spirited young lady who is dying for adventure but craves the time she spends with her sisters. The one that stands out among the four is Beth, a caring, sweet girl with a flair for the piano. If you don't get teary-eyed about her cause, you definitely pass for a curmudgeon. The only complaint I have about this gem is that the last quarter of the film doesn't seem to have the matching effervescence that the rest of the film had. It ends abruptly and off-balance. All qualms aside, this is a genuine classic, filled with great performances and characters you can't help but like. A true family entertainment. Rating: Three stars and a half.


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