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Alice Adams (1935)

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The misadventures of two social-climbing women in small town America.

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In the lower-middle-class Adams family, father and son are happy to work in a drugstore, but mother and daughter Alice try every possible social-climbing stratagem despite snubs and embarrassment. When Alice finally meets her dream man Arthur, mother nags father into a risky business venture and plans to impress Alice's beau with an "upscale" family dinner. Will the excruciating results drive Arthur away? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Twenty-two and wonderful ... as Booth Tarkington's loveliest heroine!

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13 November 1935 (Argentina)  »

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Jane Loring, the frequent editor of Katharine Hepburn, did not receive onscreen credit, and studio files indicate she was paid out of the directing budget. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Alice walks with Arthur toward her house for the first time you can see a woman watering her shrubs and a letter carrier walk up, then back down her porch steps twice. The background scene repeats itself, letter carrier, woman setting down hose, etc. The letter carrier approaches Alice moments later where she then has to shamefully admit to Arthur that this is indeed her house that she is in front of. Obviously a rear projection scene that was duplicated. See more »

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[first lines]
Florist: Good afternoon.
Alice Adams: Yes, I'd like to buy a corsage, something nice to wear to the party.
Florist: Yes. Ooh, that's the - that's the Palmer party, I suppose.
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Referenced in George Stevens: The Filmmakers Who Knew Him (2001) See more »

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I CAN'T WALTZ ALONE
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Music by Max Steiner
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A Triumph For Kate & Company
4 June 2002 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

Vibrant, young ALICE ADAMS keeps looking for love & happiness, no matter what tough knocks the world throws at her.

Booth Tarkington's novel comes alive in this splendid film from RKO, which, aside from its first rate production values, features a luminescent Kate Hepburn in the title role. Brave & spunky, yet tenderhearted & true, she immediately engages the viewer's interest & compassion. Belittled by her local high society's casual cruelty, her shining eyes & courageous little smile (nearly) always come through. It is wonderful to watch Hepburn work through the film's emotional centerpiece, a disastrous dinner served for the rich young man who's taken a shine to her, inadvertently given on the hottest evening in a decade. (Deftly playing her suitor, Fred MacMurray deserves his share of the applause.) The intrinsic honesty of the actress makes her performance a triumph.

Hepburn is abetted by a very fine supporting cast. Fred Stone as her invalid father, and Ann Shoemaker as her fretful mother are almost uncomfortably realistic - one naturally feels sorry for their trials & tribulations. Frank Albertson plays her loudmouthed brother; a few short years before this actor showed tremendous promise as a musical comedy star, but the breaks didn't come and he was to play mostly supporting roles.

Hedda Hopper irritates nicely as a snobbish society matron. Charley Grapewin gives a good handful of scenes as Stone's gruff, kind-hearted employer. Grady Sutton deserves special mention, playing a lonely young man whose plain face & chubby body have distanced him from the vast majority of society girls. Usually relegated to playing simpering sissies, Sutton's wistful sadness here in his few short scenes makes one instantly sympathetic for the poor fellow

Hattie MacDaniel is hilarious as the clumsy job cook who arrives to prepare and serve Hepburn's dinner party. Movie mavens will recognize Zeffie Tilbury as an elderly lady at the society party.

But it is Hepburn who stays in the mind long after the movie ends...


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