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Director:
Writers:
Booth Tarkington (novel)
Dorothy Yost (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
13 November 1935 (Argentina) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Twenty-two and wonderful ... as Booth Tarkington's loveliest heroine!
Plot:
The misadventures of two social-climbing women in small town America. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins See more »
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(11 articles)
A Year with Kate: State of the Union (1948)
 (From FilmExperience. 18 June 2014, 3:00 PM, PDT)

A Year With Kate: Alice Adams (1935)
 (From FilmExperience. 19 February 2014, 3:00 PM, PST)

Monologue: Kate Hepburn Jabbers Away in "Alice Adams"
 (From FilmExperience. 17 February 2014, 11:00 AM, PST)

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And how about Mr. Fred Stone? See more (40 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Katharine Hepburn ... Alice Adams

Fred MacMurray ... Arthur Russell
Fred Stone ... Virgil Adams
Evelyn Venable ... Mildred 'Georgette' Palmer

Frank Albertson ... Walter Adams
Ann Shoemaker ... Mrs. Adams

Charley Grapewin ... J. A. Lamb
Grady Sutton ... Frank Dowling

Hedda Hopper ... Mrs. Palmer
Jonathan Hale ... Mr. Palmer

Hattie McDaniel ... Malena Burns - Maid Serving Dinner (as Hattie McDaniels)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Walter Brennan ... (scenes deleted)
Brooks Benedict ... Henrietta's Dance Partner (uncredited)
Harry Bowen ... Laborer Putting Up Sign (uncredited)
Monte Carter ... Waiter at Restaurant (uncredited)
Kid Herman ... Black Servant at Party (uncredited)
Virginia Howell ... Mrs. Dowling (uncredited)
Ella McKenzie ... Ella Dowling (uncredited)
Janet McLeod ... Henrietta Lamb (uncredited)
Margaret Morris ... Party Guest Saying 'Organdy' (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Extra Dancing at Party (uncredited)
Zeffie Tilbury ... Mrs. Dresser (uncredited)
Frank Ward ... (uncredited)
George Warrington ... Postman (uncredited)
Frank Yaconelli ... Violinist at Restaurant (uncredited)

Directed by
George Stevens 
 
Writing credits
Booth Tarkington (novel "Alice Adams")

Dorothy Yost (screen play) &
Mortimer Offner (screen play) and
Jane Murfin (screen play)

Produced by
Pandro S. Berman .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Roy Webb (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Robert De Grasse (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Jane Loring (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Van Nest Polglase 
 
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett (costumes)
 
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
J.R. Crone .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Green .... assistant director (uncredited)
James Hartnett .... assistant director (uncredited)
Edward Killy .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Perry Ferguson .... associate art director
 
Sound Department
Denzil A. Cutler .... recordist (as D.A. Cutler)
 
Special Effects by
Harry Redmond Sr. .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Roy Webb .... musical director
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Russell Beach .... stand-in (uncredited)
Ann Coleman .... script clerk (uncredited)
Patricia Doyle .... stand-in (uncredited)
Herb Hirst .... location manager (uncredited)
John Huffner .... stand-in (uncredited)
Jane Loring .... directing staff (uncredited)
Elizabeth McGaffey .... researcher (uncredited)
A.D. Schroeder .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
William Van Vleck .... stand-in (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Booth Tarkington's Alice Adams" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
99 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Portugal:M/12 (DVD rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #1101) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Though Bette Davis won the 1935 Academy Award/Oscar for Dangerous (1935) beating out Katharine Hepburn in Alice Adams (1935), Davis was noted for saying more than once that she didn't deserve the award that year and that the one who did was Katherine Hepburn.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
[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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Aviator (2004)See more »
Soundtrack:
I CAN'T WALTZ ALONESee more »

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39 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
And how about Mr. Fred Stone?, 28 July 2003
Author: (lrrap@live.com) from Whiting, Indiana

When I first watched this film, despite the fact that George Steven's excellent direction makes a rather mundane plot into a very involving film, I was a bit thrown off by the actor who plays Katherine Hepburn's ailing father. About midway through the film I thought: "this guy's not much of an actor...".

However, by the time the film was over, I was completely captivated by the man, mostly due to his big confrontation scene with his boss near the end--in fact, I think I re-played that scene five times to really appreciate it's emotional power. And it is because of Mr. Fred Stone's performance in that scene that "Alice Adams" remains one of my very favorite films.

And who was the man? Well, anyone viewing "Alice Adams" is watching a rare document of American theatrical history. Fred Stone was born in 1873, actually traveled west with his family in a covered wagon, became a circus performer, acrobat, dancer, clown and expert "eccentric dancer." He knew Will Rogers and Annie Oakley, and became a MAJOR musical theater star in the early 20th-century. His most famous role was that of the ORIGINAL SCARECROW in the very first (1902) stage version of the WIZARD of OZ. As a young man Ray Bolger saw the production in Boston, and began to pursue his own "eccentric dancing" career, becoming immortalized himself as the Scarecrow in the 1939 MGM film.

In "Alice Adams", Fred Stone gives a remarkably sympathetic and honest performance, a simple, rather shy and utterly unpretentious Everyman, who, though convalescing from some undisclosed illness, must constantly endure the brow-beatings and guilt trips laid upon him by his nagging wife. By the end of the film, having become entangled in a business venture for which he seems totally unqualified and outraged by his son's thievery, he confronts his own boss in his living room for his big emotional scene. I remember reading in Mr. Stone's autobiography that George Stevens and Katherine Hepburn were so impressed by his performance in this scene that they actually EXPANDED his part in it to give him more screen time.

After Katherine Hepburn steps in to smooth things over with the boss, she has a final tender scene with Mr. Stone, one of those achingly beautiful scenes (with a lovely background score) that brings tears to the eye because of its sincerity and simplicity. You won't find anything like it in any film of the last 40 years--many imitations, yes---but not the REAL thing.

Oh yes, there's Katherine Hepburn too, in a role that requires her to act flighty and charming in an annoyingly overwrought way---a little of it goes a VERY long way. Still, she's lovely. Other stand-outs include Alice's smart-aleck brother, played by Frank Albertson, an appealing light comedy/musical theater guy BEST KNOWN for 2 roles: as Sam "hee-haw" Wainwright in "It's a Wonderful Life" and as the lecherous businessman who gives Janet Leigh the $40,000 in the second scene of "Psycho" (he really had aged a lot by 1959). Also, Charley Grapewin, best-known as Uncle Henry in the 1939 "Wizard of OZ" has a chance to shine as Mr. Stone's slightly cantankerous but generous and warm-hearted boss, Mr. Lamb.

"Alice Adams" is not for everyone; it's a low-key, genteel film about the problems of small-town people who are moving up in the social world and the one family that gets left behind. But thanks to George Steven's sensitive and compelling direction, the film transcends it very earthbound plot and becomes, at least for some of us, a very involving cinematic treasure.

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