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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 »
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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 »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins See more »
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User Reviews:
Just wonderful - a wonderfully true story of class and embarrassment See more (39 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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)

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Trivia:
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 3, 1938 with Fred MacMurray reprising his film role.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In a closeup, Alice is putting long stemmed flowers into a vase and they droop. In the long shot, the flowers are standing straight up in the vase.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:
YOU'RE AN ANGELSee more »

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29 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Just wonderful - a wonderfully true story of class and embarrassment, 10 July 2004
Author: trpdean from New York, New York

I had heard of the famous Tarkington novel (but not read it) and had known that Katherine Hepburn won the Best Actress Oscar for this. So, I rented it.

It's just so moving. What I think some of the negative reviewers forget is just how much a girl's prospects in a small town in the 1920s are determined by whom she marries. For the intelligent, lively, vibrant, charming, warm-hearted Alice Adams - with a pitifully weak (but very sympathetic) and rather poor father, Alice's chance to "make anything" of her life is determined socially.

My heart ached with the snubs Alice receives - the routine unthinking cuts she receives at the hands of those from "better" families. Wearing a two year old dress with a corsage of violets illegally picked from the park, her loutish brother in his old beaten-up borrowed car as her date, she tries SO HARD to fit in - and doesn't because no one will let her. It's the most opaque of glass ceilings.

If you've ever felt (at a job, a party, a family gathering) that there was nothing you could do - no matter how hard you tried - to fit in - yet it was important that you did, you'll feel so much for this charming girl.

I do agree with others that the Arthur Russell part is underwritten.

But the movie boring? Not on your life. The painful moments are more difficult to watch than most war movies in which the protagonist is killed - because it is so well-done -

-- the pains of humiliation borne within, the disability one cannot hide, the old dress, the rude and outrageous relation, the thwarted eagerness - these are far more likely to be the painful moments in one's life (that one does not wish to remember) than any actual bullet wounds.

I love how the movie does not show a saintly Alice - she would love to snub others (e.g., the chubby boy at the dance), would love to parade before others in finery. yet her warmth toward her family - her essential sweetness, her strong frustrated yearning - are completely captivating.

We love this girl - and because of that, we love the movie.

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