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Alice Adams -- Academy Award-winner Katharine Hepburn received an Oscar-nomination as a working-class small-town girl with social ambitions who falls in love with wealthy playboy Fred MacMurray.


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Release Date:
13 November 1935 (Argentina) See more »
Twenty-two and wonderful ... as Booth Tarkington's loveliest heroine!
The misadventures of two social-climbing women in small town America. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins See more »
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Hepburn Day on TCM: Love, Danger and Drag
 (From Alt Film Guide. 7 August 2015, 4:24 PM, PDT)

A Year with Kate: Epilogue
 (From FilmExperience. 31 December 2014, 10:00 AM, PST)

Farewell to Hepburn Tomorrow
 (From FilmExperience. 30 December 2014, 10:47 AM, PST)

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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Katharine Hepburn ... Alice Adams

Fred MacMurray ... Arthur Russell
Fred Stone ... Virgil Adams

Evelyn Venable ... Mildred 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 (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)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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

Did You Know?

There was a disagreement among Katharine Hepburn and George Stevens about the post-party scene. The script called for Hepburn to fall onto the bed and break into sobs, but Stevens wanted her to walk to the window and cry, with the rain falling outside. Hepburn could not produce the tears required, so she asked Stevens if she could do the scene as scripted. Stevens yelled furiously at Hepburn, which did the trick and the scene was filmed Stevens' way, and Hepburn's tears are real.See more »
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 »
[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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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Just Be Yourself!!!, 26 November 2007
Author: ferbs54 from United States

I suppose that no one ever gave Alice Adams the sage advice that when one goes on a date with somebody, you should just "be yourself." But in the 1935 film "Alice Adams," Katharine Hepburn's title character is too busy trying to hide her humble background and put on hoity-toity airs, whenever she goes out shopping, to a party and especially when being courted, to EVER really be herself, and this desire to climb that social ladder only leads to embarrassing predicaments. This is actually a very charming film, and Hepburn, 28 here, looks extremely pretty, especially when given any number of beautiful close-ups by director George Stevens. The film boasts two wonderful and heartbreaking scenes: an early sequence at a ritzy dance, where wallflower Alice hugs the sidelines while pretending to no one in particular that everything is fine, and a late scene, in which the well-to-do young courter who has taken a fancy to her (nicely played by Fred MacMurray) suffers through a formal dinner with Alice's family in the middle of a heat wave. Hattie McDaniel (listed here as "McDaniels") almost steals this dinner scene as a slovenly, gum-chewing maid. Alice, despite her tendency to put on airs, is at heart a sweet girl (we see that in her relationships with her parents and brother), and the viewer is grateful that a young man is able to see beyond her B.S. and discern her finer qualities. But will upper-class Fred accept Alice, once he learns of her background? That, my IMDb'er friend, I urge you to find out for yourself...

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