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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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(12 articles)
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User Reviews:
Fred MacMurray almost steals the spotlight... 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:
RKO executives wanted Randolph Scott for the Fred MacMurray role, but he was involved in the production of So Red the Rose (1935).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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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Fred MacMurray almost steals the spotlight..., 15 March 2005
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

ALICE ADAMS is the film I'd heard about for years as one of Hepburn's best early films so when I had the chance to watch it recently on TCM I took advantage of it.

From a novel by Booth Tarkington, it concerns a young woman anxious to connect socially with the right people who manages to attract the attention of a handsome and well-to-do young man (Fred MacMurray) at a party. Hepburn shines in the title role, looking fresh and attractive, struggling to keep him interested in her--but unfortunately, with all of her trademark mannerisms not always held in check.

She does well in the role but, in my opinion, the real magnet of interest is the under-appreciated Fred MacMurray who does a sincere and effortless job as her suitor in a role that could not have been easy to bring off. Both stars are in their physical prime, but MacMurray's naturalness only makes Hepburn look even more mannered than usual. Fortunately, this works because her character is supposed to be putting on airs. But at times, this is overdone.

The awkwardness of the social situations are exploited--and the highpoint has to be the warm dinner served on a hot evening, complete with maid service (by Hattie McDaniel) in one of the movie's most amusing, if uncomfortable, scenes. Here too, MacMurray displays just the right amount of stability against all odds. Fred Stone provides a number of chuckles as Hepburn's so provincial father.

All of the supporting roles are nicely filled, with special praise for Ann Shoemaker as the concerned mother anxious for her daughter to find the right suitor. But it's Hepburn's showcase under George Stevens' sensitive direction and she is convincing despite the overly mannered performance.

Summing up: Although some of the situations seemed a bit forced and not everyone will appreciate the humor at Hattie McDaniel's expense, it's worth watching for Hepburn and MacMurray alone.

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