Jo March and her husband Professor Bhaer operate the Plumfield School for poor boys. When Dan, a tough street kid, comes to the school, he wins Jo's heart despite his hard edge, and she ... See full summary »
Jo March and her husband Professor Bhaer operate the Plumfield School for poor boys. When Dan, a tough street kid, comes to the school, he wins Jo's heart despite his hard edge, and she defends him when he is falsely accused. Dan's foster father, Major Burdle, is a swindler in cahoots with another crook called Willie the Fox. When the Plumfield School becomes in danger of foreclosure, the two con men cook up a scheme to save the home. Written by
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This film uses several of the Gone with the Wind (1939) exterior sets, including Tara, the train shed, and several of the Atlanta street buildings. One of the best close-up views of Tara's front porch and door. See more »
At about five minutes, the Baby turns completely around in its box between shots. See more »
This one compares relatively well with the other old "Little Women" and "Little Men" movies. It boasts an evenly keeled performance from Jimmy Lydon (as Danny), who handles the material particularly well. Other Louisa May Alcott adaptations err by casting older, and far too cutely made-up, stars as Alcott's young characters. Possibly, due to his relative youth, Mr. Lydon gets less than "star billing". Higher-billed veterans Kay Francis (as Jo March) and George Bancroft (as Major Burdle) provide strong adult support. Ms. Francis' portrayal of an older "Jo" rings true. However, Jack Oakie (as Willie the Fox) has the most enjoyable role. In black-and-white, Nick Musuraca photographs Darrell Silvera's sets quite nicely. Still, the total effect sometimes too cute for comfort.
***** Little Men (11/29/40) Norman Z. McLeod ~ Jimmy Lydon, Kay Francis, Jack Oakie, George Bancroft
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