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Little Men (1940)

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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 »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Oakie ...
Willie the Fox
George Bancroft ...
Maj. Burdle
Jimmy Lydon ...
Ann Gillis ...
Carl Esmond ...
Prof. Bhaer (as Charles Esmond)
Richard Nichols ...
Casey Johnson ...
Francesca Santoro ...
Johnny Burke ...
Lillian Randolph ...
Sammy McKim ...
Edward Rice ...
Anne Howard ...
Jimmy Zahner ...
Jack (as Jimmy Zaner)


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 Jim Beaver <>

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Comedy | Drama


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29 November 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Louisa May Alcott's Little Men  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »


Version of Little Men (1998) See more »


Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair
(1854) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Played by Schuyler Standish on violin
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Big Moo
7 July 2008 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

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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