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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jo
Jack Oakie ...
George Bancroft ...
Major Burdle
Jimmy Lydon ...
Dan
Ann Gillis ...
Nan
Carl Esmond ...
Professor 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)
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Storyline

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 <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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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)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

At about five minutes, the Baby turns completely around in its box between shots. See more »

Quotes

Major Burdle: [to Willie] I won't lose his love and respect, not even if i have to steal the money to prove than I'm honest.
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Version of Shirley Temple's Storybook: Little Men (1960) See more »

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Roll Jordan Roll
(uncredited)
Traditional Negro spiritual
Sung a cappella by Lillian Randolph
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Way Too Cute
27 June 2003 | by (Philadelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

This film is cute to the point of being saccharine sweet. It tells the story of a too good to be true school mistress and her pupils, and of a rough and tumble young boy whose life they touch. The treatment of the youngsters is improbable given the time period the film takes place in, and the film has a trite ending that ignores the realities of the situation the boy is in. Finally, the film features the original Bessie the Cow; that fact alone makes it too cute.


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