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Little Women (1949)

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Louisa May Alcott's autobiographical account of her life with her three sisters in Concord Mass in the 1860s. With their father fighting in the civil war, the sisters: Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth... See full summary »



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Louisa May Alcott's autobiographical account of her life with her three sisters in Concord Mass in the 1860s. With their father fighting in the civil war, the sisters: Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth are at home with their mother - a very outspoken women for her time. The story is of how the sisters grow up, find love and find their place in the world. Written by Rob Hartill

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THRILLS OF YOUNG LOVE! (original print ad - all caps)


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April 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mujercitas  »

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(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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June Allyson was pregnant with her son Dick Powell jr. during filming. See more »


Laurie ask Jo how many lumps she wants in her tea and she says three. You can see it's normal sugar and Laurie put four spoons of sugar in the tea. See more »


Mr. Laurence: So I *bark*, do I, hmmmmmm?
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None But the Lonely Heart (Nur Wer die Sehnsucht Kennt)
(1869) (uncredited)
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky ("Romance for Voice and Piano, Op. 6. No. 6) (1869)
Poem by Johann Wolfgang Goethe (1795-96)
Played on piano and Sung by Rossano Brazzi in German and English
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This Movie represents one of the finest most beautifully filmed of all of MGM's costum drama's from that era.
13 March 2001 | by (Philadelphia,Pennsylvania,USA) – See all my reviews

The opening scenes of Little Women are so beautifully captured on film that it looks almost like a Currier and Ives post card. It is so magically evocative of a New England in the early 1860's that the viewer is transported to that time visually and emotionally. The characters are so well crafted, warm and human that you truly wish you knew them. The way the movie glides through the season's, from the deep snows of winter, to the bright flowers of spring, through the summer into the golden hues of autumn each season is so wonderfully captured that viewers one hundred years from now will feel that they time tripped to that age so long ago. With the brutal civil war as the backdrop to the play, the movie tells the sensitive and gentle story of four young sister's on the homefront. Each sister is defined and likeable. Brought to life brilliently by June Allyson, Janet Leigh, Elizabeth Taylor and Margaret O'Brien. Each actress captured fully the innocents, decency and depth of their roles, imprinting forever the definitive characterizations that would have made Louisa May Alcott proud. I love this most beautiful work of cinematic art so much that I never tire of watching it. It is a treat for the eyes, the heart and the soul and at the end when the camera pans back to view the sky festooned with a glorious rainbow your emotions leap for joy that a movie can so utterly express the simple elegance of human decency and goodness.

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