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Andrew Solt (screen play) &
Sarah Y. Mason (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
April 1949 (USA) See more »
THRILLS OF YOUNG LOVE! (original print ad - all caps)
The March sisters -- Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy -- struggle to make ends meet in their New England household... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

June Allyson ... Jo

Peter Lawford ... Laurie

Margaret O'Brien ... Beth

Elizabeth Taylor ... Amy

Janet Leigh ... Meg

Rossano Brazzi ... Professor Bhaer

Mary Astor ... Marmee

Lucile Watson ... Aunt March

C. Aubrey Smith ... Mr. Laurence (as Sir C. Aubrey Smith)

Elizabeth Patterson ... Hannah

Leon Ames ... Mr. March

Harry Davenport ... Dr. Barnes

Richard Wyler ... John Brooke (as Richard Stapley)

Connie Gilchrist ... Mrs. Kirke

Ellen Corby ... Sophie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dorothy Abbott ... Schoolgirl - Davis's Class (uncredited)
Marci Booth ... Schoolgirl - Davis's Class (uncredited)

Harlan Briggs ... Old Crony at Grace's Store (uncredited)
Rosalee Calvert ... Schoolgirl - Davis's Class (uncredited)
Frank Darien ... Old Crony at Grace's Store (uncredited)
Lisa Golm ... Mrs. Hummel (uncredited)
Eloise Hardt ... Sally Gardiner (uncredited)
June Hedin ... Schoolgirl - Davis's Class (uncredited)
Patsy Henry ... Hummel Child (uncredited)

Olin Howland ... Mr. Davis - Schoolteacher (uncredited)
Scotty Hugenberg ... Hummel Child (uncredited)
Clare Jane Karnback ... Tina (uncredited)
Gloria Moore ... Schoolgirl - Davis's Class (uncredited)
Diane Nance ... Kitty (uncredited)

Ralph Peters ... Hackman (uncredited)
Melinda Plowman ... Hummel Child (uncredited)
Norman Rainey ... Servant (uncredited)

Isabel Randolph ... Mrs. Gardiner (uncredited)
Marilyn Thorpe ... Schoolgirl - Davis's Class (uncredited)
María Torres ... Hummel Child (uncredited)
Stuart Torres ... Hummel Child (uncredited)
Arthur Walsh ... Lad Jo Refuses to Dance with (uncredited)

Will Wright ... Mr. Grace - Proprietor (uncredited)

Directed by
Mervyn LeRoy 
Writing credits
Andrew Solt (screen play) &
Sarah Y. Mason (screen play) and
Victor Heerman (screen play)

Louisa May Alcott (from the novel by)

Sally Benson  contributor to screenplay construction (uncredited)

Produced by
Mervyn LeRoy .... producer
Original Music by
Adolph Deutsch (musical score)
Cinematography by
Robert H. Planck (director of photography) (as Robert Planck)
Charles Edgar Schoenbaum (director of photography) (as Charles Schoenbaum)
Film Editing by
Ralph E. Winters 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Paul Groesse 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett (costumes designed by)
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... make-up creator
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair styles designer
Production Management
Walter Strohm .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alfred Raboch .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Jack D. Moore .... associate set decorator
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Norwood A. Fenton .... sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Ed Hubbell .... still photographer (uncredited)
Tom Long .... grip (uncredited)
John Schmitz .... camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Alexander Courage .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Robert Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Bronislau Kaper .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Henri Jaffa .... associate Technicolor color director
Natalie Kalmus .... Technicolor color director
Amalia Kent .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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122 min (Turner library print)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Finland:S | South Korea:All | Sweden:Btl | UK:U (passed with cuts) | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (VoD rating) (2011) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #13422) | USA:Passed (The National Board of Review) | West Germany:6

Did You Know?

Mr. Davis, the school teacher who could not bring himself to punish Amy, was portrayed both the 1933 and 1949 Little Women by the same actor, Olin Howland, apparently in the same outfit. In both movies he holds up Amy's slate with the same exact writing and cartoon drawing of the teacher, with a huge nose, with cartoon balloon stating, "YOUNG LADIES MY EYES ARE UPON YOU".See more »
Anachronisms: As Marmee is watching the girls leave to shop for Christmas presents, a modern zipper is visible up the back of her dress.See more »
Theodore Laurence 'Laurie':[upon seeing Jo's hair cut short] Christopher Columbus!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in A Time to Love (1971)See more »
It Came Upon a Midnight ClearSee more »


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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Enjoyable, but not the best ..., 19 October 2000
Author: DvdJervs

Maybe it's because I saw this version after seeing the Katharine Hepburn and Winona Ryder versions, but I consider this version to be the least out of the 3. I don't know why. The girls seemed to be a tad to nice and cosy for my liking, and I just couldn't stand Jo's accent. And has already been said some of the ages of the characters seem to be completely out of line with the novel. In a related quibble I didn't like how they switched the ages of Amy and Beth around to make Beth the youngest - I guess this was done so they could get Elizabeth Taylor to play Amy seeing as how Beth dies. And I know it's probably typical of the times but the obvious use of studio sets for just about every single scene made the whole thing seem rather fake.

Overall though it is still an enjoyable film. However I'd recommend the above mentioned Katharine Hepburn and/or Winona Ryder versions over it.

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