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Little Women (1933)

Not Rated | | Drama, Family, Romance | 24 November 1933 (USA)
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A chronicle of the lives of a group of sisters growing up in nineteenth-century America.

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George Cukor

Writers:

Louisa May Alcott (by) (as Louisa M. Alcott), Sarah Y. Mason (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Katharine Hepburn ... Jo
Joan Bennett ... Amy
Paul Lukas ... Prof. Bhaer
Edna May Oliver ... Aunt March
Jean Parker ... Beth
Frances Dee ... Meg
Henry Stephenson ... Mr. Laurence
Douglass Montgomery ... Laurie
John Lodge ... Brooke (as John Davis Lodge)
Spring Byington ... Marmee
Samuel S. Hinds ... Mr. March (as Samuel Hinds)
Mabel Colcord ... Hannah
Marion Ballou ... Mrs. Kirke
Nydia Westman ... Mamie
Harry Beresford ... Doctor Bangs
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Little Women is a "coming of age" drama tracing the lives of four sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. During the American Civil War, the girls father is away serving as a minister to the troops. The family, headed by thier beloved Marmee, must struggle to make ends meet, with the help of their kind and wealthy neighbor, Mr. Laurence, and his high spirited grandson Laurie. Written by Liza Esser <essereli@student.msu.edu>

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Here at last on the screen are its smiles, its tears, its soul-stirring beauty. A picture for a mankind-all womanhood-all boys and girls and children. (Print Ad-Woodville Republican, ((Woodvile, Miss.)) 28 April 1934) See more »

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Drama | Family | Romance

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Harry Beresford is the only actor born before the novel was published See more »

Goofs

Position of Jo's legs after falling while fencing changes. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Marmee March: So you're going to Washington?
Elderly man: Yes, ma'am; my son is sick in the hospital there.
Marmee March: Oh, this will be an anxious Christmas for you.
Marmee March: [finding him a coat] I think this one will do; let's try this. Is it your only son?
Elderly man: No, ma'am. I had four; two were killed, one is a prisoner.
Marmee March: [deeply moved] You've done a great deal for your country, sir.
Elderly man: Oh, not a mite more than I ought, ma'am. I'd go myself if I was any use. Thank you for the overcoat.
Marmee March: Wait a minute...
Marmee March: [giving him some money] I hope you find him ...
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Alternate Versions

Older video and television prints remove the original RKO logo in the opening and replace it with the one from Selznick International. See more »

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Version of Little Women (1958) See more »

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Hummed by Frances Dee
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Flawed, but still worth watching.
27 August 2004 | by lawrence81See all my reviews

In fanfiction there is the phenomenon called the "Mary Sue"--a character who is an (idealized) version of the author who is inserted into the story to act out the author's fantasy. The original Mary Sue was in a Star Trek fanfiction where Ensign Mary Sue was braver than Kirk, smarter than Spock, more compassionate than McCoy, etc. who is able to save the day when nobody else can.

What has this, I hear you ask, to do with 'Little Women'? I think that all the March girls, but especially Jo, are somewhat Mary Sues to Louisa May Alcott. They are just too perfect. Especially Beth. Oscar Wilde said of Dickens' Little Nell that it would take a heart of stone not to laugh out loud reading her death scene; the same remark could apply to Beth. And Marmee is just to saintly and patient to be believed.

Still, in spite of it all, the film was worth watching, especially to see the young Kate Hepburn. I especially appreciate the time when she was asked when she would grow up and act like a proper lady, and she replied, "Never! Even when I'm old and walk with a cane!" (Or something to that effect.) Highly prophetic, as that was exactly how Kate lived.


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Release Date:

24 November 1933 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$424,000 (estimated)
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Mono (RCA Victor System)

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Black and White (hand-colored)

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1.37 : 1
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