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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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Cast

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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Storyline

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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Acclaimed Universally as One of the Finest Pictures in History of the Screen! (Print Ad- Buffalo Courier-Express, ((Buffalo, NY)) 8 December 1933)

Genres:

Drama | Family | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

24 November 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Little Women See more »

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Budget:

$424,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Color:

Black and White (hand-colored)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Uncredited producer David O. Selznick had a difficult time convincing RKO executives to produce this film. There was a belief in Hollywood at the time that films based on historic novels were not popular, particularly one that centered on women during the Civil War. Selznick persisted, and the film was a commercial success. Because of this, later in the decade Selznick produced Gone with the Wind (1939) through his own production company, Selznick International Pictures, from the novel by Margaret Mitchell. See more »

Goofs

In the Christmas play when the prop tower falls down Jo says everything is all right, her lips aren't moving. 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 ...
[...]
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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 Great Performances: Little Women (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

The Girl I Left Behind Me
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Traditional
Played during the opening scene
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Beautifully adapted version of the Alcott classic!
14 March 1999 | by movieman9See all my reviews

It's always a wonderful feeling when a film works its wonders on you. LITTLE WOMEN had that effect on me, and I'm not even a fan of these types of stories. This adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott classic has real heart, warmth, and the right amount of sentimentality, amounting to a wonderful film. Katharine Hepburn stars as the tomboyish Jo, a free-spirited young lady who is dying for adventure but craves the time she spends with her sisters. The one that stands out among the four is Beth, a caring, sweet girl with a flair for the piano. If you don't get teary-eyed about her cause, you definitely pass for a curmudgeon. The only complaint I have about this gem is that the last quarter of the film doesn't seem to have the matching effervescence that the rest of the film had. It ends abruptly and off-balance. All qualms aside, this is a genuine classic, filled with great performances and characters you can't help but like. A true family entertainment. Rating: Three stars and a half.


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