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Little Men (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 29 November 1940 (USA)
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 »


Norman Z. McLeod


Mark Kelly (screen play), Arthur Caesar (screen play) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kay Francis ... Jo
Jack Oakie ... Willie
George Bancroft ... Major Burdle
Jimmy Lydon ... Dan
Ann Gillis ... Nan
Carl Esmond ... Professor Bhaer (as Charles Esmond)
Richard Nichols ... Teddy
Casey Johnson Casey Johnson ... Robby
Francesca Santoro Francesca Santoro ... Bess
Johnny Burke ... Silas
Lillian Randolph ... Asia
Sammy McKim ... Tommy
Edward Rice Edward Rice ... Demi
Anne Howard Anne Howard ... Daisy
Jimmy Zahner Jimmy Zahner ... Jack (as Jimmy Zaner)


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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Release Date:

29 November 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Louisa May Alcott's Little Men See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Last appearance in a film by Johnny Burke. See more »


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


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 Wakakusa monogatari nan to Jô sensei (1993) See more »


Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair
(1854) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Played by Schuyler Standish on violin
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Not written by Louisa May Alcott
24 July 2017 | by michellek10See all my reviews

From the beginning of this film I was puzzled as to why Louisa May Alcott, whose main character in "Little Women" is set straight on her own writing career by being told to write what she knows, would follow up that story with a crazy yarn about some sleazy con artists. Further, I wondered why she would water down her own most vibrant character Jo into a staid, boring matron, and turn her gentle, wise professor husband into an inept fool.

The answer of course is that she didn't. Apparently the studio felt that the title and a few characters were all it needed from the book. While I haven't read the book, I can say having seen the movie that the studio should probably have stuck to the book. The story they came up with is lackluster and has none of the strong character development of LM. I am a Kay Francis fan, but she has too few opportunities in the script to make anything of her Jo. On its own merits, the film is mildly entertaining, but ultimately forgettable.

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