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Little Men (1940)

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 »

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Norman Z. McLeod

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

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)
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 November 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Louisa May Alcott's Little Men See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Russ Powell (Railroad Conductor) and Lew Kelly (Postman) are in studio records/casting call lists as cast members, but they did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. See more »

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

Quotes

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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Roll Jordan Roll
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Traditional Negro spiritual
Sung a cappella by Lillian Randolph
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Does not star Danny DeVito
7 December 2005 | by SpuzzlightyearSee all my reviews

Though I wasn't a big fan of the original and the countless remakes of the original Little Women, for some odd reason I really enjoyed Little Men, though the title is a bit misleading, there's only one 'little man' to speak of, he's the one growing up in this movie, But I'm guessing this continues where Little Women left off?? I know the character Jo from Little Women (I began to watch Little Women, but I didn't finish it, so excuse my ignorance), I guess she has her own private school for kids now. They're of various ages. The plot involves a Father who gets into one shady business deal after another who decides to send his adopted boy to school to legitimately educate him. However, the way the boy was brought up and the way the school operates don't exactly add up. And also, the school is wowed by the Father so much to trust him with the school finances (something, well, I find a little hard to believe), and oh yeah, the school is seriously running arrears of it's bills! So there's all these little things happening, but it's not too overly difficult to follow what's going on, and even the kids will enjoy this movie.

Best moment: when Jo and her new student go into the barn, Bessie the cow volunteering to go in with them and starts mooing VERY loudly.


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