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Little Women (1949)

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A group of sisters experience life's difficulties and its pleasures while growing up in nineteenth-century America.

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Mervyn LeRoy

Writers:

Andrew Solt (screen play), Sarah Y. Mason (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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
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Storyline

The March sisters -- Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy -- struggle to make ends meet in their New England household while their father is away fighting in the Civil War. Despite harsh times, they cling to optimism, often with neighbor Laurie (Peter Lawford) as a companion. As they mature, they face burgeoning ambitions and relationships, as well as tragedy, all the while maintaining their unbreakable bond. Written by Jwelch5742

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Drama | Family | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The script for the film was drawn almost exclusively from Sarah Y. Mason and Victor Heerman's script for the 1933 version of Little Women (1933) rather than directly from the Louisa May Alcott book. See more »

Goofs

When Jo gives Beth the music box we see Beth open it, then in the next shot we see her open it again. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Laurence: So I *bark*, do I, hmmmmmm?
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Connections

Follows Little Men (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

Flow Gently Sweet Afton
(1786) (uncredited)
Music by Alexander Hume
Lyrics by Robert Burns (1786)
Sung by the children in class
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A wonderful classic
15 November 2001 | by Lamia7609See all my reviews

I've seen other versions of Little Women and this is by far my favorite. The only problem I had was with the actress who played Marmie....it was just too fake. I read some of the other comments about O'Brien's performance and her whimpering voice. Quite frankly I think she is/was the best child actress of her or any time. She played timid Beth to perfection. She may have hammed it up a bit, but her melodramtic style was mirroring the style of the times. In order to judge a film you have to take in account the times in which it was made. I have no problem with the Ryder version being more feminist. I had no problem with everything being on a set. For some reason it made it seem more like watching a painting come to life than a movie. Perhaps I got that feeling from Lawrence's voyeurism. My favorite quote is "Be elegant or die". It's my hope that one day June Allison will be known for capturing perfectly the spirit of Jo March rather than depend commercials. Elizabeth Taylor's selfish, vain Amy was hilarious. I love this movie and watch it every x-mas. It's a definate holiday classic.


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