The four daughters of a New England family fight for happiness during and after the Civil War.

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy

Writers:

Andrew Solt (screen play), Sarah Y. Mason (screen play) | 2 more credits »
Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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 - Jo (June Allyson), Beth (Margaret O'Brien), Amy (Dame Elizabeth Taylor), and Meg (Janet Leigh) - 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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Genres:

Drama | Family | Romance

Certificate:

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Trivia

This movie was a major hit for MGM. It ranked amongst the Top Ten box-office hits of 1949. See more »

Goofs

The first time we see Jo pick up a pen to write, she uses her left hand, but when she is signing her name to the novel "My Beth", she uses her right. See more »

Quotes

Amy: How was I dressed when we had all that money?
Jo March: In diapers.
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Connections

Version of Little Women (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Long, Long Ago
(1883) (uncredited)
Music by Thomas Haynes Bayley
Played often in the score
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The best version of Little Women to date 5/2000
22 May 2000 | by research.recordsSee all my reviews

This is THE best version I have ever seen, including the latest remake w/winona ryder. The Allyson/1949 version captures the time, mood and setting perfectly and comfortably - Whereas the 90's version was too "90's". There was a lot more sarcasm, too much of "we women being held back" dialogue and overall coarseness. The June Allyson version, in my opinion, is still the one for me.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

April 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Little Women See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$7,466,500

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,905,600
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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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