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Little Women (1949)

Approved | | Drama, Family, Romance | April 1949 (USA)
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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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Complete credited cast:
... Jo
... Laurie
... Beth
... Amy
... Meg
... Professor Bhaer
... Marmee
... Aunt March
... Mr. Laurence (as Sir C. Aubrey Smith)
... Hannah
... Mr. March
... Dr. Barnes
... John Brooke (as Richard Stapley)
... Mrs. Kirke
... Sophie
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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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THRILLS OF YOUNG LOVE! (original print ad - all caps)

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Drama | Family | Romance

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April 1949 (USA)  »

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Runtime:

(Turner library print)

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The snow in this movie was actually cornflakes. See more »

Goofs

At breakfast with popovers, they are served coffee. The actress holds the handle with a pot holder, yet holds the spout end with her bare hand. Is one hand numb to heat and the other is not? See more »

Quotes

Mr. Laurence: So I *bark*, do I, hmmmmmm?
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None But the Lonely Heart (Nur Wer die Sehnsucht Kennt)
(1869) (uncredited)
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky ("Romance for Voice and Piano, Op. 6. No. 6) (1869)
Poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1795-96)
Played on piano and Sung by Rossano Brazzi in German and English
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Enjoyable, but not the best ...
19 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

Maybe it's because I saw this version after seeing the Katharine Hepburn and Winona Ryder versions, but I consider this version to be the least out of the 3. I don't know why. The girls seemed to be a tad to nice and cosy for my liking, and I just couldn't stand Jo's accent. And has already been said some of the ages of the characters seem to be completely out of line with the novel. In a related quibble I didn't like how they switched the ages of Amy and Beth around to make Beth the youngest - I guess this was done so they could get Elizabeth Taylor to play Amy seeing as how Beth dies. And I know it's probably typical of the times but the obvious use of studio sets for just about every single scene made the whole thing seem rather fake.

Overall though it is still an enjoyable film. However I'd recommend the above mentioned Katharine Hepburn and/or Winona Ryder versions over it.


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