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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.

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy

Writers:

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

THRILLS OF YOUNG LOVE! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mujercitas See more »

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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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This marked the English-language film debut of Rossano Brazzi. See more »

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At the ball, one of the tunes being played is the Pig Song from Johann Strauss's "The Gypsy Baron" (1885). See more »

Quotes

Amy: How was I dressed when we had all that money?
Jo March: In diapers.
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Version of Little Women (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

M'appari
(1847) (uncredited)
from the opera "Martha"
Music by Friedrich von Flotow
Played briefly at the opera
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A Beautiful Remake
15 February 2017 | by atlasmbSee all my reviews

It's difficult to watch this version of "Little Women" without comparing it to the 1933 film starring Katherine Hepburn. One can understand why they chose to remake the film, especially since this version benefits from color film.

There are other aspects of this film that compare favorably to the earlier film. Although June Allyson, as Jo, is not as convincing as Hepburn for me, her portrayal is very earnest. Other actors in the cast are noteworthy, especially Margaret O'Brien, who plays Beth, the shy musical sister. Janet Leigh and Elizabeth Taylor play the other two sisters, completing a stand-out foursome.

C. Aubrey Smith also deserves recognition for his portrayal of the elderly neighbor Mr. Laurence, who befriends Beth. It is one of the warmest moments of the film.

This is a wonderful coming of age story based on a classic novel.


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