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Little Women (1949)

Approved | | Drama, Family, Romance | April 1949 (USA)
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The four daughters of a New England family fight for happiness during and after the Civil War.


Mervyn LeRoy


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





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


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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Drama | Family | Romance


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Did You Know?


Mr. Davis, the school teacher who could not bring himself to punish Amy, was portrayed by the same actor, Olin Howland, in Little Women (1933) and this movie, apparently in the same outfit. In both movies, he holds up Amy's slate with the same writing and cartoon drawing of the teacher, with a huge nose, with cartoon balloon stating, "YOUNG LADIES MY EYES ARE UPON YOU". See more »


Marmee is checking on the girls to make sure they are asleep. She picks up the "oil" lamp at the top of the stairs and the electric cord is visible running along her sleeve for a moment. See more »


Theodore Laurence 'Laurie': [upon seeing Jo's hair cut short] Christopher Columbus!
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Referenced in The Bugaloos: Today, I'm a Firefly (1970) See more »


Long, Long Ago
(1883) (uncredited)
Music by Thomas Haynes Bayley
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One of my favorite movies
20 April 2007 | by eternallyhappygirl15See all my reviews

Out of all of the versions of "Little Women" that I've seen, this one is the only one that I've really enjoyed. I think I first saw this one when I was about 10. There isn't any one particular aspect of the movie that I like, the whole thing is marvelous. Acting, cast, costumes, you name it. I watched it again for the first time in years the other day (13 years from the first time I saw it) and it is just as good as ever. "Little Women" in my opinion, is a classic. It's a great movie for all ages. Probably not a movie most guys would want to watch being a chick flick, but great for a bunch of girlfriends hanging out, or sleepovers (that's where I first saw this version of "Little Women").

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(Turner library print)

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


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1.37 : 1
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