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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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Cast

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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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)

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Drama | Family | Romance

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April 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mujercitas  »

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Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In addition to being pregnant with her first biological child, June Allyson also adopted her first child whilst the film was in production. When Allyson learned that her daughter, Pamela Powell, had arrived for the first time at her home, she immediately left the set without asking permission, and raced home to hold her daughter. She returned later that day and told the rest of the cast and crew the joyous news. See more »

Goofs

When Laurie stalks off after Jo rejects his marriage proposal, his shadow is visible on the backdrop that is supposed to make it look like they are sitting outdoors. See more »

Quotes

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

Referenced in Get Smart: The Return of the Ancient Mariner (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
(1850) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Storrs Willis (1850)
Lyrics by Edmund Hamilton Sears (1849)
Sung a cappela by June Allyson, Margaret O'Brien, Elizabeth Taylor and Janet Leigh
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The best version of Little Women to date 5/2000
22 May 2000 | by See 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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