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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.


Mervyn LeRoy


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

April 1949 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mr. Davis, the school teacher who could not bring himself to punish Amy, was portrayed both the 1933 and 1949 Little Women by the same actor, Olin Howland, apparently in the same outfit. In both movies he holds up Amy's slate with the same exact writing and cartoon drawing of the teacher, with a huge nose, with cartoon balloon stating, "YOUNG LADIES MY EYES ARE UPON YOU". See more »


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


Jo March: [repeated several times] Christopher Columbus!
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Invitation to the Dance (Aufforderung zum Tanz), Op. 65
(1819) (uncredited)
Music by Carl Maria von Weber
Played as dance music at the party
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Enjoyable, but not the best ...
19 October 2000 | by DvdJervsSee 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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