Alice Adams

Alice Adams

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Director: George Stevens, Katharine Hepburn, Fred MacMurray, Fred Stone

Cast: George Stevens, Katharine Hepburn, Fred MacMurray, Fred Stone

     
 

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Katharine Hepburn stars as Booth Tarkington's would-be society belle Alice Adams. The product of a family of modest means, Alice nonetheless dreams of being accepted by the "better people." Luck of luck, she meets well-to-do young Fred MacMurray at a social gathering; he is charmed by her pathetic attempts at putting on airs and accepts her invitation to dine at the

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Katharine Hepburn stars as Booth Tarkington's would-be society belle Alice Adams. The product of a family of modest means, Alice nonetheless dreams of being accepted by the "better people." Luck of luck, she meets well-to-do young Fred MacMurray at a social gathering; he is charmed by her pathetic attempts at putting on airs and accepts her invitation to dine at the Adams home. The meal is a disaster: Alice's parents (Fred Stone and Anne Shoemaker) are obviously way out of MacMurray's league, while the servant (Hattie McDaniel) that the family hired for the occasion shows up drunk and very surly. Alice Adams was the first major directorial assignment for George Stevens, as well as one of the few Katharine Hepburn vehicles of the 1930s to score a hit with the public.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Alice Adams does a credible job of transferring Booth Tarkington's popular Pulitzer Prize-winning novel to the screen, even if it adds a happier ending than the one in the book. A significant part of the credit belongs to director George Stevens, who keeps the film briskly paced without sacrificing character development and atmosphere. Filmed during the Great Depression, Alice Adams takes a satirical view of the 1920s, reminding 1935 audiences of some of the shallowness of those "better days." Hepburn's performance dominates the film, and the supporting cast functions mostly as props, though Fred MacMurray, Hepburn's nominal co-lead, manages to shine in moments. The film received two Oscar nominations, for Best Picture and for Hepburn's performance, and it was also a rarity for Hepburn: a box-office hit.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/06/2014
UPC:
0888574051600
Original Release:
1935
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
1:39:00
Sales rank:
13,573

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Katharine Hepburn Alice Adams
Fred MacMurray Arthur Russell
Fred Stone Mr. Adams
Evelyn Venable Mildred Palmer
Frank Albertson Walter Adams
Ann Shoemaker Mrs. Adams
Charles Grapewin Mr. Lamb
Grady Sutton Frank Dowling
Hedda Hopper Mrs. Palmer
Jonathan Hale Mr. Palmer
Janet McLeod Henrietta Lamb
Virginia Howell Mrs. Dowling
Zeffie Tilbury Mrs. Dresser
Ella McKenzie Ella Dowling
Hattie McDaniel Malena

Technical Credits
George Stevens Director
Pandro S. Berman Producer
Robert de Grasse Cinematographer
Jane Loring Editor
Mortimer Offner Screenwriter
Walter Plunkett Costumes/Costume Designer
Van Nest Polglase Art Director
Max Steiner Score Composer
Dorothy Yost Screenwriter

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Alice Adams 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great movie about timeless matters of the heart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is her best and truest movies of all time. Alice the main character has a pure heart that anyone who was a teenager could relate to. One of her greatest roles and acheviments as an actor.