Little Women

Little Women

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Director: Mervyn LeRoy

Cast: June Allyson, Peter Lawford, Margaret O'Brien

     
 

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Of the many film versions of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, this 1949 MGM adaptation is by far the prettiest. Set in New England during the Civil War, the film relates the various adventures of the March sisters: Jo (June Allyson), Beth (Margaret O'Brien), Amy (Elizabeth Taylor) and Meg (Janet Leigh). Jo emerges as the main character, as she leaves hearth…  See more details below

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Of the many film versions of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, this 1949 MGM adaptation is by far the prettiest. Set in New England during the Civil War, the film relates the various adventures of the March sisters: Jo (June Allyson), Beth (Margaret O'Brien), Amy (Elizabeth Taylor) and Meg (Janet Leigh). Jo emerges as the main character, as she leaves hearth and home to try her luck as a novelist in New York. Moments of high comedy (the sisters' amateur theatricals) are counterpointed with grim tragedy (the death of the youngest March girl), with romantic interludes provided by the faithless Laurie (Peter Lawford) and the loyal Professor Bhaer (Rossano Brazzi). Unlike Selznick's 1933 Little Women or Gillian Armstrong's 1994 adaptation, this 1949 version tends to be more an extension of the old Hollywood contract-player typecasting system than a heartfelt evocation of the Alcott original. Even so, Little Women is consistently pleasing to the eye, especially when seen in its original Technicolor hues.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/17/2012
UPC:
8809151411299
Original Release:
1949
Source:
Imports

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
June Allyson Jo March
Peter Lawford Laurie Laurence
Margaret O'Brien Beth March
Elizabeth Taylor Amy March
Janet Leigh Meg March
Rossano Brazzi Fritz Bhaer
Mary Astor Marmee March
Lucile Watson Aunt March
C. Aubrey Smith Mr. Laurence
Elizabeth Patterson Hannah
Leon Ames Mr. March
Harry Davenport Dr. Barnes
Richard Stapley John Brooke
Connie Gilchrist Mrs. Kirke
Ellen Corby Sophie
Harlan Briggs Actor
Frank Darien Cronies
Eloise Hardt Sally Gardiner
Olin Howland Schoolteacher
Isabel Randolph Mrs. Gardiner
Arthur Walsh Young Man
Will Wright Mr. Grace

Technical Credits
Mervyn LeRoy Director,Producer
Jack Dawn Makeup
Adolph Deutsch Score Composer
Cedric Gibbons Production Designer
Paul Groesse Production Designer
Victor Heerman Screenwriter
Sarah Y. Mason Screenwriter
Jack D. Moore Set Decoration/Design
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Robert Planck Cinematographer
Walter Plunkett Costumes/Costume Designer
Charles E. Schoenbaum Cinematographer
Andrew Solt Screenwriter
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
Ralph Winters Editor

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