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Little Women
     

Little Women

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Director: George Cukor, Katharine Hepburn, Joan Bennett, Paul Lukas

Cast: George Cukor, Katharine Hepburn, Joan Bennett, Paul Lukas

 

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George Cukor directed this classic adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's sentimental novel with a shimmering lavishness that is a prime example of the classic Hollywood style at its best. The story concerns the lives of four New England sisters -- Jo (Katharine Hepburn), Amy (Joan Bennett), Meg (Frances Dee), and Beth (Jean Parker) -- during the time of the Civil War. Jo

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George Cukor directed this classic adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's sentimental novel with a shimmering lavishness that is a prime example of the classic Hollywood style at its best. The story concerns the lives of four New England sisters -- Jo (Katharine Hepburn), Amy (Joan Bennett), Meg (Frances Dee), and Beth (Jean Parker) -- during the time of the Civil War. Jo desires to leave home to become a writer, but decides to stay to help the family. But Meg announces her plans to get married, so Jo leaves for New York City. As she settles down to a writing career, she meets Professor Fritz Bhaer (Paul Lukas), who helps her with her work. While Jo is away, Amy falls in love and marries Jo's old flame Laurie Laurence (Douglass Montgomery). But Jo is forced to return to New England when she discovers Beth is dying.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Dan Jardine
One of Hollywood's original "chick flicks," this faithful adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's Civil War-era novel focuses almost exclusively on the ambitions, desires, and emotions of the titular four sisters. The expensive and attractive production literally embodies that most manipulative of cinematic clichés, "I laughed, I cried." Little Women's first half, focused on the sisters' effervescent and fun-loving youth, gradually gives way to a melancholy, downbeat second half, in which we witness confusion, disappointment, and death. The film's willingness to concentrate almost exclusively on these four sisters, who vary from confident to reticent, was an important step forward in the cinematic treatment of women. How the "little women" hold up as they undergo their trials and tribulations is also essential, as they survive and thrive without (and occasionally despite) men, who appear only in supporting roles, a tidy inversion of Hollywood tradition. Little Women's star-making performance was that of Katherine Hepburn, whose tomboyish spunk is wonderfully endearing in the role of Jo, the embryonic writer. However, the supporting work of Joan Bennett, Jean Parker, and Frances Dee is also key to the film's enduring appeal. Nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for George Cukor, Little Women won best adapted screenplay for Victor Heerman and Sarah Y. Mason.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/10/2010
UPC:
0012569676855
Original Release:
1933
Rating:
NR
Source:
Turner Home Ent
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:55:00
Sales rank:
8,726

Special Features

Closed Caption; Scoring Session Music Cues; Notes On Hepburn/Cukor Collaboration & Awards

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Katharine Hepburn Jo March
Joan Bennett Amy March
Paul Lukas Fritz Bhaer
Frances Dee Meg March
Jean Parker Beth March
Edna May Oliver Aunt March
Douglass Montgomery Laurie Laurence
Henry Stephenson Mr. Laurence
Spring Byington Marmee March
Samuel S. Hinds Mr. March
Mabel Colcord Hannah
John Lodge Brooke
Nydia Westman Mamie
Marion Ballou Mrs. Kirke
Harry Beresford Dr. Bangs
June Filmer Girl at Boarding House
Dorothy Gray Girl at Boarding House
Marina Schubert Flo King
Olin Howland Mr. Davis

Technical Credits
George Cukor Director
Mel Burns Makeup
Merian C. Cooper Executive Producer
Hobe Erwin Set Decoration/Design
Henry W. Gerrard Cinematographer
Victor Heerman Screenwriter
Jack Kitchin Editor
Kenneth MacGowan Associate Producer
Sarah Y. Mason Screenwriter
Walter Plunkett Costumes/Costume Designer
Van Nest Polglase Art Director
Harry Redmond Special Effects
Max Steiner Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Little Women
1. Credits [1:14]
2. Mrs. March [2:28]
3. Jo and Aunt March [3:20]
4. Sketch Artist Amy [2:18]
5. Fainting Rehearsal [6:29]
6. Father's Letter [2:37]
7. At the Spinet [2:02]
8. Christmas Morning [3:04]
9. Movable Feast [1:23]
10. The Witch's Curse [4:56]
11. Visiting the Laurences [6:53]
12. Fastidious Party Guests [4:19]
13. Their Admirers [3:24]
14. Celebrated Authoress [4:11]
15. Gift of Music [3:47]
16. The Telegram [5:00]
17. Beth Stricken [3:17]
18. Bedside Vigil [6:31]
19. Homecoming [1:31]
20. Pledged to each other [4:41]
21. Wedding Day Blues [5:13]
22. Jo's Decision [2:37]
23. Mrs. Kirke's Boarding House [2:51]
24. Kindred Spirits [4:38]
25. Europe-bound [3:39]
26. Writing from the Heart [5:02]
27. Her Beth [7:14]
28. Mutual Comfort [1:19]
29. Learning About Love [2:06]
30. Brother and Sister [2:26]
31. All Together [2:20]
32. Not Empty Now [1:53]
33. Cast List [:30]

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4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my second favorite movie adaptation of Little Women. My #1 favorite is the 1949 version with June Allyson, Janet Leigh, Elizabeth Taylor and Margaret O'Brien but this 1933 version is good too and Katharine Hepburn was very good as Jo and the rest of the cast is good too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed in this filming of "Little Women". The story is timeless, but it was a bit overacted and melodramatic for my liking. I am a big fan of Katherine Hepburn's but not of Hepburn in this role. Though in many respects her portrayal of Jo was right on, I couldn't get beyond all the souped up drama to appreciate Jo, the other March sisters, or many of the other characters to enjoy the story itself.