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Little Men
     

Little Men

Director: Norman Z. McLeod

Cast: Kay Francis, Jack Oakie, George Bancroft

 

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Little Men, Louisa May Alcott's followup to her successful novel Little Women, has never truly adapted well to the screen, though this 1940 version is better than most. Kay Francis stars as the all-grown-up Jo March, now in charge of a private school for young boys. Her most contentious charge is rebellious Dan (Jimmy Conlin), who finally learns the

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Little Men, Louisa May Alcott's followup to her successful novel Little Women, has never truly adapted well to the screen, though this 1940 version is better than most. Kay Francis stars as the all-grown-up Jo March, now in charge of a private school for young boys. Her most contentious charge is rebellious Dan (Jimmy Conlin), who finally learns the rudiments of gentlemanly behavior from the firm-but-gentle Jo. Despite its huge and talented cast, the film is handily (and appropriately) stolen by Jack Oakie as an affable con artist named Willie the Thief. Also on hand is the original Elsie the Cow (but where's Elmer and his glue?) A loser at the box office, Little Men is currently in wider circulation than ever before thanks to its Public Domain status (also available in the P.D. market is the 1933 version of Little Men, produced by Monogram).

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Little Men is a not-very-good adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's book, but taken on its own merits, it's an adequate film. Too much of the Alcott book has been stripped away, and what has been added is clichéd and trite, but even so there are some individual scenes that have sparkle and appeal. Still, much of the dialogue is of the teeth-gritting variety, especially when it (or the attitude beneath it) is so clearly out of sync with the time period and setting. There's also a "been-there-done-that" feeling to much of the film, due to the many "school teacher" films that viewers have been exposed to in the intervening years since its release. However, Men does have a lively performance from Jack Oakie, the kind of scene stealing role that the right actor -- which Oakie is in this case -- can take and really run with. There's also solid work from Kay Francis and a good youth turn from Jimmy Lydon. On balance, the cast helps to overcome its deficiencies, making Little Men moderately entertaining.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/28/2004
UPC:
0089218450494
Original Release:
1940
Rating:
NR
Source:
Alpha Video
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:23:00
Sales rank:
63,117

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kay Francis Jo March
Jack Oakie Willie
George Bancroft Maj. Burdie
Jimmy Lydon Dan
Ann Gillis Nan
Richard Nichols Teddy
Casey Johnson Robby
John Burke Silas
Lillian Randolph Asia
Sammy McKim Tommy
Anne Howard Daisy
Jimmy Zaner Jack
Schuyler Standish Nat
Paul Matthews Stuffy
William Demarest Constable
Sterling Holloway Reporter
Isabel Jewell Stella N.
Stanley Blystone Bartender
Sarah Edwards Landlady
Carl Esmond Professor
Howard Hickman Doctor
Bud Jamison Cop
Duke York Poker Player

Technical Credits
Norman Z. McLeod Director
Graham Baker Producer
Art Caesar Screenwriter
Alfred Herman Art Director
George Hively Editor
Mark Kelly Screenwriter
Nick Musuraca Cinematographer
Van Nest Polglase Art Director
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Gene Towne Producer
Roy Webb Score Composer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [2:25]
2. Chapter 2 [10:09]
3. Chapter 3 [13:38]
4. Chapter 4 [12:47]
5. Chapter 5 [14:02]
6. Chapter 6 [13:54]

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