Little Women

  • 1933
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

This unabashedly sentimental adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's novel remains, to this day, an example of Hollywood's best filmmaking, as it tells the captivating Civil War-era story of four independent New England sisters--Jo (Katharine Hepburn), Amy (Joan Bennett), Meg (Frances Dee), and Beth (Jean Parker) March. Jo, who wants to leave home and become...read more

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This unabashedly sentimental adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's novel remains, to this day, an example of Hollywood's best filmmaking, as it tells the captivating Civil War-era story of four independent New England sisters--Jo (Katharine Hepburn), Amy (Joan Bennett), Meg (Frances Dee), and

Beth (Jean Parker) March. Jo, who wants to leave home and become a writer, stays on for the good of the family, but when Meg plans to marry, Jo leaves for New York, fearing that the family will disintegrate. There she meets a professor who helps her with both her anger and her writing. Meanwhile,

Amy falls in love with and marries Jo's old sweetheart (Douglass Montgomery). Beth, however, is dying, and Jo returns to be with her during her last days.

Sarah Mason and Victor Heerman's script called for great production values, and RKO provided them, foreshadowing David O. Selznick's opulent treatment of life on the Southern side of the Civil War, GONE WITH THE WIND. The sets, costumes, lighting, and direction by George Cukor all contribute

greatly to this magnificent film, but the performances, especially Hepburn's, are what make the simple story so moving. There are laughs and tears aplenty in this movie, which presents a slice of American history in a way that children will find palatable. Released during the depths of the

Depression, LITTLE WOMEN buoyed Americans' spirits. It still does.

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