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Little Women (1949)

Approved | | Drama, Family, Romance | April 1949 (USA)
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A group of sisters experience life's difficulties and its pleasures while growing up in nineteenth-century America.

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Mervyn LeRoy

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Andrew Solt (screen play), Sarah Y. Mason (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
June Allyson ... Jo
Peter Lawford ... Laurie
Margaret O'Brien ... Beth
Elizabeth Taylor ... Amy
Janet Leigh ... Meg
Rossano Brazzi ... Professor Bhaer
Mary Astor ... Marmee
Lucile Watson ... Aunt March
C. Aubrey Smith ... Mr. Laurence (as Sir C. Aubrey Smith)
Elizabeth Patterson ... Hannah
Leon Ames ... Mr. March
Harry Davenport ... Dr. Barnes
Richard Wyler ... John Brooke (as Richard Stapley)
Connie Gilchrist ... Mrs. Kirke
Ellen Corby ... Sophie
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Storyline

The March sisters -- Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy -- struggle to make ends meet in their New England household while their father is away fighting in the Civil War. Despite harsh times, they cling to optimism, often with neighbor Laurie (Peter Lawford) as a companion. As they mature, they face burgeoning ambitions and relationships, as well as tragedy, all the while maintaining their unbreakable bond. Written by Jwelch5742

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Taglines:

THRILLS OF YOUNG LOVE! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mujercitas See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene where Beth (Margaret O'Brien) tells Jo (June Allyson) that she doesn't mind dying, June Allyson's tears were real. She was so moved by Margaret O'Brien's performance that she was sent home early, still crying, and had to pull over several times on her journey home as her tears rendered her unable to drive. See more »

Goofs

When Laurie stalks off after Jo rejects his marriage proposal, his shadow is visible on the backdrop that is supposed to make it look like they are sitting outdoors. See more »

Quotes

Jo March: [repeated several times] Christopher Columbus!
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Connections

Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #22.96 (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

M'appari
(1847) (uncredited)
from the opera "Martha"
Music by Friedrich von Flotow
Played briefly at the opera
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The best version of Little Women to date 5/2000
22 May 2000 | by research.recordsSee all my reviews

This is THE best version I have ever seen, including the latest remake w/winona ryder. The Allyson/1949 version captures the time, mood and setting perfectly and comfortably - Whereas the 90's version was too "90's". There was a lot more sarcasm, too much of "we women being held back" dialogue and overall coarseness. The June Allyson version, in my opinion, is still the one for me.

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