Director George Cukor steers this antique 1933 classic RKO movie of the novel by Louisa May Alcott safely and smoothly to the screen with a great vintage cast to help him.
In the famous story, a quartet of little women find romance as they mature to adulthood in New England during the American Civil War.
Cukor’s picture is genuinely winsome thanks to his sensitive handling, Sarah Y Mason and Victor Heerman’s intelligent, Oscar-winning screenplay from Louisa May Alcott’s novel and especially the graceful and appealing portrayals of Katharine Hepburn, Joan Bennett, Frances Dee and Jean Parker as the lovely sisters, as well as the homely support cast. Yes, it is cosy and sentimental, but it is also warm hearted and emotional, and packed full of moments that make you glow inside.
Also in the cast are Paul Lukas as Professor Bhaer, Spring Byington as matriarch Marmee, Edna May Oliver as Aunt March, Douglass Montgomery as Laurie, Henry Stephenson as Mr Laurence, Samuel S Hinds as Mr March, John Lodge, Nydia Westman, Harry Beresford and Olin Howland.
The March home interior was modelled on Alcott’s Massachusetts house.
It was remade in 1949 as Little Women, in 1978 as Little Women and again in 1994 as Little Women.
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