Review: ‘Little Women’

Metro has combined a star constellation for its unstinting re-make of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, the old-lace classic of a quartet of daughters and their strivings in Civil War years.

Metro has combined a star constellation for its unstinting re-make of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, the old-lace classic of a quartet of daughters and their strivings in Civil War years.

The tender story, with its frank and unashamed assault on the emotions, still has its effective moments at times when the sentiment doesn’t grow a little too thick.

Playing Jo, the part which won critical plaudits for Katharine Hepburn in 1933, June Allyson’s thesping dominates the film.

As Beth, the youngest of the group, Margaret O’Brien is peculiarly subdued except for one touching scene in which she speaks of her nearing death. In the two other most important parts, Elizabeth Taylor and Janet Leigh neatly counterfoil Allyson’s irrepressible cavortings.

1949: Best Color Art Direction.

Nomination: Best Color Cinematography

Little Women

Production

M-G-M. Director Mervyn LeRoy; Producer Mervyn LeRoy; Screenplay Andrew Solt, Sarah Y. Mason, Victor Heerman; Camera Robert Planck, Charles Schoenbaum; Editor Ralph E. Winters; Music Adolph Deutsch; Art Director Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1949. Running time: 121 MIN.

With

June Allyson Peter Lawford Margaret O'Brien Elizabeth Taylor Janet Leigh Rossano Brazzi

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