Little Women (1933)

Not Rated   |    |  Drama, Family, Romance

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A chronicle of the lives of a group of sisters growing up in nineteenth-century America.

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  • Katharine Hepburn and Paul Lukas in Little Women (1933)
  • Katharine Hepburn in Little Women (1933)
  • Joan Bennett and Douglass Montgomery in Little Women (1933)
  • Katharine Hepburn and Paul Lukas in Little Women (1933)
  • Katharine Hepburn in Little Women (1933)
  • Frances Dee in Little Women (1933)

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10 April 2010 | secondtake
| Supremely well made, but very sugary stuff. Watch for K Hepburn's great role.
Little Women (1933)

A fairly lavish affair, with one of my favorite directors, George Cukor, making the most of his growing fame as a "woman's director." Of course, the leads here are four girls and their mother, among the children the rising star, Katherine Hepburn, in her second film (after Bill of Divorcement, also by Cukor, and a better film in many ways).

The standards here are high, the acting solid, the sets uncompromised. The plot is very goody-goody, for lack of a better word. There is a lot of family sweetness, growing young love affairs, charity to the poor, and a feeling of life being simply terrific, whatever its worries (worries like the Civil War, raging quietly in the background, never seen and rarely felt).

Cukor makes the most of Alcott's novel, I think, and Hepburn is wonderful, with all the hints of her real greatness on screen to come. The basic structure of the plot (or plots) is how each girl matures, overcoming personality flaws to become truly admirable people. It might be frustrating that human flaws are simply to be overcome, but we shouldn't resent a little optimism, and reaching higher goals, now and then. A heartfelt and really well made American drama. And I admit freely, I cried several times. That's better than any words.

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