Little Women (1933 movie)

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Little Women
Katharine Hepburn in Little Women trailer.jpg
Katharine Hepburn as Jo from the movie trailer
Directed by George Cukor
Produced by Merian C. Cooper
Written by Victor Heerman
Sarah Y. Mason
Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott
Starring Katharine Hepburn
Joan Bennett
Jean Parker
Frances Dee
Music by Max Steiner
Cinematography Henry W. Gerrard
Editing by Jack Kitchin
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date(s) November 16, 1933 (1933-11-16)
Running time 117 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1 million

Little Women is a 1933 black and white American RKO movie directed by George Cukor. The movie was based on a book of the same name by Louisa May Alcott. The movie stars Katharine Hepburn as Jo, Joan Bennett as Amy, Jean Parker as Beth, Frances Dee as Meg, Edna May Oliver as Aunt March, Spring Byington as Marmee, Paul Lukas as Professor Bhaer, Henry Stephenson as Mr. Laurence, and Douglass Montgomery as the boy-next-door Laurie. The movie is about the lives of four sisters in a nineteenth century Massachusetts village during the American Civil War. The movie was a success and was nominated for (but lost) the Best Picture Academy Award.

Notes about the production[change | change source]

The movie's budget was $1 million. Four thousand people worked on the movie for a year. A lot of research was done to make all the 3,000 costumes and props look like they came from the Civil War period. The set decorator modeled the inside of the March home after Louisa May Alcott's Massachusetts house.[1] The movie opened on November 16, 1933 at Radio City Music Hall. It broke attendance records there and earned over $100,000 during its first week of showings.[1] Louise Closser Hale was going to play Aunt March, but she died on July 26, 1933. Edna May Oliver took the role.[1]

David O. Selznick went back to RKO from MGM to produce the movie. He was given no credit. This was the last movie in his contract with the studio.[2] Katharine Hepburn asked costume designer Walter Plunkett to make a special dress for her character. This dress was based on one worn by her grandmother in an old photograph (a tintype) Hepburn owned. Plunkett also had to redesign many of Joan Bennett's costumes because she was going to have a baby.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Little Women at Turner Classic Movies
  2. Edwards, Anne (1985). A Remarkable Woman: A Biography of Katharine Hepburn. New York: William Morrow & Company. p. 110. ISBN 0-688-04528-6. 
  3. Edwards, p. 109