Sunday, April 19, 2009

Classic Movie - Little Women

Katherine Hepburn

One of my favorite movies. The original was made in 1933 and it is my favorite. It was re-made in 1949 and again in 1994. The 1933 version starred Katherine Hepburn as Jo March, Joan Bennett as Amy March, Jean Parker as Beth March and Frances Dee as Meg March, all sisters. Their mother was played by Spring Byington whom they lovingly called Marmee. Douglass Montgomery played their neigbor's grandson, Laurie and Henry Stephenson played his wealthy grandfather, Mr. Laurence. The novel was written by Louisa May Alcott and the movie was directed by George Cukor.
This movie takes place in Concord, Massachusettes during the Civil War. It's about 4 sisters whose father is away fighting the war and their mother is trying to make ends meet. It's about coming of age, falling in love with the wrong person and overcoming obstacles. Even though times are hard for them, they find a way to help the less fortunate. They give their Christmas breakfast to a poor, sick woman who has a new baby, along with other children. Jo wants to be a writer but keeps getting turned down from publishers until one day, she has a story published. Laurie falls for Jo but she rejects him and moves to New York. The youngest sister Beth catches Scarlet Fever and Jo returns home, poor Beth doesn't make it.
This movie takes you on a roller coaster ride, you feel bad for the March family but then something wonderful happens, they are invited to a ball. Up and down. Up and down. It makes me emotional watching it. Oh, there is so much to this movie that you just have to watch it. Katherine Hepburn is wonderful in her role. I love the way she says, "Christopher Columbus!"

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