Little Women

Little Women

Mervyn LeRoy (1949)

U Certificate


Our Score
This lush adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's novel has the benefit of a good cast, but the studio settings and the MGM production requirements really get in the way of the storytelling. Elizabeth Taylor and Janet Leigh are far too knowing for their roles, and top-billed June Allyson is too coy (and too old) for Jo. There's charm, certainly, whenever Margaret O'Brien and Peter Lawford are around, and the whole is very pretty to look at, but the classic source material demanded sterner stuff than this cotton-candy confection, which ultimately resembles an animated Christmas card.


Four sisters find maturity and romance during the American Civil War, as they face tragedy and heartache, drawing love and support from one another. Oscar-winning drama based on Louisa May Alcott's classic novel, starring June Allyson, Peter Lawford, Margaret O'Brien, Elizabeth Taylor, Mary Astor and Janet Leigh.

Cast & Crew

Jo March June Allyson
Laurie Laurence Peter Lawford
Beth March Margaret O'Brien
Amy March Elizabeth Taylor
Meg March Janet Leigh
Professor Bhaer Rossano Brazzi
Marmee March Mary Astor
Aunt March Lucile Watson
Mr Laurence C Aubrey Smith
Hannah Elizabeth Patterson
Mr March Leon Ames
Dr Barnes Harry Davenport
Sophie Ellen Corby
Director Mervyn LeRoy
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer