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Little Women (1933) was a Drama - Family Film directed by George Cukor and produced by Merian C. Cooper and Kenneth Macgowan.

Academy Awards 1932/33 --- Ceremony Number 6 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best DirectorGeorge CukorNominated
Best PictureRKO RadioNominated
Best WritingVictor Heerman, Sarah Y. MasonWon
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25 Days of Christmas: Little Women (1933) (1)

By Kristen on Dec 26, 2012 From Journeys in Classic Film

The last one in my series of reviews on the three filmed adaptations of Little Women in honor of Christmas is the 1933 George Cukor version. ?This one is widely considered the de facto version of Little Women, and watching it after seeing the 1949 version I realized that the latter version is simply... Read full article


Little women, big?entertainment.

By Brandie on Jan 14, 2010 From True Classics

Louisa May Alcott’s classic 1868 novel Little Women has been adapted into film multiple times–by most counts, fourteen in all–and some of these versions are not readily available for today’s audiences (notably, the two silent versions from 1917 and 1918).? Of all of them, per... Read full article


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Quotes from

[first lines]
Marmee March: So you're going to Washington?
Elderly man: Yes, ma'am; my son is sick in the hospital there.
Marmee March: Oh, this will be an anxious Christmas for you.
Marmee March: [finding him a coat] I think this one will do; let's try this. Is it your only son?
Elderly man: No, ma'am. I had four; two were killed, one is a prisoner.
Marmee March: [deeply moved] You've done a great deal for your country, sir.
Elderly man: Oh, not a mite more than I ought, ma'am. I'd go myself if I was any use. Thank you for the overcoat.
Marmee March: Wait a minute...
Marmee March: [giving him some money] I hope you find him better.
Elderly man: Thank you, ma'am. God bless you; merry Christmas. Merry Christmas!
Marmee March: Merry Christmas!


Jo March: [repeated several times] Christopher Columbus!


Prof. Bhaer: Oh, please, please... just, just one moment, before... I have a wish to ask you something. Would you... Oh, I-I... I have no courage to think that... but, but, but, could I dare hope that... I? I... I know I, I shouldn't make so free as to ask. I have nothing to give, but my heart so full and... and these empty hands.
Jo March: [taking his hands in hers] Not empty now.
Prof. Bhaer: Oh, heart's dearest!
[they embrace]
Jo March: [drawing him into the house] Welcome home!


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Facts about

David O. Selznick had been working for RKO Radio but had become increasingly disillusioned with the way the studio was operating. His stress at work, coupled with his anxiety over the worsening condition of his father, led him to turn to MGM who had been actively courting him for some time. He agreed to join them in February 1933 but his departure left three active projects in limbo at RKO, one of which was Little Women. George Cukor had been assigned to direct the film but he followed Selznick to MGM. However, Cukor agreed to return to RKO to finish off the film as a personal favor to Selznick.
Costume designer Walter Plunkett was forced to rapidly redesign Joan Bennett's costumes in order to disguise her advancing pregnancy, something that she had hidden from George Cukor at the time of her casting.
Katharine Hepburn wrote in her autobiography, "This picture was heaven to do - George Cukor perfect. He really caught the atmosphere. It was to me my youth!"
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