Alice Adams Overview:

Alice Adams (1935) was a Comedy - Drama Film directed by George Stevens and produced by Pandro S. Berman.

The film was based on the novel of the same name written by Booth Tarkington published in 1921.


A small-town girl (Hepburn) attempts to climb the social ladder in a midwestern town. Hiding her reduced circumstances from her rich but unassuming beau (MacMurray), she alienates both friends and family. A mild melodrama based on the 1921 novel by Booth Tarkington. Silent version released in 1923.

(Source: available at Amazon AMC Classic Movie Companion).


Academy Awards 1935 --- Ceremony Number 8 (source: AMPAS)

Best ActressKatharine HepburnNominated
Best PictureRKO RadioNominated

BlogHub Articles:

A Mulher que Soube Amar / Alice Adams (1935)

By L? on May 11, 2016 From Critica Retro

A Mulher que Soube Amar / Alice Adams (1935) Se voc? gosta de cinema cl?ssico, j? deve ter ouvido falar do renascimento da carreira de Katharine Hepburn em 1940, dois anos depois de ela ter sido chamada de “veneno de bilheteria”. Mas talvez voc? n?o saiba que este foi o segundo re... Read full article

Alice Adams (1935) (2)

By Beatrice on May 22, 2013 From Flickers in Time

Alice Adams Directed by George Stevens 1935/USA RKO Radio Pictures First viewing This romantic drama made me get pretty darn misty. ?Katharine Hepburn plays Alice Adams, daughter of a working class family, who hides her origins under a facade of “quality” and a nervous laugh. ?Her moth... Read full article

Review: Alice Adams (1936)

By benobrian on Jan 2, 2013 From Pretty Clever Films

In Alice Adams a young fresh-faced Katharine Hepburn plays, not surprisingly, Alice Adams. Alice is ashamed of her wretchedly middleclass family and her every thought and action is trained toward her ultimate goal: to marry into the upper echelon of her small Midwestern town. Alice resides in South ... Read full article

Alice Adams (1)

By RBuccicone on Jul 26, 2012 From MacGuffin Movies

Alice Adams (1935) ???? History paints Katharine Hepburn as anything but a?delicate, girlish sort, and the woman is often discussed as an ideal feminist. In Alice Adams, a young Hepburn does indeed embody a sort of feminist part, but it is hidden beneath so thick a mask of social properness and fema... Read full article

Alice Adams (1935) (1)

By Lindsey on Mar 23, 2012 From The Motion Pictures

Alice Adams (1935): 3/5 Alice Adams is an early-ish Katherine Hepburn film. Hepburn herself seems very young and fanciful, despite the fact that she was in her late 20s when it was filmed. (via silverscreenaffair.blogspot) Her character, Alice, is a young social climber who hopes to woo a rich bache... Read full article

See all Alice Adams articles

Quotes from

Arthur Russell: A penny for your thoughts. No. A poor little dead rose for your thoughts, Alice Adams.

[first lines]
Florist: Good afternoon.
Alice Adams: Yes, I'd like to buy a corsage, something nice to wear to the party.
Florist: Yes. Ooh, that's the - that's the Palmer party, I suppose.

Mrs. Adams: Malena fell down the cellar stairs!
Virgil Adams: Did she break any of our things?

read more quotes from Alice Adams...

Facts about

RKO executives wanted Randolph Scott for the Fred MacMurray role, but he was involved in the production of So Red the Rose.
'Katherine Hepburn' credits director George Stevens for her change in the public's perception, by helping her, in "Alice Adams", portray more warmth and vulnerability than she had ever shown previously.
Jane Loring, the frequent editor of Katharine Hepburn, did not receive onscreen credit, and studio files indicate she was paid out of the directing budget.
read more facts about Alice Adams...
Share this page:
Visit the Classic Movie Hub Blog CMH
book or play

See All Film Adaptations >>
Best Picture Oscar 1935

See more Best Picture awards>>
Also directed by George Stevens

More about George Stevens >>
Also produced by Pandro S. Berman

More about Pandro S. Berman >>
Also released in 1935

See All 1935 films >>
More "Book-Based" films

See All "Book-Based" films >>
More "Romance (Comic)" films

See All "Romance (Comic)" films >>