Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: June Allyson, Peter Lawford, Margaret O'Brien, Elizabeth Taylor, Janet Leigh
Genres: Drama, Kids & Family
Louisa May Alcott's famous novel of the March family, brought to the screen.
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Aimee M. (AimeeM)
Reviewed on 2/4/2008...
This version follows the book almost word for word. I like the character of Joe.
All the characters are good, really, but the problem is with Amy. She is supposed to be a little girl, and then age quite a bit to the point of marriage. In this version they use the same actor for both roles (young and older) so it is hard to really understand her character. At first I thought she was a childish adult, until I realized she was supposed to be a child!
Anyway, other than that this is a fine movie. And I believe the DVD includes the original radio broadcast as well. So if you just feel like listening to it, you can. Kinda nice for housework.
Version Closest to Book
R. Tiedemann | Bellevue, NE USA | 11/12/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This version of Louisa May Alcott's classic book, "Little Women," starring June Allyson, Janet Leigh, Liz Taylor and Margaret O'Brien, was the first remake of the film (which originally starred Kathryn Hepburn) and the version that is truest to the book.The Wynona Ryder film, the third and latest version, was seriously flawed, especially by the inclusion of "politically correct" and contemporary social views like the scene in which Ryder, playing Jo, expresses feminist sympathies to young men in a bar. I've read the book: there's nothing like that in it. In fact, the book is practically a morality play and in the earlier film versions the girls' struggle to improve their characters is portrayed, if somewhat lightly. These struggles, which are necessary to the accurate portrayal of each character and the time in which they lived, was totally deleted from the most recent version.Both the Hepburn version and the Allyson version use quite a bit of Alcott's original text in the screenplay and characters in both films follow the book almost to the proverbial "T." The Ryder film, on the other hand, is a blatant and successful attempt to "modernize" Louisa Alcott, resulting in a totally inferior production."
A 10 star winner.....
MotherLodeBeth | Sierras of California | 12/13/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As someone named after Beth from Little Women and having sisters and my family roots on our Mothers side being in Maine, I was a lover of this film from the first time I ever saw it. Thankfully we now have it on DVD and can watch it any time we wish. It is very true to the book authored by a favorite author of mine, Louisa May Alcott.
As a woman I like the book and the movie because of the strength of the March women in an era when most women were expected to live a certain role. I also like how each of the daughters Jo, Beth, Amy and Meg along with the mother who is a widow are all spirited females and not at all wimpy or whiny. Remembering at all times that the story was/is set in Civil War times.
The movie never lags but blends smoothly from one scene to the next. The cinematography has held up well over the decades and the movie doesn't show its age visually. Each of the actors went on to be major successes with some being major stars when the movie was made. Its a movie that is timeless and is a favorite especially during the winter months in out home."
kristy cacciapaglia | New England | 01/18/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I wasn't expecting to enjoy this as much as the 1994 version with Ms. Ryder as Jo March--I was surprised. The only slight scarring to this 1949 version of the film was the small appearances of Mr. March, his acting was quite horrible. But, June Allyson does fill the screen with perfection as Jo March. I thought that Margaret O'Brien portrayed a wonderful Beth also. I was very moved to tears when she shook off her shyness to thank the elder Mr. Laurence for the piano. Elizabeth Taylor played Amy March to all her selfish perfection. It was defintitely the most delightful to watch June Allyson though."