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BASED ON A NOVEL BY BOOTH TARKINGTON.A PRETENTIOUS SOCIAL CLIMBER, ALICE ADAMS, SUFFERS THROUGH VARIOUS TRAVAILS BEFORE FINDING A MODEST, DECENT MAN WHO LOVES HER.
Hollywood's ability to conjure up a bittersweet small town (on the studio back lot, to be sure) has rarely been on better display than in Alice Adams, a gentle adaptation of a Booth Tarkington novel. For that matter, Katharine Hepburn rarely had a better chance to radiate her early youthful glow. She plays the title character, a lonely misfit who tries--too hard--to fit in with the snooty debutantes in her class-conscious town. Fred MacMurray is the suitor who miraculously feels comfortable in the front-porch swing of the faded Adams home. In the exquisitely timed comedy of MacMurray's miserable dinner with Alice's family, director George Stevens displays the tools he learned directing Laurel and Hardy two-reelers, and the sequence becomes a funny-painful classic of social embarrassment. Hepburn's performance, whether Alice is chattering pretentiously or briefly lowering her guard and revealing her loneliness, is simply incandescent. --Robert HortonSee all Editorial Reviews
It's difficult to watch at times. I know it is blasphemy to say but Katharine Hepburn overplays this character to the point she seems almost crazy at times. Read morePublished 1 month ago by nora smith
She tells a lot of lies, but you understand her motivation. Fred McMurray was a doll! The movie was sweet, and Katherine Hepburn was already a great actress, even in 1934.Published 2 months ago by cheryln52
It was an excellent movie. One we will watch over and over again!Published 2 months ago by Michael Warren
This was my Saturday treat to myself - to me from me with love, I guess. I did love this movie. Katharine Hepburn was gloriously beautiful and also did her best in the part of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by E. Ervin
Pretty good acting by Katherine, and Fred so young. Story is all most her real life, strong will woman in early 1900 which was not accepted a that time.Published 2 months ago by Texan
DVD 5 stars, Instant Video 3 stars.
I found the sound and video quality on the DVD to be much superior than Instant Video, (streaming). Read more