Little Women (DVD) ~ June Allyson, Peter Lawford, Margaret O'Brien
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IMPORT DVD FROM SOUTH KOREA - LANGUAGE: ENGLISH - OPTIONAL SUBTITLES: ENGLISH, KOREAN, or NONE - NTSC REGION FREE (PLAYS ON STANDARD US DVD PLAYERS) - ENGLISH AND KOREAN TEXT ON FRONT AND BACK Louisa May Alcott's famous novel of the March family, brought to the screen and starring June Allyson, Peter Lawford, Margaret O'Brien, Elizabeth Taylor and Janet Leigh
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June Allyson plays tomboyish and idealistic, Josephine (Jo) March, to perfection, so much so, that you forget that she's acting! By the time this film was made she had already become a star, but it's interesting to watch a young Janet Leigh as very proper, Meg, just on the verge of stardom, and Elizabeth Taylor, as Amy, the vain one, making the transition from child actress to the Mega Superstar that she would become. Margaret O'Brien as the "cricket on the hearth", Beth, had the ability to turn on the tears at will, and yours too! Unfortunately for her, she was not able to make the transition to adult actress. Mary Astor as, "Marme" is very good, as well as Peter Lawford as rich but lonely, Laurie, whose love for Jo is never fully reciprocated.
I enjoyed this film very much and I hope you will too!
Controversy has always dogged MGM's 1949 colour remake, chiefly for it's casting. Whilst her teenage years were well and truly behind her when she landed the role of Jo, it's hard to imagine the role being played by anybody other than June Allyson. She was MGM's "go-to" girl for such assignments in that period. Likewise, Elizabeth Taylor's role of Amy - in a none-too-flattering blonde wig - has always been unfairly dismissed as one of the rare missteps in Taylor's film resume, but when you look back at the depiction of Amy in the book and then refer again to Taylor's performance, it sits quite comfortably. Peter Lawford's casting as Laurie is quite charming. Laurie is such a cardboard character in this version (less so but still quite stiff in the 1933 movie); Lawford does what he can to enliven the character.
The "veterans" of the cast add some depth - Mary Astor is a brilliantly-understated Marmee and Lucile Watson is crabby old Aunt March. Margaret O'Brien once again cries until the cows come home as frail, doomed Beth. For whatever reason, the ages of Amy and Beth were switched from the book; this version depicts Beth as the youngest, mainly because Ms O'Brien could never visually pass as the older sister of Elizabeth Taylor. Dramatically it also works quite well, as Beth being the "baby" of the family illustrates further her weak health situation.
Lovers of the 1933 film will find some scenes (right down to the sets and actors' blocking) are copied almost verbatim in this version! Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery; I wonder if George Cukor ever picked up on the fact that he also "directed" the 1949 remake by osmosis? There is however one charming scene that the 1949 version possesses which is all it's own, and it's the one where the girls visit the general store to buy Christmas gifts with their $1 from Aunt March. Presumably it replaces the delightful parlour pantomime "The Witch's Curse" from the 1933 version.
For all it's shortcomings, the film is beautifully shot, lovingly put together; and despite a hefty 2-hour running time, clips along at a very brisk pace. LITTLE WOMEN fans are recommended.
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Hot Toasty Rag, July 19, 2017
I’ve seen every version of Little Women out there, and while the 1949 adaptation has its good points, it’s not...Read more