We're celebrating the season with some of our favorite Christmas movies. This week's selection is Little Women from 1949.
MGM's adaptation of Little Women is one of the most delightful family films produced in Old Hollywood.
Little Women tells the story of the four March sisters who are growing up in New England during the Civil War. The main character is the second eldest sister, Jo (June Allyson), an impulsive tomboy who dreams of becoming a writer and traveling the world. The other sisters are the sensible Meg (Janet Leigh), dreamy Amy (Elizabeth Taylor) and innocent Beth (Margaret O'Brien).
|A British postcard for Little Women (1949)|
|The four March sisters appear on the cover of Screen Stories.|
|Elizabeth Taylor and Peter Lawford in a publicity still for Little Women (1949).|
|Animal lover Elizabeth Taylor adopted a kitten who appeared in a scene of Little Women|
Little Women has been adapted several times since 1949, most notably in a 1994 version directed by Gillian Armstrong and starring Winona Ryder. The 1994 version is the most faithful to Alcott's vision and Katharine Hepburn will always be the iconic Jo, but the 1949 version still holds up well. It is a delightful family film with a wonderful cast that can be enjoyed by viewers of all ages.
Little Women is available on DVD and video on demand.
Our other top Holiday picks are Christmas in Connecticut and It Happened on 5th Avenue.