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Alice Adams is a pretty small-town girl from a lower class family who aspires to be accepted into the snobby elite social circle that has always eluded her. While Alice's family struggles to get by, the resourceful Alice puts on lofty airs and goes to great lengths to project a false image of wealth and status. Her pitiful attempts at social climbing get her nowhere as her upper class peers mostly ignore her. However, one night at a society dance, Alice is paid special attention by the rich and handsome Arthur Russell, who is unaware of her pretensions. While her family teeters on the brink of disaster, Alice works desperately to maintain Arthur's interest and keep up her elaborate fantasy. Soon, however, the time comes for Arthur to meet Alice's family, and the illusion might very well be shattered.

Director: George Stevens
Writers: Dorothy Yost, Mortimer Offner
Based on the Book By: Booth Tarkington
Producer: Pandro S. Berman
Cinematography: Robert De Grasse
Art Direction: Van Nest Polglase
Editing: Jane Loring
Music Composer: Max Steiner
Costume Designer: Walter Plunkett
Cast: Katharine Hepburn (Alice Adams), Fred MacMurray (Arthur Russell), Fred Stone (Mr. Adams), Evelyn Venable (Mildred Palmer), Frank Albertson (Walter Adams), Ann Shoemaker (Mrs. Adams), Charley Grapewin (Mr. Lamb), Grady Sutton (Frank Dowling), Hedda Hopper (Mrs. Palmer), Jonathan Hale (Mr. Palmer), Janet McLeod (Henrietta Lamb), Virginia Howell (Mrs. Dowling), Zeffie Tilbury (Mrs. Dresser), Ella McKenzie (Ella Dowling), Hattie McDaniel (Malena).
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Why ALICE ADAMS is Essential

The character of Alice Adams is one of Katharine Hepburn's finest and most defining roles. The depth and pathos that Hepburn brings to the role of the social climbing Alice helped create one of the most memorable and nuanced performances in classic Hollywood cinema.

Alice Adams was a film responsible for reviving Katharine Hepburn's career at a crucial point in her life. Having recently won her first Academy Award as Best Actress for her performance in Morning Glory (1933), Hepburn had followed the success with a string of less than stellar box office flops such as Spitfire (1934) and The Little Minister (1934). Alice Adams, on the strength of Booth Tarkington's original story and Hepburn's performance, was a big hit and has endured as a Hollywood classic. Hepburn received her second Academy Award nomination as Best Actress for her performance.

Alice Adams was the film that gave Oscar®-winning director George Stevens his big break. Stevens had begun his career in Hollywood as a cameraman, eventually moving up to directing comedy two-reelers. When Hepburn and producer Pandro S. Berman tapped him to direct Alice Adams, it was his first major feature and a turning point for his distinguished future in Hollywood.

by Andrea Passafiume

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