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Adore Hepburn's Performance
I don't know where I've been all my life but am so grateful to have finally seen this film for the first time. Katherine Hepburn charmed me to no end. She was fresh and fearless and exquisite - vulnerable, too. Her acting is so natural and drew me into her predicament, actually moved me to tears several times. The scenes in the ballroom where she's alone are masterful. As far as her lying her way through the storyline, I believe she was the product of her times and pressured by her overbearing mother. Not that this is right, of course, but it's simply a movie portraying someone's response to hardship (we're all human after all). On the other hand, her relationship with her father was precious and showed Alice's strength. I wish Hepburn had won the Oscar. This film has become an instant favorite of mine.
This Film Made Me A Hepburn Fan!!
As a young gay kid growing up in 1970's homophobic Black Philadelphia, I was deeply touched by her performance. All of the slings and slights she suffered I suffered too and I even cried with her at that rainy window. I was pulling for her from the very start of the picture. She wanted to fit in so badly and ingratiated herself to others only to be rejected and ridiculed. And the grand prize at the end of that torturous journey was a young, trim, sexy, fine as hell Fred MacMurray (borrowed from Paramount). Bette Davis was and still is my favorite actress but the best performance by a leading actress of 1935 was indeed "Alice Adams", not "Dangerous". It seemed that Kate and Alice knew how all of us "misfits" feel navigating a cruel, cynical, materialistic world. And it still resonates today. Many thanks to Hepburn, Stevens and RKO for a flick that will last for ages!!
- kevin sellers
Interesting that George Stevens' two greatest films, in my opinion, are examinations of the American class system, set in small American cities. Talking of course about this one and "Place In The Sun." Actually, I prefer "Alice" to "Sun" because it treats a serious subject (snobbery) lightly and in the process manages to combine perception with entertainment. Give it an A. P.S. Hattie McDaniel should have gotten a second Oscar nomination for playing the world's most slatternly maid.
I had never heard of this movie, but decided to watch it one day on TCM. What an awesome movie and what an awesome performance by Katharine Hepburn. the storyline is wonderful and it's a very touching movie. Do yourself a favor and watch this one!
Alice Adams-Pathological Liar
- L.P. Haynes
As a Hepburn fan, I was disappointed that this movie didn't live up to the rave reviews it received. This is the only movie that Katherine the Great has done where I feel she was over-the-top acting and somewhat annoying. I felt that Alice was living in a world of delusions. The only thing I think she was honest about was being an actress, which I feel she would've excelled given her constant lying. Her mother came off, to me, as somewhat ungrateful towards her hardworking husband, dismissive of her son, and completely supportive of her daughter's delusions of grandeur. She should have been telling her daughter to be grateful for what you have instead of aiding in her deceit to secure a man that can get her into a lifestyle she(both mother and daughter) always wanted. The saving grace in this movie is Hattie McDaniel, who gave me some much needed entertainment, the actor who played Walter Sr., and the actor who played Walter Jr. This movie is decent at best and irritating at worst.
My Favorite Katharine Hepburn Film
Out of all of the wonderful performances of all the films of Ms. Katharine Hepburn, it is this one that I find to be my favorite. An early film from her career, she seems to illuminate the screen with this performance; Mr. MacMurray is quite handsome & debonair, and Ms. Hattie McDaniels is priceless in the dinner scene. I like this screenplay better than the book by Mr. Tarkington though the book is quite good.
- Dashiell Barnes
Fine adaptation of Booth Tarkington's novel. Hepburn earned an Oscar nomination as a woman desperate to look rich among society, fine work from Fred's MacMurray & Clark. Dinner is an unforgettable moment in an occasionally dull film. Great romantic film helmed by director Stevens. I give it a 3.5/5.
- Jeff Boston
Booth Tarkington's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "Alice Adams" from 1921 had its 1935 film adaptation earn Oscar noms for Best Picture and Best Actress. The movie version has a timeless message, and what happens with the father and the daughter must have played well with Great Depression audiences. Director George Stevens uses his trademark close ups frequently and effectively, and the film has some good lines. My favorites came from the father, including "let's go see if we can eat it" and the one where, while recuperating at home, he tells his visiting boss that he feels bad for receiving a salary without earning it. Sadly, such an honorable principle is getting to be as dated as the film's offered cigarettes, black maid, and likeable stars.
Um verdadeiro Clássico
Katharine Hepburn est fascinante neste filme. Tudo perfeito e precioso num filme que faz voc se divertir e se apaixonar pelos personagens. Um clssico que vale ouro
- Jenn E.
Katharine Hepburn literally wrenches my heart in Alice Adams. I was quite literally moved to tears with her performance. I absolutely love this movie and could watch it over and over.
ALICE A COMPULSIVE LIAR
ALICE STARTS OUT PRETENDING TO HAVE PURCHASED HER 5& DIME COMPACT AT A UPSCALE DEPARTMENT STORE THEN GOES ON TO LIE TO THE MAN AT THE FLORAL SHOP ABOUT ALL HER ENGAGEMENTS. SHE PICKS FLOWERS THAT ARE CLEARLY MARKED "DO NOT PICK"' AND THAT HAPPENS IN LESS THAN 15 MINUTES NOT ONLY DOES SHE HAVE THE PROBLEM WITH HONESTY, BUT SHE IS FRANTIC IN HER QUEST TO BE ACCEPTED BY PEOPLE WHO WANT NOTHING TO DO WITH HER. WITH THE WAY SHE IS TREATED SHE SHOULD BE THE LAST ONE TO LOOK DOWN HER NOSE AT PEOPLE OF ANOTHER RACE. SHE IS CAUGHT BY FRED'S CHARACTER IN LIES SEVERAL TIMES SO YOU WONDER WHAT HIS INTEREST IN HER IS OTHER THAN TO SEE HOW THE OTHER HALF LIVES. SHE AT ONE POINT TALKED ABOUT BEING HERSELF. WITH ALL THE DECEIT SHE DISPLAYED HOW COULD ANYONE LOVE HER FOR WHO SHE REALLY WAS. WAS APPARENT THAT
- TCM fanatic
I've always loved this movie ever since I first saw it. I thought K. Hepburns's performance wonderful. She was touchingly sweet and sad and gave the overall feel of the movie a softness that belied the theme of people wanting to strive for riches and lying to achieve their goal. F. MacMurray is very handsome and totally sexy as the target of Alice's machinations. Hattie McDaniels is hilarious; but then, she manages to convey an honest quality to her roles that defy sterotyping. She's never portrayed her character in a lowly way in any movie I've seen her. In fact, she manages to be on a level par with the stars of her films. She's a jewel, and so is this film.
- Steve Steinfeld
TCM host, Robert Osborne, stated once that the reason the Academy came up with the supporting actor/actress award was because of Hattie McDaniel(s) brief but brilliant performance in this film!I sure wouldn't doubt that statement!
- jarrod McDonald
I'd hardly call this film racist. Sure, it's a product of its times but there have been many films before and since that have featured minorities in second-hand roles. What's good with this one is that the maid gets the last laugh..in fact, she gets most of the laughs, and not in a derogatory way. It's a character study. It's more a comment on her lack of gracefulness than the fact that she's black. This move is more than the scenes featuring the black maid. It's a pointed satire about people desiring to be snobs so as to seem important. It's rather heavy-handed but delightfully so, and that's the genuis of Tarkington's writing. Add Hepburn and MacMurray, and the results are delicious.
- Barry Phillips
A lovely racist little film about class distinction with a soft Kate, good production values, and a decent plot.