Little Women


1919

Brief Synopsis

Jo March and her sisters Meg, Beth, and Amy live in a happy family in Concord, Massachusetts. Jo yearns to be a writer, and through the course of the years, finds much within her own family to write about: the romance of Meg with the young tutor John Brooke, the tragic illness of gentle Beth, and Amy's marriage to Jo's bosom companion Laurie.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 5, 1919
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
William A. Brady
Distribution Company
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.; Paramount-Artcraft Special; State Rights
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (Boston, 1868).

Technical Specs

Sound
Silent
Color
Black and White
Film Length
5,433ft (6 reels)

Synopsis

Mr. and Mrs. March live with their four daughters Jo, Beth, Meg, and Amy in rural, antebellum New England. Mr. March accepts a position in Washington, and when he becomes ill, Mrs. March resolves to visit him. In order to raise money for the trip, Jo sells her own hair, but this proves unneccessary when Aunt March finally agrees to finance the journey. Mr. March returns to New England and rejoins his family, which later is saddened by Beth's death. Eventually, Jo, Meg, and Amy grow into womanhood and marry.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 5, 1919
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
William A. Brady
Distribution Company
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.; Paramount-Artcraft Special; State Rights
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (Boston, 1868).

Technical Specs

Sound
Silent
Color
Black and White
Film Length
5,433ft (6 reels)

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William A. Brady also produced a stage version of the novel, which was dramatized by Marian de Forest and opened in New York on October 14, 1912. The film was shot in and around the Alcott home in Concord, MA. The home of Ralph Waldo Emerson was also shown. It opened at the Strand Theatre in New York on November 10, 1918 and played for several weeks until Famous Players-Lasky Corp. purchased it and released it as a Paramount-Artcraft Special on January 5, 1919. Alcott's novel has been filmed many times, including a 1917 British version starring G. B. Samuelson, with Alexander Butler directing; a 1933 RKO version starring Katharine Hepburn and directed by George Cukor; and a 1949 version starring June Allyson and Elizabeth Taylor, with Mervyn LeRoy directing.