Little Men


1h 12m 1934

Brief Synopsis

The former Jo March and her husband Professor Bhaer operate the Plumfield School for homeless boys. One of the boys, Nat, invites Dan, a street kid, to come to the school, where the boys are all loved and well cared for. Dan is a young tough, but his heart is good, and when he is accused of theft at the school, Jo continues to believe in him and that the true thief will be found out.

Film Details

Release Date
Dec 14, 1934
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Mascot Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Mascot Pictures Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Little Men by Louisa May Alcott (Boston, 1871).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 12m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8 reels

Synopsis

In 1871, at New England's Plumfield School for Boys, Professor Bhaer and his wife Jo lovingly instruct and care for all of their boys. One day a street orphan, Nat Blake, is sent to the school by a benefactor and quickly becomes part of the happy routine at the farmhouse school. Although bullied by a few of the boys, Nat is befriended by the mischievous Tommy Bangs, who makes him a "partner" in his enterprise, T. Bangs and Co. By hunting for eggs in the old barn and selling them to Jo at ten cents a dozen, Nat begins to earn money to buy a violin, while Tommy saves up to buy a pair of ducks. Soon after, Nat runs into Dan, a friend from his urchin days, and takes him to Plumfield. Bhaer, who had opposed admitting Nat to the school because he believed that the boy would be a bad influence on the other children, resists allowing Dan, a homeless bootblack and newsboy, into Plumfield. Jo, however, reminds Bhaer of Plumfield's mission to help all boys in need, and pressures him to admit Dan. Unused to the structured environment, the high-spirited Dan soon antagonizes the other students and earns a reputation as a troublemaker. When Dan is caught brawling with Franz, Bhaer's assistant, over a local girl, Bhaer threatens to throw Dan out, but is persuaded to keep him by Jo. Grateful for Jo's support, Dan vows to improve his behavior and stays out of trouble for several months. After he reads an adventure novel about Indian scouts, however, Dan is inspired to experiment with a "peace pipe" and accidentally sets fire to his dormitory. Although Dan saves the lives of Nat and two other students, Bhaer is furious with him, and only the devoted support of Jo keeps him from expulsion. Dan once again vows to be a model student, but when one of Tommy's dollar bills is discovered missing, he becomes a suspect. Eventually, Nat, who had publicly coveted the money, is accused of the crime and is "sent to Coventry" by the other boys. Out of loyalty to Nat, Dan earns a dollar and returns it to Tommy. Jack, one of Nat's tormenters, sees the exchange and accuses Dan of the theft. Though falsely accused, Dan is sent by Bhaer to a reformatory, but runs away after the headmaster brutally flogs him. When Dick, a crippled student at Plumfield, dies suddenly, a remorseful Jack confesses to the theft, and Bhaer, filled with guilt, tries unsuccessfully to locate Dan. During a gloomy Thanksgiving dinner, Teddy, Bhaer's son, finds Dan hiding in a haystack and brings him to the table, where he enjoys a tearful reunion with his friends and teachers.

Film Details

Release Date
Dec 14, 1934
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Mascot Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Mascot Pictures Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Little Men by Louisa May Alcott (Boston, 1871).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 12m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8 reels

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In 1940, RKO made another version of Alcott's novel (see below). For information about other filmed versions of Alcott's works, for Little Women.