Little Women. 1949. USA. Directed by Mervyn LeRoy. 122 min.
Screenplay by Andrew Solt, Sarah Y. Mason, Victor Heerman, based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott. With June Allyson, Margaret O'Brien, Elizabeth Taylor, Janet Leigh, Peter Lawford. Awash in nostalgia and tears, this lavish remake of Louisa May Alcott’s Civil War–era tale of domesticity and coming of age features some of MGM’s biggest young stars as the irrepressible March sisters, including a luminous Elizabeth Taylor in her last adolescent role. Little Women won the team of Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse (a specialist of 19th-century interiors), Edwin Willis and Jack Moore an Academy Award for Art Direction/Set Decoration—an uncredited George Jenkins modeled the March house on Alcott’s own home in Concord, Massachusetts—and Robert H. Planck and Charles Edgar Schoenbaum were justly nominated for their Victorian-hued Technicolor cinematography. 35mm print from George Eastman House; courtesy Warner Bros.