Flashback Classics: Louisa May Alcott's Little Women (1949) with June Allyson, Elizabeth Taylor, Margaret O'Brien

Columbia Pictures (Sony) is doing another version of Little Women (no release date or details yet), which is Louisa May Alcott's autobiographical account of her life with her three sisters in Concord Mass in the 1860s. Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March -- grow up in post-Civil War America, it was originally published in two separate volumes in 1868 and 1869.

This will make the fifth theatrical release of Little Women. The other films were in 1918 with Isabel Lamon, Dorothy Bernard, Lillian Hall, Florence Flinn playing the sisters, then Katharine Hepburn, Joan Bennett, Jean Parker and Frances Dee were the sisters in 1933, in 1949 The sisters were played by June Allyson, Margaret O'Brien, Elizabeth Taylor and Janet Leigh, and finally in 1994 it was Winona Ryder, Trini Alvarado, Claire Danes and Kirsten Dunst who played the sisters.

In this installment of Flashback Classics we pick Little Women (1949) as our focus. This is not because the film out shines the 1933 version with Katharine Hepburn, but for a simpler reason, it was the first one to be filmed in Technicolor and it features a young Margaret O'Brien and Elizabeth Taylor who simply steal the screen everytime they appear in a scene.

The film is a heart warming coming of age story set during the Civil War, it chronicles the Marches' lives and loves, underscoring the era's expectations about a woman's place in the world. Golden-tressed Elizabeth Taylor portrays pretentious Amy, Janet Leigh is earnest Meg and Margaret O'Brien is dear, tragedy-stricken Beth. June Allyson plays spunky Jo, resolved to be a writer, but unaware that the elusive muse she seeks is the life she shares with her sisters and mother (Mary Astor).

Actors: June Allyson, Peter Lawford, Margaret O'Brien, Elizabeth Taylor, Janet Leigh
Directors: Mervyn LeRoy
Run Time: 121 minutes

Little Women (1949) on IMDb

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