The New Pictures, Mar. 14, 1949

Little Women (MGM) is Hollywood's second try at exploiting Louisa May Alcott's genteel, durable New England tearjerker. A shade less ambitious than its 1933 predecessor (which starred Katharine Hepburn and Joan Bennett), it still jerks tears with easy efficiency.

This time the four hoopskirted March girls are played by blonde June Allyson (Jo) in a red wig, brunette Elizabeth Taylor (Amy) in a blonde wig, Janet Leigh (Meg), and Margaret O'Brien (Beth). Though the faces have changed, the girlish flutter and flummery are still the same. Curled up in her cluttered Concord attic, tousle-headed...

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