Alice Adams (1935)
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as Alice Adams
as Arthur Russell
as Mr. Adams
as Mildred Palmer
as Walter Adams
as Mrs. Adams
as Mr. Lamb
as Frank Dowling
as Mrs. Palmer
as Mr. Palmer
as Henrietta Lamb
as Mrs. Dowling
as Mrs. Dresser
as Ella Dowling
Critic Reviews for Alice Adams
That George Stevens' direction captures the wistfulness of Katharine Hepburn's superb histrionism, and yet has not sacrificed audience values at the altar of too much drabness and prosaic realism, is an achievement of no small order.
Stevens's talent for stepping away from the plotline and creating intimate, casual, and naturalistic moments is given plenty of opportunity here, as it would not be in his later superproductions.
An oddly exciting blend of tenderness, comedy and realistic despair, it touches life intimately at many points during its account of a lonely girl in a typical American small town.
Hepburn is magnificent as the small-town social climber, although the script so softens Booth Tarkington's novel.
Stevens' deadpan-humane approach dilutes the acid of Booth Tarkington's social critique
Audience Reviews for Alice Adams
Booth Tarkington's book about class distinctions came out in 1922. The George Stevens' movie in 1935. As I write its 2013. That's a lot of water under the bridge, as they say. Kate Hepburn's character, a young woman desperate to bridge the class gulf society has set for her, willing to do all in her power to cross that divide ... I found shallow and despicable. She lies, she puts her family through hell, all to "get" oblivious MacMurray (as the objet d'desire), who never seems to question her endless machinations. The dinner scene, the height of tension in the film, where everything goes wrong, is still the best thing about the work. Maybe they should remake it ... ?
A nice little slice of life drama of a poor girl who dreams her family is wealthy and important. Of course, the ending is predictable as most romantic movies are, but it's still an enjoyable drama.
Although Katherine Hepburn is noted for her later films with Spender Tracy, I actually like her performances in the 30s better. This film and the original version of Little Women are some of the best performances that Katherine ever gave.
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