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Alice Adams (1935)

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The misadventures of two social-climbing women in small town America.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Classics , Drama , Romance
Directed By:
Written By:
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Runtime:
Studio:
Turner Home Entertainment

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Cast

Katharine Hepburn
as Alice Adams
Fred MacMurray
as Arthur Russell
Fred Stone
as Mr. Adams
Evelyn Venable
as Mildred Palmer
Frank Albertson
as Walter Adams
Ann Shoemaker
as Mrs. Adams
Charles Grapewin
as Mr. Lamb
Charley Grapewin
as Mr. Lamb
Grady Sutton
as Frank Dowling
Hedda Hopper
as Mrs. Palmer
Jonathan Hale
as Mr. Palmer
Janet McLeod
as Henrietta Lamb
Virginia Howell
as Mrs. Dowling
Zeffie Tilbury
as Mrs. Dresser
Ella McKenzie
as Ella Dowling
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Critic Reviews for Alice Adams

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4)

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.

Full Review… | November 13, 2007
Variety
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 13, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Hepburn is magnificent as the small-town social climber, although the script so softens Booth Tarkington's novel.

February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Stevens' deadpan-humane approach dilutes the acid of Booth Tarkington's social critique

Full Review… | April 17, 2011
CinePassion

The pathetic, social-climbing heroine of Booth Tarkington's novel was never better played than by Hepburn, who brought a fierce determination, clutching coyness, and tragic optimism to the part.

Full Review… | November 13, 2007
TV Guide

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 ... ?

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

½

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.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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