Alice Adams (1935)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Katharine Hepburn Alice Adams
Fred MacMurray Arthur Russell
Fred Stone Mr. Virgil Adams
Evelyn Venable Mildred 'Georgette' Palmer
Frank Albertson Walter Adams
Ann Shoemaker Mrs. Adams
Charley Grapewin J. A. Lamb
Grady Sutton Frank Dowling
Hedda Hopper Mrs. Palmer
Jonathan Hale Mr. Palmer
Katherine Hepburn
Hattie McDaniel
Movie Details
Genre Comedy; Drama; Romance
Director George Stevens
Producer Pandro S. Berman
Writer Booth Tarkington; Dorothy Yost
Studio Warner Bros.; Turner Home Entertainment; Turner Home Ent
Language English
Audience Rating Approved
Running Time 1 hr 39 mins
Country USA
Color Color
The misadventures of two social-climbing women in small town America.

DVD Empire Synopsis:

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All Movie Guide Synopsis:

Katharine Hepburn stars as Booth Tarkington's would-be society belle Alice Adams. The product of a family of modest means, Alice nonetheless dreams of being accepted by the "better people." Luck of luck, she meets well-to-do young Fred MacMurray at a social gathering; he is charmed by her pathetic attempts at putting on airs and accepts her invitation to dine at the Adams home. The meal is a disaster: Alice's parents (Fred Stone and Anne Shoemaker) are obviously way out of MacMurray's league, while the servant (Hattie McDaniel) that the family hired for the occasion shows up drunk and very surly. The film departs from the wistful climax in the Tarkington novel by having MacMurray declare his love for Alice in spite of everything. Alice Adams was the first major directorial assignment for George Stevens, as well as one of the few Katharine Hepburn vehicles of the 1930s to score a hit with the public. by Hal Erickson

All Movie Guide Review:

Alice Adams does a credible job of transferring Booth Tarkington's popular Pulitzer Prize-winning novel to the screen, even if it adds a happier ending than the one in the book. A significant part of the credit belongs to director George Stevens, who keeps the film briskly paced without sacrificing character development and atmosphere. Filmed during the Great Depression, Alice Adams takes a satirical view of the 1920s, reminding 1935 audiences of some of the shallowness of those "better days." Hepburn's performance dominates the film, and the supporting cast functions mostly as props, though Fred MacMurray, Hepburn's nominal co-lead, manages to shine in moments. The film received two Oscar nominations, for Best Picture and for Hepburn's performance, and it was also a rarity for Hepburn: a box-office hit. by Richard Gilliam

Personal Details
My Rating 7
Seen It Yes
Viewing Date 8/20/03
Seen Where Home
Index 398
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 8/18/03
Purchase Price $15.00
Store Fry's
Owner JC
Links IMDB
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Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Standard 1.33:1 B&W
Fullscreen (4:3)
Layers Single side, single layer
UPC 053939600421
Release Date 1/7/03
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Packaging Snap Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono
English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Dolby Digital Mono [English]
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Excerpt From the Documentary George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey
Katharine Hepburn: The RKO Years Essay
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