“Little Men” is a 1940 film directed by Norman Z. McLeod and based on the novel of the same name by Louisa May Alcott. The movie follows the story of Jo March (Kay Francis), who runs a boarding school for boys with her husband, Fritz Bhaer (Jack Oakie).
The school, Plumfield, is home to a diverse group of boys, each with their own unique personalities and backgrounds. Among them is Dan (Jimmy Lydon), a mischievous boy who often gets into trouble but has a heart of gold, and Nat (Junior Durkin), a talented musician who dreams of making it big someday.
Jo and Fritz are dedicated to helping these boys grow into responsible and respectable young men, even if it means making sacrifices along the way. As the school year progresses, the boys face various challenges, such as conflicts with one another and struggles with their schoolwork. Jo and Fritz are always there to offer guidance and support, even when it means going against their own interests.
Meanwhile, Jo must also deal with personal challenges of her own. She finds herself torn between her responsibilities at the school and her desire to pursue her writing career, which has always been her passion. Additionally, she must navigate her complicated relationship with her wealthy Aunt March (Edna May Oliver), who wants her to give up her teaching job and marry into a wealthy family.
The film is a heartwarming story about the power of education and mentorship, as well as the importance of following one’s passions and staying true to oneself. It celebrates the joys of childhood and the bonds of friendship, while also highlighting the challenges and obstacles that come with growing up. In the end, the boys of Plumfield come to realize the value of hard work, integrity, and loyalty, and they leave the school better prepared for the challenges that lie ahead.
Norman Z. McLeod
Mark Kelly, Arthur Caesar, Louisa May Alcott
Kay Francis, Jack Oakie, George Bancroft