Little Men (1940 film)

Little Men (1940 film)

Little Men
File:Little Men - 1940 Poster.jpg
1940 Theatrical Poster
Directed by Norman Z. McLeod
Produced by C. Graham Baker (producer)
Donald J. Ehlers (associate producer)
Gene Towne (producer)
Written by Louisa May Alcott (novel Little Men)
Mark Kelly (screenplay) and
Arthur Caesar (screenplay)
Jack Wagner
Starring Kay Francis
Jack Oakie
George Bancroft
Music by Roy Webb
Cinematography Nicholas Musuraca
Editing by George Hively
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date(s) November 29, 1940
Running time 84 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Little Men (1940) is an American film based on the novel Little Men (1871) by Louisa May Alcott. Norman Z. McLeod directed the film.

Plot summary

Jo March (Kay Francis), the lead character in Alcott's novel Little Women, now runs a private school for young boys.


Charles Arnt, Stanley Blystone, Nora Cecil, Hal K. Dawson, Sarah Edwards, George D. Green, Jack Henderson, Howard C. Hickman, Lloyd Ingraham, George Irving, William Irving, Bud Jamison, Nella Walker, Clarence Wilson and Duke York appear uncredited.

Differences from novel

There are many differences between the novel and the movie. A major one is the introduction of two new characters. Major Burdle and Willie the Fox are not a part of the original story. In the original novel, Dan is an orphaned child from the streets. His arrival to Plumfield results from his previous friendship with Nat.

The Plot- Movie The plot of the movie is also very different from the novel. The whole plot revolves around the fact that Mr. and Mrs. Bhaer need money to prevent the loss of Plumfield to the bank. Danny and his father have been traveling around selling Major Burdles medications, but are forced to send Danny to school. Major Burdles presents himself as an “investor” in order to conceal his real occupation. Mr. Bhaer gets the idea to let him invest their money in order to pay the bills. Through some unfortunate events, the banks close and Major Burdle loses the money he intended to return to the Bhaers. Through many efforts he is finally able to return the money and the Bhaers buy Plumfield, bringing an end to their troubles.

Novel- Plumfield is given to the Bhaers by Jo’s aunt at the end of Little Women. In addition, Teddy, the brother-in-law of the Bhaers, is extremely wealthy and sponsors their school program.

More Differences: In the movie the Character is known as Danny, but in the book he is just Dan. Dan and Nat are friends before Plumfield. There are more Children at Plumfield in the movie than there are in the book. Mr. Bhaer is German in the book, but he is Swiss in the Movie.

There are many more differences that can be easily observed by reading the book and then watching the movie.


  • Lillian Randolph - "Roll Jordan Roll" (Traditional Negro spiritual)
  • Schuyler Standish - "Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair" (Written by Stephen Foster)
  • Lillian Randolph - "Aura Lea" (Music by George R. Poulton, lyrics by W.W. Fosdick)


The film recorded a loss of $214,000.[1]


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