Little Men (1941): McLeod’s Version of Louisa May Alcott’s Novel

Norman Z. McLeod directed Little Men, based on the 1871 novel of the same name by Louisa May Alcott.

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

The movie was a commercial failure.

Kay Francis as Jo March
Jack Oakie as Willie the Fox
George Bancroft as Major Burdle
Jimmy Lydon as Dan
Ann Gillis as Nan
Carl Esmond as Professor Bhaer
Richard Nichols as Teddy
Francesca Santoro as Bess


Directed by Norman Z. McLeod
Produced by C. Graham Baker
Written by Mark Kelly, Arthur Caesar, Jack Wagner based on Little Men by Louisa May Alcott
Music by Roy Webb
Cinematography: Nicholas Musuraca
Edited by George Hively
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date: January 10, 1941
Running time: 84 minutes


TCM showed the film on March 11, 2020.