February 18, 2014
It would be hard to imagine Katharine Hepburn ever being poor, especially considering her own New England background and all the parts for which she would later become known, but she plays Alice as a girl who has made an effort to become someone, to cultivate a mind and a personality and good taste, despite any setbacks of her provincial upbringing. That makes her believable. I really enjoyed the relationship between Alice and her brother Walter (Frank Albertson), who keeps getting roped into her schemes. He's a comical and a refreshing presence in a film that's mostly concerned with the petty problems of class warfare. Based on the novel by Booth Tarkington. With Fred Stone, Evelyn Venable, Ann Shoemaker, Charles Grapewin, and Hattie McDaniel. Directed by George Stevens.