Adaptation Overdosed: Little Women has been made into several stage plays, movies, TV miniseries, anime, an opera and a Broadway musical.
Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Contrary to popular belief, and despite what you may have heard on The Simpsons, the final line of the book is not "They were no longer little girls; they were little women." (The Title Drop actually comes in the first chapter, when Father March closes his letter with, "...and I know I shall be prouder than ever of my little women.")
The 1981 anime's original master tapes were damaged, so it has not released on DVD, though it has been released on VHS. The French dub, however, has been released on DVD, as episodes are of noticeably higher quality.
The English dub of this series after the first three episodes are nowhere online.
Life Imitates Art: Elizabeth Alcott died before Anna (Meg's real life counterpart) married. Years after the second part of Little Women was published, May (Amy's real life counterpart) married the man who had comforted her when Abba Alcott died, just as Amy married Laurie who had comforted her after Beth March died.
Magnum Opus Dissonance: Alcott was astonished at the work's bestseller status. It was only a hastily written story about herself and her sisters that she wrote for the money.
Missing Episode: The two silent film versions, made in 1917 and 1918 respectively, are now considered lost.
Reality Subtext: The four actresses playing the March sisters got on extremely well, resulting in a natural chemistry on screen.
The Shelf of Movie Languishment: It was set to be released in 1948 but was pushed back until March 1949, as MGM wanted to make it part of the Silver Anniversary Celebration.
Those Two Actors: Mary Astor as Marmee and Leon Ames as Mr. March who starred in several movies together, most notably Meet Me in St. Louis where Margret O'Brien, who plays Beth in this movie, also played one of their daughters.
This was the third time in three years that June Allyson and Peter Lawford had starred opposite each other after 1946's Two Sisters from Boston and 1947's Good News.
Throw It In!: June Allyson's tears when Beth says she doesn't mind dying were real. She was so moved by Margaret O'Brien's performance that she had to be sent home early.
What Could Have Been: The film was to be produced by David O Selznick - starring Jennifer Jones as Jo, Bambi Lynn as Beth, Rhonda Fleming as Meg, Diana Lynn as Amy, John Dall as Laurie, Anne Revere as Marmee, Charles Coburn as Mr Lawrence and Constance Collier as Aunt March. Selznick decided he couldn't tackle such a big production so soon after Duel In The Sun — and Mervyn LeRoy directed instead. Elizabeth Patterson (Hannah) would have been part of Selznick's version too.
Played Straight with nearly everyone else. Claire Danes was only a couple of years older than Beth (fifteen playing thirteen) and Winona Ryder was twenty-two playing fifteen-year-old Jo. Trini Alvarado was twenty-seven playing sixteen-year-old Meg and Samantha Mathis, who played Amy after the Time Skip, was twenty-four playing Amy at sixteen.
Fake American: The British Christian Bale as Laurie, and Matthew Walker as Robert March. Canadians John Neville and Janne Mortil as Mr Lawrence and Sally Moffat respectively.
Fake Irish: The Irish maid Hannah is played by Canadian actress Florence Patterson.