This film was just the type that conservative people felt should be produced.
They championed it, sent their children to see it, and made it part of school curricula.
At the request of Katharine Hepburn, costume designer Walter Plunkett created a dress for her character copied from one worn by her maternal grandmother in a tintype Hepburn had.
The location used to shoot the restaurant scenes was Lusco's, a real restaurant that has been a Greenwood institution since it was opened in 1933 by Italian immigrants. I first saw it as a preteen and did not understand the concept.
The restaurant's appearance is distinguished by its individual, curtained-off private dining booths, which are visible in the movie. I have recently got the DVD as a gift and watch it over and over again and learn something else from it each time.
RKO's timing of release was impeccable, as Depression audiences were ripe for the film's evocation of life in a simpler, more innocent and auspicious world.
In addition, the film business had come under fire in 19 for presenting an abundance of violent and sexually titillating material.
But at the moment, and for days, weeks, months to come, Miss Hepburn's characterization will stand alone on a pedestal of flaming brilliance." TV Guide rated the film four stars, calling it "unabashedly sentimental" and "an example of Hollywood's best filmmaking." It added, "The sets, costumes, lighting, and direction by George Cukor all contribute greatly to this magnificent film, but the performances, especially Hepburn's, are what make the simple story so moving.
There are laughs and tears aplenty in this movie, which presents a slice of American history in a way that children will find palatable.
The film was released on DVD for Region 1 markets (US, Canada, and US territories) on November 6, 2001 by Warner Home Video.
It is closed captioned and features an English audio track in Dolby Digital 1.0 and subtitles in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Georgian, and Chinese.
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