I've just found out that it wasn't a particularly frumpy looking Judy Garland who plays Jo March as I'd always assumed - it was actually June Allyson. I guess it's the association with Margaret "Tootie" O'Brien who plays Beth March (the one who is too good, then dies). It's not a great film and the sets are pretty cheap looking. Everyone manages to be dull (particularly Janet Leigh who plays oldest sister Meg) apart from Elizabeth Taylor's spoiled, vain Amy - if only the young Taylor had been given a few more evil roles to get her teeth into. She's wasted looking pretty and acting innocent when she would have been a fantastic Estella. No wonder Laurie ends up marrying her - despite her entirely hideous dress sense.
Real Sunday afternoon tosh.