Kit Kittredge: An American Girl

Synopsis: 'Kit Kittredge: An American Mystery' centers around a young girl living in the struggles of the Great Depression. 10 year old Kit lives in a boarding house her parents own in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has a passion for writing, & dreams of having something of hers put in the local paper someday. With the help of her friends, Sterling & Ruthie, will her dream finally come true?
Genre: Drama, Family
Director(s): Patricia Rozema
Production: Picturehouse
  2 wins & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
101 min

It was May 2nd, 1934.

Even though the Great Depression|was in full swing around the world...

... it still seemed far away|from the world I knew.

I was focused on one thing.

I wanted to be a reporter.

I was more excited that day|than I'd ever been in my whole life.

Next up, Clifton and Ludlow.|Everybody up for Clifton and Ludlow.

If I hurried, I'd have just enough time|to see Dad at his car dealership.

Dad. Dad. Dad, look, I finished my article.

That's great, honey. Oh!

- Wish me luck.|- You can do it, sweetheart.

Go get them.

She's gonna be a reporter, that one.

You just wait and see.

Hobo crime spree|spreading across Ohio Valley.

Come get your paper. Hobo crime spree.

Hobo crime spree spreading...

My brother Charlie|had arranged an introduction...

... at the Cincinnati Register.

Though I was going inside as a visitor...

... I was certain I'd come out a journalist.

How could I have known|what life had in store?

I thought I was ready.

Seven, please?

Excuse me, Mr. Peabody? Sir?

- Charlie Kittredge's sister.|- Yes, sir, I'm Kit.

Uh, Billy, and I'm only 19. I'm not|a sir yet. But thanks. Uh, follow me.

Charlie said you wanted|to see a real newsroom, and this is it.

Wow, the Cincinnati Register.

- Okay. So where's the editor?|- Uh, Gibson? Right there, why?

I've written this article,|and I'd like for you to give it to him.

- Uh, you'd like me to what?|- Give it to him, you know, to publish.

You're kidding.

You're not kidding. She's not kidding.

I'm not kidding.|It's about the Chicago World's Fair.

I've interviewed several people|who've actually been there.


Heh. That's what this is about?|You want an article published?

Yes, thank you.

Kid, you don't waltz up to the editor|of the Cincinnati Register...

...and expect him to publish your article.

The tragedy is the fact that|I paid you at all to write this drivel!

I want something new.|I want something fresh.

I want something real before l...

But how about I take a look at it?

Thanks, Billy, would you?

I'll just wait here.

- Ha, ha.|- But you take your time.

Uh, no.

You can come back another time.

That works too.

He's just reading it, Ruthie.

He might not even give it to Mr. Gibson.|Who knows?

- You're late. Let's go.|- Does Mother know you're coming with me?

Mother,|I'm going to Kit's house with Frances!

- Yes, dear.|- Now she does.

Good day.

Come on, let's go.

I'm being sworn|Into the Treehouse Club

- I'm being sworn into the Treehouse Club.|- Afternoon.


You all know if the people who live here|might be interested in a barter?

Depends.|What's a barter?

A trade.

See, my partner here and I'll work for food|and...

- Anyways, I'm Will, and this is Countee.|- Hey.

Mother's out back with her Garden Club.|Follow me.

I'm being sworn|Into the Treehouse Club.

Everything will be okay.|Everything will be fine.

I just heard you're moving, Louise.

My husband left weeks ago...

...and we're staying at the Netherland|until he sends for us.

The Netherland Plaza Hotel?

I heard it's magnificent.

We'd love to see the rooms.

Margaret, look.


WO|Hobos. We cannot trust them.


How can I help you?

- Mother, this is Will and his friend...|Countee.

And they're looking to make a barter,|which means work for food.

I can pretty much fix anything broke.

Windows, uh...

...fences, any kind of machine.

We're trustworthy and responsible.

Come back in the morning.

- We'll see what we can do.|Thank you.

One moment.

WO|Don't feed them, Margaret.

Why don't you take|something to eat before you leave?

Thank you, ma'am,|but, uh, we only take when we work.

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