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.

I can't let you leave hungry.

Better be quick. I've already seen|Mrs. Culver dive headfirst into the nuts.

Who knows what she'll do|when she sees the sandwiches?

Please, take it as an advance.

Go on.

All right, as an advance. Thank you.

- We'll be working it off in the morning.|- See you then.

Let's go, Countee.|- Ahem.

My husband says let them go hungry.|It's the only way to keep them out of town.

Oh, Louise.

Can't help but think|that those boys are someone's children too.


Will, come on.

Okay, everybody. In your places.


Eleanor Roosevelt. Amelia Earhart.

Kit, Ruthie, Frances...

...and soon, Florence.

Do you, Florence Stone...

...swear to be true to the treehouse Club|and only the treehouse Club... long as you shall live?

I do.

And if anyone should ask you|to join the 9th Street Club?

I will laugh in their faces.

You're supposed to say, "I will decline."

I will decline...

...and laugh.|- Ha, ha.

Now Ruthie will get the sacred water|off the sacred shelf.

I already did. It's in the sacred bowl.


Now treehouse members|and potential treehouse members...

...take your right hand,|and place it in the bowl.

We are one.

Now place two fingers|over your heart, like so...

...for the sacred treehouse pledge.

All together:

Gwanga, gwanga, galoolie...

...kariba, kariba, kariv.

- I swear to be true to the...|Betty Lou!

Robert, do something!


We're gonna be okay then.|No, save that.

- Frances, look.|That's your bed.

- What does that mean?|My furniture.

"Foreclosure by order of the bank."

That means|the bank's taking our house away.

Ruthie, isn't that your father's bank?

Can you ask your father to give it back?

Just let them go. Betty Lou!|Just let them go.

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