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Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936)

Passed  |   |  Drama, Family  |  6 March 1936 (USA)
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An American boy turns out to be the long-lost heir of a British fortune. He is sent to live with the cold and unsentimental lord who oversees the trust.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Freddie Bartholomew ...
Ceddie
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'Dearest' (as Dolores Costello Barrymore)
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Guy Kibbee ...
Mr. Hobbs
Henry Stephenson ...
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Lady Lorridaile
E.E. Clive ...
Sir Harry Lorridaile
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Jackie Searl ...
Tom
Jessie Ralph ...
Ivan F. Simpson ...
Rev. Mordaunt (as Ivan Simpson)
Helen Flint ...
Eric Alden ...
Ben
May Beatty ...
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Storyline

After the death of Cedric ('Ceddie')'s English father, he and his mother live together in Brooklyn. Cedric's grandfather, the Earl of Dorincourt, had disowned Cedric's father when he married an American. But when the Earl's remaining son dies, he accepts Cedric as Lord Fauntleroy, his heir, and the Earl sends for Cedric and his mother. Cedric uses the first of his newly found wealth to do some favors for his old friends, and then heads to England, where he must try to overcome the Earl's dislike for Cedric's mother. Written by Snow Leopard

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Drama | Family

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6 March 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der kleine Lord  »

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(RCA Victor High Fidelity System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Due to the demise of Selznick International Productions, this movie is now in the public domain. See more »

Goofs

When Ceddie writes the note telling the estate manager not to evict Mr. Higgins, Lord Dorincourt folds the letter and puts his eye monocle in. Just as he is handing the note to Mr. Mordaunt, the shot changes to wide view and Lord Dorincourt is no longer wearing the eye monocle. See more »

Quotes

Cedric "Ceddie" Erroll: You don't wear your coronet all the time?
Earl of Dorincourt: No, it does not become me.
Cedric "Ceddie" Erroll: Mr. Hobbs said you always wore it, but after he thought it over, he said he supposed you must sometimes take it off to put your hat on.
Earl of Dorincourt: Yes, I take it off occasionally.
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Connections

Referenced in Gidget Gets Married (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
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Traditional Scottish 17th century music
In the score when Ceddie gives Mr. Hobbs a gift
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An excellent adaptation, a bit too sentimental, but. . . ah well.
5 May 2006 | by (California - Film Capitol of the World) – See all my reviews

John Cromwell gets a lot of credit for this Selznick Studio release. It is only the second time (at that time) the story had been filmed. The first was a poor silent version. Although Cromwell could have developed the story a bit more, it is well cast. Bartholomew is excellent as young Cedrick and Smith is fine as the crusty old Earl who learns to love his grandson, additionally Rooney as Dick the bootblack, and Kibbee as storekeeper Hobbs are also outstanding.

Although heavy with sentimentality, Cromwell has done an excellent job of cutting out all the terrible wordiness of the novel. (Burnett writes as though she is being paid by the word and puts in way to many adjectives.) The story is well told and the scenic effects are good for their time. Unfortunately the film has not aged well and some scenes have darkened with time. Perhaps an enterprising admirer will trouble to restore this film. IF they do, hopefully they will also restore the missing scenes so the film runs its full length.

A discount film hawker (Front Row Video, Canada) has the nerve to sell copies of the film (claiming a running time of 1:42) that are so butchered, that two conversations are cut right in the middle with a change of scene. Digiview Productions who states on the front cover "Sometimes the price we pay is too high" and charges only a dollar for their DVD version, has been caught with their foot in their mouth. They only charge a buck, but even that is too much for the hacked up 92 minute version of the film they sell.

For purists, I urge you to find a complete copy of this well done film. THe only way you can enjoy something is to see all of it.


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