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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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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. 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

Earl of Dorincourt: If any one had told me I could be fond of a child, I should not have believed them. I always detested children - my own more than the rest. I am fond of this one and he is fond of me. I am not popular; I never was. But he is fond of me. He was never afraid of me - he always trusted me. He would have filled my place better than I have filled it. I know that. He would have been an honor to the name.
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Great British/American partnership---once again.
23 November 2005 | by (StJohn, IN) – See all my reviews

Two great 1930's child actors, Freddie Bartholomew and Mickey Rooney, play Little Lord Fauntleroy--Cedric Errol, and streetwise American friend Dick Tipton respectively. (Part British Ceddie fights the bullies--and Dick Tipton runs to help...they fight together. A preview of what a lot of Brits & Americans did in WWII a few years after this film!!!)

Also watch for Sir C. Aubrey Smith as the definitive hostile old Lord Dorincourt, who is charmed and warmed by his newly-met half American grandson's unconditional love. Character actor Guy Kibbee also seems made to play staunch anti-aristocrat American Silas Hobbs. If you read the book (free online), the movie fits it well!

Did you know the book LITTLE LORD FAUNTLEROY was an incredible late 19th century "hit"? Some statesmen actually credit this tale of reconciliation between an old Earl and his half American grandson with improving the then-strained 19th century British-American relationship.

Drew Barrymore's grandmother Dolores Costello Barrymore plays Cedric's charming American Mother.

While this film needs a sound and picture cleanup, it is still worth the watch!(TO YOU FILM PEOPLE--LOTS OF PEOPLE LIKE THIS OLD FILM. CAN'T SOMEONE CLEAN UP THE PICTURE & SOUND?)


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