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Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936)

Passed | | Drama, Family | 6 March 1936 (USA)
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 overview, first billed only:
'Dearest' (as Dolores Costello Barrymore)
Mr. Hobbs
Lady Lorridaile
Sir Harry Lorridaile
Ivan F. Simpson ...
Rev. Mordaunt (as Ivan Simpson)
Helen Flint ...
May Beatty ...


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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Release Date:

6 March 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der kleine Lord  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor High Fidelity System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Sunday 29 August 1948 on KTLA (Channel 5) and in New York City Thursday 25 November 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »


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 »


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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Auld Lang Syne
Traditional Scottish 17th century music
In the score when Ceddie gives Mr. Hobbs a gift
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Much better than I expected.
6 March 2008 | by (Newfoundland, Canada) – See all my reviews

A nine year old Brooklyn boy nicknamed "Ceddie" (Freddie Bartholomew), beloved by all who know him due to his kindly nature, finds himself in for a most unexpected change of lifestyle when he learns he's to be heir to the estate of his grandfather (C. Aubrey Smith), a British Earl and has to move in with him. A bigger challenge for the boy to overcome though is to bring down the barrier between his stubborn, set in his ways grandfather and Ceddie's mother "Dearest" (Dolores Costello), who the Earl resents his son marrying as she's an American.

This one really grabs you by the heartstrings and doesn't let up. Freddie Bartholomew is simply wonderful as "Ceddie", wonderfully capturing his character and winning over the viewing audience's hearts in fairly short time, no easy feat for a child star. C. Aubrey Smith too is just marvelous as the crotchety old grandfather who finds his stubborn, hard-hearted, icy exterior being worn away just by being in the presence of such a terrific young lad who loves him unconditionally. Dolores Costello too was nicely cast and delivers the goods when she's called upon to do so. It's the likable performances given by these stars that make this a real winner in that we're truly made to care about these characters and what happens to them.

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