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Little Lord Fauntleroy (1921)

Passed | | Drama | 15 September 1921 (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

Credited cast:
Mary Pickford ... Cedric Errol / Widow Errol
Claude Gillingwater ... Earl of Dorincourt
Joseph J. Dowling ... William Havisham (as Joseph Dowling)
James A. Marcus ... Hobbs (as James Marcus)
Kate Price ... Mrs. McGinty
Fred Malatesta ... Dick
Rose Dione ... Minna
Arthur Thalasso Arthur Thalasso ... The Stranger
Colin Kenny ... Bevis
Emmett King Emmett King ... Reverend Mordaunt
Madame De Bodamere Madame De Bodamere ... Mrs. Higgins
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jackie Condon ... Child in opening scene w / hat
Gordon Griffith ... Boy who steals grapes
Francis Marion Francis Marion ... Minna's Son
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Storyline

Young Cedric Errol lives with his widowed mother in New York City. Cedric's late father was a son of the Earl of Dorincourt, but the Earl had objected strongly to his son's marriage, and thus has long been estranged from Cedric and his mother. But when the Earl's only surviving son dies in a riding accident, Cedric suddenly becomes Lord Fauntleroy, the Earl's heir. Cedric and his mother travel to England, where they must overcome the Earl's hard feelings about the past, as well as some unexpected obstacles. Written by Snow Leopard

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One of the Best and Cleanest Pictures Ever Made (Print Ad- Charlotte Tribune, ((Charlotte, Mich.)) 22 August 1923)

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1921 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A kis lord See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$900,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,108,882
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Mary Pickford Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Whilst double exposures had been used as early as 1898 to show two characters together in the same scene, played by the same actor, this is the first instance of two such characters seeming to touch one another. See more »

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Referenced in That Girl: Phantom of the Horse Opera (1966) See more »

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Mary Pickford and Charles Rosher too
28 February 2005 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

I doubt if the costuming involved in this movie fooled anyone for an instant. Mary Pickford is clearly Mary Pickford. But she was playing a role and the audience of the time -- and I -- have no problem accepting her in the part of a boy, any more than I have a problem with the fact that Peter Pan is invariably played by a woman. I think she is perfect in the role.

This is a warm and funny version of the story, enlivened by Miss Pickford and a wonderful supporting cast, including Claude Gillingwater as the grouchy earl, D.W. Griffith regular Kate Bruce as an old apple seller and Mary Pickford as Fauntleroy's mother. People may have trouble with the sentimental story and tone, but if you accept the tale then you should have no complaints as to its manner of telling. Again, I have no problem with the story and think it compares favorably with the sound version produced by Selznick fifteen years later. True, no one can top C. Aubrey Smith as a grouchy English aristocrat, but Freddy Bartholomew was always annoying as Fauntleroy -- or, indeed, as anything.

No discussion of this movie would be complete without mentioning cameraman Charles Rosher's wizardry. There is a wonderful shot as Pickford as Fauntleroy kisses Dearest on the cheek, done so casually and effortlessly as to make it easy to miss; but it took 18 hours to film correctly. We are also confronted with the fact that Pickford as Fauntleroy seems to be about four and a half feet tall. Miss Pickford was a short woman, but she was a lot taller than that. Fans of the LORD OF THE RING trilogy are doubtless now familiar with the idea of forced perspective and doubled sets; but to watch the results done in 1921 without computer aids, optical printing or computer effects to aid the process and you will begin to get an idea of what a genius Rosher was.

My warmest thanks to the fine people at Milestone for producing this DVD release. The story is that Miss Pickford was going to have her pictures destroyed at her death because she felt that time had passed them by. She was talked out of this fancy. We can only be glad.


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