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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:
... Ceddie
... 'Dearest' (as Dolores Costello Barrymore)
... The Earl of Dorincourt
... Mr. Hobbs
... Havisham
... Dick
... Lady Lorridaile
... Sir Harry Lorridaile
... Mary
... Tom
... The Applewoman
... Rev. Mordaunt (as Ivan Simpson)
... Minna
... Ben
May Beatty ... Mrs. Mellon
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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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Also Known As:

Mali lord Fauntleroy  »

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(RCA Victor High Fidelity System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Sunday 29 August 1948 on KTLA (Channel 5), in New York City Thursday 25 November 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Baltimore Saturday 25 December 1948 on WMAR (Channel 2), in Detroit Sunday 6 March 1949 on WWJ (Channel 4), and in Cincinnati Sunday 4 September 1949 on WCPO (Channel 7). 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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Referenced in Legends of Tomorrow: Progeny (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Jingle Bells
(1857) (uncredited)
Music by James Pierpont (uncredited)
In the score a bit at the beginning
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Exquisite!
1 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

They just don't make 'em like this anymore. You can take all your Culkins and Woods and Osments and roll them into one, and they still couldn't shine the shoes of Freddie Bartholemew (as Mickey Rooney does in this film). The difference, I believe, is that these contemporary performers think of themselves as CHILD actors, where Bartholemew and his contemporary Shirley Temple thought of themselves as ACTORS -- just as Rooney's character thought of himself as a BUSINESSMAN. The effect is palpable: you just can't fake being a real person. This of course is the familiar story of an American boy in the 1880's who learns he is the heir to an English earl and must go live with the old bloke, who parenthetically hates his mother, in an old castle. Needless to say, it is the earl who is transformed by the strength and purity of the boy's character, and not the intended reverse. Every scene and every line in this film is perfect, and if it is a "period piece," then I say we'd be so much better off if we could return to that "period."


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