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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.



(from the book by), (screen play)

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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


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:

Mali lord Fauntleroy  »

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Technical Specs


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), in New York City Thursday 25 November 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Baltimore Saturday 25 December 1948 on WMAR (Channel 2), in Atlanta Friday 4 February 1949 on WSB (Channel 8), in Dayton Wednesday 9 Febrary 1949 on WHIO (Channel 13), in Detroit Sunday 6 March 1949 on WWJ (Channel 4), and in Cincinnati Sunday 4 September 1949 on WCPO (Channel 7). 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: Are you the Earl? I'm your grandson, you know, that Mr. Havisham brought. I'm Lord Fauntleroy.
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Version of Little Lord Fauntleroy (1976) See more »


Auld Lang Syne
Traditional Scottish 17th century music
In the score when Ceddie gives Mr. Hobbs a gift
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Great British/American partnership---once again.
23 November 2005 | by 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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