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Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936)

Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936)




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Adapted from the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, this film is set in the late-19th century. Freddie Bartholomew is a likeable Brooklyn boy. Upon discovering that Freddy is the rightful heir to his fortune, the boy's aristocratic grandfather demands that Dolores deliver the child to his sprawling English country estate.
Classics , Drama , Kids & Family
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United Artists

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Freddie Bartholomew
as Cedric Erroll
Dolores Costello
as Dearest Erroll
Guy Kibbee
as Hobbs
C. Aubrey Smith
as Earl of Dorincourt
Henry Stephenson
as Havisham
Jackie Searl
as The Claimant
Ivan Simpson
as Rev. Mordaunt
E.E. Clive
as Sir Harry Lorridaile
Constance Collier
as Lady Lorridaile
May Beatty
as Mrs. Mellon
Joan Standing
as Dawson
Jessie Ralph
as Apple Woman
Lionel Belmore
as Higgins
Gilbert Emery
as Purvis
Joseph Tyzack
as Thomas
Alex Pollard
as Footman
Daisy Belmore
as Mrs. Baines
Walter Kingsford
as Mr. Snade
Helen Flint
as Minna Tipton
Virginia Field
as Miss Herbert
Lawrence Grant
as Lord Chief Justice
Tempe Piggott
as Mrs. Dibble
Eily Malyon
as Landlady
Fred Walton
as Landlord
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Critic Reviews for Little Lord Fauntleroy

All Critics (6)

Adaptation of classic novel is a charming fairy tale.

Full Review… | December 25, 2010
Common Sense Media

An excellent children's pic, for others the contrived melodrama might at best only be bearable.

Full Review… | May 3, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Still entertaining drama, though dated, starring Bartholomew and Rooney, two great child actors of the time.

March 6, 2008

Audience Reviews for Little Lord Fauntleroy

A great though sentimental classic Little Lord Fauntleroy was originally a wildly successful children's novel written in the 1880s by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It's the story of a fatherless New York lad, Ceddie, who lives with his widowed mother after the death of his English father, who came from an aristocratic family. Unexpected deaths in that family result in Ceddie being designated the heir apparent to an Earldom, and he and his mother go to England so he can begin preparations to assume his inheritance. Plot complications arise from the prejudice of the old Earl, Ceddie's grandfather, against Ceddie's American mother, and the appearance of a pretender who seems to have a better claim to the Earldom. Both complications are resolved, the latter albeit by an egregiously unlikely coincidence, and a happy ending is granted to all concerned. The book's success led to over a century of film, television, and theatre versions, of which the 1936 film directed by John Cromwell is undoubtedly the best known. This is a classic Hollywood Golden Age sentimental favorite, with a cast of old movie stalwarts you will have seen often before, including Freddie Bartholomew, Mickey Rooney, Dolores Costello, Guy Kibbee (in perhaps his best role,) C. Aubrey Smith, Una O'Connor, and others -- some of the names may be unfamiliar to you, but if you watch many classic Hollywood films, you'll recognize all the faces. Until recently, this film has been available only in very inferior versions on TV, VHS, and DVD, but in 2012 Kino/Lorber issued a Blu-Ray DVD (I think there may also be a standard one issued) which is advertised as an "Authorized edition from the estate of David O. Selznick from the collection of George Eastman House," "mastered in HD from a original nitrate 35 mm print." At 101 minutes, I assume it's uncut. That print isn't pristine: though resolution and contrast are fine, there are some streaks and many specks, and the sound track is definitely tinny, not enough so to obscure the dialogue, but the fine Max Steiner score does sound a bit distorted. All in all, this is probably the vehicle of choice now to watch this film on. If you've seen this film before only on a probably poor quality and incomplete TV version and liked it, you'll enjoy seeing it properly on the Kino DVD. And if you haven't seen it, I'm sure you'll find it worth watching if you like classic Hollywood films, or if you're just in the mood for an old fashioned, outrageously sentimental movie which will leave you grinning through your tears.

Jon Corelis
Jon Corelis

Most thirties films with children as the leads followed the formula, whatever the vehicle, that the savvy, cynical, smartypants adults around them learn to hope, laugh, and love again because of the innocence of the child. David O. Selznick mounts this showcase for the wunderkind Freddie Bartholomew, who ably manages to string together adult sentences and ideas w/o the slightest difficulty, and who's trust in the inherent good in people changes lives. You see all the punches coming long before they arrive, and still it's a charmer of a work.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

It's like a Shirley Temple movie except with a little boy instead, and not as cute or funny!

Sarah Prisbylla
Sarah Prisbylla

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