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Little Lord Fauntleroy

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Overview

David O. Selznick's first independent production upheld the producer's tradition, established at Paramount, RKO and MGM, of bringing the "classics" to the screen. Adapted by Hugh Walpole from the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Little Lord Fauntleroy is set in the late 19th century. After establishing Freddie Bartholomew as a likeable Brooklyn boy who can handle himself in a scrap--with the assistance of his roughneck pal Mickey Rooney, of course--the film introduces us to Bartholomew's mother, played by ...
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Overview

David O. Selznick's first independent production upheld the producer's tradition, established at Paramount, RKO and MGM, of bringing the "classics" to the screen. Adapted by Hugh Walpole from the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Little Lord Fauntleroy is set in the late 19th century. After establishing Freddie Bartholomew as a likeable Brooklyn boy who can handle himself in a scrap--with the assistance of his roughneck pal Mickey Rooney, of course--the film introduces us to Bartholomew's mother, played by Dolores Costello-Barrymore (though divorced from John Barrymore, Mrs. Costello-Barrymore was still billng herself by her married name). Costello-Barrymore is the widow of a titled Englishman, whose father, the aristocratic Sir C. Aubrey Smith, detests all Americans with equal fervor. Upon discovering that Bartholomew is the rightful heir to his fortune, Smith demands that Costello-Barrymore deliver the boy to his sprawling English country estate. Now addressed by one and all as Lord Fauntleroy, Bartholomew chafes at the restrictions imposed upon him by his station in life. The boy's good nature and forthrightedness wins his grandfather's respect-and, eventually, the old man's love. When pasty-faced Jackie Searl, a false claimant to Bartholomew's title, shows up, Bartholomew's American pals, led by Rooney, set things right. His hard heart softened at last, Smith stage-manages a happy reunion between Bartholomew and Costello-Barrymore. Expertly sidestepping the "sissy" onus that has been unfairly placed upon the original Burnett novel, Little Lord Fauntleroy scored well at the box office. Other versions of this venerable tale have starred Mary Pickford (as both Fauntleroy and his mother) and Ricky Schroder.
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Special Features

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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/24/2002
  • UPC: 089218619891
  • Original Release: 1936
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  • Source: Alpha Video
  • Region Code: 0
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:40:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 26,101

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
C. Aubrey Smith Earl of Dorincourt
Freddie Bartholomew Cedric "Ceddie" Erroll
Dolores Costello "Dearest," Mrs. Errol
Guy Kibbee Mr. Hobbs
Henry Stephenson Havisham
Jessie Ralph Apple Woman
Mickey Rooney Dick
Eric Alden Ben
Jackie Searl Tom
Reginald Barlow Newick
Ivan Simpson Rev. Mordaunt
E.E. Clive Sir Harry Lorridaile
Constance Collier Lady Lorridaile
Una O'Connor Mary
May Beatty Mrs. Mellon
Joan Standing Dawson
Lionel Belmore Higgins
Gilbert Emery Purvis
Alex Pollard Footman
Daisy Belmore Mrs. Baines
Prince the Dog
Helen Flint Minna
Virginia Field Miss Herbert
Tempe Piggott Mrs. Dibble
Lawrence Grant Lord Chief Justice
Walter Kingsford Mr. Snade
Eily Malyon Landlady
Fred Walton Landlord
Elsa Buchanan Susan
Robert E. O'Connor Policeman
Technical Credits
John Cromwell Director
Sturges Carne Art Director
Hal Kern Editor
Charles Rosher Sr. Cinematographer
David O. Selznick Producer
Max Steiner Score Composer
Hugh Walpole Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
2. Chapter 1 [17:31]
3. Chapter 2 [23:14]
4. Chapter 3 [15:10]
5. Chapter 4 [18:12]
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a family film for our time

    i found this to be a great movie. i loved the whole concept of a poor urchin who finds he is actually of royal blood. and the bad blood that exists between his dead father's family, the royal ones, and his dear mother. she is indeed like her name given to her by her son who refers to his mother as Dearest. it keeps you laughing, ooohing how sweet all the characters interact with this urchin, who transforms easily as the beguiling and good hearted little lord fauntleroy. you come to care for all of the characters. and you are thankful for the opportunity to be a part of their lives, if only during the movie. i liked this offering of little lord fauntleroy. but i must admit that the one starring sir alec guiness and a young ricky schroeder stole my heart. i hope it is re released soon, so that we can all enjoy both expressions of a little love, a little warmth, and a little kindess. it is truly a family film for out time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    New DVD's are cut Down: scenes are left out

    I bought the 100 mim from Fry's Elect Store Alpha Video. There was 15 min leftout. One of the scenes leftout was on the printed cover of the DVD Box I would like to buy a complete movie. PLEASE!!!

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