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Little Lord Fauntleroy

Little Lord Fauntleroy

C. Aubrey Smith
Director: John Cromwell Cast: C. Aubrey Smith
C. Aubrey Smith
, Freddie Bartholomew
Freddie Bartholomew
, Dolores Costello
Dolores Costello
John Cromwell

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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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Product Details

Release Date: 06/26/2012
UPC: 0738329091422
Original Release: 1936
Rating: NR
Source: Kino Lorber
Time: 1:41:00
Sales rank: 28,950

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 Actor
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 Cinematographer
David O. Selznick Producer
Max Steiner Score Composer
Hugh Walpole Screenwriter

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