- Based On the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 40 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: February 18, 2003
- Originally Released: 1936
- Label: Alpha Video
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Mickey Rooney &
C. Aubrey Smith,
Robert Emmett O'Connor,
Elsa Buchanan &
Hal C. Kern
Frances Hodgson Burnett
David O. Selznick
Director of Photography:
Description by OLDIES.com:
Set in the late 19th century, this David O. Selznick masterpiece brings Burnett's classic literary tale to life with a refreshing flair. Cedric "Ceddie" Erroll is an endearing Brooklyn boy who can hold his own in a street fight, often aided by ruffian sidekick Dick (Mickey Rooney). Dolores Costello Barrymore plays Erroll's mother and the widow of a titled Englishman. Her father-in-law is the aristocratic Earl of Dorincourt (C. Aubrey Smith), a man who loathes all Americans. When he discovers that "Ceddie" is the legal heir to his vast fortune, he insists that the boy live with him at his formal English estate. Erroll, called Little Lord Fauntleroy by everyone around him, balks at the restrictions of his new position in life. His winning personality eventually softens his grandfather's heart, and when a false heir to his title arrives, his American friends show up to save the day.
Freddie Bartholomew (DAVID COPPERFIELD, CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS) plays Cedric Errol, a poor Brooklyn boy destined for greatness in this film based on the lovable story by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Although Ceddie doesn't know it, his deceased father was an English nobleman. When it becomes apparent that Ceddie is heir to an English title and an immense fortune, his mother (Dolores Costello Barrymore) takes him back to England, where they discover that her father-in-law, the earl of Dorincourt (C. Aubrey Smith), despises Americans. To win his birthright, Ceddie must struggle against false claims to his title as well as his grandfather's cantankerous disposition. Director John Cromwell (SO ENDS OUR NIGHT, OF HUMAN BONDAGE) at times considered LITTLE LORD FAUNTLEROY his finest film; with a graceful script by novelist Hugh Walpole, an excellent supporting cast, a buoyant sense of humor, and a gem of a performance from Bartholomew, he may well have been right.
A poor young lad finds his life changed when he leaves the streets of New York City to become an English lord.
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Slighty dusty drama still pleasing after all these years
Movie Lover: kinovend
Grand Rapids, MI US
-- January, 31, 2004
Producer / studio chief David O. Selznick micro-managed his carefully selected film releases and his great showmanship produced an unequaled string of hits for several decades. Fauntleroy was no exception. Plenty of great character actors and actresses are on hand for this lavishly mounted production. So many of them are british that this may be mistaken for a british film. Mickey Rooney is restrained and appears in only a few scenes. C. Aubrey Smith, the Brit who popularized polo in Hollywood, always gives good value on screen, especially here. Henry Stephenson is good as the kindly barrister/lawyer. Alpha has produced the DVD from an only tv print, so expect an average amount of cue marks and splices. Picture and audio are acceptable, about average for Alpha.
- Sales Rank: 1,616
- UPC: 089218619891
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