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Little Lord Fauntleroy
Directed by John Cromwell • 1936 • United States
Starring Freddie Bartholomew, Dolores Costello, C. Aubrey Smith
The definitive screen adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic, oft-filmed rags-to-riches tale follows the fortunes of the young Ceddie (the delightful Freddie Bartholomew), a precocious boy being raised by his single mother (Dolores Costello) in late-nineteenth-century Brooklyn. When he discovers that he is the heir of a British earl and is sent to England to live with his aristocratic grandfather (C. Aubrey Smith)—who despises the boy’s common mother—Ceddie must win over the old man in order to unite his family. Produced with characteristic meticulousness by the legendary David O. Selznick and costarring a young Mickey Rooney, LITTLE LORD FAUNTLEROY is a heartwarming childhood fantasy.