Little Lord Fauntleroy, Ceddie, Earl of Dorincourt’s only grandson and heir, lives in America with his mother. The Earl, getting old, asks them to come to England. Ceddie, now Lord Fauntleroy, is an adorable little fellow. The Earl, who at first was rather distant, becomes more and more fond of him. Then Minna shows up. She claims she was married to the Earl’s eldest son and that her son, being their child, is the Earl’s true heir.
Far and away the best version ever made!
Little Lord Fauntleroy, Not only an excellent leading cast, Alec Guinness superb as the curmudgeony earl and Ricky Schroeder believably charming as the American boy thrust into the world of the English nobility, the minor characters are also exceptional: Eric Porter as the earl’s steward and Patrick Stewart as the head coachman both particularly memorable. The pace of the film is also excellent, events happen and characters develop with interesting detail but without over emphasis or very drawn out scenes. Overall, in our family’s top 20 or even top 10 fims. So, why on earth can’t the studio issue this film on VHS or DVD! Considering the absolute rubbish that is now available even on DVD there must surely be a market for an excellent seasonal “family” film like this. We made a recording when this film was shown on TV sometime in the early 80s, since when it has been played at least twice a year for the last 20 years and both sound and vision have now deteriorated to a point where it is almost unwatchable. PLEASE! someone, pass this request on to the studio and get it issued on DVD. We know there are many families like us who would be happy to pay £15 or so for a new version to play for the next 20 years.
Little Lord Fauntleroy follows the book perfectly
I love this film and think it is criminal that it isn’t out on DVD for everyone to enjoy. It is Alec Guiness at his best –as good as Star Wars–and Little Ricky Schroder as perfectly as the author wrote the book.
The mother is great and all the supporting cast too. The beauty of English countryside and of New York are wonderful. The lines are terrific. The mother’s speech about American values and the lawyers prejudice of English countryside are just fantastic.
I have a worn VHS tape from the TV of it that may break any year now. so I really would like it out on DVD.
A great children’s or Cmas film. I put it up to the level with “It’s a Wonderful Life.”!!!
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