Today I want to tell you about a sweet little movie called Little Lord Fauntleroy from 1936.
The story is about a little boy called Ceddie, who lost his father at a very young age. He lives with his mother (he calls her Dearest) and a befriended midwife named Mary in New York. His best friends are Dick, a shoeshine boy, Mr. Hobbs who owns a shop and the applelady.
He has a happy life with people around, that loves him very much.
One day the little boy and his mother get a visit from a lawyer called Mr. Havisham from his grandfather from the father's side who is actually an Earl in England. Totally overwhelmed by his emotions that he is going to be an Earl he is moving with Dearest and Mary to England. He is very sad that he won't see his friends anymore, but knows that they will always write to each other.
Unfortunately Ceddie doesn't know that his grandfather is an grumpy old man who doesn't like anyone (maybe except his lawyer Mr. Havisham) and so comes that the elderly man doesn't even want Ceddie's mother in the same building because he thinks she is only a person who wants money and whatsoever. That means she will live close to the castle in a beautiful house, where she can always see her son, when he comes over.
After he arrived at his grandfathers home everyone starts to like the little boy. Even after some time the Earl starts to like him and changes slowly into a nicer person.
One day there is a lady who claims to have the real next Earl of Dorincourt and says the other boy is just fake.
But is she right? Is Ceddie not the true Earl of Dorincourt? Watch the movie and find out for yourself.
You won't regret it :-)
This movie is one of seven film adaption that come out so far. The book wrote Frances Hodgson Burnett (1886). The version of 1936 is so far the most famous and I have to admit that I like this version the most. But there is another movie adaption of the book from 1980 that is shown every year around christmas time on television which puts the version of 1936 way in the back. I think it is a little bad even though the latest version is good but the one from 1936 is my favourite because of all its charme and charisma.
But I think everyone should make a picture of their own of both movies from 1936 and 1980 to say which on is better. I am voting for the one from 1936. See for yourself :-)
~ Written by F|S Magazin
Picture © Selznick International Pictures u. United Artists
Text © F|S Magazin