Little Lord Fauntleroy

1921 NR 1h 52m DVD

Little Lord Fauntleroy

1921 NR 1h 52m DVD
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Mary Pickford takes on two roles in this silent film. Young Cedric (Pickford) has a hard time dealing his father's death. Making matters worse, his grandfather, the Earl of Dorincourt (Claude Gillingwater), thinks Cedric's mother (Pickford) was only after his son's money, so he ends all contact with the boy and his mother. Later, the Earl realizes that Cedric is the sole heir to his fortune, so he seeks to repair the strained relationship.
Mary Pickford, Claude Gillingwater, Joseph J. Dowling, James A. Marcus, Kate Price, Fred Malatesta, Rose Dione, Arthur Thalasso, Colin Kenny, Emmett King, Madame De Bodamere
Alfred E. Green, Jack Pickford
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 6+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 6+
age 6+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this 1936 black-and-white movie, set in the late 19th century, is a heartwarming fairy tale for kids and families. The very first scene deals briefly with a father's death and its immediate effect upon his wife and young son. There are other emotional moments: when the boy learns that he will be partially separated from his devoted mother, and later when he finds out that his expected inheritance is in doubt. But by the film's happy ending, all is resolved. The simplicity and innocence of this tale are in stark contrast to what 21st century kids expect from their movies, but it is well worth encouraging this nostalgic look back at the story, wonderful characters, and filmmaking techniques in this early classic.

Sexual Content

Not applicable.


Some young street boys bully Ceddie and goad him into a fight. A rock is thrown, and he's joined by a friend who wrestles alongside him until a policeman breaks it up. A dog growls threateningly once, but is revealed to be a gentle pet.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

Goodness is contagious: Even the most rigid, withholding individuals can learn to love and be loved. Generosity and empathy are traits to admire; those in positions of power have the ability to change lives and make the world a better place. Helpful benefactors are shown relieving the poverty and stress of the less fortunate.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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