Little Lord Fauntleroy

Little Lord Fauntleroy

Inspired by the famous novel of Francisca Hodgson Burnett of the same name (published in 1886), the adaptation of Little Lord Fauntleroy wants to show us that even a stony heart can melt at the smile of a child.

A fatherless little boy, Cedric, inherits the title Lord Fauntleroy and is invited by his grandfather, Earl of Dorincourt, to live at his castle. The generosity and intelligence of the boy is remarked by the old millionaire. As the two spend more time together, the Earl turns from a harsh ruler to a gentle grandfather and begins to see the world from another perspective.

Even if the inheritance is at risk due to another grandson that seems to be the valid heir, everything ends well for the child, his widowed mother and the grandfather who will now live together at the Earl’s estate.

If we were to capture in one sentence the simple and profound message of this film, instead of using our own words we would prefer to quote a verse from the Gospel of Matthew:

Unless you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 18: 3).


  • Original title: Little Lord Fauntleroy
  • Original language: English
  • Starring: Sir Alec Guinness (as John Arthur Molyneux Errol, Earl of Dorincourt) and Rick Schroder (as Cedric Errol, Lord Fauntleroy)
  • Genre: Family movie
  • Release date: 1980
  • Public: Adults, teenagers
Little Lord Fauntleroy