Review of Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936)

Moving picture, 102 minutes

Seen in 2018.

Implausibly scripted, saccharine and politically naïve, coming out in favour of the hereditary aristocracy combined with occasional personal handouts. The protagonist was never poor. He already has a maid in the US before he is made an heir. Notice the short scene that introduces the additional household help he receives in the UK, especially the manic smile of Elsa Buchanan as Susan. It’s as if her children will be fed to the manorial bloodhounds if she doesn’t perform.

moving picture fiction