Over the next few weeks we'll be highlighting some of these classic films right here on our blog. Today's highlights are all based on novels, and tell the dramatic stories of brave children who are plucked from their homes and the lives that they're used to, and must overcome great challenges.
Set in Victorian London, The Little Princess (1939) is a famous classic starring American sweetheart Shirley Temple, directed by Walter Lang, and is based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Sara Crewe (Temple) is sent to live at Miss Minchin's School, by her father when he goes to Africa to fight in the Second Boer War. When news arrives that her father is dead and that his wealth has been confiscated, Sara goes from a life of privileged to that of a servant girl. This film is available to viewers worldwide.
Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936), also based on a novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, tells the story of Ceddie (played by Freddie Bartholomew), who lives with his mother in Brooklyn, New York, after his English father dies. Ceddie's grandfather, the Earl of Dorincourt, had disowned Ceddie's father for marrying an American, but when the Earl's remaining son dies, he accepts Ceddie as his heir, Lord Fauntleroy. Ceddie moves in with his cold grandfather and tries to overcome their differences. This film is available to viewers worldwide.
Great Expectations (1946), a film based on the famous novel by Charles Dickens, is about the orphan, Pip, who received an offer from a mysterious benefactor to transform him into a gentlemen. The film won Academy Awards for Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography and was nominated for three more: Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay. This film is available to viewers worldwide.
We hope you enjoy these films -- they're all great choices to watch with your families over the holiday season! And make sure you check back often to see more classic film highlights.