Little Lord Fauntleroy is a perfect Pickford picture. It exploits the star in dual roles, one of them one of the immortal and classic boy parts of all times. Mary Pickford shows a range of versatility, between the blue-blooded and sombre mother and the blue-blooded but mischievous kid, that is almost startling. She meets herself many times in double exposures, and she is taller than herself and different from herself, and incredibly true to each.
Only director Jack Pickford could have introduced the whimsical and always amusing touches of raw boyishness in the fighting, grimacing, scheming, lovable kid that Pickford again turns out to be. She jumps off high perches onto other boys’ backs, she wrestles and does trick ju-jitsus, she dodges and climbs and leans and tumbles and hand-stands.
While Fauntleroy is not sensational, it is a human and appealing story.