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on October 5, 2014
This has to be the closest movie version to the book...and also the sweetest. Ricky Schroder makes an adorably boyish Cedric Errol without being prissy, girly, or syrupy sweet. He is just himself! And of course Alec Guinness plays a perfectly gruff and aristocratic earl. Our only quarrel would be with Cedric's mother, who is portrayed as an out-and-out feminist trying to impress people with her stubbornly 'strong mind', instead of the guilessly sweet mother of the book who wins the earl with her kind and gentle ways that remind the earl so strikingly of the little boy he has learned to love. This is overshadowed for the most part, though, with the faithful depiction of the loyal Dick(the boot-black) and the blustery Mr. Hobbs(the grocer)!
The story ends at Christmas, instead of Cedric's birthday like the book; but it makes a very upbeat and heartwarming conclusion.
All in all, the best there is!