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On 6 December 1935, Daily Variety reported that the film company was leaving for location shooting in Calabasas, CA; however, the exact day production began is unclear. This was the first film that David Selznick made after he left M-G-M and formed his new production company, Selznick International. On December 17, 1935, Hollywood Reporter reported that Lillian Irene, who played the part of Bridget, the maid, would receive a screen credit, even though she completed her part in one's day's shooting, because her character is referred to many times by other players. She did not appear in the credits on the viewed print, but is listed in the Call Bureau Cast Service records for this film. According to Hollywood Reporter, invitations to a "swank" preview of this film at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on February 20, 1936 were in the name of Selznick International's board of directors: Dr. A. H. Giannini, Robert Lehman, David O. Selznick, C. V. Whitney and Lloyd Wright. Dolores Costello Barrymore made a personal appearance at a special premiere at Foundation Hospital in Warm Springs, GA, where young patients were the guests of honor; Freddie Bartholomew was also expected to make an appearance, but it is unclear whether or not he attended. The film opened in Philadelphia on March 5, 1936. An ad in Film Daily on 6 March quotes thirteen men "from the world of sport and industry...who are known for their courage and daring," including Jack Dempsey, on their impressions of the character of Lord Fauntleroy following the preview. An ad in Motion Picture Daily on April 10, 1936 projected a week of $100,000 in box-office sales at New York's Radio City Music Hall. Film Daily reported on May 22, 1936 that schools in Providence, RI were urging students to attend the film. Earlier versions of Little Lord Fauntleroy include the 1914 British film directed by F. Martin Thornton and starring Gerald Royston, Jane Wells and H. Agar Lyons, and the 1921 Mary Pickford-United Artists film directed by Alfred E. Green and Jack Pickford and starring Mary Pickford and Claude Gillingwater.