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Daddy-Long-Legs (1919)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  11 May 1919 (USA)
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Wealthy Jervis Pendleton acts as benefactor for orphan Judy Abbott, anonymously sponsoring her in her boarding school. But as she grows up, he finds himself falling in love with her, and ... See full summary »

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Percy Haswell ...
Miss Pritchard (as Miss Percy Haswell)
Fay Lemport ...
Angelina
Mahlon Hamilton ...
Lillian Langdon ...
Betty Bouton ...
Julia Pendleton
Audrey Chapman ...
Sallie Mc Bride
Marshall Neilan ...
Jimmie Mc Bride (as Marshall A. Neilan)
Carrie Clark Ward ...
Mrs. Semple (as Carrie Clark Warde)
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Wealthy Jervis Pendleton acts as benefactor for orphan Judy Abbott, anonymously sponsoring her in her boarding school. But as she grows up, he finds himself falling in love with her, and she with him, though she does not know that the man she has fallen for is her benefactor. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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11 May 1919 (USA)  »

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Daddy Long Legs  »

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This was the first film of Mary Pickford's new production deal. The part of the deal that clinched it was she was finally able to have approval over the final film edit, which she had been unable to get before. It was predicted by some to be a risky deal, but this proved to be a big success for Pickford. See more »

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Jerusha Abbott: Mrs Semple, what is Love?
Mrs. Semple: Love is a bad habit -- it's much safer to have the measles -- they aint near as painful.
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Daddy Long Legs
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words by Sam M. Lewis & Joe Young, music by Harry Ruby. c. 1919
'inspired by Mary Pickford in Jean Webster's celebrated play- "Daddy Long Legs" directed by Marshall Neilan, A "First National Attraction"'
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Wonderful Performance By Mary Pickford
16 August 2001 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

A wonderful and multi-faceted performance by Mary Pickford turns a pleasant but somewhat routine story into a fine film that is very enjoyable to watch. The story gives her a chance to use a lot of different talents, and whenever she is on-screen, which is most of the time, there is something worth seeing.

Pickford is equally charming (it seems impossible to write about a Pickford film without using that word) and equally believable as a young orphan and as a college girl. And she is equally good at creating laughs, expressing feelings, and evoking sympathy - often all at the same time, especially in the orphanage scenes, which have some of this film's best material. There is some excellent comedy that keeps the story from becoming overly cute or sentimental, and she makes the most of all of it.

They put some real work into the title cards for this one, filling them with some good art work and also using them at times for some well-chosen commentary. A couple of the other cast members are pretty good, too, although it is definitely Pickford that makes this so worthwhile.

This is an engaging little gem from the silent era, and a great example of what it was that made "America's Sweetheart" so popular.


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