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Daddy-Long-Legs (1919)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama | 11 May 1919 (USA)
An orphan discovers that she has an anonymous benefactor who is willing to pay her college tuition, unaware he's the same man who has been romantically pursuing her.

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(as Marshall A. Neilan)

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(story), (adapted by) (as Agnes Johnson)
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Milla Davenport ...
Mrs. Lippett
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Miss Pritchard (as Miss Percy Haswell)
Fay Lemport ...
Angelina
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Jarvis Pendleton
Lillian Langdon ...
Mrs. Pendleton
Betty Bouton ...
Julia Pendleton
Audrey Chapman ...
Sallie Mc Bride
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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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Prunes? Never Again! See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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11 May 1919 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Daddy Long Legs  »

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(1998 restored)

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1.33 : 1
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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 »

Quotes

Jerusha Abbott: P-R-U-N-E spells prune / Eating them means our doom / Life's too short and death too soon / To fill our tummies with the darn old Prune.
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Daddy Long Legs
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Words by Sam Lewis (as 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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A Delight
12 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Another terrific Mary Pickford performance and film. Daddy-Long-Legs is a familiar story, but the Pickford version accentuates the comedy and leaves the sappy romance to the horrid 50s version with Astaire and Caron. Sweet and innocent, this film has several memorable comic moments, including Mary getting drunk with a fellow orphan (Wesley Barry?) and leaving the jug for a dog. Very funny. A little tipsy, Mary also slides down banisters and accidentally knocks "Stink Weed" down a well. Oops! This film is a little unusual for a Pickford picture since it allows Mary to grow up. She gets to go to college and be wooed by her roommate's uncle (Mahlon Hamilton). She's also pursued by Jimmie (Marshall Neilan, who also directed the film). Milla Davenport is the orphanage director and Fay Lemport is the nasty Angelina.

Nice comedic touches throughout to keep it all light and entertaining. The version I saw was clean, had beautiful title cards, and good (new) score my Maria Newman. All very impressive for a 1919 film. This film seems miles away from Pickford's 1917 Pride of the Clan, but she had been in over 200 films by the time she made this! Pickford was one of the greats, a true giant in Hollywood, and it's too bad she's so forgotten now. I've never seen a Pickford film I didn't like.


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