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Daddy Long Legs (1955)

Approved | | Musical, Romance | 5 May 1955 (USA)
On a trip to France, millionaire Jervis Pendelton sees an 18 year old girl in an orphanage. Enchanted with her, but mindful of the difference in their ages, he sponsors her to college in ... See full summary »

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On a trip to France, millionaire Jervis Pendelton sees an 18 year old girl in an orphanage. Enchanted with her, but mindful of the difference in their ages, he sponsors her to college in New England. She writes him letters, which he doesn't read. After 3 years, he goes to visit her at a dance, not telling her that he is her benefactor. They fall in love, but the usual movie-type difficulties get in the way before they can get together at the end. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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One of Akira Kurosawa's favorite movies. See more »

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In the top-hat dance number with Jervis and Julie, she is wearing a light blue ribbon around her waste; in the poster that includes a still from that scene, the waist ribbon is red. See more »

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Alicia Pritchard: Mr. Griggs, a person is NOT a corporation! A person is flesh and blood... and feelings !
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Version of Vadertje Langbeen (1938) See more »

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International Playboy
Music by Johnny Mercer
Instrumental danced by Fred Astaire and Chorus Girls
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Daddy Longlegs Is Wonderful ****
22 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Fred Astaire and Leslie Caron were such marvelous dancing partners in 1955's Daddy Longlegs.

The story line is wonderful. Astaire "adopts" a young Parisian orphan and pays for her college tuition. Throughout the years, she writes in gratitude but he chooses to ignore the letters.

Fred Clark and Thelma Ritter, two veteran movie pros, gave terrific support as workers under Astaire. The sentimental Ritter, as Alice, is able to bring the two together and the film takes on a new meaning until Caron discovers that Astaire has been her benefactor. As romance blossoms, we're happy to see that Clark and Ritter have romantic designs on each other as well.

The dance sequences have never been better. Both Astaire and Carone show their gracefulness. Fred even knew how to put-over "Something's Got To Give."


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