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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
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Leslie Caron told Fred Astaire that she wanted to create her own costumes for the film. Astaire told her: "OK, but no feathers, please", recalling the utter exasperation he had with an elaborate ostrich feathered dress that Ginger Rogers insisted on wearing in Top Hat (1935), earning Rogers the nickname of "Feathers". Feathers started shedding from Rogers' dress, creating a huge distraction during filming. The shedding feathers nightmare was hilariously recreated in a dance in Easter Parade (1948) with Astaire and Judy Garland. See more »
When Julie draws Daddy Long Legs on the chalk board, the arms are drawn at a downward angle. In the distant shots, the arms are noticeably more horizontal. See more »
I love this movie, have watched it countless times, never tire of it...except for one part: the dream sequence near the end. It's kind of tedious and I always fast forward it to the cute ending. I think it is neat that Fred wanted Leslie Caron for the part of Julie (Jerusha in the book) instead of Mitzi Gaynor. The movie would have been a dud with anyone else but Leslie in the ingenue role. She is just darling. The best scene is "Something's Gotta Give". That is one classy song and one classy scene. It has more sex appeal and chemistry than most modern romantic movies can muster.
Just one more note: Fred Clark and Thelma Ritter are quite funny, together and apart. I like the interplay between them and Fred's character Jervis, and some of the dialogue makes me burst out laughing each time I see it. Overall good 1950's musical. I liked it better than Funny Face because the character Audrey Hepburn played in that film rubbed me the wrong way. Leslie is just as sweet as a sugar plum fairy in contrast.
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