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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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Trivia

Fred Astaire thought the "Sluefoot" would become a huge dance craze. He was wrong. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Alicia Pritchard: Mr. Griggs, a person is NOT a corporation! A person is flesh and blood... and feelings !
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Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 3 April 1955 (1955) See more »

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Nightmare Ballet (Paris, Hong Kong, Rio)
Written by Alex North
Danced by Leslie Caron with Fred Astaire
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Masterfully choreographed, lush visual style, and charming script
13 July 2005 | by (Santa Cruz, CA) – See all my reviews

This is one of the best films I've seen in quite some time. The dance sequences were used beautifully to further the story and flesh out characters. Astaire and Caron have great chemistry, overcoming the age difference of the characters. And Caron is with Astaire on every step of the dance sequences.

Unlike some dance-heavy, Astaire-vehicles (like An American in Paris in some places), this film's dance sequences do not drag down the plot or flow of the film. To the contrary, they are delightful-- and I'm generally not one for these kinds of films.

I have to say that I wasn't engaged throughout the entire film. But I really think this is more a matter of generation gap than quality of cinema. It's relatively long for a fairly simple story, and thus takes some patience to watch all the way through. However, I believe it's worth it for more thoughtful viewers and lovers of '50s films and dance.


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