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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

Larry Keating, who plays the Ambassador, was at the time of this movie's release also playing Harry Morton, George and Gracie's neighbor on 'The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show". He was preceded in that role by 'Fred Clark', who also appears in this movie as Griggs. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Alicia Pritchard: Mr. Griggs, a person is NOT a corporation! A person is flesh and blood... and feelings !
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Connections

Version of Daddy-Long-Legs (1919) See more »

Soundtracks

Nightmare Ballet (Paris, Hong Kong, Rio)
Written by Alex North
Danced by Leslie Caron with Fred Astaire
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A delicious French-American concoction
30 January 2002 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

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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