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Writers:
Phoebe Ephron (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
5 May 1955 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
On a trip to France, millionaire Jervis Pendelton sees an 18 year old girl in an orphanage. Enchanted with her... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 nomination See more »
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Roland Petit obituary
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Roland Petit Dead at 87
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An Irresistible Force, An Immovable Object See more (31 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Fred Astaire ... Jervis Pendleton III

Leslie Caron ... Julie Andre

Terry Moore ... Linda Pendleton

Thelma Ritter ... Alicia Pritchard

Fred Clark ... Griggs
Charlotte Austin ... Sally McBride

Larry Keating ... Ambassador Alexander Williamson
Kathryn Givney ... Gertrude Pendleton
Kelly Brown ... Jimmy McBride
Ray Anthony ... Himself (as Ray Anthony and his Orchestra)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Adler ... Deliveryman (uncredited)
Gertrude Astor ... Art Gallery Patron (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... Second Jeweler (uncredited)
Tim Cagney ... Orphan (uncredited)
Kathryn Card ... Miss Carrington (uncredited)
John Carlyle ... Student in 'Sluefoot' Dance Sequence (uncredited)
Janice Carroll ... Athetic Girl Dancer (uncredited)

Barrie Chase ... Blonde dancer (in "International Playboy") (uncredited)
Ann Codee ... Madame Sevanne (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Art Gallery Patron (uncredited)

James Cromwell ... Extra (uncredited)
Lillian Culver ... Inquisitive Woman (uncredited)
Sayre Dearing ... Art Gallery Patron (uncredited)
Guy Des Rochers ... French Lieutenant (uncredited)
Shirley Doble ... College Girl (uncredited)
Ralph Dumke ... Mr. Bronson (uncredited)
George Dunn ... Chauffeur (uncredited)
Pat Ferguson ... Elevator Boy (uncredited)
Steven Geray ... Emile (uncredited)
Kelly Gordon ... Student in 'Sluefoot' Dance Sequence (uncredited)
Ivis Goulding ... Dignified Woman (uncredited)
Chester Hayes ... Graduation Extra (uncredited)
Bill Hines ... Army Sergeant (uncredited)
David Hoffman ... Jeweler (uncredited)
Charles Anthony Hughes ... Hotel Manager (uncredited)
J. Anthony Hughes ... Deliveryman (uncredited)
Virginia Hunter ... College Girl (uncredited)
Diane Jergens ... College Girl (uncredited)
Tim Johnson ... Bellhop (uncredited)
Joseph Kearns ... Guide (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Airport Extra (uncredited)
Larry Kent ... Butler (uncredited)
Frank Kreig ... French Farmer (uncredited)
Numa Lapeyre ... Jean (uncredited)
Eileen Maxwell ... College Girl (uncredited)
Michael McLean ... Orphan (uncredited)
Lisa Montell ... College Girl (uncredited)
Liliane Montevecchi ... College Girl (uncredited)
Ralph Moratz ... Prom Attendee (uncredited)
Forbes Murray ... Art Gallery Patron (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Hotel Waiter (uncredited)
Damian O'Flynn ... Larry Hamilton (uncredited)

Leslie Parrish ... College Girl (uncredited)
Paul Power ... Commission Member (uncredited)
Evelyn Rudie ... Codene, Orphan Girl (uncredited)
Harry Seymour ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Sara Shane ... Pat (uncredited)

Pat Sheehan ... College Girl (uncredited)
Olan Soule ... Asst. Hotel Manager (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Graduation Extra (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Man in Elevator (uncredited)
Charles Tannen ... Man in White Suit, Ballet Nightmare Sequence (uncredited)
Helen Van Tuyl ... College Dean (uncredited)
Percival Vivian ... Professor (uncredited)
Carleton Young ... Commission Member (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jean Negulesco 
 
Writing credits
Phoebe Ephron (screenplay) and
Henry Ephron (screenplay)

Jean Webster (novel)

Produced by
Samuel G. Engel .... producer
 
Original Music by
Cyril J. Mockridge (uncredited)
Alfred Newman (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Leon Shamroy (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
William Reynolds 
 
Art Direction by
John DeCuir  (as John De Cuir)
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
 
Set Decoration by
Paul S. Fox 
Walter M. Scott 
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eli Dunn .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Don B. Greenwood .... property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Alfred Bruzlin .... sound
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
Kenneth Honnold .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Ray Kellogg .... special photographic effects
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tom Keogh .... ballet costumes designer
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director
Kay Nelson .... modern wardrobe designer
Sam Benson .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Leonard Doss .... color consultant
Lyman Hallowell .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Ken Darby .... vocal supervisor
Earle Hagen .... orchestrator
Skip Martin .... orchestrator
Billy May .... orchestrator
Bernard Mayers .... orchestrator
Alfred Newman .... conductor
Alfred Newman .... music supervisor
Alex North .... composer: ballet music "Paris, Hong Kong, Rio"
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
Fred Astaire .... dances staged by
Roland Petit .... ballets by
David Robel .... dances staged by
Michael Audley .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
William E. Orr .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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126 min
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2.55 : 1 See more »
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4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording) (magnetic prints) | Mono (Western Electric Recording) (optical prints)
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The LaGuardia airport exterior shot is reused footage from How to Marry a Millionaire (1953).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Jervis is about to play the drums for Griggs, his brushes suddenly turn into sticks between shots.See more »
Quotes:
Alicia Pritchard:Mr. Griggs, a person is NOT a corporation! A person is flesh and blood... and feelings !See more »
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
An Irresistible Force, An Immovable Object, 7 February 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Jean Webster's novel Daddy Long Legs has certainly been popular enough ever since it was written in 1912. First a play the following year that starred a young Ruth Chatterton, than film versions with Mary Pickford as a silent and an early sound film starring Janet Gaynor. There was even a Dutch language version in the Thirties and a couple of years back South Korea filmed a version of the story. Still the best known one is the one with the singing and dancing of Fred Astaire and Leslie Caron.

Johnny Mercer who can well lay claim to being the greatest lyricist America ever produced occasionally wrote the music as well for some songs, an example being I'm An Old Cowhand. Another one he did both music and lyrics for is Dream which was interpolated into this otherwise original score and sung by the Pied Pipers. Mercer did music and lyrics for the rest of the score as well which included the Oscar nominated Something's Gotta Give for Best Song. It lost in 1955 to Love Is A Many Splendored Thing.

I've got a feeling that Jean Webster took as her inspiration for the Daddy Long Legs Story the marriage of Grover Cleveland. The future President of the United States was practicing law in Buffalo, New York when his law partner, one Oscar Folsom, was killed in a carriage accident leaving a widow and small daughter. Cleveland took over the guardianship and raised young Frances Folsom and when he was president in his first term he married young Ms. Folsom when she came of age in the White House.

In this updating of the story, Fred Astaire is a millionaire diplomat on a trade mission to France after World War II. The car breaks down near an orphanage and while there spots and becomes enchanted with young Leslie Caron. He becomes her unseen benefactor, putting her through college in America and she calls him, Daddy Long Legs. Of course like the Clevelands the March/July romance commences.

Daddy Long Legs gave Darryl Zanuck an opportunity to try and respond to MGM's classic ballet in An American In Paris, where not coincidentally Leslie Caron danced with Gene Kelly. In an incredible generosity of spirit it's not Fred who dances, but Caron. In her fantasy Astaire just ambles through. It's a nice number but doesn't come close to what Kelly achieved. It's interesting to speculate what might have happened had Fred danced here.

Thelma Ritter has some nice lines herself as the usual wisecracking girl Friday and for once Fred Clark is a good guy as Astaire's factotum. That must have been a welcome change for him.

If you should be with your beloved watching Daddy Long Legs, you can bet as sure as you live, Something's Gotta Give, Something's Gotta Give, Something's Gotta Give.

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