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Director:
Writers:
Phoebe Ephron (screenplay) and
Henry Ephron (screenplay) ...
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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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(4 articles)
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User Reviews:
Excellent film in this genre, showcases Fred Astaire and Leslie Caron, two of my old favorites. 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)

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)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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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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Trivia:
Despite being listed on IMDb as an uncredited extra in this film, well known actor James Cromwell explained on the 11 July 2013 episode of the Opie and Anthony Show radio program that it was a different actor with his same name that appeared in this film.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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 !See more »
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Soundtrack:
C-A-T Spells CatSee more »

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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Excellent film in this genre, showcases Fred Astaire and Leslie Caron, two of my old favorites., 3 April 2001
Author: TxMike from Houston, Tx, USA, Earth

I think this film, "Daddy Long Legs", is much better than its Imdb rating indicates. I rate it "8" of 10. Fred Astaire was 56 and Leslie Caron 24 when this film came out, so it stretches the age thing a bit, but I suppose we can write that off as cultural differences among the French.

Simple story, executed very well. I didn't read the book, nor do I think it is relevant. This is a movie and it should be appreciated on its own merits. It is well-established that the author of this screenplay changed the story quite a bit, for purposes of this Hollywood production, so comparing it to the book is moot.

Wealthy American (Astaire/Jervis) is on an economic mission to France when their vehicle gets stuck in a ditch. He wanders upon a French orphanage, looking for a phone or ride, and spots the 18-yr-old orphan (Caron/Julie), so lively, bright, responsible, attending to the younger orphans. He becomes an anonymous sponsor and sends her to a college in Mass. The only stipulation is that she write a letter weekly to "Mr Jones" to keep him informed of her progress.

The letters never get to Jervis, intercepted and filed by his staff. Until over two years later, when he had forgotten about her, but her letters are called to his attention. Finds out his niece is one of her roommates, he goes to a college dance to visit his neice, but really to see Julie. They meet, hit it off despite their age difference, dance marvelously. Later Julie visits NYC alone, ambassador to France is on next patio, at breakfast overhears what he thinks is hanky-panky, persuades Jervis to quit seeing Julie.

Julie eventually graduates, is lonely because she has never met "Daddy Long Legs", and has no place to go to after graduation. She insists on meeting her benefactor, who lives in a mansion, sort of museum, that even gives art tours to the public. There she realizes Jervis is in fact her benefactor, he proposes, she accepts.

First, the story is very plausible. A rich man seeing a talented person and wanting to help out anonymously. So I naturally find the story compelling. Second, Astaire and Caron were two of the best dancers, and also very good actors, that ever lived. "Dream scenes" were concocted to showcase each alone, and both together, in production dance numbers. For its genre, it is an almost perfect film. It gets its name from the small orphans telling Julie they saw him, not distinctly, at night and his shadow cast on the orphanage's wall made him look like he had very long legs.

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