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Daddy-Long-Legs (1919)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama | 11 May 1919 (USA)
An orphan discovers that she has an anonymous benefactor who is willing to pay her college tuition, unaware he's the same man who has been romantically pursuing her.

Director:

Marshall Neilan (as Marshall A. Neilan)

Writers:

Jean Webster (story), Agnes Christine Johnston (adapted by) (as Agnes Johnson)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mary Pickford ... Judy Abbott
Milla Davenport Milla Davenport ... Mrs. Lippett
Percy Haswell ... Miss Pritchard (as Miss Percy Haswell)
Fay Lemport Fay Lemport ... Angelina
Mahlon Hamilton ... Jarvis Pendleton
Lillian Langdon Lillian Langdon ... Mrs. Pendleton
Betty Bouton Betty Bouton ... Julia Pendleton
Audrey Chapman Audrey Chapman ... Sallie Mc Bride
Marshall Neilan ... Jimmie Mc Bride (as Marshall A. Neilan)
Carrie Clark Ward Carrie Clark Ward ... Mrs. Semple (as Carrie Clark Warde)
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Storyline

Wealthy Jervis Pendleton acts as benefactor for orphan Judy Abbott, anonymously sponsoring her in her boarding school. But as she grows up, he finds himself falling in love with her, and she with him, though she does not know that the man she has fallen for is her benefactor. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Prunes? Never Again! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 1919 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Daddy Long Legs See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mary Pickford Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(1998 restored)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The original play opened in New York on 28 September 1914. See more »

Quotes

Jerusha Abbott: Mrs Semple, what is Love?
Mrs. Semple: Love is a bad habit -- it's much safer to have the measles -- they aint near as painful.
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Alternate Versions

The Mary Pickford Foundation copyrighted a restored version in 1998 with music composed by Maria Newman. It was produced by Timeline Films and Milestone Film & Video, released on video by Milestone Films and runs 85 minutes. See more »

Connections

Version of Curly Top (1935) See more »

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Wonderful Performance By Mary Pickford
16 August 2001 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

A wonderful and multi-faceted performance by Mary Pickford turns a pleasant but somewhat routine story into a fine film that is very enjoyable to watch. The story gives her a chance to use a lot of different talents, and whenever she is on-screen, which is most of the time, there is something worth seeing.

Pickford is equally charming (it seems impossible to write about a Pickford film without using that word) and equally believable as a young orphan and as a college girl. And she is equally good at creating laughs, expressing feelings, and evoking sympathy - often all at the same time, especially in the orphanage scenes, which have some of this film's best material. There is some excellent comedy that keeps the story from becoming overly cute or sentimental, and she makes the most of all of it.

They put some real work into the title cards for this one, filling them with some good art work and also using them at times for some well-chosen commentary. A couple of the other cast members are pretty good, too, although it is definitely Pickford that makes this so worthwhile.

This is an engaging little gem from the silent era, and a great example of what it was that made "America's Sweetheart" so popular.


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