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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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- and some women fish for hearts See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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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

This was the first film of Mary Pickford's new production deal. The part of the deal that clinched it was she was finally able to have approval over the final film edit, which she had been unable to get before. It was predicted by some to be a risky deal, but this proved to be a big success for Pickford. See more »

Quotes

Jerusha Abbott: P-R-U-N-E spells prune / Eating them means our doom / Life's too short and death too soon / To fill our tummies with the darn old Prune.
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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 »

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Version of Vadertje Langbeen (1938) See more »

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Not Leslie and Fred, but still cute
5 July 2003 | by overseer-3See all my reviews

I've always been a big fan of the musical Fred Astaire and Leslie Caron version of Daddy Long Legs, but Mary Pickford's silent version is quite pleasant as well. It drags in a few spots, and I didn't find the actor who played Jarvis very handsome, but Mary was her usual winsome self and enjoyable to watch. Except for the drunk scene near the beginning (I've never found alcohol's effects amusing) the scenes at the orphanage were quite moving, especially when a child dies in Jerusha's (Mary's) arms.

Unlike the comments of a previous reviewer I found that Jerusha's motivations were always crystal clear: they are the motivations of any orphan: to find love and happiness. I found the ending kind of sexy too, and perfectly understandable; of course it was not as adorable and sophisticated as the ending with Fred and Leslie, but why quibble?

Unlike the comments of other reviewers as well, I didn't care for the tinting on the film in this DVD. It annoys me when the tinting keeps changing in a silent film. Just leave it sepia tones throughout or straight black and white. The updated musical score was ok, but not brilliant. All in all I give this silent a 7 out of 10.


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