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Daddy Long Legs (1955)

Approved | | Musical, Romance | 5 May 1955 (USA)
A wealthy American has a chance encounter with a joyful young French woman, and anonymously pays for her education. She writes letters to her mysterious benefactor, nicknaming him from the description given by some of her fellow orphans.

Director:

Jean Negulesco

Writers:

Phoebe Ephron (screenplay), Henry Ephron (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 ... Ray Anthony (as Ray Anthony and his Orchestra)
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Storyline

On a trip to France, millionaire Jervis Pendleton 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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Genres:

Musical | Romance

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Trivia

One of Akira Kurosawa's favorite movies. See more »

Goofs

In a scene between Griggs and Pendleton, Pendleton, seated at the drum kit, points a drum brush at Griggs and then drops his hand as Griggs walks past him. In the immediate next closer shot of Pendleton, his arm is still raised with the drum brush pointed at Griggs. See more »

Quotes

Julie Andre: Did he have a weakness for girls?
Jervis Pendleton III: oh no, a great strength!
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Connections

Version of Daddy Long Legs (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

Daddy Long Legs
(uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Chorus
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Masterfully choreographed, lush visual style, and charming script
13 July 2005 | by peaceySee all my reviews

This is one of the best films I've seen in quite some time. The dance sequences were used beautifully to further the story and flesh out characters. Astaire and Caron have great chemistry, overcoming the age difference of the characters. And Caron is with Astaire on every step of the dance sequences.

Unlike some dance-heavy, Astaire-vehicles (like An American in Paris in some places), this film's dance sequences do not drag down the plot or flow of the film. To the contrary, they are delightful-- and I'm generally not one for these kinds of films.

I have to say that I wasn't engaged throughout the entire film. But I really think this is more a matter of generation gap than quality of cinema. It's relatively long for a fairly simple story, and thus takes some patience to watch all the way through. However, I believe it's worth it for more thoughtful viewers and lovers of '50s films and dance.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

5 May 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Daddy Long Legs See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording) (magnetic prints)| Mono (Western Electric Recording) (optical prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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