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Daddy Long Legs (1955)

Approved | | Musical, Romance | 5 May 1955 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Jean Negulesco

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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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Musical | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

5 May 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Daddy Langbein See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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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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Trivia

Johnny Mercer had written lyrics for Fred Astaire to expound on the "History of the Beat," but in the release print, Fred sings only the verse, not the chorus, before going into his dance routine in his office. 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

Alicia Pritchard: Mr. Griggs, a person is NOT a corporation! A person is flesh and blood... and feelings !
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Referenced in The Miracle (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

International Playboy
(uncredited)
Music by Johnny Mercer
Instrumental danced by Fred Astaire and Chorus Girls
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a surprisingly sensitive musical
13 April 2007 | by didi-5See all my reviews

'Daddy Long-Legs', previously filmed silent with Mary Pickford and once more in the 1930s, gets the musical treatment here as the story of the millionaire and the orphan he sponsors gets a Technicolor, Cinemascope, Johnny Mercer update.

Fred Astaire, at 55, is a little old for his role as stick-in-the-mud business whizz Jervis Pendleton, but hey, this is Hollywood. And his interest in, and subsequent wooing of, the French girl Julie Andre (played with charm and wit by Leslie Caron) is helped a lot by the fact that the two stars do not actually share screen time until nearly halfway through the film! With scintillating choreography for both Astaire and Caron, those wonderful songs, and support from Fred Clark, Thelma Ritter, and Terry Moore, 'Daddy Long Legs' is an excellent musical just balancing on the cusp of classic musical vs rock n roll.


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