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Daddy Long Legs (5-May-1955)

Director: Jean Negulesco

Writers: Phoebe Ephron; Henry Ephron

From novel by: Jean Webster

Words and Music by: Johnny Mercer

Producer: Samuel G. Engel

Keywords: Musical, May-September Romance

During business in France, wealthy New York millionaire Jervis Pendleton comes across a rural orphanage; he anonymously sponsors the New England college education of a girl he spotted there, on condition that she keep him informed of her progress. His staff insulates Pendleton from her contact, but he learns that his niece also attends the same college and arranges for a visit. Received Oscar nominations for Best Set Decoration, Best Score, and Best Original Song, "Something's Gotta Give."

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Ray Anthony
20-Jan-1922   Young Man With a Horn
Fred Astaire
10-May-1899 22-Jun-1987 Broadway ballroom dancer
Leslie Caron
1-Jul-1931   Gigi
Fred Clark
19-Mar-1914 5-Dec-1968 A Place in the Sun
Larry Keating
13-Jun-1896 26-Aug-1963 Roger Addison on Mister Ed
Terry Moore
7-Jan-1929   Come Back, Little Sheba
Thelma Ritter
14-Feb-1905 4-Feb-1969 Stella in Rear Window


Fred Astaire   ...   Jervis Pendleton
Leslie Caron   ...   Julie Andre
Terry Moore   ...   Linda Pendleton
Thelma Ritter   ...   Alicia Pritchard
Fred Clark   ...   Griggs
Charlotte Austin   ...   Sally McBride
Larry Keating   ...   Ambassador Williamson
Kathryn Givney   ...   Gertrude Pendleton
Kelly Brown   ...   Jimmy McBride
Ray Anthony   ...   Himself
and His Orchestra   ...   Themselves


Review by Joy R. Kluess (posted on 18-Dec-2008)

This movie has everything a musical should have: wonderful songs, especially "Dream." Leslie Caron stars with Fred Astaire. Incidentally, Daddy Long Legs is not mentioned in Fred Astaire's biography. It was filmed in 1955 in New York and Paris and is out in DVD form. Commentary from the DVD: "Daddy Long Legs is a magical musical, following a young French girl (Leslie Caron) through college, her education sponsored by a mysterious man with long legs. Millionaire Jervis Pendleton III (Fred Astaire) is from old money, and although he is generous with his wealth, he must learn how to give of his emotions. Amid sparkling musical numbers and dream sequences, comic relief comes from Fred Clark as Griggs, Jervis' assistant and Thelma Ritter as Jervis' secretary."

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