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Daddy Long Legs (1955)

Fred Astaire , Leslie Caron , Jean Negulesco  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Fred Astaire, Leslie Caron, Terry Moore, Thelma Ritter, Fred Clark
  • Directors: Jean Negulesco
  • Writers: Henry Ephron, Jean Webster, Phoebe Ephron
  • Producers: Samuel G. Engel
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 4.0), French (Dolby Digital 1.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.55:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: February 21, 2006
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BZISTY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,776 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Daddy Long Legs" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by Ava Astaire McKenzie (Fred Astaire’s daughter) and film historian Ken Barnes with archival commentary by songwriter Johnny Mercer
  • Fox Movietone News footage of the Hollywood, New York and London premieres
  • Still photo gallery
  • Trailers
  • Collectible lobby cards

Editorial Reviews

Fred Astaire becomes both the benefactor and suitor of Leslie Caron in this charming story of a playboy who falls under the spell of a beautiful French orphan. While traveling through France, Jervis Pendleton lll (Astaire) anonymously sponsors an 18-year-old girl named Julie (Caron), whom he sends to college in America. Two years later they finally meet face to face and start to fall in love. But complications arise and their happiness is threatened when Jervis embarks on a noble yet misguided attempt to do "the right thing" about their age difference. Featuring imaginative production numbers and a Johnny Mercer score that includes the 1955 Oscar® -nominated hit for Best Song "Something's Gotta Give", Daddy Long Legs is a song-filled blend of dance and fantasy for romantics of all ages.

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94 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fred's best post-Ginger movie February 12, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I realize that many Fred Astaire fans may not agree that DADDY LONG LEGS is his best film made without Ginger Rogers. But I stand by that opinion. The film is a delight, lavishly produced, with an excellent script and cast, and some outstanding musical sequences.
DADDY LONG LEGS is the story of third-generation multi-millionaire Jervis Pendleton (Astaire) who, while on a good-will ambassadorial trip to France, observes and is charmed by young Julie Andre (Leslie Caron), who lost her parents during World War II and has been raised in a countryside orphanage. Jervis lavishes material support on Julie, bringing her to the U.S. and sending her to a women's college. Yet he doesn't reveal himself to Julie, who knows her benefactor only as "Daddy Long Legs." Then the two meet at a college dance, and romance--and complications--follow.
DADDY LONG LEGS was Astaire's only film for 20th Century-Fox, and the studio gave him a superb supporting cast, including Terry Moore, Fred Clark, and the peerless Thelma Ritter. The film's script is by Henry and Phoebe Ephron, parents of today's famous writer/director Nora Ephron (SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE, YOU'VE GOT MAIL). The script is witty and tender and features two wonderfully developed central characters, who are brought to life beautifully by Astaire and Caron. This was (sadly) the last musical in which Caron showed her dancing talents, but she also shows here the abundant acting talent that has sustained her career to the present day. And Astaire, too, displays the outstanding acting abilities that were unfortunately always overshadowed by his status as the screen's leading male dancer.
Good as the rest of the movie is, it's the musical portions that really lift DADDY LONG LEGS to the heights.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars charming tuner of the Jean Webster novel January 29, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
DADDY LONG LEGS, Jean Webster's novel of a young orphan being sponsored by a mysterious benefactor, is perfect material for a splashy movie musical and the result is this 1955 charmer starring Leslie Caron and Fred Astaire.

Jervis Pendleton III (Fred Astaire) is a rich playboy with little care for the outside world. On a business trip to Paris, he encounters Julie Andre (Leslie Caron) an enchanting 18-year-old orphan. Determined to see her succeed, he sends her to a college in America.

Leslie Caron looks beautiful and Fred Astaire is suave and charming. The score features the hit song "Something's Gotta Give" as well as the infectious dance number "Slue-Foot". Roland Petit and his ballet company staged the several striking dream sequences (they also contributed the ballet sequences in the Leslie Caron vehicle THE GLASS SLIPPER, and Caron was a pupil of Petit's).

Also featuring Fred Clark, Thelma Ritter, Terry Moore, Kathleen Giveny and Ray Anthony's orchestra.

The new DVD from the Fox 'Marquee Musicals' series includes a few great extras, including an informative (if rather dry) audio commentary from historian Ken Barnes and Ava Astaire McKenzie (Fred's daughter); MovieTone news segments, rare footage from the London premiere, galleries, and trailers.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Astaire, As Usual, Is Always Worth Watching March 1, 2006
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The point of a Fred Astaire movie is Fred Astaire dancing. Daddy Long Legs is an uncomfortable attempt to do two additional things. First, to take advantage of the emerging popularity of Leslie Caron, who had caught the American public's attention with her first movie, An American in Paris, made when she was just 20. Caron at that age had an endearing, innocent quality, a delightful accent, and the American public loved it. Second (and in order to accomplish the first point), to meld Astaire's style of easy, graceful sophistication with what Caron was most comfortable with, ballet. The result is a musical that has many good things, but is probably one of the weaker of the Fred Astaire films.

Jervis Pendleton III (Fred Astaire), a rich, charming, middle-aged American businessman from a mainline family of inherited wealth, comes across an orphanage in France while on a high-level government-sponsored trip to Paris. By chance he sees a young woman taking care of the orphans and is charmed by her vitality and simplicity. The girl, he learns, is 18 years old and is called Julie Andre (Leslie Caron). She is an orphan, too. When he realizes her future is probably to age into eventually running the orphanage herself or to marry a chubby French farmer, he takes steps to whisk her to America, enroll her in exclusive Walston College and see to it that she has every advantage. All this he does anonymously. Then he forgets about her. His assistant, Griggs (Fred Clark) and Griggs' assistant, Alicia Pritchard (Thelma Ritter), keep track of Julie, monitor her progress and file the letters she writes to her anonymous benefactor, whom she has come to call Daddy Long Legs. Eventually, the two meet. Jervis realizes he loves Julie. Julie realizes she loves Jervis and that he had been her benefactor.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something's Gotta Give! February 4, 2006
Format:DVD
Daddy Long Legs is a really great movie. It stars Fred Astaire, Leslie Caron (An American in Paris), Terry Moore, Thelma Ritter, and Fred Clark. The movie is about millionaire Jervis Pendleton (Fred Astaire) who secretly sponsers French orphan Julie Andre (Leslie Caron). Jervis sends Julie to college in America to give her a good education. Jerveis secretary Miss Pritchard (Ritter) finally persuades him to visit Julie. They finally meet and Jervis falls in love with her. This movie has many great numbers, which include:

History of the Beat- Fred is actually on drums for this number. In real life Fred did play the drums.

C-A-T Spells Cat- Leslie sings this to the children at the orphange.

Welcome Egghead- The girls at Julie's college sing this to her.

The Daydream Sequence- Julie daydreams about what her sponser is like. She has many ideas including a Texas millionaire, International Playboy, and a guardain angel.

Dream- This is sung by a chrous and is danced by Fred Astaire and Leslie Caron. Fred sings this later on in the movie.

Sluefoot- Fred and Leslie dance to this at a dance. A great number. One of my favorites!

Something's Gotta Give- Fred sings this song and he dances to it with Leslie. I think this is the best number! A personal favorite!

Dancing Through Life- Leslie dances in this big ballet number. It's kinda like the American in Paris ballet in An American in Paris. A very enjoyable segment.

Dream- A chorus sings this while Fred and Leslie dance!

Another favorite!

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!
I saw this movie for the first time as a little girl and it made me feel dreamy and hopeful. As an adult, I love everything about the performances and the story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by melatina
5.0 out of 5 stars Daddy Long Legs
This is a good movie. It may be a little long, thanks to an extensive ballet sequence with the lovely Leslie Caron, but it really is Fred Astaire's film. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robert Butterfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun movie
Just can't beat the movies from the past. Love Fred Astaire and Leslie Caron. The little organ grinder was a classmate back in elementary school.
Published 2 months ago by Judy
5.0 out of 5 stars great Movie
I you are a fan of Fred Astaire and his dance techniques then this movie is a must for your collection.
Published 3 months ago by Mark1968
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fred Astaire
If you love Fred Astaire, you will love this movie. It was delivered promptly and in great condition. I was very glad to be able to find it on DVD as it is one of my favorites.
Published 4 months ago by Melissa
4.0 out of 5 stars Fred Astaire
This is a great classic. Long ago I used to dream of dancing with Fred Astaire and watching him in this movie brought back those days. Oh the storyline is quite good too. Read more
Published 4 months ago by PhilCin
5.0 out of 5 stars Fred Astaire & Leslie Caron
I am a Fred Astaire fan even though he was a Republican. the movie was made right after his wife passed. It is a great movie. Watch the steps and feet of Leslie Caron and Fred. . . Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sha
5.0 out of 5 stars mleichter
Who doesn't love Fred Astaire. Also bought the book to see where the movie came from... Like the movie best of course but then saw it first.
Published 4 months ago by mal
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget Fred & Ginger-watch Fred & Leslie!
I love this movie! I wish a remake of it would be done, but without a lot of the dancing (I don't think we have any dancers that would fit the roles properly). Read more
Published 4 months ago by J. Cipale-Messerer
4.0 out of 5 stars Something's got to give
I've always enjoyed this story, mostly because it's got Fred Astaire in it and I love his understated acting ability. Read more
Published 5 months ago by 2manymovies
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