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Daddy Long Legs

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Daddy-Long-Legs (1919, 85 min.) - One of Mary Pickford's most delightful films. A mysterious benefactor pays to send Judy, the oldest and cutest kid in the orphanage, to college. Restored by the Mary Pickford Foundation, "Daddy-Long-Leg" includes the rarely seen Pickford short film "What the Daisy Said" (1910, 13 min.), directed by D.W. Griffith.

Special Features

  • Includes Daddy-Long-Legs (1919, B&W & Tinted, 85 min.), and the rarely seen Pickford short film What the Daisy Said (1910, 13 min.), directed by D.W. Griffith
  • New Chamber Score by Maria Newman

Product Details

  • Actors: Wesley Barry, True Boardman (II), Betty Bouton, Jeanne Carpenter, Audrey Chapman
  • Format: Black & White, Silent, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 23, 1999
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305617791
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,509 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Daddy Long Legs" on IMDb

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By Mr Peter G George on March 7, 2001
Format: DVD
Daddy Long Legs is a wonderful example of Mary Pickford's talent for portraying adolescent girls even when she herself was much older. She was 26 when the film was made in 1919, but she is convincing even when she plays a 12-year-old orphan and is quite captivating when she grows up to go to college. Pickford may have gone on playing the teenager a little too long. Some of her later films stretch credibility too much, but this is not the case here. Interestingly this DVD includes a Biograph short from 1910, What the Daisy Said, where 17-year-old Mary appears to be older than in many of her later roles. Ironically, at this time she wanted to appear older than she was and it has been said that one of the reasons why she left Biograph was that Griffith would not allow her to develop into full adult roles.
Daddy Long Legs starts as a sort of exposé of an orphanage. There is one particularly gruesome scene of Mary being deliberately burned on a stove as a punishment. The picture gets redder and redder to emphasise the pain and the heat. But the story also has moments of fine comedy to counterbalance the more serious elements. Pickford makes a fine comic drunk and a scene where she pretends to be strangled with her own arm is as good a piece of comic ingenuity as I have seen. When she leaves the orphanage the film becomes a delightful romance. This love story keeps the viewer guessing, and shows the many faces of love, the joy as well as the despair. It is wholly believable.
The picture quality of this film is almost perfect. There is some occasional fading of the image and brief moments of apparent damage, but overall the restoration is extremely good. The picture is tinted and uses a number of colours to accompany the variations in the settings and the moods of the scenes.
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'Daddy Long Legs' is a beautifully crafted film in which Pickford's character, Judy Abbott, grows up. Pickford plays the role of an abandoned child who pits her wits against a child who is born with a silver spoon in her mouth, Angelina.
As a child in an orphanage, the unloved, unwanted Judy skillfully and hilariously outwits both the orphanage mistress and Angelina, by inciting the inmates to rebel against their diet of prunes, stealing Angelina's doll and by delivering it minus an arm to a dying child.
Despite the film's hilarity, it makes a genuine statement about social acceptability. As an orphan, Judy is neither worthy of Angelina's company nor is she her social equal. Even the young Angelina looks down her nose at Judy who wears the orphanage gingham with dignity.
Years later, as a young woman at college, sponsored by a much older gentleman, Judy again meets Angelina who treats her as inferior and lacking social connections. Later, Judy's writing finally enables her to socialise with the wealthy but when this breakthrough occurs, she is mindful of her origins and cannot bring herself initially to wed into the snobbish families she encounters.
Judy arrives at a decision involving which beau to accept after heartfelt thought and agonising. Then a well hidden secret is disclosed, to Judy's embarrassment.
The ending is happy and satisfying. Any Pickford fan would enjoy this film. It is intellectual as well as entertaining and is delightfully photographed.
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I don't know anything about the DVD version, but for those of you who read the item below and said to yourself, "Well, I don't know if I should risk getting the tape," my copy turned out to be fine. Pickford is hilarious--It's a great movie for anyone who wants to make converts to her. The home movie and newsreel footage is interesting, too. It dates from the late teens through to the mid-twenties. Fairbanks, Chaplin, and the Gish sisters appear. Definitely worth the money!
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Mary Pickford (1892-1979) is generally considered the first mass media star. Although she trained for and worked on the stage, about 1910 she began to work in silent films, and soon emerged as an audience favorite. Over the course of her career she made over fifty feature films and countless shorts. Throughout most of her career, Pickford specialized in playing children and teenage girls,a nd she would remain popular in these roles well into her thirties. Her divorce from husband Douglas Fairbanks, the arrival of sound, and alcoholism put an end to her career by 1933--but her sharp business dealings not only paved the way for actor-producers, but left her extraordinarily wealthy to the end of her life.

WHAT THE DAISY SAID is a fifteen minute short dating from Pickford's earliest work around 1910. Directed by D.W. Griffith, the simple story finds two rather silly girls (Mary Pickford and Gertrude Robinson) playing "he loves me, he loves me not" with daisies plucked from a field and rejecting the local boys in favor of an exotic gypsy, who romances first one and then the other. When his perfidy is uncovered, the gypsy is run out of town, and Mary decides that a local boy may not be as exotic but he is certainly more dependable. The short is a flyweight, interesting only because Griffith directed it and Pickford appeared in it, amusing but not really indicative of the powers of either artist.

DADDY-LONG-LEGS, however, is a feature film, and it dates from 1919, when Pickford was easily one of the greatest stars on the screen. The film is directed by Marshall Neiland, who had previously directed Pickford in several extremely successful films, including REBECCA OF SUNNYBROOK FARM and THE LITTLE PRINCESS.
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