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- 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
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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This movie is a great classic. It's a wonderful example of the silent movie era, with a cute story line. Read morePublished on August 15, 2013 by Waiting for a idea
The product arrived in a timely manner. It was formerly a circulating library item. The video is mostly in good shape - there was one glitch, as is expected with used VHS... Read morePublished on April 23, 2012 by Heather
Very enjoyable movie Mary was at her best, and always makes me laugh.The movie was in realy good condition.I would incourage every one to see.Published on August 19, 2011 by Timothy Moore
Daddy Long-Legs shows Mary Pickford at her comedic best. She goes from playing a young girl to a college graduate and is convincing throughout. A funny, touching film.Published on February 10, 2008 by Dennis M. Brown
This has to be about my Favorite Pickford film. It stands the test of time. It shows the full gammut of emotions from slap stick comedy to heart felt tragedy. Read morePublished on October 20, 2006 by Kate
A baby is found in a trashcan, wrapped in newspapers, and grows up to be Mary Pickford.
The baby, as was probably common for all post-Oliver Twist melodramas, is... Read more
This turns out to be a very charming movie with a splendid performance by Mary Pickford which proves why she was one of the biggest stars of the silent era. Read morePublished on July 22, 2000 by Amazon Customer
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