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Daddy Long Legs
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- Commentary by Ava Astaire McKenzie (Fred Astaires 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
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a film I enjoyed very much for the musical scenes, its great sense of humor, and Fred Astaire. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Elvin Ortiz
This is my favorite of all musicals. The dreamy, romantic, but also catchy musical score by Johnny Mercer is fantastic. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Energeticus
We received this DVD in 2012 and enjoyed it then but I never wrote a review. We recently re-watched it twice as the show then with the commentary and found it all very... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Patty
They kind of butchered Jean Webster's story, but this is Astaire's best dancing and Leslie Caron is as good as he is. Wonderful!Published 9 months ago by Uintah Springs
This became my 92 yr old mother's favorite film just before she passed. I also still love the song, dance and humor in this great classic. The dancing is outstanding.Published 11 months ago by joyce forte
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