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on November 7, 2011
The voice acting is terrible but the story is quaint. The opening song is cheesy but small children will love it! Actually, that's who would watch this film. As an adult, I couldn't stay in the room, but watching the kids watch it was another story. They loved it! It's clean, family friendly, and safe to leave the room with it on. Buy it for your little ones and then pass it on. It's just too bad it hasn't been released on DVD...yet?
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on August 15, 2013
This movie is a great classic. It's a wonderful example of the silent movie era, with a cute story line. I first saw the movie Daddy Longs Legs with Fred Astaire and Leslie Caron a little while ago and since then, I wanted to see anything involving that story line to see how different actor and actress portray the same story. I found out that my local library carried this movie and wanted to see it as soon as possible.

I thought silent movies were interesting but I never thought of owning one. But, now I do and I could be happier with my choice. It's the classic falling in love story with a little bit of a twist.
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on January 25, 2017
Good movie, just wish it played better
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on October 19, 2016
A classic.
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on April 25, 2016
Received in a timely manner. Quality very good.
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on April 23, 2012
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 tapes... Overall, I'm pleased with the purchase.
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on August 19, 2011
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.
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on February 10, 2008
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.
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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. Although Pickford was actually about twenty-seven years old when the film was made, it presents her as a much-abused child who keeps her sense of humor and love for others even as she suffers through considerable cruelty at a harsh orphanage. She is eventually recognized as particularly intelligent, and an unknown benefactor sends her to college. Although the benefactor wishes to remain anonymous, she writes to him frequently, addressing him as "Daddy Long Legs" due to the brief, long-legged shadow she saw of him while still at the orphanage. Over the years he becomes enchanted with her letters and, although both must endure the usual complications, they eventually meet, his true identity is revealed, and in spite of the difference in their years they fall in love.

DADDY-LONG-LEGS is in some ways an unusual Pickford film, for although it first presents her as a child it also allows her to mature into a young woman. But the film is inconsistent in these two parts: as a child at the orphanage, Pickford is distinctly bumptious and ill-educated, more good humored and kind than intelligent; as a teenager and young woman in college, however, she is suddenly presented as smart and talented, and she becomes the author of a popular book. The division is more than a little jolting, but Pickford carries both well, in spite of the fact that the second half drags a bit. The prints on this DVD are very good instead of flawless--few silent films are. If you are interested in Mary Pickford, this is not a bad place to start; established fans, however, will no doubt favor other titles such as POLLYANNA, LITTLE LORD FAUNTLEROY, and perhaps most famous in quality, SPARROWS.

GFT, Amazon Reviewer
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on March 7, 2001
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. The titles are especially noteworthy as many of them include drawings which along with the words comment on the action. The chamber music for this film fits in well with the action. It is well played and includes some fine themes.
As I mentioned this DVD contains a Biograph short. It is about 12 minutes long and is very welcome as an additional feature. I've only seen about 10 of the hundreds of films Griffith made at Biograph and on the whole find them difficult to appreciate. These early shorts are possibly the hardest of films for the modern viewer to grasp. Nevertheless, a film like What the Daisy Said is intriguing and in a curious way entertaining. It makes me want to find out more about this period of filmmaking. Someone should bring out a series of DVD's featuring Biograph shorts.
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