Daddy Long Legs

Daddy Long Legs

Director: Jean Negulesco Cast: Fred Astaire, Leslie Caron, Terry Moore


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This last remake (thus far) of the Jean Webster novel Daddy Long Legs was extensively revised to accommodate the talents of Fred Astaire and Leslie Caron. Fragments of the basic plot remain: American millionaire Astaire is the unknown benefactor of French orphan girl Caron, financing the girl's education on the proviso that his identity never be revealed to her. Moved by Caron's letters of thanks, Astaire's secretary Thelma Ritter advises Astaire to go to France to visit the "child." When he arrives, he finds that his ward has grown up rather nicely, and the two fall in love--though Caron never knows until the very end who Astaire really is. The old story has been updated to allow for an elaborate "cowboy" number and a couple of Eisenhower jokes. Highlights include a solo ballet by Caron and a wonderful Astaire routine involving a set of drums. The score for Daddy Long Legs is unremarkable save for Johnny Mercer's hit "Something's Gotta Give."

Product Details

Release Date: 04/21/1993
UPC: 0086162137839
Original Release: 1955
Rating: NR
Source: 20th Century Fox

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fred Astaire Jervis Pendleton III
Leslie Caron Julie Andre
Terry Moore Linda Pendleton
Thelma Ritter Miss Pritchard
Fred Clark Griggs
Charlotte Austin Sally McBride
Larry Keating Alexander Williamson
Kathryn Givney Gertrude Pendleton
Kelly Brown Jimmy McBride
Sara Shane Pat
Numa Lapeyre Jean
Ann Codee Mme. Sevanne
Steven Geray Emile
Percival Vivian Professor
Joseph Kearns Guide
Larry Kent Butler
Charles Anthony Hughes Hotel Manager
Ralph Dumke Mr. Bronson
Damian O'Flynn Larry Hamilton
Kathryn Card Mrs. Carrington
Tim Johnson Bellhop
Harry Seymour Cab Driver
Olan Soule Assistant Hotel Manager
J. Anthony Hughes Delivery Man
George Dunn Chauffeur
Ray Anthony Orchestra Actor
Gertrude Astor Woman
Paul Bradley Second Jeweler
Janice Carroll Athetic Girl Dancer
David Hoffman Jeweler
Elizabeth Patterson Actor
Paul Power Commission Member
Helen Van Tuyl College Dean
Carleton Young Commission Member

Technical Credits
Jean Negulesco Director
Fred Astaire Choreography
John De Cuir Production Designer
Samuel G. Engel Producer
Henry Ephron Screenwriter
Phoebe Ephron Screenwriter
Johnny Mercer Score Composer
Alfred Newman Score Composer
Alex North Score Composer
Roland Petit Choreography
William H. Reynolds Editor
David Robel Choreography
Leon Shamroy Cinematographer
Lyle Wheeler Production Designer

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Daddy Long Legs 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Toria94 More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable movie with great dancing. Intersting plot that makes sense. One of those movies you can watch repeatedly without getting tired of it.
TalentChaser More than 1 year ago
Of course, you never go wrong with Fred Astaire. He was a consummate professional. His first wife who he was married to for over 20 years died just days before the production start date. Mr. Astaire was in great mourning, yet you would never know it by his acting within the movie. He is focused and polished as only Fred Astaire can. I really don't think he was ever given enough credit for his acting ability. I think it is as superb as his dancing and singing feats. The plot works well for this film. Leslie Caron charm shines through and there is chemistry with Mr. Astaire. I agree with the previous reviewer. I can watch this movie again and again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First, I like musicals. Although this may not be classified aa a musical, there more than enough music to so view it. Second, I like comedies. This was a good comedy. Third and fourth, I like Fred Astaire and Leslies Caron (as well as Thelma Ritter). This is simply a very enjoyable movie which recalls my college days. It is light and escapism.