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Daddy Long Legs 1955 123movies

Daddy Long Legs 1955 123movies

May. 05, 1955126 Min.
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#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – On a trip to France, millionaire Jervis Pendleton sees an 18 year old girl in an orphanage. Enchanted with her, but mindful of the difference in their ages, he sponsors her to college in New England. She writes him letters, which he doesn’t read. After 3 years, he goes to visit her at a dance, not telling her that he is her benefactor. They fall in love, but the usual movie-type difficulties get in the way before they can get together at the end.
Plot: Wealthy American, Jervis Pendleton has a chance encounter at a French orphanage with a cheerful 18-year-old residen, and anonymously pays for her education at a New England college. She writes letters to her mysterious benefactor regularly, but he never writes back. Several years later, he visits her at school, while still concealing his identity, and—despite their large age difference—they soon fall in love.
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Incredible dance sequence – where Fred Astaire does not dance!
“Daddy Long Legs” was one of those movies that were made again and again in the teens up to the 1930s, sometimes under it’s own original name (the name of the novel it was based on) and sometimes, like in a Shirley Temple version called “Curley Top”, under a different name. Although Mary Pickford was in a silent version, the best known early version was a 1931 film with Warner Baxter and Janet Gaynor. However, aside from Temple’s “Curley Top” (which had a plot difficulty changed by a rewrite), the most successful version to modern audiences is this one that starred Fred Astaire and Leslie Caron in 1955. It was one of Astaire’s last musicals, and was one of the series of musicals from “An American In Paris” through “Lili” that led to Caron’s best remembered musical starring role in “Gigi” (1958).

The plot of “Daddy Long Legs” was about a millionaire who sees a young girl in an orphan home and secretly adopts her. His shadow on the wall is noticed and he is referred to as “Daddy Long Legs” The girl grows up and meets the man when she is reaching adulthood, and her secret guardian falls for her, and eventually marries her. It is a kind of wish fulfillment plot – and it’s unintentional overtone of twisted sexual relations between an adopted father figure and and adopted daughter figure has been commented on. In fact it really gets a going over in the current version from the American Ambassador to France (Williamson) played by Larry Keating, who points out how really scandalous the matter is to Astaire. It causes a bump on the road to a happy conclusion, but it is a big bump. Only in “Curley Top” was this avoided by having Shirley Temple have an older sister who could be romanced by the millionaire.

Oddly enough, the 1931 version has an unintentional eerie footnote to the strange sex issue. When that version came out, one of the people who saw the film (it is, apparently, one of the last films she ever saw) was the ill-fated Starr Faithful, whose still mysterious death (murder/suicide/accident?) is debated to this day. Starr had been having an affair with her mother’s older cousin, Andrew Peters (the Mayor of Boston in the early 1920s), which somewhat looked like the relationship between the guardian and the young orphan in the story. Whether Starr went to see “Daddy Long Legs” for that reason or not is a minor mystery in the last days of her life.

I’ve never seen the Baxter-Gaynor version. This 1958 version was shown on the 20th Century Fox Cable network this afternoon. Forgetting the central problem mentioned above about the twisted relationship, it is a good musical. There are several good musical numbers, such as the “slue-foot” dance at the college prom (that Astaire does with Caron) to the music of Ray Anthony’s orchestra. There is also the use of two popular tunes: “Dream (which becomes a type of theme tune for Caron, while thinking of Astaire), and “Something’s Got To Give”, which unconsciously summarizes their odd relationship (Astaire being the old unmovable object hit by the unexpected force of Caron). But the major musical number of the film is rather odd.

When (after his unfortunate conversation with Keating) Astaire breaks with Caron on a sexual level, she has a dream sequence which in design reminds one of Caron’s earlier dance/ballet sequence with Gene Kelly in “An American In Paris”. She dreams she is back in the hallway of the luxury New York City Hotel that she was in when Astaire was romancing her, but all the rooms have “3203” (her room number) on them. But the hallways and doors are all drawn (they are not solid wooden doors. It’s like the backdrop of Paris that Kelly stands in front of when he begins his dance sequence regarding Caron in “An American In Paris”. It gets weirder, as Caron changes styles of dancing – first ballet, then tango, than carnival – as she enters rooms representing Paris, Buenos Aires, or Rio. What makes it weird is that Astaire does not dance with Caron or alone – he appears as an onlooker, either in an opera/ballet box, a table on the side, or a tourist looking at the carnival. It is the only time I can recall Fred Astaire in a musical number where he does nothing!

The cast is good, particularly the outspoken personal secretary Ms Pritchard (Thelma Ritter) trying to get Fred to reveal himself, and the long suffering lawyer/business adviser Griggs (Fred Clark) trying to keep Astaire aware of what he should be doing, and what he is doing all wrong. It’s a good musical, once you swallow that odd sexual connection between the principals. Due to the cast, the musical numbers (even the one where Fred does nothing), and the light touch of director Jean Negulesco I would say it gets an “8” out of “10”.

Review By: theowinthrop Rating: 8 Date: 2007-11-01

Other Information:

Original Title Daddy Long Legs
Release Date 1955-05-05
Release Year 1955

Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 6 min (126 min)
Budget 0
Revenue 0
Status Released
Rated Approved
Genre Musical, Romance
Director Jean Negulesco
Writer Phoebe Ephron, Henry Ephron, Jean Webster
Actors Fred Astaire, Leslie Caron, Terry Moore
Country United States
Awards Nominated for 3 Oscars. 4 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Website N/A

Technical Information:

Sound Mix 4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording) (magnetic prints), Mono (Western Electric Recording) (optical prints)
Aspect Ratio 2.55 : 1
Camera Bausch & Lomb Lenses (uncredited)
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA (color)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process CinemaScope (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format 35 mm

Daddy Long Legs 1955 123movies
Daddy Long Legs 1955 123movies
Daddy Long Legs 1955 123movies
Original title Daddy Long Legs
TMDb Rating 6.5 66 votes

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