Daddy Long Legs
Fred Astaire ■ Leslie Caron
Fred Astaire becomes both the benefactor and suitor of Leslie Caron in this charming story of a playboy who falls under the spell of a beautiful French orphan. While traveling through France, Jervis Pendleton lll (Astaire) anonymously sponsors an 18-year-old girl named Julie (Caron), whom he sends to college in America. Two years later they finally meet face to face and start to fall in love. But complications arise and their happiness is threatened when Jervis embarks on a noble yet misguided attempt to do "the right thing" about their age difference. Daddy Long Legs is a song-filled blend of dance and fantasy for romantics of all ages.
Daddy Long Legs is a fluffy song-filled May-December romance starring the best dancer of them all and a cute former ballerina.
I've loved Fred Astaire movies since I first saw Top Hat and Swing Time but Leslie Caron took a little while to grow on me. I had to watch Father Goose before I decided I liked her. Daddy Long Legs is the first movie I saw where she was able to utilize and showcase her lovely ballet skills.
Some of the best parts of the movie, besides Fred's wonderful dancing, are the elaborate sets and great costumes. You just can't miss Leslie's red dress in the sea of pastel during their first dance together.
If you are looking for a serious movie this isn't the one for you. But if you are looking for a lightweight romance with some great song and dance numbers Daddy Long Legs just might be for you.
Fred Astaire...Jervis Pendleton III
Leslie Caron...Julie Andre
Terry Moore...Linda Pendleton
Thelma Ritter...Alicia Pritchard
Charlotte Austin...Sally McBride
Larry Keating...Ambassador Alexander Williamson
Kathryn Givney...Gertrude Pendleton
Kelly Brown...Jimmy McBride
Ray Anthony...Himself (as Ray Anthony and his Orchestra)
Andrew Carnegie Mansion, New York City, New York
Stage 6, 20th Century Fox Studios, Los Angeles, Calif.
Alicia Pritchard: Mr. Griggs, a person is NOT a corporation! A person is flesh and blood... and feelings!