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Daddy Long Legs

Nearly everybody either knows or imagines the story of Daddy Long Legs. Mary Pickford and Marshall Neilan, back in 1919, made a silent hit of it for First National. Fox, in remaking the picture into a talker, has repeated.

Cast:
Janet Gaynor Warner Baxter Una Merkel John Arledge Claude Gillingwater Sr. Sheila Manners

Nearly everybody either knows or imagines the story of Daddy Long Legs. Mary Pickford and Marshall Neilan, back in 1919, made a silent hit of it for First National. Fox, in remaking the picture into a talker, has repeated.

Janet Gaynor is the orphanage drudge who suddenly rebels against the harshness of the matron. She is unceremoniously adopted by a bachelor who is also a trustee of the orphanage. She falls in love with this man, who has sent her to college unawares to her.

After the kids depart from sight another funny group come in to keep the humorous end of the story up. These are Una Merkel and John Arledge as brother and sister. He’s in love with July Abbott (Gaynor) and his sister is her roommate at college.

Santell’s direction is good enough throughout but never better than in the first part where the kids run rampant with precocious talk and action. The orphanage scenes are helped by the presence of Elizabeth Patterson as the dyspeptic matron. Warner Baxter as the millionaire is an appealer here to women on a big scale.

1955: Nominations: Best Color Art Direction, Scoring of a Musical Picture, Song (‘Something’s Gotta Give’)

Daddy Long Legs

Production: Fox. Director Alfred Santell; Screenplay Sonya Levien, S.N. Behrman; Camera Lucien Andriot; Editor Ralph Dietrich; Music Hugo Friedhofer

Crew: (B&W) Extract of a review from 1931. Running time: 80 MIN.

With: Janet Gaynor Warner Baxter Una Merkel John Arledge Claude Gillingwater Sr. Sheila Manners

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