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**RARE**PAL VHS Video**Daddy Long Legs
Wealthy American Jervis Pendleton III (Fred Astaire) has a chance
encounter at a French orphanage with a cheerful 18-year-old resident,
Julie Andre (Leslie Caron). He anonymously pays for her education at a
New England college. She writes letters to her mysterious benefactor
regularly, but he never writes back. Her nickname for him, "Daddy Long
Legs", is taken from the description of him given to Andre by some of
her fellow orphans who see his shadow as he leaves their building.
Several years later, he visits her at school, still concealing his
identity. Despite their large age difference, they soon fall in love.
 Key songs/dance routines
His first film in Cinemascope widescreen - which he was to parody later in the "Stereophonic Sound" number from Silk Stockings (1957) - provided him the opportunity to explore the additional space available, with the help of his assistant choreographer Dave Robel. Roland Petit
designed the much-maligned "Nightmare Ballet" number. As usual, Astaire
adapted his choreography to the particular strengths of his partner, in
this case ballet.
Even so, Caron ran into some problems in this, her last dance musical,
to the extent that Astaire mentioned in his biography that "one day at
rehearsals I asked her to listen extra carefully to the music, so as to
keep in time". Caron herself puts this down to flaws in her early
musical training. The final result, however, has a pleasing and
appropriate dreamlike quality. In this respect, it is a more successful
attempt to integrate ballet into his dance routines than his previous
effort in Shall We Dance (1937).
- "History Of The Beat": An Astaire song and dance solo using
drumsticks performed in an office environment. While the use of
drumsticks recalls the Nice Work If You Can Get It routine from A Damsel In Distress (1937), and the Drum Crazy number from Easter Parade
(1948), it is a pale shadow of either, and, given that this was the
first number to be filmed, some commentators have speculated that it was
affected by Astaire's grief at his wife's death.
- "Daddy Long Legs": An off-screen female chorus sing this attractive
number while Caron muses fondly at a blackboard cartoon sketch of
- "Daydream Sequence": Astaire appears in three guises: A Texan, an
international playboy, and a guardian angel based on images of him
described in letters from Caron. As a Texan he performs a comic
gallumphing square dance routine to a short song dubbed for him by Thurl Ravenscroft - the only time in his career that Astaire's voice was dubbed. As an international playboy he tangoes his way through a flock of women, one of whom is Barrie Chase
- who was later to be his dance partner in all of his television
specials from 1958-1968. The third routine is a particularly attractive
and gentle romantic partnered dance with Caron, where she performs
graceful ballet steps while Astaire glides admiringly around her.
- "Sluefoot": A boisterous and joyous partnered dance with Astaire and
Caron with a lot of sharp leg movements in which, atypically, Astaire
inserts a short and zany solo segment. The chorus join in towards the
- "Something's Gotta Give": Astaire was deeply grateful to his friend Mercer for composing this now famous standard
as he felt the film sorely lacked a strong popular song. In the
romantic partnered routine which follows Astaire's rendition of the
song, he exploits - albeit reluctantly - the wide lateral spaces
afforded by the Cinemascope format. While the routine has many
attractive qualities and the ending is particularly fine, some
commentators have detected a certain stiffness in Caron, especially in
her upper body.
- "Nightmare Ballet": A solo routine for Caron frequently criticised
for its rather meaningless content and length (it lasts all of twelve
- "Dream": A short but much admired celebratory romantic partnered
routine for Astaire and Caron with dreamlike twirling motifs and,
unusually for Astaire, incorporating a kiss.
*Courtesy of Wikipedia.org
FOX Home Video 1378 81361.
Movie released in 1955. Video made in 1993.
Running Time: 121 Minutes.
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