Daddy Long Legs is the 1955 musical starring Fred Astaire. He plays Jervis Pendleton III, a rich man who tends to be frivolous. On an important business trip to France, he stops at an orphanage after his car breaks down and meets Julie Andre. Impressed with her, he brings her to America under a college scholarship. Julie becomes lonely because her mysterious benefactor won’t write to her. Jervis decides to visit her without revealing anything. He soon falls in love with her, but there’s a hitch. He’s in his 40’s and she’s 18, can it work?
This is a pretty good film with an unusual romance. Jervis is right to be worried that people will think that he is a “dirty old man” who just wants Julie because she’s young. Luckily, they are able to get together in the en d. Fred Astaire’s tap dancing sequences are entertaining and the obligatory ballet piece is put to good use as a mental landscape for Julie’s yearning for Jervis. The plot is pretty good, with a rich character who knows how to have fun. Honolulu musical fans should watch this movie.
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