Daddy Long Legs

Synopsis: On a trip to France, millionaire Jervis Pendelton 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.
Genre: Musical, Romance
Director(s): Jean Negulesco
Production: 20th Century Fox
  Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 nomination.
126 min

This is a Renoir.

Actually, it is the painting of the daughter

of the marquis de Marineau...

and was said

to have been done in 1894.

Renoir is famous

for his paintings of children...

but this

is one of his finest.

Here we have a Corot.

In this painting, the foliage, far more than

any signature, proclaims the painter.

Note the rich use

of browns and yellow-

A truly fine example of Corot at his best.

And now, as is customary,

we conclude the tour...

with the Pendleton

family portraits.

Uh, here we have a portrait

of the firstJervis Pendleton...

painted by

James Abbott McNeill Whistler.

Jervis Pendleton II sat,

or stood, as you can see...

forJohn Singer Sargent,

whose portraits are hung...

in every important museum

in the world.

Please, madam.!

Oh, I must insist

that you stay with the group.

Oh, yes, of course. But what is that

in that room up there?

That, madam,

is Jervis Pendleton III.

Who, as you

can see, has, uh...

broken with the family

tradition somewhat.

Griggs speaking.

Baldwin Brothers, 99.

Dexter Chemicals, 35.

Just a moment.

- Good. Buy both.

- Both.

Mr. Pendleton

accepts both offers.

Griggs speaking.

Native Boy, three-eighths of a mile,

34 and two-fifths seconds.

Just a moment.

Your horse.

Your horse!

Mr. Pendleton wants

two dollars across the board.

Griggs speaking!

Oh, yes, that matter will be attended to

immediately. I'll call you right back.

What shall I tell

the man about-

Hey! Hey.

Aw, no!

Griggs. Griggs, you can't

do that to me. You can't d-

The State Department has b-

- State Department has been trying to reach you.

- I don't care who's been trying.

I was right in

the middle of a... thing.

It's about the economic

mission to France.

The secretary must know

your decision about going.

- I was going great. I was with it.

- Aw, Jervis...

it's beyond my understanding

how a man...

who holds the controlling interest

in 34 separate corporations...

can sit all by himself wasting his time

beating these silly tom-toms!

All by myself? Listen, I have one of the finest

record collections in the country.

I play with

the very best bands.

My father used to get up at 6:00

every morning to train...

carrier pigeons,

most of whom never came back.

Did you consider that

childish nonsense?

- That was his hobby.

- Hobby, my foot. That's the way he got his kicks.

Now, if you don't mind,

flip that record.

- I beg your pardon?

- Flip it. Turn it, you know, over.

No, look, the secretary

must have your answer.

The mission leaves tomorrow night

from Idyllwild Airport.

- The seriousness of the problem-

- I thoroughly understand...

the seriousness of

the French economic situation.

Vital lag in

industrial production...

coal mining output

can be stepped up...

electric kilowatt hour

consumption not up to its potential.

Even the agricultural program,

of which France...

has always been the European leader,

can be increased.

Now, flip that record.

- Anything else?

- Yes. Just sit there and listen.


because I hold you

In affection

and great esteem

I shall now begin

to instruct you in

What the jazz elite

call the modern beat

A complete anthology

of"Well, all reet"

And how I made the team


Ooh, ooh-

Ooh, boy.


What shall I tell

the State Department?

That we're going,

of course.

Did you say "we"?

Certainly. Everyone knows you make

all my decisions for me.

Everybody but me!

Now, a little more gravel

under that wheel. That's it.

Bring the pole over here. That's it.

Now, give me some of those branches.

- Uh, may I make a suggestion?

- Mr. Pendleton, please.!

Mr. Bronson happens to be our expert

in tractors and farm machinery.

If he can't get us

out of here, no one can.

Thank you for that

vote of confidence.

All ready, Sergeant.

Now, everybody, get behind and push!

Push.! Push.!

Well, I think we finally

struck firm ground.

I think you've struck oil.

But you can have my share.

Uh, do you mind if I go

up the road a piece...

to see if I can find a farmhouse

or a telephone or something?

Good, I knew you wouldn't. Uh, Griggs, why don't

you break out that last bottle of brandy?

Everybody could use a drink.

Right, Mrs. Carrington?


I don't know what the president

could've been thinking of...

when he appointed that man

to this commission.


- Bonjour.

- Bonjour, monsieur.

Est-ce que vous avez

un tlphone?

Un tlphone?

All. All.

All, monsieur.

Est-ce qu'il y a

quelqu'un ici...

- le matre ou la matresse?

- Oui. La matresse.

- Entrez, monsieur.

- Merci.

- Attendez, monsieur, s'il vous plat.

- Merci.

Today we speak

only English.

But as a reward, you may have

whatever you want for lunch.

- Marie.

- Ice-cream soda.

One ice-cream soda. One.

- Paul.

- A "hamburgre."

- "Burger," Paul. "Burger."

- A hamburger with chocolate sauce.

- Paul.

- Please, Julie.

One hamburger with chocolate sauce

and three onions.


- Bubble gum.

- Bubble gum.!

Bubble gum!

Bubble gum.


Bonjour, madame. Uh,

je m'appelle Pendleton.

Oh, an American. How do you do,

Mr. Pendleton? I am Madame Savanne.

Well, that takes

the strain off my French.

Uh, I wonder,

have you a telephone?

A telephone? Oh, no, monsieur.

Why do you need one?

Well, I'm with a group

of people and, uh...

- our car skidded off the road into a ditch.

- No!

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Phoebe Ephron

Phoebe Ephron (née Wolkind; January 26, 1914 – October 13, 1971) was an American playwright and screenwriter, who often worked with Henry Ephron, her husband, whom she wed in 1934. Ephron was born in New York City to Louis and Kate (née Lautkin) Wolkind, a dress manufacturer.Ephron was active as a writer from the early 1940s through the early 1960s. Her four daughters – Nora Ephron, Delia Ephron, Hallie Ephron and Amy Ephron – all became writers, like their parents. Ephron was nominated for an Oscar for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium , along with writing partners Richard L. Breen and husband Henry Ephron, for their work on Captain Newman, M.D. (1963). She died in 1971, aged 57, in her native New York City. more…

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