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Lili (1953)

Passed | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 10 July 1953 (USA)
An orphaned young woman becomes part of a puppet act and forms a relationship with the anti-social puppeteer.

Director:

Charles Walters

Writers:

Helen Deutsch (screen play), Paul Gallico (based on a story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Leslie Caron ... Lili Daurier
Mel Ferrer ... Paul Berthalet
Jean-Pierre Aumont ... Marc (as Jean Pierre Aumont)
Zsa Zsa Gabor ... Rosalie
Kurt Kasznar ... Jacquot
Amanda Blake ... Peach Lips
Alex Gerry ... Proprietor
Ralph Dumke Ralph Dumke ... M. Corvier
Wilton Graff ... M. Tonit
George Baxter ... M. Enrique
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Storyline

Members of a circus troupe "adopt" Lili Daurier when she finds herself stranded in a strange town. The magician who first comes to her rescue already has romantic entanglements and thinks of her as a little girl. Who can she turn to but the puppets, singing to them her troubles, forgetting that there are puppeteers. A crowd gathers around Lili as she sings. The circus has a new act. She now has a job. Will she get her heart's desire? Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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M-G-M's Technicolor Delight! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Лили See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,353,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The earliest known appearance of the "smiley" emoticon, :-), was in an ad for this film in the New York Herald Tribune on 10 March 1953, page 20, columns 4-6. The film opened nationwide, and this ad possibly ran in many newspapers. It read: Today You'll laugh :-) You'll cry :-( You'll love <3 'Lili'" This should not be confused with the graphical yellow "smiley face", which was first drawn by Harvey Ball some 10 years later. See more »

Goofs

When Lili sees Marc's act for the first time, there is a slight but obvious film cut as Marc is holding up the cloak before his assistant is revealed. See more »

Quotes

Marc: I'm only being a Good Samaritan.
Paul Berthalet: I've heard it called that before.
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Connections

Featured in That's Entertainment, Part II (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo
Music by Bronislau Kaper
Lyrics by Helen Deutsch
Played often in the score
Performed by Leslie Caron (uncredited) and Mel Ferrer (uncredited)
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Charming film
26 August 2002 | by gigilesmizSee all my reviews

This is one of my favorite films. It is so delightfully simple. Leslie Caron does a marvelous job of making us believe she is an awkward 16 year old in love with a magician. I can't explain exactly why I love this film--perhaps I'm a sucker for all in-love-with-someone-who's-in-love-with-someone-else stories, or maybe I have a soft spot for puppets. But this film warms me to the heart and I recommend it to all but the heart hearted cynic.


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