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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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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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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 puppets were made by the team of Paul E. Walton and Michael O'Rourke, famous cabaret puppeteers, who founded the Olivera Street Puppet Theatre in Hollywood in 1935. They were considered some of the best puppet makers and puppeteers in the world at the time, and were particularly known for their marionettes, not the hand puppets used in this production. Their work was rarely filmed, but can also be seen in Puppet Show (1936). See more »

Goofs

When Marc plays a magic trick with his cigarette at the notions store, he actually burns Lili's hand, right before playing the trick. We can see Lili jerking her hand apart, but she keeps on watching Marc as if nothing has happened. See more »

Quotes

M. Corvier: Where'd you find the girl?
M. Tonit: We can't make up our minds whether she's a superb actress or you're a Svengali.
Paul Berthalet: No. She's like a little bell - that gives off a pure sound no matter how you strike it; because, she's, in herself, so good and true and pure.
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Connections

Edited into Off to See the Wizard: Lili: Part 2 (1967) 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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Absolutely wonderful film
7 July 1999 | by WWalrusSee all my reviews

"Lili", based on Paul Gallico's "Love For Seven Dolls", is one of the most delightful films ever. Leslie Caron deserved her Academy Award nomination as "Lili". The ballet sequence at the end of the film in which each puppet turn into Paul, the puppeteer, making Lili realize she loves him is magical. "Lili" was the basis for a big, lavish Broadway musical "Carnival" that lost the basic beautiful simplicity of the original. This film is a classic and deserves to be. The puppets are magnificent.


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