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Lili (1953)

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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Happy-Hearted and Carefree Musical! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was based on The Saturday Evening Post 's Paul Gallico's short story "The Man Who Hated People," which was inspired by the children's puppet show "Kukla, Fran and Ollie". 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

Reynardo - Puppet: Well, hello baby!
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Connections

Referenced in 1955 Motion Picture Theatre Celebration (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Adoration
(uncredited)
by Bronislau Kaper
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an absolutely enchanting musical
6 December 1998 | by vonnie-4See all my reviews

"Lili" is one of the sweetest, most enchanting musicals Hollywood has ever produced. Not that most of the Hollywood musicals are ever realistic, but this particular story is more of a fable than an imitation of life. The character of Mel Ferrer is reminiscent of the Beast in "the Beauty and the Beast", a tortured soul aching for love, and as any girl worth her salt would know, tortured souls make the best kind of heroes!

The two dance/fantasy sequences are charming, especially the latter one, where Lili grows from an awkward, love-sick child into a woman of character and determination, all in a few steps of waltz. Oh, and the puppets are totally adorable!!


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