An orphaned young woman becomes part of a puppet act and forms a relationship with the anti-social puppeteer.



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Complete credited cast:
Marc (as Jean Pierre Aumont)
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Ralph Dumke ...
M. Corvier
M. Tonit
George Baxter ...
M. Enrique


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 <>

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Release Date:

10 July 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Лили  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


When the camera shows a circus poster for "Mark the Magnificent" it is seen that the actor drawn on the poster looks more like French-born actor Louis Jourdan than the French-born Jean-Pierre Aumont. See more »


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 »


Paul Berthalet: [whispering unseen from behind the puppet stage in his own voice] And I care, Lili.
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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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Wonderful story...
28 April 2005 | by (ventura, CA) – See all my reviews

In 1953 I was 5 and LILI was my favorite movie. My parents were cool enough to take me to see it 3 (THREE!) times and they even bought me the soundtrack record. I'd try to see it every time it played on TV over the years (not very often) and at college screenings. I taped it when it was on PBS not too long ago and now my granddaughter who's 5 loves it too. Talk about genetics! This is a wonderful, haunting story. Leslie Caron is PERFECT in the title role. The puppets are fabulous and the rest of the cast are brilliant. PLEASE see this if you enjoy "simple" romantic stories with no special effects, nudity, bad language, nor violence! Interestingly I have been married twice, my first husband was a puppeteer and my second (present) husband is a magician. Hmmmm...

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