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

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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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10 July 1953 (USA)  »

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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 »

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Paul Berthalet: [whispering unseen from behind the puppet stage in his own voice] And I care, Lili.
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Referenced in Serial Mom (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo
Music by Bronislau Kaper
Lyrics by Helen Deutsch
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Performed by Leslie Caron (uncredited) and Mel Ferrer (uncredited)
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Absolutely wonderful film
7 July 1999 | by (Buffalo, NY) – See 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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