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Director:
Writers:
Helen Deutsch (screen play)
Paul Gallico (based on a story by)
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Release Date:
10 July 1953 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Happy-Hearted and Carefree Musical! See more »
Plot:
An orphaned young woman becomes part of a puppet act and forms a relationship with the anti-social puppeteer. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 6 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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Cast

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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 ... M. Corvier
Wilton Graff ... M. Tonit
George Baxter ... M. Enrique
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Gene Conklin ... Whistler in Ballet Sequence (uncredited)
George Davis ... Workman (uncredited)
Jeannine Ducasse ... French Girl (uncredited)
Richard Grayson ... Flirting Vendor (uncredited)
Claude Guy ... French Boy (uncredited)
Lars Hensen ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Dorothy Jarnac ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Dick Lerner ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Mitchell Lewis ... Concessionaire (uncredited)
Muzzy Marcellino ... Whistler in Ballet Sequence (uncredited)
Arthur Mendez ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Eda Reiss Merin ... Fruit Peddler (uncredited)
Frank Radcliffe ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Ruby Ray ... Whistler in Ballet Sequence (uncredited)
Reginald Simpson ... Workman (uncredited)
Charles Soldani ... Worker (uncredited)
Georgia Stark ... Whistling Solo / Whistler in Ballet Sequence (uncredited)
Ellinor Vanderveer ... Woman in Brown Whom Lili Waits on in Cabaret (uncredited)
Charles Walters ... Dancer (uncredited)
Fred Walton ... Whistler (uncredited)
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Directed by
Charles Walters 
 
Writing credits
Helen Deutsch (screen play)

Paul Gallico (based on a story by)

Produced by
Edwin H. Knopf .... producer
 
Original Music by
Bronislau Kaper 
 
Cinematography by
Robert H. Planck (director of photography) (as Robert Planck)
 
Film Editing by
Ferris Webster (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Paul Groesse 
 
Set Decoration by
Arthur Krams (set decorations)
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Mary Ann Nyberg (costumes designed by) (as Mary Anne Nyberg)
 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup creator
 
Production Management
Hugh Boswell .... unit production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Al Jennings .... assistant director
Carl 'Major' Roup .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Matty Azzarone .... swing lead (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording supervisor
Joe Edmondson .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
 
Music Department
Robert Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Gerald Fried .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Robert Brower .... technicolor color consultant
Henri Jaffa .... technicolor color consultant
Dorothy Jarnac .... choreography assistant
Michael O'Rourke .... puppets created by
Charles Walters .... choreographer
Paul E. Walton .... puppets created by
Jack Cole .... dance coach: Mel Ferrer (uncredited)
Dante .... magic advisor (uncredited)
George Latshaw .... puppeteer (uncredited)
Wolo Von Trutzschler .... puppeteer (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
81 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Chile:TE | Finland:S | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #15985) | USA:G (re-rating) (1973) | West Germany:12

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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:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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:
[describing how his puppets' personalities are reflections of his own]
Paul Berthalet:I am Carrot Top: confident, clever, capable of running his life and yours, and everybody else's; and I'm Golo the Giant: cowardly, stupid, longing to be loved, clumsy and in need of comforting; and I'm Marguerite too: vain, jealous, obsessed with self, looking at my face in the mirror - are my teeth nice? Is my hair growing thin? And I'm Reynaldo: the thief, the opportunist, full of compromise and lies like any other man. I have in me all these things.
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Soundtrack:
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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Absolutely wonderful film, 7 July 1999
Author: Jim Menke from Buffalo, NY

"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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