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Director:
Writers:
Helen Deutsch (screen play)
Paul Gallico (based on a story by)
Contact:
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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 »
User Reviews:
Haunting and Beautiful See more (49 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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)
Nolie Miller ... Dancer (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)

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 | Finland:S | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #15985) | USA:G (re-rating) (1973) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The earliest known appearance of the "smiley" emoticon, :-), was in an ad for this film in the New York Herald Tribune on 10 March 1953, page 20, columns 4-6. The film opened nationwide, and this ad possibly ran in many newspapers. It read: Today You'll laugh :-) You'll cry :-( You'll love <3 'Lili'" This should not be confused with the graphical yellow "smiley face", which was first drawn by Harvey Ball some 10 years later.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:
Lili Daurier:We don't learn. We just get older, and we know.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Errand Boy (1961)See more »
Soundtrack:
AdorationSee more »

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21 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Haunting and Beautiful, 2 April 2003
Author: regrunion from Long Island, NY

Last night, driving with a friend, she popped a CD into the player in her car and Jimmy Durante's voice sang a song I had not heard in about 35 years - "Hi-Lili Hi-Lo." The emotion of this movie that I saw as a young child, perhaps six years old, came rushing back to me.

I don't remember a lot of things from when I was six but I do remember being entranced and a bit haunted by the movie Lili. I was easily able to relate to Lili's encounter with the puppets that became her confidants and friends when the adult world became too hard to handle. The initial charm of the magician character that, as all too often became the case for people in my young life, turned to emotional unavailability. The course by which Lili's fear of the puppeteer gets dissolved through understanding. And most of all the hauntingly beautiful song and dance sequence.

I don't remember much of the plot but I am very much looking forward to seeing this movie again. If it was available on DVD I would immediately buy it for my own children.

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