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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

  (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 | 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:
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:
[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:
Hi-Lili, Hi-LoSee more »

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23 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
The most truthful coming of age movie, 5 April 2007
Author: eadoe from United States

Of all the popular overblown, oversexed "coming of age" movies (mostly about male coming of age - starting with "The Summer of '42"), none has the honesty and truth of "Lili". Why? Because coming of age has less to do with sex (as most men think) than it has to do with an awareness of evil. The most telling line in the film is spoken by Paul's partner, who chides Paul for slapping Lili and says, "She is realizing that there is cruelty in the world, and she is learning to protect herself from it." Like Eve in the Garden of Eden, Lili's loss of innocence comes with her knowledge of evil, not her loss of virginity.

And unlike other coming of age movies that have the young actors tossing around "cute" sexual comments that don't ring true for a callow young person (because they were obviously scripted by a jaded 50-year-old male), "Lili" rings true with every note (as Paul says, "She's like a little bell that gives off a pure sound every time you strike it."). Her naivety is far more true to form -- when she is warned by one of the puppets that the lecherous puppet Renaldo "is a wolf", the innocent Lili replies, "I thought he was a fox." This is exactly the way a kid would really respond -- not "getting" the sexual reference and thinking that the comment was about the species of the animal.

I understand Audrey Hepburn beat out Leslie Caron for the Oscar that year with her amateurish performance in "Roman Holiday" -- what a travesty that was, since Audrey's performance had none of the depth and exquisite vulnerability of Leslie's performance in "Lili".

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