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Helen Deutsch (screen play)
Paul Gallico (based on a story by)
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Release Date:
10 July 1953 (USA) See more »
Happy-Hearted and Carefree Musical! See more »
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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Won Oscar. Another 6 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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Wonderful story... See more (49 total) »


  (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
Fernando Castillo Díaz .... subtitler: spanish (uncredited)
Jack Cole .... dance coach: Mel Ferrer (uncredited)
Dante .... magic advisor (uncredited)
George Latshaw .... puppeteer (uncredited)
Wolo Von Trutzschler .... puppeteer (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
81 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
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?

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 »
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 »
Jacquot:What the devil is the matter with you? You're in love with the girl and she's in love with someone else. This sort of thing happens all the time; people don't *die* of love. You'll recover... But meanwhile can't you be civilized about it?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Errand Boy (1961)See more »
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15 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Wonderful story..., 28 April 2005
Author: hopey4 from ventura, CA

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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