Set during WWI, this movie is a cute spin on the Mata Hari legend.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lili Smith
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Major William Larrabee
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Colonel Kurt Von Ruger
Lance Percival ...
T.C. Carstairs
Michael Witney ...
Lt. Youngblood Carson
Gloria Paul ...
Crepe Suzette
Jacques Marin ...
Major Duvalle
André Maranne ...
Lt. Liggett
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Bedford
Doreen Keogh ...
Emma
Carl Duering ...
General Kessler
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Otto Kraus
Laurie Main ...
French General
Louis Mercier ...
French General
Arthur Gould-Porter ...
Sergeant Wells
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Storyline

WWI. Lili Smith is a beloved British music hall singer, often providing inspiration for the British and French troops and general populace singing rallying patriotic songs. She is also half German - her real last name being Schmidt - and is an undercover German spy, using her feminine wiles to gather information from the high ranking and generally older military officers and diplomats she seduces. Masquerading as her Swiss uncle, Colonel Kurt Von Ruger is not only her German handler but her lover. Kurt's boss, General Kessler, doesn't fully trust Lili as she is still half British. That is why it irks him that Kurt has entrusted Lili with the important mission of finding out more about the Allied air defense plans, the air which is becoming a more important battleground of the war. Of the five men who are most privy to such information, Kurt believes the best target is American pilot, Major William Larrabee as he is young, single and a ladies man. Lili is more than easily able to ... Written by Huggo

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She gave away secrets to one side and her heart to the other. See more »


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Release Date:

24 June 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Darling Lili: Or Where Were You the Night You Said You Shot Down Baron von Richtofen  »

Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$5,000,000 (USA)
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(director's cut) | (with overture and exit music)

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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One of several expensive Paramount movies which failed at the box office. " On a Clear Day You Can See Forever ", " Paint Your Wagon " , " The Adventurers " , " The Molly Maguires " and " Catch 22 " were all financial disappointments during this period. It wasn't until the double whammy of " Love Story " in 1970 and " The Godfather " (1972) that the Paramount fortunes were revived. See more »

Goofs

In several interior scenes, Rock Hudson's hair style and sideburns are drastically shorter than in the rest of the film. This seems to give credence to the rumors of studio interference and the necessity of re-shoots. See more »

Quotes

Lt. George 'Youngblood' Carson: My grandmother was a full-blooded Cherokee Indian.
Lili Smith: How exciting.
Lt. George 'Youngblood' Carson: It was for my granddaddy.
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The Paramount Pictures logo does not appear in the beginning of the film, only at the end of the film. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cinefile: Made in the USA (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Keep the Home Fires Burning
Music By Ivor Novello (uncredited)
Lyrics by Lena Guilbert Ford (uncredited)
Performed by Julie Andrews (uncredited) and cast
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Wonderful, absolutely thrilling and romantic

Darling Lili is fantastic! Its by far one my favorite films! It certainly didn't deserve the poor reviews it received. Julie Andrews, playing the title role of Lili Smith (Schmidt) is the best part of the whole movie. She is entrancing and spectacular! As Julie Andrews is my most favorite actress and singer by far, I was most definatly not surprised by how stunning she is. This movie is just...great (I'm running out of adjectives!), it's magnificent, marvellous, amazing, funny, terribly romantic, sad, and just an all-out thrill and its all thanks to Dame Julie Andrews!And to her husband, director Blake Edwards. Oh, yeah Rock Hudson was ok, too :)

Julie Andrews is the beautiful and well-loved singer, Lili Smith. Rock Hudson portrays Major Larabee, who quickly falls for Lili, and she with him. But their affair was not coincedental. There meeting was planned by the German Government (I'm not sure if that's exactly what you'd call them, but you get the point), because the warm, happy, singing entertainer Lili is actually a German Spy. Lili is told to seduce Major LArabee in order to get information of the new Top Secret Opertaion (later know as "Crepe Suzette"). Though Lili is on a solemn mission, she falls in love with Bill (Major Larabee), for real, making her original quest challenging. But Lili pulls through and completes er task, after she finds out something that is not really true about Bill. The ending will remain unsaid by me as it is wonderfully layed out. If anything, you'll thoroughly enjoy this movie, I most certainly did!!!!!!!!


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