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Darling Lili (1970)

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
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Major Duvalle
André Maranne ...
Lt. Liggett
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Bedford
Doreen Keogh ...
Emma
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General Kessler
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Otto Kraus
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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 »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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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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Runtime:

(director's cut) | (with overture and exit music)

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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A very troubled production, the film went way over budget and was a box office flop when released. Blake Edwards used the experience of making this film as the inspiration for the script to S.O.B. (1981). 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

Maj. William Larrabee: Think we can do it?
T.C: Yes, but YOU'D better fly, cause I haven't been drinking.
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Crazy Credits

The Paramount Pictures logo does not appear in the beginning of the film, only at the end of the film. See more »


Soundtracks

Your Good-Will Ambassador
(uncredited)
Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Performed by Gloria Paul
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delightful pairing of Julie Andrews and Rock Hudson
28 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Julie Andrews plays a German spy who falls in love with an American pilot Rock Hudson, while on an assignment for Germany.

The songs are beautiful. The two are well-paired. Julie demonstrates a more temperamental side in this film than the nice girl she normally plays.

A half-German, half-English girl who sings beautiful and entertains the troops in WW I, Julie sings some endearing Mancini songs.

I loved the film. Some will say it's a "chick-flick," but so what. It's wonderful.

Supporting characters are somewhat stereotyped. It may not be up to Rock's performance in Pillow Talk, Magnificent Obsession, or Giant.

Blake Edwards shot the film in Ireland and authentic WW I -type planes were used in the film. Scenery for England and France is absolutely gorgeous.


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