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Release Date:
24 June 1970 (USA) See more »
She gave away secrets to one side and her heart to the other. See more »
Set during WWI, this movie is a cute spin on the Mata Hari legend. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win & 4 nominations See more »
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Sadly under-appreciated, Darling Lili is a charming spy operetta See more (46 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Julie Andrews ... Lili Smith (Schmidt)

Rock Hudson ... Major William Larrabee

Jeremy Kemp ... Colonel Kurt Von Ruger
Lance Percival ... T.C. Carstairs
Michael Witney ... Lt. George 'Youngblood' Carson
Gloria Paul ... Crepe Suzette
Jacques Marin ... Major Duvalle
André Maranne ... Lt. Liggett

Bernard Kay ... Bedford
Doreen Keogh ... Emma
Carl Duering ... General Kessler

Vernon Dobtcheff ... Otto Kraus
Laurie Main ... French General
Louis Mercier ... French General
Arthur Gould-Porter ... Sergeant Wells
Ingo Mogendorf ... Baron Manfred von Richtofen
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Armstrong ... Squadron Pilot (uncredited)
Yves Barsacq ... French General (uncredited)
Roland Blondy ... Pilot (uncredited)
Nick Bolin ... Gypsy (uncredited)
Olivier Briac ... Pilot (uncredited)
Patrick Bricard ... Pilot (uncredited)
Heinz Brinkmann ... U-Boat Sailor (uncredited)
Albert Carrier ... Night Club M.C. (uncredited)
Jerry Catron ... Member of Stock Company (uncredited)
Craig Chudy ... Squadron Pilot (uncredited)
Albert D'Arno ... Waiter (uncredited)
Marcel d'Orval ... General (uncredited)
George Dega ... French General (uncredited)
Jean Del Val ... Maitre D' (uncredited)
Daniel Dhubert ... English Soldier (uncredited)
Alain Doutey ... English Soldier (uncredited)
Walter Friedel ... Submarine Commander (uncredited)
Axel Ganz ... German Officer (uncredited)
Michel Garland ... Pilot (uncredited)
Peter Hellman ... U-Boat Sailor (uncredited)
Danny Klega ... Submarine Executive Officer (uncredited)
Bernard La Jarrige ... French Pilot Singing 'La Marseillaise' (uncredited)
James Lanphier ... Hungarian Maitre D' with Larrabee (uncredited)
Jeff Lawrence ... Squadron Pilot (uncredited)
Niall MacGinnis ... Von Hindenburg (uncredited)
Karine Marceau ... Young Woman (uncredited)
Jerry Martin ... Maitre D' (uncredited)
Richard Monahan ... Dancer (uncredited)
Mimi Monti ... Chanteuse (uncredited)
D.W. Owen ... Member of Stock Company (uncredited)
George Paul ... Juggler (uncredited)
Tony Rödel ... German Officer (uncredited)
Franz Sauer ... German Officer (uncredited)
Ray Saunders ... Juggler (uncredited)
Rolfe Sedan ... French Stage Manager (uncredited)
Dan Siretta ... Dancer (uncredited)
Aram Stephan ... Gatekeeper (uncredited)
Bruce Stowell ... Dancer (uncredited)
Jerry Summers ... Member of Stock Company (uncredited)
Herb Tanney ... Gypsy Violinist (uncredited)
Jim Taylor ... Dancer (uncredited)
Yvan Varco ... Pilot (uncredited)
Max Vialle ... English Soldier (uncredited)
Ken Wales ... Gypsy (uncredited)
Glenn R. Wilder ... Member of Stock Company (uncredited)
Sherri Zak ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jean-Pierre Zola ... German Officer (uncredited)
Jacqueline Zouary ... Gouvernante (uncredited)

Directed by
Blake Edwards 
Writing credits
Blake Edwards (written by) and
William Peter Blatty (written by)

Produced by
Owen Crump .... executive producer
Blake Edwards .... producer
Ken Wales .... associate producer
Original Music by
Henry Mancini 
Cinematography by
Russell Harlan (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Peter Zinner 
Production Design by
Fernando Carrere 
Set Decoration by
Reg Allen 
Jack Stevens 
Costume Design by
Jack Bear 
Donald Brooks 
Makeup Department
Willard Buell .... makeup artist
Lynn F. Reynolds .... makeup artist (as Lynn Reynolds)
Lorraine Roberson .... hair stylist
Allan Snyder .... makeup artist (as Allen Snyder)
Production Management
John R. Coonan .... production manager (as John Coonan)
Fred Lemoine .... unit production manager
Jack McEdward .... unit production manager
Curtis Mick .... unit production manager
Howard Roessel .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dick Crockett .... second unit director
Mickey McCardle .... assistant director
Anthony Squire .... director: aerial sequences
Ariel Levy .... assistant director (uncredited)
Gene Marum .... second assistant director (uncredited)
William R. Poole .... assistant director (uncredited)
John Slazenger .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Bernard Stora .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
John R. Carter .... production sound recordist (as John Carter)
Fred Hynes .... supervising stereophonic re-recordist
Visual Effects by
Linwood G. Dunn .... special photographic effects
Rex Wimpy .... special photographic effects
Ken Byrne .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
George Robotham .... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Summers .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Glenn R. Wilder .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Stanley .... first assistant camera
Guy Tabary .... photographer: aerial sequences
Harold E. Wellman .... photographer: second unit
Arthur Lemming .... camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bill Hargate .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Ken Rudolph .... apprentice editor
Donald Freeman .... final colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Alan Copeland .... choral supervisor
Harper MacKay .... vocal coach
Henry Mancini .... composer: songs
Johnny Mercer .... lyricist
Hermes Pan .... stager: musical numbers
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Arthur Dunne .... transportation captain
Other crew
Hermes Pan .... choreographer and staging
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
USA:107 min (director's cut) | 143 min (with overture and exit music) | USA:136 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Mono (35 mm prints)

Did You Know?

The role of Major Duvalle was originally offered to Benny Hill.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Lili Smith:But then, why DOES he drink?
Maj. William Larrabee:Because he's afraid to fly.
Lili Smith:Then why does he fly?
Maj. William Larrabee:Because he likes to drink!
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Referenced in Cinefile: Made in the USA (1993) (TV)See more »
Mademoiselle from ArmentieresSee more »


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19 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Sadly under-appreciated, Darling Lili is a charming spy operetta, 26 December 2000
Author: jeff.haas ( from Minneapolis, Minnesota USA

I remember seeing DARLING LILI when it ran it's short original theatrical release. I also remember being the only person in the theatre during the particular showing I attended. It saddens me now as it did then that this beautifully crafted and delightful film was so sneered at and snubbed by critics and audiences alike. Movie musicals made a brief comeback in the early sixties and peaked with THE SOUND OF MUSIC in 1965. Hollywood continued to make them and even though two of them, OLIVER! and FUNNY GIRL, were mildly successful, the genre was again on the decline. The movie musicals of the late 60s all died at the box office including DOCTOR DOLITTLE, CAMELOT, FINIAN'S RAINBOW, GOODBYE MR. CHIPS, CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, PAINT YOUR WAGON, HALF A SIXPENCE, SWEET CHARITY, HELLO DOLLY! as well as Andrews' other underrated drama with music, STAR! which I consider a companion piece to both DARLING LILI and Andrews' comeback film, VICTOR,VICTORIA. But even in 1970 the movie musical struggled to survive with not only DARLING LILI but two other large scale musical extravaganzas, ie: ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER and SCROOGE. Much salt was added to the wound when not only 'LILI' but also 'CLEAR DAY' and SCROOGE tanked at the box office. These films failed not because they were bad films but because audiences had grown cynical and no film was any good unless it was "realistic". It seemed that going to the movies was no longer an excercise in temporarily putting one's troubles aside for a few hours of nurturing the spirit and soul with beautiful singing and dancing. Critics and audiences seemed to have taken themselves so seriously that even their entertainment had to be a reflection of their harsh day to day realities. One was labeled old fashioned and unhip to enjoy movie musicals. As for DARLING LILI, I found this delightful comedy farce with music to be truly charming and funny. Julie Andrews is in top form both musically and dramatically. Not only that but her comic talents are equally displayed. She looks gorgeous in this film and like STAR! she dazzles us in her canny ability to retain her girl next door demeanor and be damn sexy at the same time. Of course her success in keeping the balance of wholesomeness and sexy seductiveness is in part due to the excellent directing of her director/husband Blake Edwards. Again, the movie's failure at the box office is due the audiences' inability to appreciate what Edwards was trying to do. They just plain didn't get it. Nor did the critics have a clue either. Edward's clever variation on the Mata Hari story mixing musical numbers and intrigue and farce and romance with World War 1 the backdrop should have been embraced by the public during the Vietnam years as a bit of reprieve and relief from all the turmoil of the times; not as a way to forget the harsh realities but to make them easier to cope with. But this was not to be. I sometimes wonder if this movie would be better received if it was being released now for the first time.

Besides the highly entertaining adventure comedy, the music is gorgeous. Ms. Andrews sings one of the finest songs of the period, the haunting "Whistling Away the Dark" which was tragically robbed of the Best Song Oscar for 1970. But all the songs are great written by Henry Mancini. The sumptuous sets, art direction and costumes frame the movie with grand artistic opulence. Rock Hudson is great as an American fighter pilot and he revives his suave, debonair dash reminiscent of his farcical bedroom comedies with Doris Day.

For several years now I have longed for Mr. Edwards to release a widescreen letterbox video release on DVD. To my knowledge there has never been home video version. I'm willing to bet that the DVD would do well in sales. Edwards could even do a Julie Andrews commemorative box set of DARLING LILI and VICTOR VICTORIA in gorgeous letterboxed DVD transfers with all the fancy extra features. Well, one can dream. If I knew how to contact Mr. Edwards and Ms. Andrews I'd write them a letter begging them to make DARLING LILI available. Heck, I'd grovel if necessary. I'd love to tell everyone to go out and rent this wonderful movie but I can't since it's not available. The only way one can see this film is when it's broadcast on cable - which I don't have. And even then it's not always shown in it's widescreen splendor. Often one is subjected to cable broadcasts of the film in the horrific pan and scan format which sadly upstages and obstructs the artistic integrity of the film. If I were Julie Andrews or Blake Edwards, I would want to share this lovely work of art on film in the very best venue possible: DVD home video in widescreen. So far, all we are allowed is an occasional glimpse of this little gem often crippled by pan and scan butchery via cable, a source slowly dying off with the emergence of Direct TV and the growing popularity of DVDs and DVD players.

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