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Lili ()


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An orphaned young woman becomes part of a puppet act and forms a relationship with the anti-social puppeteer.

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  • Won 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 8 nominations.
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Lili Daurier
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Paul Berthalet
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Marc (as Jean Pierre Aumont)
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Rosalie
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Jacquot
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Peach Lips
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Proprietor
Ralph Dumke ...
M. Corvier
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M. Tonit
George Baxter ...
M. Enrique
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alex Ball ...
Carnival Worker (uncredited)
Nick Borgani ...
Carnival Patron (uncredited)
Gene Conklin ...
Whistler in Ballet Sequence (uncredited)
Paul Cristo ...
Carnival Patron (uncredited)
George Davis ...
Workman (uncredited)
Jeannine Ducasse ...
French Girl (uncredited)
Richard Grayson ...
Flirting Vendor (uncredited)
Claude Guy ...
French Boy (uncredited)
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Carnival Patron (uncredited)
Lars Hensen ...
Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
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Carnival Patron (uncredited)
Dorothy Jarnac ...
Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Dick Lerner ...
Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
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Concessionaire (uncredited)
Muzzy Marcellino ...
Whistler in Ballet Sequence (uncredited)
David O. McCall ...
Carnival Patron (uncredited)
Arthur Mendez ...
Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Eda Reiss Merin ...
Fruit Peddler (uncredited)
Nolie Miller ...
Dancer (uncredited)
George Nardelli ...
Carnival Patron (uncredited)
Frank Radcliffe ...
Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Ruby Ray ...
Whistler in Ballet Sequence (uncredited)
Waclaw Rekwart ...
Carnival Patron (uncredited)
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Carnival Patron (uncredited)
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Carnival Worker (uncredited)
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Carnival Worker (uncredited)
Reginald Simpson ...
Workman (uncredited)
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Carnival Worker (uncredited)
Georgia Stark ...
Whistling Solo / Whistler in Ballet Sequence (uncredited)
Ellinor Vanderveer ...
Woman in Brown Whom Lili Waits on in Cabaret (uncredited)
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Dancer (uncredited)
Fred Walton ...
Whistler (uncredited)

Directed by

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Charles Walters

Written by

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Helen Deutsch ... (screen play)
 
Paul Gallico ... (based on a story by)

Produced by

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Edwin H. Knopf ... producer

Music by

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Bronislau Kaper

Cinematography by

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Robert H. Planck ... director of photography (as Robert Planck)

Film Editing by

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Ferris Webster ... film editor

Art Direction by

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Cedric Gibbons
Paul Groesse

Set Decoration by

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Arthur Krams ... (set decorations)
Edwin B. Willis ... (set decorations)

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Mary Ann Nyberg ... (costumes designed by) (as Mary Anne Nyberg)

Makeup Department

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Sydney Guilaroff ... hair stylist
William Tuttle ... makeup creator

Production Management

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Hugh Boswell ... unit production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Al Jennings ... assistant director
Carl 'Major' Roup ... second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Matty Azzarone ... swing lead (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Douglas Shearer ... recording supervisor
Joe Edmondson ... sound (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Warren Newcombe ... special effects

Music Department

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Samuel Albert ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Alex Alexander ... musician: cello (uncredited)
Gus Bivona ... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
David Crocov ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Robert Franklyn ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Jakob Gimpel ... musician: piano (uncredited)
Saul Grant ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Sol Kindler ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Irving Lipschultz ... musician: cello (uncredited)
Edgar Lustgarten ... musician: cello (uncredited)
Arthur Maebe ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski ... musician: viola (uncredited)
Jack Marshall ... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Lisa Minghetti ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Uan Rasey ... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Milton Raskin ... musician: piano (uncredited)
Hans Sommer ... conductor (uncredited)
Eunice Wennermark ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Si Zentner ... musician: trombone (uncredited)

Other crew

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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)
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Plot Summary

Members of a circus troupe "adopt" Lili Daurier when she finds herself stranded in a strange town. The magician who first comes to her rescue already has romantic entanglements and thinks of her as a little girl. Who can she turn to but the puppets, singing to them her troubles, forgetting that there are puppeteers. A crowd gathers around Lili as she sings. The circus has a new act. She now has a job. Will she get her heart's desire? Written by Dale O'Connor

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Taglines Happy-Hearted and Carefree Musical! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Лили (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Karnaval Kizi (Turkey, Turkish title)
  • Лили (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
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  • 81 min
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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 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 »
Movie Connections Edited into Lili: Part 1 (1967). See more »
Soundtracks Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo See more »
Quotes Lili Daurier: We don't learn. We just get older, and we know.
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