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Darling Lili (1970)

Set during World War I, this movie is a cute spin on the Mata Hari legend.

Director:

Blake Edwards
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Andrews ... Lili Smith
Rock Hudson ... Major William Larrabee
Jeremy Kemp ... Colonel Kurt Von Ruger
Lance Percival Lance Percival ... T.C. Carstairs
Michael Witney Michael Witney ... Lt. George Youngblood Carson
Gloria Paul ... Crepe Suzette
Jacques Marin ... Major Duvalle
André Maranne André Maranne ... Lt. Liggett
Bernard Kay ... Bedford
Doreen Keogh ... Emma
Carl Duering ... General Kessler
Vernon Dobtcheff ... Otto Kraus
Laurie Main ... French General
Louis Mercier Louis Mercier ... French General
Arthur Gould-Porter 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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

24 June 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Geoffrey Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Mono (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The 'French' train which shot up by the German aircraft is Irish: the broader Irish rail-gauge of 5ft 3in (instead of 4ft 8 1/2in) is briefly visible. 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: So what in the name of hell's vanity makes you think I'd compromise that in the name of your adolescent, narcissistic ego?
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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 »

Alternate Versions

Two decades after its original release, director Blake Edwards re-cut the film for the TNT network, shortening it by 22 minutes and dramatically changing its tone. This so-called "director's cut" runs 114 minutes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Top Secret! (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Your Good-Will Ambassador
(uncredited)
Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Performed by Gloria Paul
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You gotta love Julie
26 February 1999 | by Cath-oSee all my reviews

I was not around when any of Julie's big hits were made. Nevertheless, I love her. I was flipping through the TV listings one week when I came upon the listing for this movie on the old movie channel. Always a fan, I figured I'd catch it and see if it was any good. Holy cow! Being most familiar with Julie as Mary Poppins and Maria, this role was amazing. I'm not saying she's evil or anything, but it's not the sugary, perfect, everything's-coming-up-roses roles she's most associated with. It was so refreshing to see Julie play someone who is human--who makes mistakes and poor choices and has trouble making choices at all. She was just wonderful!


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