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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

During production, Julie Andrews also wrote a children's book called Mandy - inspired by something her eldest daughter suggested. It became a best seller. 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

T.C: Nice to see you up and about again... even though you are... sitting down.
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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

The original full-length version has been shown on television worldwide, and as of February 2006 on Turner Classic Movies. This version, including Overture and Exit Music, runs 143 minutes. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Smile Away Each Rainy Day
(uncredited)
Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Performed by Julie Andrews
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Who wrote the checks for this dud?
11 April 1999 | by Falco-8See all my reviews

Julie and Blake deliver a real bomb {no pun intended}of a World War 1 musical with this sloppily made mega budget mess. Julie's voice is always a joy, but the music here is of the "in one ear, out the other" variety. Hudson shows all the romantic magnetism of a buttered scone and his scenes with Julie hold about as much spark as my 1987 Yugo. The comic relief is painfully unfunny, the flying scenes ho hum {with most of the aircraft and even one of the stars, Jeremy Kemp, rehashed from "The Blue Max"}and the whole experience just makes me glad that I saw this on free TV. Its a long way to Tipperary alright, this movie is closer to Verdun....


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