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Darling Lili
Darling Lili poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Blake Edwards
Produced by Blake Edwards
Written by William Peter Blatty
Blake Edwards
Starring Julie Andrews
Rock Hudson
Gloria Paul
Music by Henry Mancini
Johnny Mercer (lyrics)
Cinematography Russell Harlan
Edited by Peter Zinner
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • June 24, 1970 (1970-06-24)
Running time 136 minutes
107 min (director's cut)
190 min (original roadshow release)
Country United States
Language English
Budget $25,000,000 USD
Box office $3,250,000 (US/ Canada rentals)[1]

Darling Lili is a 1970 American musical film. The screenplay was written by William Peter Blatty and Blake Edwards, who also directed. It starred Julie Andrews, Rock Hudson, and Jeremy Kemp. It was the last full musical to have song lyrics written by Johnny Mercer.


Set during World War I, the film centers on Lili Smith (Julie Andrews), a popular British music hall performer who is regarded as a femme fatale. She is actually a German spy, and the uncle she dotes upon is really Colonel Kurt Von Ruger (Jeremy Kemp), a fellow spy and her contact with the German military.

In hopes of gaining valuable information, Lili begins using her feminine wiles on Major William Larrabee (Rock Hudson), a top American pilot. However, Lili soon falls in love with Larrabee and cannot find the courage to betray him. When Larrabee discovers Lili's secret, he refuses to turn her in.



Blake Edwards suffered continual interference from Paramount Pictures executives while making the film, and it was eventually edited by the studio largely without his input. The director later satirized the problems he faced in the film S.O.B. (1981), which was distributed by Paramount theatrically.

Problems with the May 1968 protests in France led to much of the planned Parisian shooting to be done in Brussels.[2]

Slingsby Aircraft-built SE.5A scale replica during filming in Ireland in 1967

Darling Lili made use of Lynn Garrison’s aviation facility at Weston Aerodrome, Leixlip, Ireland. This collection of World War I replica fighter aircraft, facilities and support equipment was originally put together in support of 20th Century Fox’s 1966 film The Blue Max. The aerial fleet included a sole Caudron 277, two Fokker DR 1s, three Fokker D VIIs, two Se 5as and two Pfalz D IIIs (all full-scale replicas). In addition, the studio contracted with Slingsby Aircraft Ltd to build six 7/8th scale SE 5s (the "Mini SE 5").[3] The Paramount production utilized the assembled aircraft for thousands of flying hours and accumulated hundreds of hours of aerial footage. Pilots were drawn from the Irish Air Corps and civilian circles. Charles Boddington and Derek Piggott did many of the more spectacular stunts.[3]

The film's distribution was badly managed by Paramount executives and barely got a release in most of the United States. Despite setting box-office records at Radio City Music Hall, the film was a commercial failure. Budgeted at $25 million, it grossed only $5 million in the US, and later earned $3.3 million in videotape rentals.[4]

Director's Cut[edit]

In 1991, at the behest of Michael Schlesinger, then the head of Paramount's Repertory division, Edwards was invited to recut and remix the film back to his original intentions. This Director's Cut was 29" shorter than the original release and felt smoother and less bloated. A fully restored, new Dolby SR 35mm print premiered at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival during a retrospective of his films, and was attended by Mr. Edwards and Ms. Andrews; the U.S. Premiere was at the Directors Guild theatre in Los Angeles shortly thereafter, again with both in attendance. Then, after a brief domestic theatrical reissue, it was released to home video and television; this version was later released on Region 1 DVD. However, the original roadshow version, complete with overture and exit music, still survives and has aired on Turner Classic Movies as well as receiving commercial release on Region 2 DVD in Europe.


The original score was composed by Henry Mancini. He and Johnny Mercer wrote the title tune, as well as "Whistling Away the Dark". Songs from the era were performed in the film, including "It's a Long Way to Tipperary", "Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit-Bag", "Keep the Home Fires Burning", and "Mademoiselle from Armentieres".

Awards and honors[edit]

Despite being a financial failure, the film did garner important awards and nominations and was a modest success with critics.

Academy Awards[edit]

The song "Whistling Away the Dark", music by Henry Mancini, lyrics by Johnny Mercer, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song. It was performed by Julie Andrews at the beginning of the film, pre-credits, and reprised at the end.

The film was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Costume Design (Jack Bear and Donald Brooks) and the Academy Award for Best Original Score.

Golden Globe Awards[edit]

Julie Andrews received a nomination for Best Actress, Musical or Comedy, while "Darling Lili" won for Best Original Song. The film was also nominated for Best Picture, Musical or Comedy.



  1. ^ "Big Rental Films of 1970". Variety, January 6, 1971, p. 11.
  2. ^ Wojcik 2011, p. 158.
  3. ^ a b Bodington 2009 p. 32.
  4. ^ IMDb Business data


  • Boddington, Matthew. "Shooting Lili: Flying for the Silver Screen." Aeroplane, Volume 37, No. 8, August 2009.
  • Wojcik, Pamela Robertson, ed. New Constellations: Movie Stars of the 1960s (Star Decades: American Culture/American Cinema). Piscataway Township, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2011. ISBN 978-0-81355-172-2.

External links[edit]

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Thu, 02 Oct 2014 16:07:31 -0700

BURBANK, CALIF. - October 6, 2014 - KCETLink, in collaboration with The Johnny Mercer Foundation, is pleased to feature a special screening of the 1970s musical, Darling Lili, during the KCET Fall Cinema Series on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m.. The Fall ...
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:26:15 -0700

It's a satirical film, a thinly veiled look at the disastrous production of Darling Lili, and one that showed the prim and proper Andrews in a completely shocking light: topless (albeit briefly). S.O.B. was heralded and criticized with equal measure ...
Worcester Telegram
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 01:59:37 -0700

"Darling Lili." The musical vogue was over. 'Millie' helped kill it." Over the weekend, TCM showed two Bette Davis/Miriam Hopkins films, "The Old Maid" and "Old Acquaintance." Both are highly entertaining. But the top kudos go to "The Old Maid," which ...

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Roads Magazine
Mon, 06 Oct 2014 06:34:51 -0700

On y retrouve bien sûr les plus célèbres compositions pour Blake Edwards (The Party, The Pink Panther et son retour, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Darling Lili, The Great Race, What Did You Do in The War Daddy), mais aussi trois comédies magnifiques de ...
El Diario de Ciudad Victoria
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 06:30:00 -0700

Dos años después contrajo nupcias con el director Blake Edwards, quien dirigió su película “Darling Lili”, en 1970. Antes actuó en “Hawai” (1966), de George Roy Hill; “Cortina rasgada” (1966), de Alfred Hitchcock; “Millie, una chica moderna” (1967) y ...
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