Synopsis: 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?
Director(s): Charles Walters
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 8 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
81 min

Thank you, madame.

Good morning, monsieur.

Some nice fresh...

There it is.

- I need some onions.

Delivered this morning.

Pick them out yourself.

How are the peaches?

-Eh, the peaches? Wonderful.

I ate one this morning,

and I never tasted...

Uh, can I help you?

- Merci.

Please, monsieur, be careful

with the peaches. -Yes.

There are some

wonderful plums, monsieur.

If you can't use the plums, then...

- Uh..huh.

One kilo is enough.

A kilo and a half, monsieur.

Put it on the scale yourself.

One kilo.

Monsieur, string beans?

And there's some lovely carrots

fresh this morning.

We need some butter.

There's a dairy down there.

Monsieur, my money, please.

Pay for it.

Uh, excuse me.

I'm looking for the shop

of Mr. Godet, the baker.

We just arrived in town.

Ask the woman.

Fresh this morning.

Taste one.

Excuse me, please.

Number 26.

There, 3 doors down.

They are sour.

Uh, monsieur, because you're

a nice gentleman...

here, monsieur... especially

because you are a nice gentleman...

Oh. Please, monsieur.

I'm looking for Mr. Godet, the baker.


Died a month ago.


What a pity.

You know him?

No, my father knew him.


And Mr. Godet's wife?

Oh, she took the children and moved

to Marseilles to her brother.

Tell your father that the brother's

name is Pastin in Marseilles. father's dead.


You see, my father told me

that his old friend, Mr. Godet

would someday help me,

So when my father was dead

and there was nobody there,

I wrote him a letter,

to Mr. Godet.

And I packed my things and left.

And I thought Mr. Godet would

be expecting me.


I see.

You, uh...have no family?

Where will you go?

You have any money?

Well, I thought Mr. Godet

would let me work for him

in his bakery, perhaps.

I'm very strong, you know?

I'm a hard worker.

I can work very hard

without getting a bit tired.


Come in.

Come in. Come in.

Come in.

Have you eaten?

Not...not today,


Perhaps a little bread?


Come on.

A little cheese, maybe, huh?

Thank you.

And, uh...a little wine.

Oh, thank you.

Thank you.

In here. In here.

That's it. Ha ha.

Now, perhaps you

will work for me, eh?

Of course, you understand

I can't pay you while you learn,

but you'll have a nice bed to sleep in

and a stove to cook a little supper,

and in the morning, you will open the shop

and sell a few buttons and pins and, uh...

be my little helper, huh?


Hmm. I'm going in here.

Paul, will you get me a bottle

of pinot in the wine shop?

[ Shopkeeper ]

I'm not going to hurt you.

[ Lili ] I want to go.

Oh, no. Come here.

- Please, I want to go.


- Oh, no, no, no.

I am not going to hurt you.

I'm telling you, I want to go.

I want to go.

No, wait.

Don't be afraid.

Oh. Yes, monsieur?

May I be of service, monsieur?

A little trouble with my helper.

Very difficult to find good help

these days.

They're lazy and stupid.

- And uncooperative.

How much?

- 90 please, monsieur.

I want half a dozen.

85. What are you

standing there for?

You can get out.

I take her off the streets,

a girl with no references,

no family, no money,

and...colors, monsieur...

and I give her place to sleep

and food to eat

and a fine opportunity

to learn a trade.

And what happens?

-Nothing, I hope. 75.

Uh, 80. She breaks my

pitcher and eats my food.

I didn't...

I didn't eat anything.

I was going to eat, but he...

You're through. Good-bye.

What are you waiting for?

But my suitcase in there

and my hat and my purse.

Your face is dirty, little mouse.

There is nothing

to cry about.

You should be happy

to leave this place.

It smells.

Does he owe you any wages?


For what?

She should pay me

for the food she ate.


My word of honor, monsieur,

I didn't eat a bite. Not a bite.

All right, all right, look...



It's right behind your ear.

No, this one.


It's a trick?

Now, how did you know?

Everything is all right now,


What's your name?



Marcus the magnificent.

It suits you.




Thank you, monsieur.

Farewell, mademoiselle.

Be of good cheer.

You are young.

It's a fine day.

And tomorrow

will be another.

Six handkerchiefs

at 80 francs.

A good day to you, sir.

Where's Marc?

He went in there a minute.

Here's your wine.

Pay you tomorrow.

What's that?

She lost her job.

No money, no family,

no place to go.

She seems to be

going with you.

Oh, no.

Where are you going?

Uh, what, monsieur?

Where do you live?

Uh...uh...where do you live?


Where do we live?


Last week, Marseilles.

The week before, Avignon.

Next week, Aix-les-Bains.

Huh. travel.

How pleasant.

Who is she?

Where did you find her?

She loves me.

What's your name?

Lilette Daurier.

But my father always

called me Lili.

Let me give you

a word of advice, Lili.

Find someone else to love.

This Marc is dangerous.

He's got an assistant

with long, red fingernails.


Such men are dangerous.

Hey, listen,

couldn't old Pierre Corvier

give her a job with the girls?

Paul, he likes you.

You could talk to him.

Look, this is

your little project.

I don't like it.

I'm only being

a good samaritan.

I've heard it

called that before.

Come on, Jacquot.

See you later.

He...he's angry?

The lame one, I mean.

He's always angry.


Ah, he's a disagreeable man.

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Helen Deutsch

Helen Deutsch (21 March 1906 – 15 March 1992) was an American screenwriter, journalist and songwriter. Deutsch was born in New York City and graduated from Barnard College. She began her career by managing the Provincetown Players. She then wrote theatre reviews for the New York Herald-Tribune and the New York Times as well as working in the press department of the Theatre Guild. Her first screenplay was for The Seventh Cross (1944). She adapted Enid Bagnold's novel, National Velvet into a screenplay which became a famous film (1944) starring Elizabeth Taylor. After writing a few films (Golden Earrings (1947), The Loves of Carmen (1948) and Shockproof (1949) ) for Paramount and Columbia Pictures, she spent the greater part of her career working for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and wrote the screenplays for such films as King Solomon's Mines (1950), Kim (1950), It's a Big Country (1951), Plymouth Adventure (1952), Lili (1953), Flame and the Flesh (1954), The Glass Slipper (1955), I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955), Forever, Darling (1956) and The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964). Her last screenplay was for 20th Century Fox's Valley of the Dolls (1967). more…

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