Lili (1953)

Director
Charles Walters

Main cast
Leslie Caron; Mel Ferrer; Jean-Pierre Aumont; Zsa Zsa Gábor; Kurt Kasznar

Genres
Drama, Family, Romance

Description
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?


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