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Julie Andrews made a bid to change her squeaky clean image with this elaborately mounted World War I musical. Lili Smith (Andrews) is a popular British music hall singer who is regarded as a femme fatale and has been known to throw a bit of striptease into her act. However, Lili has a secret: she's actually a German spy, and the uncle she dotes upon is really Von Ruger (Jeremy Kemp), a fellow espionage agent and her contact for the Huns. In hopes of gaining valuable information, Lili begins using her feminine wiles on Maj. William Larrabee (Rock Hudson), a top American pilot. However, Lili soon discovers that she's falling in love with Larrabee and can't find the courage to betray him; Larrabee discovers Lili's secret, but he refuses to turn her in. Darling Lili was a notorious box-office disappointment, grossing a mere $5 million on a budget that rose to $25 million due to a variety of production mishaps. Director Blake Edwards (Andrews' husband) was stung by the poor reception, and he later trimmed the 136-minute film to 114 minutes, downplaying its comic elements in favor of a more serious tone.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1970 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Costume Design Donald Brooks Nominated
1970 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Song Henry Mancini Nominated
1970 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Song Score Johnny Mercer Nominated
1970 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Song Johnny Mercer Nominated
1970 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Costume Design Jack Bear Nominated
1970 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Song Score Henry Mancini Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1970 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Song Henry Mancini Won
1970 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Song Johnny Mercer Won
1970 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy Julie Andrews Nominated
1970 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Musical or Comedy Nominated

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