Film: Darling Lili

Opened: June 24, 1970

Directed by: Blake Edwards

Starring: Julie Andrews, Rock Hudson, Jeremy Kemp, Gloria Paul, Lance Percival, Michael Witney, Jacques Marin, André Maranne, Bernard Kay, Doreen Keogh, Carl Duering, Laurie Main, Vernon Dobtcheff, Arthur Gould-Porter & Ingo Mogendorf

Though we get a steamy romance from Julie Andrews and Rock Hudson, there’s something missing that takes this from a “must watch” to a “skip.”

Major William Larrabee (Hudson) falls for English singer Lili Smith (Andrews) during World War I, but he does not realize that she is a German spy. As she starts gaining information from him, the French authorities believe Larrabee is the spy.

There are many elements to this film with it being a musical, a spy movie and a comedy, but it never gets any of them quite right. All the musical numbers happen on a stage, so it becomes a film with music rather than a musical, the spy story gets complicated with mistaken identity and the humor is filled with drama.

Final: While Andrews and Hudson have other memorable performances, this film is forgettable. ★★☆☆☆

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