|Moira Shearer||Stella, Olympia and lady in Kleinsach ballet|
|Robert Helpmann||Lindorf, Coppelius, Dapertutto and Dr Miracle|
In this film adaptation of the Offenbach opera, a young poet named Hoffman broods over his failed romances. First, his affair with the beautiful Olympia is shattered when he realizes that she is really a mechanical woman designed by a scientist. Next, he believes that a striking prostitute loves him, only to find out she was hired to fake her affections by the dastardly Dapertutto . Lastly, a magic spell claims the life of his final lover.