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Sylvia West is a young poetess engaged to Frederic Summers, an eccentric millionaire. Summers, a man who always fears he is being loved for his money, decides to make a small check on his ... See full summary »

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Sylvia: West (Karoki, Kay, Carlyle)
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Alan Macklin
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Jane (Bronson) Phillips
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Frederic Summers
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Irma Olanski
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Oscar Stewart
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Jonas Karoki
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Mrs. Argona / Grace Argona
Lloyd Bochner ...
Bruce Stamford III
Paul Gilbert ...
Lola Diamond
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Big Shirley
Paul Wexler ...
Peter Memel
Jay Novello ...
Father Gonzales
Connie Gilchrist ...
Molly Baxter
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Sylvia West is a young poetess engaged to Frederic Summers, an eccentric millionaire. Summers, a man who always fears he is being loved for his money, decides to make a small check on his prospective bride. The results of this check completely shock him. Not one fact matches 'his' Sylvia. Intregued and bewildered, Summers hires detective Alan Maklin and has him make a thorough investigation on 'Who Is Sylvia.' Written by filmfactsman

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based on novel

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Carroll Baker is the Fury. George Maharis is the Force. Sylvia is the Explosion!

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Release Date:

12 March 1965 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Das Vorleben der Sylvia West  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Although Carroll Baker disdainfully recalled in her biography that she refused to carry a purse in the film because she was allegedly so fed up with the studio's focus on such trivial details as which handbag she'd be using in each scene, she does indeed carry a purse in at least one scene - in the sequence where Jane is struck by a car. See more »

Goofs

In library sequence, none of books are marked with Dewey Decimal System coding or other markings that would enable anyone to easily find or shelve books. See more »

Connections

Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 17 January 1965 (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Sylvia
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Music by David Raksin
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It loses steam half-way through.
18 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

The movie begins well enough and we think we will deal with some Preminger-like mystery ("Laura" "Bunny Lake is missing" "Anatomy of murder") or even a Mankiewicz extravaganza ("the barefoot comtessa").One of the first scenes in the library with Viveca Lindfords is intriguing.The books play a prominent part and there's a strange children's omnipresence.

Then the accumulation of melodramatic elements and the abuse of flashbacks end up wearing thin .Interest only occasionally comes back:Ann Sothern's barfly act,her entry in the posh restaurant ,for instance.Carroll Baker only appears in flashbacks in the first hour which preserved her mystery charm.Then,when the private meets her,it peters out.And it's not hard to guess the ending.


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