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The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968)

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A dictatorial film director (Finch) hires an unknown actress (Novak) to play the lead role in a planned movie biography of a late, great Hollywood star.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lylah Clare / Elsa Brinkmann / Elsa Campbell
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Lewis Zarken / Louie Flack
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Barney Sheean
Milton Selzer ...
Bart Langner
Rossella Falk ...
Rossella
Gabriele Tinti ...
Paolo
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Countess Bozo Bedoni
Jean Carroll ...
Becky Langner
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Mark Peter Sheean
Coral Browne ...
Molly Luther
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Young Girl
James Lanphier ...
1st Legman
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Mike
Nick Dennis ...
Nick
Dave Willock ...
Cameraman
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Storyline

A sexy starlet resembles Lylah Clare, a flamboyant star of the thirties, who died mysteriously and tragically on her wedding night gets a chance to play her in a biographical film directed by Lylah's real-life husband (Peter Finch) and history repeats itself as he falls for her reincarnation. Written by alfiehitchie

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OVERNIGHT A STAR...OVER MANY NIGHTS A WOMAN! See more »

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15 November 1968 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

La leyenda de Lylah Clare  »

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Trivia

Last screenplay written by Hugo Butler, who had been black-listed by Hollywood and exiled himself to Mexico during the 1950s. See more »

Goofs

Elsa's (Kim Novak's) voice during her tirade against Molly Luther is clearly not hers. It is the guttural deep voice of an older heavy smoker, something that cannot be imitated. And if you look closely you can see that the words are slightly out of sync with Elsa's mouth. See more »

Quotes

Lylah Clare: [to Barney Sheean] Squat and wait!
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Connections

References Laura (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

Lylah
Music by Frank De Vol
Lyrics and Vocal by Sibylle Siegfried
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Puts the Hollywood Studio System to Rest (not) In Peace
28 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you stumble onto this Movie without the knowledge of its Cult/Camp/Bad Movie Reputation, it may be a rather Mind-Boggling Experience. A Jaw-Dropping display of Badness that defies any Rational Analysis or Explanation.

Director Robert Aldrich had ventured into Greatness with Gloriously Grotesque Films like Kiss Me Deadly (1955) and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane (1962), a Bizarre Bent and close to Over the Top takes on well worn Genre Stuff like Film-Noir and Psychological Horror.

If the inner workings of a Maverick Director's Mind is made possible, one might find that it was all done as Think Kink. Everyone On Screen seemed to be in on the Joke except its Female Star, Kim Novak as She Underplays as the whole Production is Overplayed to the Nth Degree.

There is so much in this Crazy Movie to Relish that choosing any one thing would do a Disservice to the rest. A lot of it is Indescribable and Indecipherable and so Underhandedly Charming that it really has to be seen to be Believed or Appreciated. It has an energy of already Dated (in 1968) Decadence that cannot be denied.

A One of a Kind, Cartoonish, Daytime-Soap-Nightmare that is Fanatically Fascinating. One only needs to see the Post Script Ending to Realize the Director's Original Intent. Nothing more than a Great Grand Guignol Movie about a Hollywood System that at precisely its Time of Release was being Embalmed and Laid to Rest. This was an Excellent Eulogy.


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