MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 10,623 this week

The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968)

6.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.0/10 from 751 users  
Reviews: 22 user | 14 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

(teleplay), (teleplay), 2 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 162 titles
created 11 Mar 2012
 
a list of 5185 titles
created 29 May 2012
 
a list of 24 titles
created 01 Oct 2012
 
a list of 250 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 29 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968)

The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968) on IMDb 6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Legend of Lylah Clare.

User Polls

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Brendan O'Malley arrives at the Mexican home of old flame Belle Breckenridge to find her married to a drunkard getting ready for a cattle drive to Texas. Hot on O'Malley's heels is lawman ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Aldrich
Stars: Rock Hudson, Kirk Douglas, Dorothy Malone
The Big Knife (1955)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Charles Castle is a successful Hollywood actor who has opted for screen success over art. He must make critical decisions regarding his career, his marriage, his art & morality. In this ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Aldrich
Stars: Jack Palance, Ida Lupino, Wendell Corey
The Choirboys (1977)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A group of Los Angeles cops decide to take off some of the pressures of their jobs by engaging in various forms of after-hours debauchery.

Director: Robert Aldrich
Stars: Charles Durning, Louis Gossett Jr., Perry King
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A bawdy story of how a poor damsel surrenders her virtue again and again to get to the top of society.

Director: Terence Young
Stars: Kim Novak, Richard Johnson, Claire Ufland
Attack (1956)
Drama | War | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

During the closing days of WWII, a National Guard Infantry Company is assigned the task of setting up artillery observation posts in a strategic area. Lieutenant Costa knows that Cooney is ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Aldrich
Stars: Jack Palance, Lee Marvin, Eddie Albert
Vera Cruz (1954)
Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

During the Mexican Rebellion of 1866, an unsavory group of American adventurers are hired by the forces of Emporer Maximilian to escort a countess to Vera Cruz.

Director: Robert Aldrich
Stars: Gary Cooper, Burt Lancaster, Denise Darcel
4 for Texas (1963)
Western | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Frank Sinatra plays a tough guy who hooks up with fellow rat packer Dean Martin to open a casino in this western.

Director: Robert Aldrich
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Anita Ekberg
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

It is during the great depression in the US, and the land is full of people who are now homeless. Those people, commonly called "hobos", are truly hated by Shack (Borgnine), a sadistical ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Aldrich
Stars: Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Keith Carradine
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A medical student becomes obsessed with his faithless lover.

Directors: Ken Hughes, Henry Hathaway, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Kim Novak, Laurence Harvey, Robert Morley
Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Made by the same production set-up on the same lot that was producing the 1953-54 "China Smith/Captain China" TV series that starred Dan Duryea as soldier-of-fortune China Smith, using many... See full summary »

Director: Robert Aldrich
Stars: Dan Duryea, Gene Lockhart, Patric Knowles
Certificate: M Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Three separate plans to rob a top-security bank in the western town of Friendly, Texas, circa 1880.

Director: Hy Averback
Stars: Zero Mostel, Kim Novak, Clint Walker
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A suburban architect loves his wife but is bored with his marriage and with his work, so he takes up with the neglected, married beauty who lives down the street.

Director: Richard Quine
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Kim Novak, Ernie Kovacs
Edit

Cast

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

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Overnight, she became a star...Over many nights, she became a legend. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

15 November 1968 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

La leyenda de Lylah Clare  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Screenwriter Hugo Butler - a longterm associate of Robert Aldrich - was suffering from failing health when the film was being made and never lived to see it released. 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

Molly Luther: She's tame enough now, Lewis, but will she turn into a slut like the last one?
See more »

Connections

References Two Weeks in Another Town (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Lylah
Music by Frank De Vol
Lyrics and Vocal by Sibylle Siegfried
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Fascinating
23 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's flawed, yes. It's too long, too slow, and some of the lines and situations are just incomprehensible. On the other hand, its daring in a way most films are not. It dares you to think, imagine, and just relish in the glory if this fictionally great old star. The character of Lylah Clare is based on what seems to be an amalgamation of 1930s icons, not the least of which may include Crawford, Bankhead, Dietrich, Garbo, and Harlow. Then again, she is her own creation. A great subplot concerns the battle of the studio for money-making films and the battle of the director for art. As Ernest Borgnine as the studio head says in one scene, "I don't want to make films. I want to make movies. What do you think we're making here, art?" Kim Novak is well cast and turns in a surprising star turn in a double role, as Lylah Clare and the actress who plays her in a biopic helmed by her late director and husband. The story behind Lylah's death is mysterious and the stuff of legend. Only the director, eager to make a comeback after a 20 year absence from films, seems to know the truth about what happened to Lylah, and he is silent. There are two other superb subplots to the film: one concerns the actress and her possession by the spirit of the late Lylah Clare, and the other subplot concerns the romance between the actress and the director.

The end is shocking. You might not see the eventual conclusion coming. There is terrific symbolism in the dog food advertisement at the end of the film, and the score by DeVol is appropriately lush and atmospheric.

Some of the performances are a bit stilted, as is some of the camera work. The costumes are not always historically correct, but are fetching just the same. The direction is hit-or-miss. The film is way too slow. What holds the film together is the fascinating story and Aldrich's ambition in telling it. He doesn't stop with Lylah's death, but goes on to make a broad and cynical statement about the whole movie industry as a whole. Notice how, when the Lylah's director finally has something deep and heartfelt to say to the reporter, he is cut off. And for what? A dog food commercial. Get it?

Aldrich excelled at dark Hollywood portraits, and this is one of the most intriguing and controversial. No wonder it's so hard to find.


23 of 28 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Valentina Cortese Pamela-5
Lylah Clare: Garbo or Dietrich? TheMysteriousLady
Who is Molly Luther? VelvetVoice
Why did Aldrich make this...... Lonixcap
Rossella Falk stole the show.... TheMysteriousLady
Glamorous photos that should be published spotted-owl
Discuss The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?