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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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actress | hollywood | star | director | death | See more »

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

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R | See all certifications »
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15 November 1968 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

La leyenda de Lylah Clare  »

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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?
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Connections

References The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

Lylah
Music by Frank De Vol
Lyrics and Vocal by Sibylle Siegfried
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true classic!
28 April 2001 | by (atlanta, ga) – See all my reviews

words can not describe the sheer genius of this classic piece of bad cinema. it is no wonder that directors love to kill kim novak-in this case (as in vertigo) not once but twice!-she certainly murders the thespian art. it just goes to show that it takes a group of extremely talented people to make a truly cinematic camp masterpiece-it was a joy from start to finish. and what an ending!! surrealistic and sublime!! you must catch this and relish it-i promise you will love every minute of it :)


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