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The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968)

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


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




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Release Date:

15 November 1968 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

La leyenda de Lylah Clare  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Kim Novak walks along Hollywood Blvd, a theater she passes by is playing The Dirty Dozen (1967), a film Robert Aldrich made a year earlier, and whose commercial success made it possible for the director to start his own production company and make movies like this. See more »


When Elsa is speaking in Lylah's voice, if you look closely you can see that the words are slightly out of sync with Elsa's mouth. See more »


Lylah Clare: Do you really believe that you have a licence to ask any dirty question that slimes into that snake's nest between your ears? And nobody challenges you. Why? Because they are gentleman?
[gutteral laugh]
Lylah Clare: I'll tell you why.
[gesture with Molly Luther's snatched crutch]
Lylah Clare: Molly Luther's magic wand. It keeps keeps her safe from
[two thumps against Molly Luther's leg brace]
Lylah Clare: ...dragons!
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References The Flight of the Phoenix (1965) See more »


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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