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

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15 November 1968 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

La leyenda de Lylah Clare  »

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This film is listed among the 100 Most Enjoyably Bad Movies Ever Made in Golden Raspberry Award founder John WIlson's book THE OFFICIAL RAZZIE® MOVIE GUIDE. 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

Spoofs Anna Christie (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

Lylah
Music by Frank De Vol
Lyrics and Vocal by Sibylle Siegfried
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22 February 2002 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – See all my reviews

This movie surprised me a whole lot. It is about a movie production about a former Superstar actress named Lylah Clare both the role as Lylah and the actress portraying her is played by the stunning Kim Novak.

The film has a complicated structure that is hard to follow sometimes. The ending is especially good and I will not give it away but it will probably surprise most of you. Kim Novak looks better than ever in some scenes and she shows that she can act. However, she is more or less portraying the same role that she played for the rest of her career. You may wonder how much she really acted? Sometimes it feels like she played herself in her movies.


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