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The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968)

Approved | | Drama | 15 November 1968 (West Germany)
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A dictatorial film director (Peter Finch) hires an unknown actress (Kim Novak) to play the lead role in a planned movie biography of a late, great Hollywood star.


Robert Aldrich


Robert Thom (teleplay), Edward DeBlasio (teleplay) | 2 more credits »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Kim Novak ... Lylah Clare / Elsa Brinkmann / Elsa Campbell
Peter Finch ... Lewis Zarken / Louie Flack
Ernest Borgnine ... Barney Sheean
Milton Selzer ... Bart Langner
Rossella Falk ... Rossella
Gabriele Tinti ... Paolo
Valentina Cortese ... Countess Bozo Bedoni
Jean Carroll ... Becky Langner
Michael Murphy ... Mark Peter Sheean
Coral Browne ... Molly Luther
Lee Meriwether ... Young Girl
James Lanphier ... 1st Legman
Robert Ellenstein ... Mike
Nick Dennis ... Nick
Dave Willock ... Cameraman


A sexy starlet (Kim Novak) 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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When MGM executives finally screened the film, they decided to market it as being "deliberately campy", but audiences in 1968 were not yet ready to embrace the idea of going to see something trashy on purpose, and the movie proved to be a box-office bomb, despite this trend-setting marketing ploy. See more »


After Bart throws the ball through the window glass, every later shot that has the window visible shows no hole or broken glass. Further, the sound of the glass breaking is too late after the ball is thrown. See more »


[first lines]
Bart Langner: [showing Elsa Brinkmann old studio photos of the late movie star Lylah Clare] Oh, this lousy projector - I hope it still works. There, I think I've got it. This is the only picture I have of Lylah in color. Despite what you may have heard, this is the only time she ever posed in the nude. You can't imagine what a really big star she was, I mean really big! Everybody loved her, worshipped her.
Lylah Clare: She had a strange kind of appeal, didn't she.
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References The Blue Angel (1930) See more »


Music by Frank De Vol
Lyrics and Vocal by Sibylle Siegfried
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22 February 2002 | by joelburmanSee 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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Release Date:

15 November 1968 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Große Lüge Lylah Clare See more »


Box Office


$3,490,000 (estimated)
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Color (Metrocolor)

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1.85 : 1
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