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The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968)

Approved | | Drama | 15 November 1968 (West Germany)
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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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:

Große Lüge Lylah Clare  »

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Based on a television production of the same material from 1963. 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 »


Lylah Clare: Just tell 'em Lylah's coming, soon as she gets her harness on...
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References Sunset Blvd. (1950) See more »


Music by Frank De Vol
Lyrics and Vocal by Sibylle Siegfried
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true classic!
28 April 2001 | by 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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