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Legend of Lylah Clare
     

The Legend of Lylah Clare

Director: Robert Aldrich

Cast: Kim Novak, Peter Finch, Ernest Borgnine

 
Film star Lylah Clare is dead, but her legend lives on. Movie-producer Barney Sheean (Ernest Borgnine) hires Elsa Brinkmann (Kim Novak), the living image of the late Lylah, to star in a film based on Ms. Clare's life. Barney hires director Lewis Zarkan (Peter Finch), Lylah's former husband, to transform the talentless Elsa into a facsimile of the deceased screen queen

Overview

Film star Lylah Clare is dead, but her legend lives on. Movie-producer Barney Sheean (Ernest Borgnine) hires Elsa Brinkmann (Kim Novak), the living image of the late Lylah, to star in a film based on Ms. Clare's life. Barney hires director Lewis Zarkan (Peter Finch), Lylah's former husband, to transform the talentless Elsa into a facsimile of the deceased screen queen. Elsa not only learns to imitate Lylah but, at crucial junctures, becomes the dead woman. While restaging the accident that killed Lylah, the obsessed Zarkan deliberately drives Elsa to her doom -- and in so doing reveals his complicity in the death of his wife. The film ends with Lylah's onetime housekeeper (Rosella Falk), gun in hand, lying in wait for Zarkan to return home while her TV blasts forth a grotesque (and possibly symbolic) dog-food commercial. A trash masterpiece, Legend of Lylah Claire works so hard at vilifying the Old Hollywood (there's even a vicious Hedda Hopper caricature) that it's a wonder the actors could keep a straight face. The film was based on a 1962 Dupont Show of the Week TV drama co-written by Wild in the Streets creator Robert Thom.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/01/2011
UPC:
0883316381816
Original Release:
1968
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Archives
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
2:10:00
Sales rank:
32,079

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kim Novak Lylah Clare/Elsa Brinkman
Peter Finch Lewis Zarkan
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
Lee Meriwether Young Girl
James Lanphier 1st Legman
Robert Ellenstein Mike
Nick Dennis Nick
Dave Willock Cameraman
Coral Browne Molly Luther
Peter Bravos Butler
Ellen Corby Script Girl
Michael Fox Announcer
Hal Maguire 2nd Legman
Tom Patty Bedoni's Escort
Queenie Smith Hairdresser
Sidney Skolsky Himself
Barbara Ann Warkmeister Aerialists
George Kennedy Matt Burke in ANNA CHRISTIE, 1930
Vernon Scott Himself
William Aldrich Assistant M.C.
Danny Borzage Clown

Technical Credits
Robert Aldrich Director,Producer
Joseph Biroc Cinematographer
Hugo Butler Screenwriter
Clifford C. Coleman Asst. Director
George W. Davis Art Director
Frank deVol Score Composer
William Glasgow Art Director
Keogh Gleason Set Decoration/Design
Henry W. Grace Set Decoration/Design
John Indrisano Stunts
Michael Luciano Editor
Franklin E. Milton Sound/Sound Designer
Renie Costumes/Costume Designer
Jean Rouverol Screenwriter
Robert J. Schiffer Makeup
Jan Scott Production Designer
Sibylle Siegfreid Score Composer
George Tobin Production Manager
William J. Tuttle Makeup

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