The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Legend of Lylah Clare1968

The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968)




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In this film, producer Barney Sheean hires Elsa Brinkmann to star in a movie about the late actress Lylah Clare. Barney hires 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 becomes the dead woman.

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Kim Novak
as Lylah Clare/Elsa Brinkman
Peter Finch
as Lewis Zarkan
Ernest Borgnine
as Barney Sheean
Rossella Falk
as Rossella
Milton Selzer
as Bart Langner
Valentina Cortese
as Countess Bozo Bedoni
Jean Carroll
as Becky Langner
Michael Murphy
as Mark Peter Sheean
Lee Meriwether
as Young Girl
James Lanphier
as 1st Legman
Dave Willock
as Cameraman
Coral Browne
as Molly Luther
Ellen Corby
as Script Girl
Michael Fox
as Announcer
Hal Maguire
as 2nd Legman
Tom Patty
as Bedoni's Escort
Vernon Scott
as Himself
Queenie Smith
as Hairdresser
Mel Warkmeister
as Aerialist
George Kennedy
as Matt Burke in ANNA CHRISTIE, 1930
William Aldrich
as Assistant M.C.
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Critic Reviews for The Legend of Lylah Clare

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

Robert Aldrich's The Legend of Lylah Clare is an awful movie, but fairly enjoyable. Like the Burton-Taylor Boom, it provides its own grisly satisfaction: You can have fun watching it be so bad.

July 6, 2018 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

"Lylah Clare" is not funny, exactly-the old Hollywood responses are still enough in effect to bring one to the verge, once or twice of choking up-but it is kind of fun to watch.

January 8, 2018 | Full Review…

[It's] time to get fussy about how much crowing we do over just having movies with homosexual themes, and start demanding that the Lesbians and homosexuals portrayed have some resemblance to the real item.

June 29, 2021 | Full Review…

An expose on the inside Hollywood scene.

July 29, 2012 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Legend of Lylah Clare


Dreadful film with Kim giving a somnambulant performance. Some nice costumes and sets but a truly lousy script and terrible direction from Aldrich sink it.

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