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Hugo Butler, Jean Rouverol
LEGEND OF LYLAH CLARE, THE (1968) Screenplay by Hugo Butler [and] Jean Rouverol 5/1/67
1962. [With most pages revisions on blue paper dated 6/12/67] Brad bound, mimeo, 138 pp. [with a final page not present, almost certainly because Aldrich had something else in mind -- see below]. There is some minor wear to front and back pages, a few of which also have marginal stains, overall VERY GOOD. THE LEGEND OF LYLAH CLARE was originally a 1962 television drama written by Edward DeBlasio and Robert Thom (WILD IN THE STREETS, BLOODY MAMA) that starred Tuesday Weld in the "dual" role of Elsa Brinkmann/Lylah Clare. Elsa Brinkmann is a novice actress who at times believes she is possessed -- or may actually be possessed -- by the spirit of legendary European star Lylah Clare. In the 1968 movie, she is played by Kim Novak. The story's other principal character is the film director Lewis Zarkan (played in the movie by Peter Finch) who discovered and made a star out of Lylah Clare in the 1930s (much as Josef von Sternberg discovered and made a star out of Marlene Dietrich), and who wants to do the same thing for Elsa, a virtual double of his former lover Lylah, in the present. LYLAH CLARE is an odd, occasionally awkward, amalgamation of genres. On the one hand, it's a horror mystery thriller about possible reincarnation and possession. On the other hand, it's a savage satire of Hollywood and media in general. For director Robert Aldrich, who had previously attacked Hollywood in THE BIG KNIFE and WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE, the Hollywood satire angle was raw meat. (He would skewer show business and the media once again in a subsequent film, THE KILLING OF SISTER GEORGE. … [Click Below for Full Description]
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