Cinema: The Legend of Lylah Clare

At some point in the filming of Lylah Clare it was apparently decided to turn it into a spoof of those Holly-wooden melodramas about moviemaking, like The Carpetbaggers or Harlow. Perhaps the film was always meant to be funny. On the other hand, perhaps its producers wanted to broaden the humor because the script was enriched with such heady verbiage as "I'll rummage through your soul like a pickpocket through a stolen purse." Or because one way of dealing with Kim Novak's acting is to pretend that it was meant to be that way....

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