Sunday, June 30, 2013

One of the worst movie trailers EVER

Here's a movie trailer for THE LEGEND OF LYLAH CLARE, a 1968 film about the inner workings of Hollywood.  I defy you to find one frame of subtlety in this movie.  I think even Faye Dunaway would say, "Whoa, ease up on the throttle."  This movie  makes  THE OSCAR seem understated.   My thanks to bad movie aficionado, Mark Legan for turning me onto this gem.  I'm guessing it's not available on Netflix.  Enjoy.

32 comments:

unkystan said...

It almost seems the trailer was made to keep people away from the movie!

MikeAdamson said...

Pretty lame I agree but Kim Novak sure was hot.

jcs said...

Interestingly, the director (Robert Aldrich) also made the classic WWII flick THE DIRTY DOZEN and THE LONGEST YARD (w/ Burt Reynolds), so he knows how to direct a successful movie. It's hard to imagine INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS without THE DIRTY DOZEN.

emily said...

'I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!'"

Carol said...

I'm wondering why MST3K never used this movie.

Anonymous said...

According to IMDb: "When MGM executives finally screened the film, they decided to market it as being "deliberately campy", but audiences in 1968 were not yet ready to embrace the idea of going to see something trashy on purpose, and the movie proved to be a box office bomb despite this trend-setting marketing ploy." Guess we in 2013 aren't ready either!

John Leader Alfenito said...

How many musical stingers can you pack into one trailer? There's your answer.
Sure, the movie is cheese-on-toast, but most movie trailers of this era were just as ham-fisted with the over-wrought narration and the repetitive musical punctuation (or is that punch-uation?).
Kim Novak was a babe, though.

VincentS said...

No wonder Kim Novack retired!

MikeBo said...

The old saying that "No one sets out to make a bad movie," obviously did not check this one out.

Daniel Saks said...

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/movies/2013/01/dvd-of-the-week-the-legend-of-lylah-clare.html
I think I might have to see this movie

Steve Morris said...

Amen, JCS.
Also, ah-hah aha. AHHHH- HAHAHAHAHA!!!!
Peter Finch: "What should you feel?? Don't forget, Lylah, We're in the BOREDOM-killing business!!!

Steve Morris said...

Sorry. Let me add the second ".

RCP said...

I'd watch it just to see Coral Browne as the columnist.

Cap'n Bob said...

Aldrich also directed Hannie Caulder, which I saw yesterday. And I'd rather see Kim Novak's naked back than Paris Hilton's naked front.

Jon88 said...

And suddenly I'm back in the summer of 1967, when my family first visited California, and while walking in Hollywood one evening, we stopped to watch this film crew shooting a limo pulling up to the Brown Derby (I'm pretty sure), and someone got out of the car and walked inside. Repeatedly. With long pauses in between. More than 45 years later, I have yet to stop and watch location filming again.

Dan Ball said...

And this was the same Kim Novak that trashed "The Artist" for using music from "Vertigo"?

Pfft.

VP81955 said...

Kim Novak will be TCM's star of the month for September and yes, "The Legend Of Lylah Clare" will be included. Fortunately, it will be compensated for by the airing of "Vertigo," "Bell, Book And Candle," "Picnic" and others. (I'm guessing the channel is trying to make Novak one of its ambassadors, as it has for Eva Marie Saint and the late Ernest Borgnine and Esther Williams.)

Mark said...

Wow, Ken, I'm honored. And yes Robert Aldrich is a terrific director - he made the classic film noir KISS ME DEADLY, the original THE LONGEST YARD, the original FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX and other "camp" classics like WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE and HUSH HUSH SWEET CHARLOTTE. For those who do enjoy high camp, this movie is a crazy trip!

Mark said...

Wow, Ken, I'm honored. And yes Robert Aldrich is a terrific director - he made the classic film noir KISS ME DEADLY, the original THE LONGEST YARD, the original FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX and other "camp" classics like WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE and HUSH HUSH SWEET CHARLOTTE. For those who do enjoy high camp, this movie is a crazy trip!

DBenson said...

"The Writer . . . He was supposed to meet the star at the VIP screening, but there was a mixup and they wouldn't let him park his car . . . "

canda said...

This was never intended to be a Hollywood expose, but a psychological thriller. She thinks she's the reincarnation of a former star.

Anonymous said...

Ed Wood rides again.

Anonymous said...

A Star is Born meets Play Misty for Me?

estiv said...

I'd still rather watch this than a Michael Bay movie.

jbryant said...

I haven't seen LYLAH CLARE, but as others have mentioned, Robert Aldrich made a lot of great films, both before and after that one, and certainly doesn't deserved to be dismissed as another Ed Wood by people who don't seem to know anything about his career other than this trailer.

Dan Ball: Yeah, that's the same Kim Novak who was upset about THE ARTIST using music from VERTIGO, which of course she had every right to do, no matter how many bad films she may have appeared in over the years (along with several great ones). And she was hardly alone in her opinion.

Cap'n Bob: HANNIE CAULDER was directed by Burt Kennedy.

chuckcd said...

Strange, I thought this was shot at 20th Century Fox last week.

Might have been a bad movie but Kim Novak....

Laura said...

Agreed .. this one is not so hot but I do love revisiting the old movie trailers. I guess it's fun to reminisce. I found some great old ones via this post: http://www.real.com/resources/old-movie-trailers

Barry Traylor said...

Holy Cow! Good cast, good director but the trailer alone makes so happy I never saw the film.

mike said...

Y'know, this doesn't look like a bad way to pass an evening. Goodness knows I've seen worse.

Werner von Wallenrod said...

"Worst trailer?" It's made we want to see it!

Brian Drake said...

And it's still a better love story than Twilight.

CHHS 1-57 said...

Re. Cap 'n Brown's comment (above) about Kim Novak's back, that brought to mind what a friend of mine said years ago (about the time Novak appeared in "Pal Joey"), "Novak has a back that's stronger than Mickey Mantle's."


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