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Too Much, Too Soon (1958)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Romance | 17 April 1958 (USA)
The daughter of iconic actor John Barrymore becomes reunited with her father after a ten year estrangement and engages in his self-destructive lifestyle.

Director:

Art Napoleon

Writers:

Art Napoleon (screenplay), Jo Napoleon (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dorothy Malone ... Diana Barrymore
Errol Flynn ... John Barrymore
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Vincent Bryant
Ray Danton ... John Howard
Neva Patterson ... Blanche Oehrichs aka Michael Strange
Murray Hamilton ... Charlie Snow
Martin Milner ... Lincoln Forrester
John Dennis ... Walter Gerhardt
Ed Kemmer ... Robert Wilcox (as Edward Kemmer)
Robert Ellenstein ... Gerald Frank
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Malcolm Atterbury ... Older Attendant (scenes deleted)
George Baxter ... Schuyler (scenes deleted)
Dee Carroll ... Telephone Operator (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

The movie tells the true story of Diana Barrymore, a theatrical actress who acted on both stage and screen was once part of the legendary Barrymore family. Behind the cameras and backstage, Diana Barrymore would suffer through alcohol and drugs. Written by rocknrollunderdawg

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Always a man, almost any man!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Too Much, Too Soon: The Daring Story of Diana Barrymore See more »

Filming Locations:

Seal Beach, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the opening Diana is seen reading a 1938 movie magazine with a young Errol Flynn on the cover. See more »

Goofs

The script tells us that, at the time of his death in 1942, John Barrymore had not worked in five years. Truth of the matter is that he had prominent roles in two films in 1939, two in 1940, and two in 1941, and at least four of them, Midnight, The Great Man Votes, The Great Profile, and _The Invisible Woman_ (1940), are quite notable and still shown today on cable television. See more »

Quotes

Lincoln Forrester: The rich have nothing to offer each other.
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Connections

References All Through the Night (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Just Wild About Harry
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Noble Sissle
Music by Eubie Blake
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Flynns' own friendship with John Barrymore led him to take the part.
19 November 2000 | by hilton-6See all my reviews

Flynn was released from his Warner contract in 1953, he returned in 1958 to play his dear friend John Barrymore in this autobiographical film. Due to legal complications at the time the resulting script was intentionally vague.

I enjoy this film because of Errol Flynns' sympathetic and moving performance of a charming rogue at war with himself.

A moody drama The film concentrates on Barrymores' daughter and her need for love in life.The film was based on her book. Dorothy Malone is wonderful in that role. It also is done well in black and white. The vague script means alot is missed, we only glimpse the complex characters.

The film is worth watching for Malones' performance and Flynns' sympathetic turn in a rare dramatic part.

(On a lighter note, while he knew John Barrymore well he didn't look at all like 'the great profile', so Flynn was assisted by makeup and given Mr Barrymores' distinctive Nose.)


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