Robert will do anything to get the big account that has eluded him. His public relations business makes public angels of rich scoundrels. Jean needs someone to save the paper and she wants ... See full summary »
Olivia de Havilland,
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
In the opening Diana is seen reading a 1938 movie magazine with a young Errol Flynn on the cover. See more »
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 »
Flynns' own friendship with John Barrymore led him to take the part.
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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