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The Great Profile (1940)

Approved | | Comedy | 30 August 1940 (USA)
Barrymore lampoons himself. A famous actor, given to drink, nearly destroys the show, but his leading lady returns to save it. Meanwhile a young girl tries to reform him.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sylvia
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Boris Mefoofsky
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Richard Lansing
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Mary Maxwell
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Dr. Bruce
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Sylvester
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Understudy
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Director
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Tony
Hal K. Dawson ...
Ticket Seller
William Pawley ...
Electrician
Eddie Dunn ...
Furniture Man
James Flavin ...
Detective
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Barrymore lampoons himself. A famous actor, given to drink, nearly destroys the show, but his leading lady returns to save it. Meanwhile a young girl tries to reform him. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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30 August 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El gran perfil  »

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| (FMC Library Print)

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

John Barrymore did not memorize any of his lines for the film, but read them from a blackboard. He never missed a cue or muffed a speech, which is credited for bringing in the film 5 days ahead of schedule, thereby saving the studio an estimated $25,000. See more »

Soundtracks

Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum
(1881) (uncredited)
Music traditional
Lyrics by Robert Louis Stevenson
Sung a cappella by John Barrymore
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They just don't get it
17 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an excellent comedy about an actor on his last legs hamming it up for his own amusement. I reject any of the evaluations here that rely on Mr. Barrymore's real life or condition at the time of making of this film. I don't see the logical connection. It's a funny movie, with Barrymore skillfully playing his part. I understand our English and arts departments in universities are infested with an irresistible need to analyze and judge everything not by what it is, but the conditions, times, politics, and philosophies of the people who produced them. If that makes sense to you, then you can't enjoy the Marx Brothers without bearing in mind Groucho's unhappy marriages, Chico's gambling mania, Zeppo's desire to leave performing and become a Hollywood agent, etc. Barrymore is a terrific comic actor in this film. Do you really care about his life off-screen to decide whether to enjoy it? Read about Barrymore all you want (including Ben Hecht's memoirs, A Child of the Century) and try to catch Christopher Plummer's one-man show, recently on PBS. But for heaven's sake, leave off the higher criticism or whatever the hell you call referencing stuff that's not in the work itself.


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