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The Great Profile (1940)

Approved  |   |  Comedy  |  30 August 1940 (USA)
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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Mary Beth Hughes ...
Sylvia
Gregory Ratoff ...
Boris Mefoofsky
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Richard Lansing
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Mary Maxwell
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Dr. Bruce
Edward Brophy ...
Sylvester
Willie Fung ...
Joan Valerie ...
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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Comedy

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Release Date:

30 August 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El gran perfil  »

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| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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

Carry Me Back to Old Virginny
(1878) (uncredited)
Written by James Allen Bland
Sung a cappella by Gregory Ratoff with slightly modified lyrics
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I almost couldn't make it through the whole film, but I stuck it out for JB. He breaks my heart in a way that almost no one else can. For those of you who are using this one performance as a yardstick to judge his talent by, you're selling him and yourselves short. This was a phenomenally gifted man with a finger constantly pressing his self-destruct button for reasons only he knew. You have to see his other films, silent and sound, that show his true range. "Twentieth Century," "Don Juan," "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," "Svengali," - these are a few of the performances that are worth seeing. He was more than astonishingly handsome and sexy. He had guts and fire, and just couldn't overcome his fatal thirst. I would sell my soul to go back in time to see his "Hamlet" or "Richard III". All of his private and public sins aside, he was one of the greats, unjustly ignored by the Academy and forgotten by viewers. How sad. He deserved so much better.


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