Too Much, Too Soon (1958)

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The daughter of iconic actor John Barrymore becomes reunited with her father after a ten year estrangement and engages in his self-destructive lifestyle.



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Complete credited cast:
Vincent Bryant
John Howard
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Charlie Snow
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John Dennis ...
Walter Gerhardt
Ed Kemmer ...
Robert Wilcox (as Edward Kemmer)
Gerald Frank
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Older Attrendant (scenes deleted)
George Baxter ...
Schuyler (scenes deleted)
Dee Carroll ...
Telephone Operator (scenes deleted)


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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Release Date:

17 April 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.77 : 1
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Did You Know?


Errol Flynn was a friend of Barrymore's in Hollywood during the time frame depicted in the film. See more »


The film infers that Diana Barrymore's career ended as a result of the bad preview audience reaction to her first and only film and her refusal to go back and do retakes; actually, she had a leading role in six films over a two year period, and reviewers tended to be polite and complimentary, although not enthusiastic. See more »


John Barrymore: [after Diana loses her fishing pole in the water] The fish have to win sometimes. Otherwise they get suspicious.
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References All Through the Night (1941) See more »


I'm Just Wild About Harry
Lyrics by Noble Sissle
Music by Eubie Blake
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29 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just finished reading the book "Too Much Too Soon" and was looking forward to seeing this film. However, this film barely resembles the book. None of the events were consistent with the book with the exception that Diana was married three times and that her parents were Michael Strange and John Barrymore. The script and direction are so shallow. The film could simply be about any alcoholic anywhere. The performances, however, were tremendous and deserving of a better script. With how far they departed from Diana Barrymore's book, it is a wonder that they bothered to make the film at all. It looks like they just took one more chance at capitalizing on the Barrymore name. What a shame.

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