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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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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After wrapping this production, Director of Photography Carl E. Guthrie would be shooting on the same sets for the low budget thriller "Frankenstein 1970" (1958). See more »

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There's a scene involving a preview screening of the 1941 Humphrey Bogart movie All Through the Night, which Diana is supposed to have a part in. The results of the screening are negative, with the audience having particular dislike for Diana and leading Charlie Snow to declare the film a flop. In reality, Diana Barrymore was never a part of that film and it was a success at the box office, not a flop. See more »

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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 The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942) See more »

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A masochistic wallow...enjoyable, nonetheless, especially with Malone in the lead
10 July 2012 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Dorothy Malone does very fine work portraying Diana Barrymore, the daughter of alcoholic actor John Barrymore, a young woman with dreams of carving out her own niche in show business before succumbing to the same demons which dogged her father. The picture, however, is little more than a potboiler, co-written by director Art Napoleon with Jo Napoleon, from the book by Diana Barrymore and Gerold Frank. Errol Flynn is solid as John Barrymore, and there's a sweet supporting performance from Martin Milner as a family friend (Milner's final scene, revealing a bald head, is especially good). Still, this movie about the movies seems lackluster and naive, not to mention under-produced. For buffs, a somewhat enjoyable wallow with a quiet, even pace, and Malone manages to be sympathetic on the road to ruin without becoming a nuisance. **1/2 from ****


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