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Release Date:
17 April 1958 (USA) See more »
Always a man, almost any man!
The daughter of iconic actor John Barrymore becomes reunited with her father after a ten year estrangement and engages in his self-destructive lifestyle. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Disappointing See more (16 total) »


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Dorothy Malone ... Diana Barrymore

Errol Flynn ... John Barrymore

Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Vincent Bryant

Ray Danton ... John Howard
Neva Patterson ... Blanche Oehrichs aka Michael Strange

Murray Hamilton ... Charlie Snow

Martin Milner ... Lincoln Forrester

John Dennis ... Walter Gerhardt
Ed Kemmer ... Robert Wilcox (as Edward Kemmer)

Robert Ellenstein ... Gerald Frank
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Malcolm Atterbury ... Older Attrendant (scenes deleted)
George Baxter ... Schuyler (scenes deleted)
Dee Carroll ... Telephone Operator (scenes deleted)
Beverly Aadland ... Blonde at Studio Party (uncredited)
David Alpert ... Leonard - Hair Stylist (uncredited)

Jim Bannon ... Actor as Thomas Jefferson in Play (uncredited)

Joanna Barnes ... Party Girl (uncredited)
Ivan Bell ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Larry J. Blake ... Reporter (uncredited)
Gail Bonney ... Nurse (uncredited)
Nesdon Booth ... Spectator (uncredited)

Peter Brown ... Young Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Paul Bryar ... Bill (uncredited)
Robert Burton ... Bill Henning (uncredited)

Jeanne Carmen ... Tassles Terhune (uncredited)
Robert Carson ... Associate (uncredited)
Dick Cherney ... Reporter (uncredited)

Sidney Clute ... Stage Manager (uncredited)
Paul Cristo ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Francis De Sales ... Imperial Pictures Executive (uncredited)

Lester Dorr ... Jimmy - Hotel Doorman (uncredited)

John Doucette ... Crowley (uncredited)
Herbert Ellis ... Assistant (uncredited)
James Elsegood ... Diana's Tango Partner (uncredited)
Charles Evans ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Backstage Man (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Kathleen Freeman ... Miss Magruder (uncredited)
Ben Frommer ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Richard Harrison ... Swimming Companion (uncredited)
Don Hayden ... Theatre Manager (uncredited)

William Henry ... Henry Trent - Actor as Alexander Hamilton in Play (uncredited)
Mary Alan Hokanson ... Crista - the Maid (uncredited)

Jimmie Horan ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Coulter Irwin ... Reporter (uncredited)
Jay Jostyn ... Imperial Pictures Executive (uncredited)

Kenner G. Kemp ... Man at Press Party (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Man at Press Party (uncredited)
Alexander Lockwood ... Alfred (uncredited)
Jack Lomas ... Reporter (uncredited)
Michael Mark ... Patterson (uncredited)
Joseph Mell ... Man at Press Party (uncredited)

Shirley Mitchell ... Mrs. Magda Snow (uncredited)
Gavin Muir ... Sean (uncredited)

Maila Nurmi ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Lyn Osborn ... Telegram Delivery Man (uncredited)
Yvonne Peattie ... Lynn (uncredited)
Jack Perry ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)

Joe Ploski ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Murray Pollack ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Louis Quinn ... Assistant (uncredited)
Jack Reitzen ... Bus Driver (uncredited)
Jack Rice ... Druggist (uncredited)
Frank J. Scannell ... Theatre Manager (uncredited)
Jack Shea ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)

Bert Stevens ... Man Arriving at Train Station (uncredited)
Jack Stoney ... Cook (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Harmonizing Grip (uncredited)
Sid Tomack ... Harry / Dick Harrison (uncredited)
Bob Whitney ... Man at Press Party (uncredited)

Directed by
Art Napoleon 
Writing credits
Art Napoleon (screenplay) and
Jo Napoleon (screenplay)

Diana Barrymore (book) and
Gerold Frank (book)

Produced by
Henry Blanke .... producer
Original Music by
Ernest Gold 
Cinematography by
Carl E. Guthrie (director of photography) (as Carl Guthrie)
Nicholas Musuraca  (as Nick Musuraca)
Film Editing by
Owen Marks 
Art Direction by
John Beckman 
Set Decoration by
George James Hopkins 
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly  (as Orry Kelly)
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
Armiene Howey .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Bill Phillips .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Vieira .... assistant director
John Prettyman .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Francis E. Stahl .... sound
Paul McWilliams .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Pat Clark .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Florence Albert .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Alexander Velcoff .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Other crew
Eugene Busch .... dialogue supervisor
Tony Trabert .... technical advisor: tennis (uncredited)
Dorothy Wilson .... script supervisor (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Too Much, Too Soon: The Daring Story of Diana Barrymore" - USA (long title)
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121 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.77 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Did You Know?

Peter O'toole almost played John Barrymore in 1970 for Sam Spiegel. Unfortunately " Goodnight Sweet Prince" never made it into production. In " My Favourite Year" , Peter O'toole plays a thinly disguised version of Errol Flynn!See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
Lincoln Forrester:The rich have nothing to offer each other.See more »
Movie Connections:
References All Through the Night (1941)See more »
The Japanese SandmanSee more »


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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Disappointing, 29 August 2014
Author: Amandapeters84 from United States

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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