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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.

Director:

Walter Lang

Writers:

Milton Sperling (original screen play), Hilary Lynn (original screen play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Barrymore ... Evans Garrick
Mary Beth Hughes ... Sylvia
Gregory Ratoff ... Boris Mefoofsky
John Payne ... Richard Lansing
Anne Baxter ... Mary Maxwell
Lionel Atwill ... Dr. Bruce
Edward Brophy ... Sylvester
Willie Fung ... Confucius
Joan Valerie ... Understudy
Charles Lane ... Director
Marc Lawrence ... Tony
Hal K. Dawson Hal K. Dawson ... Ticket Seller
William Pawley ... Electrician
Eddie Dunn Eddie Dunn ... Furniture Man
James Flavin ... Detective
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Storyline

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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The favorite matinee idol of stage and screen runs rampant in a side-splitting comedy (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 August 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El gran perfil See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film was originally intended for Adolphe Menjou, but was revamped for John Barrymore. Menjou was paid to leave the picture. See more »

Soundtracks

The Stars and Stripes Forever
(1896) (uncredited)
Music by John Philip Sousa
Played on a trumpet by John Barrymore but probably dubbed
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They just don't get it
17 June 2014 | by plurality-1See 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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