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Too Much, Too Soon (1958)

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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Art Napoleon

Writers:

Art Napoleon (screenplay), Jo Napoleon (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Ed Kemmer ... Robert Wilcox (as Edward Kemmer)
Robert Ellenstein ... Gerald Frank
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Malcolm Atterbury ... Older Attendant (scenes deleted)
George Baxter ... Schuyler (scenes deleted)
Dee Carroll Dee Carroll ... Telephone Operator (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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

Filming Locations:

Seal Beach, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

Although the bulk of the story takes place in the early 1940's, all of the clothes and hairstyles worn by Dorothy Malone, Neva Patterson, and the other female members of the cast are strictly in the 1957 mode. See more »

Quotes

Diana Barrymore: I don't want to write a book about my life. Living it was bad enough!
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References The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942) See more »

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Lyrics by Ray Egan
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A masochistic wallow...enjoyable, nonetheless, especially with Malone in the lead
10 July 2012 | by moonspinner55See 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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