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
Errol Flynn was a friend of Barrymore's in Hollywood during the time frame depicted in the film. See more »
In the film, Diana Barrymore is under contract to the fictitious Charlie Snow and Imperial Pictures; actually, she was under contract to Walter Wanger, and all six of her films were released by Universal. See more »
Flynns' own friendship with John Barrymore led him to take the part.
Flynn was released from his Warner contract in 1953, he returned in 1958 to play his dear friend John Barrymore in this autobiographical film. Due to legal complications at the time the resulting script was intentionally vague.
I enjoy this film because of Errol Flynns' sympathetic and moving performance of a charming rogue at war with himself.
A moody drama The film concentrates on Barrymores' daughter and her need for love in life.The film was based on her book. Dorothy Malone is wonderful in that role. It also is done well in black and white. The vague script means alot is missed, we only glimpse the complex characters.
The film is worth watching for Malones' performance and Flynns' sympathetic turn in a rare dramatic part.
(On a lighter note, while he knew John Barrymore well he didn't look at all like 'the great profile', so Flynn was assisted by makeup and given Mr Barrymores' distinctive Nose.)
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