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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

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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 ... 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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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Peter O'Toole almost played John Barrymore in 1970 for Sam Spiegel. Unfortunately " Goodnight Sweet Prince" never made it into production. In My Favorite Year (1982) , Peter O'Toole plays a thinly disguised version of Errol Flynn. See more »

Goofs

The film infers that Diana Barrymore's career ended as a result of the bad preview audience reaction to her first and only film and her refusal to go back and do retakes; actually, she had a leading role in six films over a two year period, and reviewers tended to be polite and complimentary, although not enthusiastic. See more »

Quotes

John Howard: [to Diana] Are you scared of me... or you?
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References All Through the Night (1942) See more »

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I'm Just Wild About Harry
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Too Much Diana, Too Little Jack
15 July 2012 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

After ten years with a domineering mother, pretty teenager Dorothy Malone (as Diana Barrymore) goes to visit her father, legendary actor Errol Flynn (as John Barrymore). They get along well, but Mr. Flynn reveals himself as irresponsible and leaves Ms. Malone for a yacht party. When she grows up, Malone moves into her father's Hollywood mansion. The Gothic palace has been stripped of most furniture. Flynn lives with a caged eagle and companion John Dennis (as Walter Gerhardt), who tries to keep the boss sober. Malone decides to follow in her father's footsteps and become an actress...

"Too Much, Too Soon" (subtitled "The Daring Story of Diana Barrymore") is fine when dealing with Flynn, the eagle and Mr. Dennis. Flynn's follow-up to "The Sun Also Rises" (1957) gave him an opportunity to cap his career as "best dissipated supporting actor"; no doubt drawing from experience, his sobering characterization gives the film some real depth. But, he's far from the story's main subject. Poor Malone, shot to look like a little girl in the opening scenes, is put through episodic segments resembling 1950s documentaries warning young women that alcohol will lead them to nymphomania.

***** Too Much, Too Soon (4/17/58) Art Napoleon ~ Dorothy Malone, Errol Flynn, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Ray Danton


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