Today is John Barrymore's B-Day (1882)

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Today is John Barrymore's B-Day (1882)

Unread post by bobfells » Fri Feb 15, 2013 5:25 pm

Another thread discussing GRAND HOTEL reminded me that today is the Great Profile's Birthday. To celebrate here are a few images that may be of some interest:

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John Barrymore's Great Profile

Unread post by JFK » Fri Feb 15, 2013 5:53 pm

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Great Profile, indeed!
The last two images might be equally at home in a
"Phallic Imagery In Silent Film Posters" thread

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Re: Today is John Barrymore's B-Day (1882)

Unread post by bobfells » Fri Feb 15, 2013 9:17 pm

JFK, you tempt me to ribaldry. But since today IS his birthday Mr. Barrymore would no doubt approve of my relating this tale. At one night on the town in Mr. B's last years, he wandered into the Ladies' Room to relieve himself. Discovered in the act by a woman entering the facility, she indignantly exclaimed, "THIS is for the ladies!" To which Barrymore replied while indicating a part of his anatomy, "So is THIS!"
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John Barrymore -'41 Cantor Show + '40 Vallee Rehearsals

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Eddie Cantor - It's Time To Smile 02-26-1941
-with Harry Von Zell, Bert "Mad Russian" Gordon ,
Dinah Shore, and guest - John Barrymore

Early on in this Cantor show, Barrymore,
immediately upon being introduced to Shore,
belches, and it is unclear if it was a scripted moment.

CLICK TINY LINK BELOW TO HEAR SHOW


http://otrrlibrary.org/OTRRLib/Library% ... rymore.mp3


Rudy Vallee - Vallee Varieties 11-28-1940
"Don Juan Escort Service"

Rehearsal for the broadcast
- without an audience, but with flubs intact-
featuring Billie Burke as a client of
Barrymore's Don Juan Escort Service,
and Barrymore-employee Vallee
as her paid escort....

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http://otrrlibrary.org/OTRRLib/Library% ... arsal).mp3

Rudy Vallee - Vallee Varieties 12-26-1940
"Courtroom Trial" -a Comic Operetta

Rehearsal for the broadcast
- without an audience, but with flubs intact-
featuring Sigrid Gurie as the defendant,
Barrymore as the District Attorney,
Vallee as the Defense Attorney,
Billie Burke as the 12th juror,
Sam Hearn, and, most likely,
Harold Peary as the Judge....

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http://otrrlibrary.org/OTRRLib/Library% ... arsal).mp3


Rudy Vallee - Vallee Varieties 01-16-1941
"Horror Story"

Rehearsal for the broadcast
- without an audience, but with flubs intact-
featuring Orson Welles (as Uriah Grimby Welles),
Lurene Tuttle, Susan Miller, Rudy Vallee,
and John Barrymore.

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http://otrrlibrary.org/OTRRLib/Library% ... arsal).mp3

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Re: Today is John Barrymore's B-Day (1882)

Unread post by daveboz » Sun Feb 17, 2013 3:49 am

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Really enjoying these radio shows. Geez, he's funny! JB, that is. What he can do with a line!

This Gene Lester photo of Welles, Barrymore, Hedda Hopper, and Vallee is an original print; the back of the print indicates it was published in Silver Screen magazine in August 1941. I wonder if it was made at the time of the "Horror Story" rehearsal on 16 January 1941? (By the way, Gene Lester wrote an entertaining picture book filled with anecdotes about the stars he photographed; it's called "When Hollywood Was Fun!")

And thanks for the links, JFK!
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Re: Today is John Barrymore's B-Day (1882)

Unread post by bobfells » Sun Feb 17, 2013 10:36 am

There seems to be a little "secret" about the Vallee show when John Barrymore became a regular on it, one that JB biographers tend to scorn. The so-called "secret"is that the writing is pretty good, even ingenious as far as the reflexive humor of Barrymore's situation in life by that time. In fact, it seems that everyone who guested on the show including Orson Welles got taken down a notch by the humor. I don't have a log of the Sealtest show (as it was officially called) but based on surviving shows and rehearsal recordings, Welles guested several times as well as Lionel B.

Here's a 1941 photo of one of the Barrymore Bros. joint broadcasts:
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Amid all the jokes, Vallee would make time for the brothers to perform some Shakespeare seriously. On one show there is this precious exchange:

Vallee: John, you're known as the Great Profile, but Lionel, what do they call you?

Lionel: The nearest living relative with property.
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Diana Barrymore- Too Much Too Soon-Mike Wallace Interview

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THE HARRY RANSOM CENTER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS.
The Mike Wallace Interview
Diana Barrymore
7/14/57

Diana Barrymore, daughter of actor John Barrymore, talks to Wallace about her own acting career,
her alcoholism, her failed marriages, and her recent autobiography, Too Much, Too Soon
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Re: Today is John Barrymore's B-Day (1882)

Unread post by bobfells » Sat Feb 23, 2013 10:40 am

Diana B's life was very sad and brief, despite her elegant parents. Here is a photo of Diana at 20 arriving in Hollywood in February 1942, greeted by her dad. Universal had hired her to appear in EAGLE SQUADRON and this photo op was arranged by the studio:

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Re: Today is John Barrymore's B-Day (1882)

Unread post by daveboz » Sat Feb 23, 2013 3:19 pm

Great photo! Thanks!
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Re: Today is John Barrymore's B-Day (1882)

Unread post by sepiatone » Sat Mar 23, 2013 5:26 pm

bobfells wrote:Diana B's life was very sad and brief, despite her elegant parents. Here is a photo of Diana at 20 arriving in Hollywood in February 1942, greeted by her dad. Universal had hired her to appear in EAGLE SQUADRON and this photo op was arranged by the studio:

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Bob she was a beautiful girl. She should have devoted herself to marriage and babies and would've been better off. In that interview with Wallace she's sort of pining for that. At the end of her life and after the book came out she seemed to be picking her life up. A photo on ebay with Irv Kupcinet's wife after having appeared on their Chicago tv show, reveals her to never have been happier. She's smiling and her face in fuller again. The Jan. 1960 overdose was an accident rather than a suicide imho. And that can happen with people who habitually take a lot of pills. The 1960s were tailor made for Diana(and her father). I think she would have enjoyed that decade and Jack himself if given 30 more years of life would have been in his 80s.

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