Great Profile

The Great Profile

Director: Walter Lang

Cast: John Barrymore, Mary Beth Hughes, Gregory Ratoff

     
 
John Barrymore provides an embarrassing spectacle in the semi-autobiographical role of a ham actor. Constantly in debt and always half-loaded, Barrymore accepts a role in an important play, which he nearly ruins by his intemperate antics. Anne Baxter plays a sincere young woman who tries to pull Barrymore back together. He makes a triumphant comeback, but there's

Overview

John Barrymore provides an embarrassing spectacle in the semi-autobiographical role of a ham actor. Constantly in debt and always half-loaded, Barrymore accepts a role in an important play, which he nearly ruins by his intemperate antics. Anne Baxter plays a sincere young woman who tries to pull Barrymore back together. He makes a triumphant comeback, but there's always the chance that he'll be back to his old tricks before long. Tastelessly exploiting the real-life relationship between John Barrymore and Elaine Barrie, The Great Profile is supposed to be a comedy. Ha ha.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Great Profile is a very odd movie, and for some people will be a somewhat uncomfortable viewing experience. As might be expected from this, Profile is likely to inspire differing reactions among different people. Many may find its roman a clef approach tabloid-sleazy, and may be totally incapable of watching it without feeling too sorry for (or possible disgusted with) John Barrymore. Others may take some blackhearted amusement in it for the same reason. But still others may be able to look past this and see a performance that is quite fascinating. Is Barrymore giving the world great acting here? By no means, but it's totally engrossing, the kind of performance that demands that the viewer keep his eyes on the star from start to finish. It has power, even if it lacks finesse. Interestingly, despite the fact that Barrymore dominates, he doesn't overpower the rest of the cast. Anne Baxter scores points, Gregory Ratoff does his kind-of-oily-but-kind-of-likeable thing well, and Mary Beth Hughes gets to land some diva blows of her own. The screenplay is nonsense, and Walter Lang's direction is merely serviceable. It's not a great setting for the faded star that is Barrymore, but he manages to give it his own peculiar glow anyway.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/11/2014
UPC:
0024543934325
Original Release:
1940
Rating:
NR
Source:
Fox Mod
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:10:00
Sales rank:
71,607

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Barrymore Evans Garrick
Mary Beth Hughes Sylvia Manners Ganick
Gregory Ratoff Boris Mefoofsky
John Payne Richard Lansing
Anne Baxter Mary Maxwell
Lionel Atwill Dr. Bruce in play
Edward S. Brophy Sylvester
Willie Fung Confucius
Joan Valerie Understudy
Charles Lane Director
Marc Lawrence Tony
Cecil Cunningham Miss Perkins
Hal K. Dawson Ticket Seller
William Pawley Electrician
Eddie Dunn Furniture Man
James Flavin Detective
Dorothy Dearing Debutante
John Elliott Doorman
Robert "Buddy" Shaw Reporter

Technical Credits
Walter Lang Director
Richard Day Art Director
Raymond Griffith Producer
Hilary Lynn Screenwriter
Francis D. Lyon Editor
Cyril Mockridge Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Ernest Palmer Cinematographer
Milton Sperling Screenwriter
Joseph C. Wright Art Director
Darryl F. Zanuck Producer

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