Too Much, Too Soon

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Too Much, Too Soon was adapted from the warts-and-all autobiography of actress Diana Barrymore, the troubled daughter of "great profile" John Barrymore. As played by Dorothy Malone, Diana is a basically decent young lady who suffers mightily from lack of parental love. Her famous father, played with boozy bravado by Errol Flynn, is the soul of graciousness and affection when sober, but a human monster when drunk -- which is often. Her poetess mother, Michael Strange Neva Patterson, is too preoccupied by her ...
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Overview

Too Much, Too Soon was adapted from the warts-and-all autobiography of actress Diana Barrymore, the troubled daughter of "great profile" John Barrymore. As played by Dorothy Malone, Diana is a basically decent young lady who suffers mightily from lack of parental love. Her famous father, played with boozy bravado by Errol Flynn, is the soul of graciousness and affection when sober, but a human monster when drunk -- which is often. Her poetess mother, Michael Strange Neva Patterson, is too preoccupied by her bitterness against Barrymore to pay much attention to Diana. Striking out on her own as an actress, Diana vainly seeks personal happiness with several husbands: actor Vincent Bryant actually Bramwell Fletcher, played by Efrem Zimbalist Jr.; jealous, possessive tennis player John Howard Ray Danton; and another actor, alcoholic Robert Wilcox Ed Kemmer. Unable to find satisfaction in her work or her private life, Diana follows family "tradition" by turning to liquor; this leads to extended sanitarium stays and innumerable suicide attempts. It is suggested at the end of the film that she is on the road to recovery, thanks in part to her biographer Gerold Frank Robert Ellenstein; the sad truth is that two years after the release of Too Much, Too Soon, Diana Barrymore killed herself at the age of 39. This filmed version of Diana's tragic life seldom rises above soap-opera level, save for Errol Flynn's knowing performance of his old friend and drinking companion John Barrymore.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/16/2010
  • UPC: 883316236154
  • Original Release: 1958
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / B&W
  • Time: 2:01:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 41,581

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dorothy Malone Diana Barrymore
Errol Flynn John Barrymore
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. Vincent Bryant
Ray Danton John Howard
Neva Patterson Blanche Oehlrichs/Michael Strange
Murray Hamilton Charlie Snow
Martin Milner Lincoln Forrester
John Dennis Walter Gerhardt
Ed Kemmer Robert Wilcox
Robert Ellenstein Gerold Frank
Larry Blake Reporter
Gail Bonney Nurse
Nesdon Booth Spectator
Paul Bryar Bill
Francis de Sales
John Doucette Crowley
Herb Ellis
Charles Evans Guest
Bess Flowers
Kathleen Freeman Miss Magruder
Don Hayden Theater Manager
Jack Lomas
Michael Mark Patterson
Lyn Osborn Man
Louis Quinn Assistant
Jack Rice Druggist
Sid Tomack Harry/Dick Harrison
Jay Jostyn Imperial Pictures Executive
Robert S. Carson Associate
Technical Credits
Art Napoleon Director, Screenwriter
Diana Barrymore Original Story
Gordon Bau Makeup
John Beckman Art Director
Henry Blanke Producer
Ernest Gold Score Composer
Carl Guthrie Cinematographer
George James Hopkins Set Decoration/Design
Owen Marks Editor
Nick Musuraca Cinematographer
Jo Napoleon Screenwriter
Orry-Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
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