Too Much, Too Soon (1958)





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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Jo Napoleon, Art Napoleon
On DVD: Mar 16, 2010
Warner Home Video



as Diana Barrymore

as John Barrymore

as Vincent Bryant

as John Howard

as Blanche Oehlrichs/Mi...

as Charlie Snow

as Lincoln Forrester

as Walter Gerhardt

as Robert Wilcox

as Robert Wilcox

as Gerold Frank

as Miss Magruder

as Crowley

as Patterson

as Imperial Pictures Ex...

as Imperial Pictures Ex...

as Assistant

as Assistant

as Harry/Dick Harrison

as Reporter

as Theater Manager

as Diana's Tango Partne...

as Spectator

as Druggist

as Reporter
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Too Much, Too Soon (1958) -- [6.5] -- Dorothy Malone and Errol Flynn play father and daughter John and Diana Barrymore, real-life members of Hollywood's famous Barrymore family, both of whom suffered famously from alcoholism. Flynn is very good here in the final noteworthy role of his career. Malone, two years after her Oscar win for "Written on the Wind", is hit and miss -- less convincing as the younger Diana but better in her later, 'circling the drain' years. The first half of the movie is a tense and poignant look at John and Diana's estranged relationship. At John's spooky mansion -- like something out of "Citizen Kane" or "Sunset Boulevard" -- alcoholic fits of rage are balanced with genuine regrets and sincere pleas. The pathos is palpable, especially in Flynn's performance. After John dies at the movie's mid-point, the film shifts focus to Diana as she inherits her father's demons and begins her own downward spiral. Unfortunately, the film is a case of art imitating life... imitating art. Flynn, here playing his old drinking buddy John, would die at the age of 50 just one year after the film was released. Alcohol played a heavy hand in his body's rapid deterioration. And even though the film hints at a potential happy ending for Diana, the troubled actress would soon take her own life in early 1960 at the age of 38.

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