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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 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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Dorothy Malone
as Diana Barrymore
Errol Flynn
as John Barrymore
Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.
as Vincent Bryant
Ray Danton
as John Howard
Neva Patterson
as Blanche Oehlrichs/Michael Strange
Murray Hamilton
as Charlie Snow
Martin Milner
as Lincoln Forrester
Ed Kemmer
as Robert Wilcox
Gail Bonney
as Nurse
Nesdon Booth
as Spectator
Paul Bryar
as Bill
John Doucette
as Crowley
Herb Ellis
Bess Flowers
Kathleen Freeman
as Miss Magruder
Don Hayden
as Theater Manager
Jack Lomas
Michael Mark
as Patterson
Lyn Osborn
as Man
Louis Quinn
as Assistant
Jack Rice
as Druggist
Sid Tomack
as Harry/Dick Harrison
Jay Jostyn
as Imperial Pictures Executive
Michael Mark
as Patterson
Nesdon Booth
as Spectator
Sid Tomack
as Harry/Dick Harrison
Kathleen Freeman
as Miss Magruder
Don Hayden
as Theater Manager
John Doucette
as Crowley
Gail Bonney
as Nurse
Paul Bryar
as Bill
Jack Rice
as Druggist
Lyn Osborn
as Man
Louis Quinn
as Assistant

Crew

Art Napoleon
Director
Henry Blanke
Producer
Art Napoleon
Screenwriter
Jo Napoleon
Screenwriter
Gerold Frank
Book Author
Nick Musuraca
Cinematographer
Carl Guthrie
Cinematographer
Ernest Gold
Composer (Music Score)
Owen Marks
Editor
John Beckman
Art Director
Orry-Kelly
Costume Designer
Gordon Bau
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