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Introduction

Steven Rybin and Murray Pomerance (eds)

in Hamlet Lives in Hollywood: John Barrymore and the Acting Tradition Onscreen

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781474411394
eISBN:
9781474438445
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411394.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In the introduction to the book, the editors introduce the topic of John Barrymore’s performances in the cinema, and provide an overview of the various methods and approaches used to analyse his work ... More


Dangerously Modern: Shakespeare, Voice, and the “New Psychology” in John Barrymore’s “Unstable” Characters

Michael Hammond

in Hamlet Lives in Hollywood: John Barrymore and the Acting Tradition Onscreen

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781474411394
eISBN:
9781474438445
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411394.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

John Barrymore’s 1922 Hamlet introduced Freudian interpretation as a means of character development into American acting. It also provided Barrymore with a screen star persona that based his acting ... More


A Star is Dead: Barrymore’s Anti-Christian Metaperformance

Kyle Stevens

in Hamlet Lives in Hollywood: John Barrymore and the Acting Tradition Onscreen

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781474411394
eISBN:
9781474438445
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411394.003.0010
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter explores John Barrymore’s performance in three of George Cukor’s films: A Bill of Divorcement (1932), Dinner at Eight (1933) and Romeo and Juliet (1936). This chapter examines the verbal ... More


The Power of Stillness: John Barrymore’s Performance in Svengali

Diane Carson

in Hamlet Lives in Hollywood: John Barrymore and the Acting Tradition Onscreen

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781474411394
eISBN:
9781474438445
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411394.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This essay examines the verbal and nonverbal characteristics of Barrymore’s performance as Svengali in the 1931 film of the same name. German Expressionism influences the art direction and the acting ... More


John Barrymore’s Sparkling Topaze

Steven Rybin

in Hamlet Lives in Hollywood: John Barrymore and the Acting Tradition Onscreen

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781474411394
eISBN:
9781474438445
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411394.003.0012
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In Topaze (1933) John Barrymore plays Professor Topaze, a principled man who unwittingly becomes a shill for a dishonest consumer product. This essay connects Barrymore’s complex and subtle ... More


Barrymore and the Scene of Acting: Gesture, Speech, and the Repression of Cinematic Performance

Barry Langford

in Hamlet Lives in Hollywood: John Barrymore and the Acting Tradition Onscreen

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781474411394
eISBN:
9781474438445
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411394.003.0014
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This essay uncovers the nascent modernity of Barrymore’s work in the late silent film The Beloved Rogue. In this film, as this essay shows, Barrymore gives a self-referential screen performance that ... More


From Rome to Berlin: Barrymore as Romantic Lover

Douglas McFarland

in Hamlet Lives in Hollywood: John Barrymore and the Acting Tradition Onscreen

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781474411394
eISBN:
9781474438445
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411394.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In four films made from 1926 to 1932, Don Juan, Eternal Love, Arsene Lupin, and Grand Hotel, John Barrymore played a series of leading men embroiled in passionate affairs. He showed himself adept at ... More


Barrymore Does Barrymore: The Performing Self Triumphant in The Great Profile

R. Barton Palmer

in Hamlet Lives in Hollywood: John Barrymore and the Acting Tradition Onscreen

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781474411394
eISBN:
9781474438445
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411394.003.0016
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This essay explores the common judgment that in The Great Profile (1940) Barrymore “lampoons” himself, providing in the process a version of the John Barrymore story that seemed to distress, even ... More


The Pre-Bard Stage Career of John Barrymore

Philip Carli

in Hamlet Lives in Hollywood: John Barrymore and the Acting Tradition Onscreen

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781474411394
eISBN:
9781474438445
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411394.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The author discusses Barrymore’s performances onstage prior to his roles in performances of Shakespeare’s plays. The chapter discusses Barrymore’s work in plays such as Peter Ibbetson, The Fortune ... More


Prospero Unbound: John Barrymore’s Theatrical Transformations of Cinema Reality

George Toles

in Hamlet Lives in Hollywood: John Barrymore and the Acting Tradition Onscreen

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781474411394
eISBN:
9781474438445
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411394.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

John Barrymore might be described as the supreme embodiment of theatre on film. No matter what roles he plays, the aura of theatre inescapably and (so often) magically defines his relation to the ... More


Handling Time: The Passing of Tradition in A Bill of Divorcement

Daniel Varndell

in Hamlet Lives in Hollywood: John Barrymore and the Acting Tradition Onscreen

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781474411394
eISBN:
9781474438445
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411394.003.0011
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This essay analyses the mature performances of John Barrymore, analysing what in his work classifies him as a “classical actor.” The chapter looks at Barrymore’s work in later films, in particular ... More


“I Never Thought I Should Sink So Low as to Become an Actor”: John Barrymore in Twentieth Century

William Rothman

in Hamlet Lives in Hollywood: John Barrymore and the Acting Tradition Onscreen

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781474411394
eISBN:
9781474438445
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411394.003.0015
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In Twentieth Century (1934), John Barrymore as Oscar Jaffe gives a performance so stupendous in its theatricality and wit that it ranks as one of the most brilliant – and most profound – in the ... More


Twentieth Century

Joseph McBride

in Hawks on Hawks

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780813142623
eISBN:
9780813145242
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813142623.003.0013
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter discusses Hawks’ film Twentieth Century, a film written with Ben Hecht and Charles MacAruthur. Hawks talks about working with John Barrymore and Carole Lombard, and describes the ... More


“Planes, Motors, Schedules”: Night Flight and the Modernity of John Barrymore

Will Scheibel

in Hamlet Lives in Hollywood: John Barrymore and the Acting Tradition Onscreen

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781474411394
eISBN:
9781474438445
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411394.003.0013
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

“All you care about is planes, motors, schedules,” cries Helen Hayes in the aviation melodrama Night Flight (1933), condemning John Barrymore’s airline director for the dispassion he shows towards ... More


Coming into His Own: Counsellor-at-Law (1933)

Gabriel Miller

in William Wyler: The Life and Films of Hollywood's Most Celebrated Director

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780813142098
eISBN:
9780813142371
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813142098.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter focuses primarily on Wyler's first prestige project, Counselor-at-Law, starring John Barrymore. It recounts the director's behind-the-scenes problems with the star actor, but also ... More


“Keep Back your Pity”: The Wounded Barrymore of The Sea Beast (1926) and Moby Dick (1930)

Dominic Lennard

in Hamlet Lives in Hollywood: John Barrymore and the Acting Tradition Onscreen

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781474411394
eISBN:
9781474438445
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411394.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In the aftermath of the Great War, Moby-Dick experienced a resurgence, and two loose adaptations traded on the novel’s increasing prestige, The Sea Beast (1926) and Moby Dick (1930), both starring ... More


Chapter Eight

Eve Golden

in John Gilbert: The Last of the Silent Film Stars

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780813141626
eISBN:
9780813142579
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813141626.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

With the death of Rudolph Valentino in 1926, John Gilbert is the biggest male sex symbol in films. Despite fights at MGM, he is still at the top of their roster-this chapter takes a look at other ... More


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