Carole Lombard and John Barrymore with director Howard Hawks on the set of Twentieth Century (1934)

Carole Lombard and John Barrymore with director Howard Hawks on the set of Twentieth Century (1934)


John Barrymore in a publicity photo for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)  
The transformation scene in this is fabulous, as it’s achieved without makeup…….

John Barrymore in a publicity photo for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920) 

The transformation scene in this is fabulous, as it’s achieved without makeup…….

the-dark-city:


Marian Marsh (0ctober 17th, 1923 - November 9th, 2006) and John Barrymore - “Svengali” (1931)
Despite appearances in 30 short films starring James Gleason and a small part in Hell’s Angels (1930), Marian’s career seemed headed to oblivion when she won the role of her life in Svengali (1931), Warners’ film remake of George Du Maurier’s 1894 novel “Trilby”; the tragic tale of an artists’ model who becomes a great singing diva under the hypnotic tutelage of the malevolent Svengali (charismatically portrayed by John Barrymore). According to Miss Marsh, she was tested for the plum role several times before being selected by Barrymore, apparently because she resembled his wife, Dolores Costello.The immense critical and financial success of the film combined with young Miss Marsh’s rave reviews to raise her Hollywood stock. Selected as one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars of 1931, she became one of filmdom’s top up-and-coming actresses.

I met her at a screening of Barrymore’s “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” (1920) in the late 1990s, and she was still beautiful and charming - she would not accept any of my words of praise for her acting in “Svengali” and said she owed everything to Mr. Barrymore and his mentoring of her.  She had so many words of praise for him, and you could see how fond she still was of him, so many decades later - she wasn’t scheduled to appear at the screening, she was just there, as we all were, to enjoy the film and to see him on the big screen one more time.  It was around Halloween and her birthday, and I treasure my conversation with her and having had the honor of meeting her. 

the-dark-city:

Marian Marsh (0ctober 17th, 1923 - November 9th, 2006) and John Barrymore - “Svengali” (1931)

Despite appearances in 30 short films starring James Gleason and a small part in Hell’s Angels (1930), Marian’s career seemed headed to oblivion when she won the role of her life in Svengali (1931), Warners’ film remake of George Du Maurier’s 1894 novel “Trilby”; the tragic tale of an artists’ model who becomes a great singing diva under the hypnotic tutelage of the malevolent Svengali (charismatically portrayed by John Barrymore). According to Miss Marsh, she was tested for the plum role several times before being selected by Barrymore, apparently because she resembled his wife, Dolores Costello.

The immense critical and financial success of the film combined with young Miss Marsh’s rave reviews to raise her Hollywood stock. Selected as one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars of 1931, she became one of filmdom’s top up-and-coming actresses.

I met her at a screening of Barrymore’s “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” (1920) in the late 1990s, and she was still beautiful and charming - she would not accept any of my words of praise for her acting in “Svengali” and said she owed everything to Mr. Barrymore and his mentoring of her.  She had so many words of praise for him, and you could see how fond she still was of him, so many decades later - she wasn’t scheduled to appear at the screening, she was just there, as we all were, to enjoy the film and to see him on the big screen one more time.  It was around Halloween and her birthday, and I treasure my conversation with her and having had the honor of meeting her. 

the-asphalt-jungle:

John Barrymore in a publicity photo for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)  
The transformation scene in this is fabulous, as it’s achieved without makeup…….

the-asphalt-jungle:

John Barrymore in a publicity photo for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920) 

The transformation scene in this is fabulous, as it’s achieved without makeup…….

the-asphalt-jungle:

Marian Marsh and John Barrymore - “Svengali” (1931)
Despite appearances in 30 short films starring James Gleason and a small part in Hell’s Angels (1930), Marian’s career seemed headed to oblivion when she won the role of her life in Svengali(1931), Warners’ film remake of George Du Maurier’s 1894 novel “Trilby”; the tragic tale of an artists’ model who becomes a great singing diva under the hypnotic tutelage of the malevolent Svengali (charismatically portrayed by John Barrymore). According to Miss Marsh, she was tested for the plum role several times before being selected by Barrymore, apparently because she resembled his wife, Dolores Costello.

the-asphalt-jungle:

Marian Marsh and John Barrymore - “Svengali” (1931)

Despite appearances in 30 short films starring James Gleason and a small part in Hell’s Angels (1930), Marian’s career seemed headed to oblivion when she won the role of her life in Svengali(1931), Warners’ film remake of George Du Maurier’s 1894 novel “Trilby”; the tragic tale of an artists’ model who becomes a great singing diva under the hypnotic tutelage of the malevolent Svengali (charismatically portrayed by John Barrymore). According to Miss Marsh, she was tested for the plum role several times before being selected by Barrymore, apparently because she resembled his wife, Dolores Costello.


the-asphalt-jungle:

John Barrymore in a publicity photo for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)

the-asphalt-jungle:

John Barrymore in a publicity photo for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)

dolores-costello:

John Barrymore and Dolores Costello - c. Late 1920s

dolores-costello:

John Barrymore and Dolores Costello - c. Late 1920s

golden-age-movies:

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)
John Barrymore and Martha Mansfield

golden-age-movies:

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)

John Barrymore and Martha Mansfield

heckyesmarianmarsh:

Marian Marsh, John Bramwell and John Barrymore
Svengali - (1931)

heckyesmarianmarsh:

Marian Marsh, John Bramwell and John Barrymore

Svengali - (1931)

victoriastation:

I’m stoked to go see Twentieth Century at the BFI on Saturday!  Have I mentioned lately how much I love that place?

Have a wonderful time - I saw it on the big screen last year two nights in a row and was in Heaven!

victoriastation:

I’m stoked to go see Twentieth Century at the BFI on Saturday!  Have I mentioned lately how much I love that place?

Have a wonderful time - I saw it on the big screen last year two nights in a row and was in Heaven!

Grand Hotel - (1932)

Grand Hotel - (1932)

dolores-costello:

John Barrymore, Dolores Costello and their co-stars
The Sea Beast - (1926)

dolores-costello:

John Barrymore, Dolores Costello and their co-stars

The Sea Beast - (1926)

dolores-costello:

John Barrymore and Dolores Costello
The Sea Beast - (1926)

dolores-costello:

John Barrymore and Dolores Costello

The Sea Beast - (1926)

Movie Premiere of John Barrymore’s “Don Juan” - Warners Theatre
1926

Movie Premiere of John Barrymore’s “Don Juan” - Warners Theatre

1926