Lionel Barrymore


Loved him in this. He did seem a little old to play the father role - his age and mannerisms seemed to be more befitting that of a grandfather - but he sure was a likeable dad.

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I agree. I often find him overbearing in his performances, and hammy, as when he played Andrew Jackson in "The Gorgeous Hussy", which I just saw (also directed by Clarence Brown). But he tones it down very nicely here and gives one of the best performances of his career, proving how excellent he could be under the right circumstances. Pretty good cast all around, actually, and even Wallace Beery blends in well in what is essentially a supporting role, with Barrymore having more screen time.

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I enjoyed his acting as well. Does anyone know if any of Drew's cousins are in show business?

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Barrymore is at his best with strong directors who don't allow him to ham it up, although sometimes Clarence Brown failed in this. See his beautifully modulated performances in One Man's Journey and The Voice of Bugle Ann. On balance he was a great actor..

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