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  • Actors: Dorothy Malone, Erroll Flynn, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Ray Danton, Neva Patterson
  • Directors: Art Napoleon
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: WB
  • DVD Release Date: May 28, 2010
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003ODIV1K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,139 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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When Errol Flynn was a young movie idol, he became a crony of aging star John Barrymore, whose rich talent was ravaged by an excess of booze and life. Years later, Flynn leaped at the chance to portray his old friend in this riveting and cautionary 1958 film based on the biography by Barrymore's daughter Diana - and gave a triumphant performance that promised more dramatic greatness to come, if only Flynn hadn't died at just 50 the next year. Dorothy Malone co-stars as Diana, who yearns for her famous father's love. Barrymore tries, but is incapable of caring for or about himself, let alone his daughter...and Diana spirals into a vortex of failure and humiliation, too many drinks and too many men, all of it Too Much, Too Soon.

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All being said, Too Much Too Soon is a very entertaining movie and one often overlooked.
lbrlartist
Uncredited in small parts are the great John Doucette, former Hollywood star Franklyn Farnum, and Flynn's 16-year-old girlfriend, Beverly Aadland.
Brad Baker
The film stars Dorothy Malone and Errol Flynn with Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Ray Danton, Neva Patterson, Murray Hamilton and Martin Milner.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By TFR VINE VOICE on September 1, 2010
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From about 1940 to 1950 Diana Barrymore made appearances in about a dozen or more films, some headlining, but mostly in bit parts and small roles. While there is small reference to her career as an actress, the focus of the film, "Too Much Too Soon" is more towards Barrymore's personal life.

Diana Barrymore was born in 1921, the daughter of film legend John Barrymore and the writer Blanche Oelrichs. She died in 1960, at age 38.

Although there are a few minutes at the beginning of "Too Much Too Soon" devoted to her teenage years, the film really picks up around the time Diana is 19 and on Broadway. As a result of her Broadway stint, the powers that be in Hollywood decide to make her a series of offers in order to cash in on the Barrymore name.

In January 1942, Diana leaves the stage for Hollywood and in short order, takes on her husband number one (Efrem Zimbalist Jr.) without much ado. Things are rosy for a while, but Diana's drinking problem gets in the way and it's all downhill from there. A few years later at age 23, even Diana reportedly considered her acting carrer as being a washout.

So much of her journey was detoured due to alcoholism, poor decisions and failure to reconcile personal weaknesses. Diana's life becomes a nightmarish landscape which ultimately results in her crash landing in a rehab institution.

"Too Much, Too Soon" is a Hollywood classic. It has held up extremely well since its realease over fifty years ago. First released to movie audiences in 1958 this Warner Brother release was directed by Art Napoleon. The screenplay was based on Diana's autobiography written by Diana Barrymore and Gerold Frank. The music score was by Ernest Gold.

The film stars Dorothy Malone and Errol Flynn with Efrem Zimbalist Jr.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Brad Baker VINE VOICE on July 31, 2010
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Warner Bros. has released the 1958 melodrama, "Too Much, Too Soon", the fiery biography of John Barrymore's daughter, Diana. "Too Much, Too Soon" was adapted from the autobiography of actress Diana Barrymore, played by Dorothy Malone. Diana suffers from lack of parental love. Her famous father, played with boozy bravado by Errol Flynn, is gracious when sober, but a monster when drunk. Her poetess mother, Michael Strange(Neva Patterson) is preoccupied by her bitterness against Barrymore. In one touching moment, Flynn as Barrymore calls-up his ex-wife, making love to her over the phone. "Dear fig, I miss you" he murmurs. Sadly, in a minute, he's simply talking to himself. In an eerie night sequence, Flynn as Barrymore spouts Shaekspeare and strolls the deck of his yacht, the Infanta(an actual boat owned by the actor). A search-light from a passing boat fixes on his profile. Filtered darkness blocks out the faces of the Hollywood partyers. "Hey Jack, come on over. Join the party! Have a drink with us.."The partyers giggle and laugh and taunt the man on. Dinae Barrymore's eyes look longingly at the father she needs. He needs something else. With a laugh, a snort, and another drink, Barrymore slips and falls over the side. He swims over to his friends. His young daughter is in tears. "Too Much, Too Soon" is casually directed by Art Napoleon, who also co-wrote the screenplay. Several future television stars have supporting roles, including Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. and Martin Milner. Uncredited in small parts are the great John Doucette, former Hollywood star Franklyn Farnum, and Flynn's 16-year-old girlfriend, Beverly Aadland. Flynn turns in a superb performance. His presence is electrifying. A stunning portrayal, the image of Flynn/Barrymore bantering drunkenly is pitiful and ridiculous. And deeply moving.Read more ›
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Mysterious Traveler on December 3, 2012
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TOO MUCH, TOO SOON (1958) Directed and written by Art Napoleon. Based on the book by Diana Barrymore. Director of Photography Nicholas Musuraca.

Starring Dorothy Malone(as Diana Barrymore), Efrem Zimbalest Jr, Ray Danton, Murray Hamilton, Martin Milner, John Doucette and Erroll Flynn as John Barrymore.

The biofilm of Diana Barrymore--the daughter of noted author Michael Strange and the great actor John Barrymore---who, because of emotional neglect by her parents, went through a series of failed marriages and became an alcoholic. The film also covers the final incredibly tragic years of her father John who drank himself into the grave.

The film ends with the upbeat note that Diana is about to get her life together but, in reality, two years later she committed suicide at the age of 39. Diana Barrymore was the aunt of Drew Barrymore and is buried in the Bronx.

One of those seemingly endless series of 50s era films whose main reason for existence seemed be to show people sitting in darkened rooms being miserable. Incredibly depressing one cannot say that it is badly done or badly acted. It is not badly done at all and it is very well acted but watching it is the equivalent of using a manual drill to bore into your skull. One wants to run out into the street and throw one's self in front of a truck. I simply do not understand the purpose for films like these.

However Malone is excellent as Diana as is Danton as her slimy tennis player second husband. JAWS star Hamilton is surprisingly sympathetic as a Hollywood producer. The film's main claim to fame, trivia question and eerie frisson status is Flynn as John Barrymore. Flynn---due to nastiness by Bette Davis--has a reputation as being a poor actor and just a pretty face.
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