Articles by/on Mr. B

Here are some articles of interest, especially ones I had to dig around for. I will PDF the ones that can't be linked easily!

Herrick Archive material online at AMPAS:

Sound Waves 1929: Lionel Barrymore as director

From April 1929 Sound Waves--they LOVED him as director! Also note Green Ghost blurb

Feb 1929 review of Mr. B's first talkie, disks of which exist.

Broadway & Hollywood Movies, 1930-great John Barrymore article, some LB

From the above magazine

My Screen Lovers by the tragic Barbara LaMarr in Photoplay magazine. I adore the way she speaks of her costars in 1923's The Eternal City, especially Mr. B! I chuckled, but it gave an interesting perspective on his appeal to women, which seems in the film to be different from his brother John's, traditionally thought of as the more romantic, dare I say sexy one: "He's one of the lovers every girl has in her imagination: cold, austere, forceful...Lionel is the aristocrat of lovers, the blase and rather cruel being who always gets his way and gets it without any controversy. He is the lover who makes circumstances adapt themselves to him...There is no ecstasy of abandon in loving him. He is too reserved and removed for that. In his caresses there is the fire held always under control."  Oh dear!  ENJOY!


EXCELLENT and fun blog on the "Brothers Barrymore" from 2013: Movies Silently blog: John and Lionel Barrymore

Lionel Barrymore Tells How People Show Their Age (Mary B Mullett, American, 1922, vol 93)
Lionel Barrymore on stage work and aging/age (pdf file)

"How Music Has Helped in My Life: A Conference with Lionel Barrymore". Etude magazine, December, 1941 (yes, that December). LB was in love with music, and according to one MGM staffer, possessed a record collection and classical music knowledge on par with the sound librarians at MGM. In particular, he was fond of Russian composers (and mentions he almost killed one while not paying attention while driving in California in We Barrymores! I cannot recall right now which one it was.)  He even attempted to have Richard Strauss come over from Germany to live in his still-empty home he'd shared with his second wife, but politics and Strauss' too-close connections with the Nazi Party, apparently, shut that down. He mentioned he "makes shift" to play the oboe at home, and of course could play the piano and compose.  He considered himself only an average pianist but possibly a better composer and orchestrator than performer--even though he sought out no praise for his work and always considered himself a journeyman composer.  You can catch some of his compositions on the Audio Tidbits page here. I am fond of In Memoriam and Tableau Russe, though Ali Baba is very clever!

Hollywood Reporter, Nov 1954, LB's death

Leo holds a wreath, mourning LB. Quote from Macbeth.
May 8, 1938 Newsweek article--note incorrect LB birthdate
Collier's March 26, 1949 article on LB (three pages)

From a Grand Hotel pressbook, 1932
This Week Magazine, Spokesman-Review, Spokane, WA

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