Welcome to the theme for May 2013 here at Movies Silently. It’s time to celebrate the talented Brothers Barrymore.
Throughout the month, I am going to be reviewing a selection of films that span the silent careers of John and Lionel Barrymore. In the meantime, here are some Barrymore films that I have already reviewed:
- Raffles (1917) John as jewel thief
- West of Zanzibar (1927) Lionel as Lon Chaney-paralyzer
- The Beloved Rogue (1927) John as medieval madcap
Review #1 You’re a ladykiller, Mr. Barrymore, Lionel Edition (wait, Lionel?)
Back in 1912, Lionel Barrymore was part of D.W. Griffith’s acting troupe. In this short film, he plays a rough but kind-hearted gold prospector who soothes Mary Pickford’s broken heart.
Review #2 You’re a ladykiller, Mr. Barrymore, John Edition
John Barrymore takes on the role of the famous lover in this 1926 prestige picture. He is supported by Mary Astor, Estelle Taylor and a very young Myrna Loy.
Review #3 You’re a ladykiller, Mr. Barrymore, Lionel Edition II
Lionel Barrymore is a kindly clergyman charged with secretly buying Mary Pickford the gifts that her stingy father will not give her. Gossip and scandal ensue but all’s well that ends well.
Review #4 You’re a sick man, Mr. Barrymore, John Edition
John Barrymore takes on the two title characters of this horror classic. He is supported by Martha Mansfield and Nita Naldi.
Review #5 You’re a sick man, Mr. Barrymore, Lionel Edition
Lionel Barrymore plays a kindly innkeeper who, in a moment of weakness, murders and robs a wealthy guest. He is haunted by guilt and begins to go mad. Boris Karloff has a memorable supporting part as a Calagari-esque mesmerist.