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
Don Juan (1926)
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
The New York Hat (1912)
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
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)
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
The Bells (1926)
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.
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