John Barrymore is the famous lover who likes his ladies in both quality and quantity. Naturally, there is much preening and posing and showing off that famous profile.
Things go awry genuinely falls for Mary Astor’s virginal damsel and ends up incurring the wrath of the Borgias, led by a scene-stealing Estelle Taylor. The costumes are a visual banquet of the gorgeous and the bizarre. The famous duel is worth the price of admission but there is a lot of hamminess and overwrought love-making to get through as well.
How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.Barrymore rescues Astor from the Borgias and they escape together for a happily ever after– at least until his eye roves again.
Read my full-length review here.
If it were a dessert it would be: Ombre Cake. Lovely to look at but a lot.
Availability: Released on DVD.
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