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Hamlet Lives in HollywoodJohn Barrymore and the Acting Tradition Onscreen$
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Murray Pomerance and Steven Rybin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474411394

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411394.001.0001

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Barrymore Does Barrymore: The Performing Self Triumphant in The Great Profile

Barrymore Does Barrymore: The Performing Self Triumphant in The Great Profile

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(p.183) Chapter 15 Barrymore Does Barrymore: The Performing Self Triumphant in The Great Profile
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Hamlet Lives in Hollywood
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R. Barton Palmer

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411394.003.0016

This essay explores the common judgment that in The Great Profile (1940) Barrymore “lampoons” himself, providing in the process a version of the John Barrymore story that seemed to distress, even enrage reviewers. A close reading of the film suggests the complexity of the film's tone, its exploration of the star playing a star, while sending up the notion of the Barrymore legend.

Keywords:   The Great Profile, John Barrymore, self-reflexivity, self-referentiality, parody

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