Tuesday, July 21, 2009


By Steve Crum

JOHN BARRYMORE [1882-1942], the renowned silent and sound screen star and grandfather of Drew Barrymore, has a distinction other than his publicized alcoholism. No, it’s not that he was one of the three Royal Family Barrymores of theater and film, Lionel and Ethel being the others. Yes, he was one of W. C. Fields’ drinking buddies, but that is generally known too.

Barrymore, whose Hollywood publicity promoted him as The Great Profile--based on his sculpted facial features, holds a movie star record yet to be broken.


In Don Juan (Warner Brothers, 1926), the first American feature film with sound, Barrymore lip locked a combined 127 times with co-stars Mary Astor and Estelle Taylor. However, you cannot hear either the love smacks or any dialogue since only music and more spectacular sound effects like sword fighting are included on the soundtrack.

A swig of Listerine, please.
For a lip smacking taste of a dozen or so Barrymore kisses, go here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xwwuy2rsgFc

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