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John Barrymore

had a classic look earning him the nickname "The Great Profile." He was best known as a Shakespearean stage actor, in particular for his performances in Hamlet and Richard III. Barrymore moved his focus to silent film and later appeared in various old time radio shows. Update: additional recordings

21 old time radio show recordings
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"John Barrymore or Rudy Vallee"



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John Barrymore and Orson Welles
"A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams."
--John Barrymore

John BarrymoreJohn Barrymore was the son on Maurice Barrymore and Georgiana Drew. His grandmother was a prominent 19th century actress and theater manager, Louisa Drew, who encouraged all the Barrymore children to become performers.  John Barrymore had a classic look earning him the nickname "The Great Profile" and was sought out by directors. 

He was considered to be the best actor of the Barrymore siblings (Ethel Barrymore and Lionel Barrymore); however, his heavy drinking impeded his career.  John Barrymore had a wild side and his escapades are well recorded.  He was kicked out of a distinguished boarding school for visiting a brothel, he would go on drunken jags for days, courted showgirl Evelyn Nesbit, and pretended to be a reporter after the San Francisco Earthquake in 1906. 

John Barrymore was best known as a Shakespearian stage actor, in particular for his performances in Hamlet and Richard III.  Barrymore moved his focus to silent film roles in such films as 1920 "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde", 1922 "Sherlock Holmes" 1924 "Beau Brummel", 1926 "Don Juan".  This collection includes the few known episodes of "John Barrymore Presents Shakespeare" a rare show featuring Barrymore at his best.  

Barrymore collapsed while appearing on a radio show and died some days later in his hospital room on May 29, 1942 or pneumonia and cirrhosis of the liver. His last words were "Die? I should say not, dear fellow. No Barrymore would allow such a conventional thing to happen to him."

See also: Shakespeare Collection and Lynn Fontanne and Alfred Lunt Collection.

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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    21 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 13 hours, 41 min
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      21 shows - total playtime 13 hours 41 minutes
      1. Anthology 540711 Ep19 Shakesperian Festivalpart 2.mp3
      2. Biography In Sound 550320 10 Ethel Barrymore.mp3
      3. John Barrymore Shakespear 500810 2o4 Hamlet.mp3
      4. John Barrymore Shakespear 500830 3o4 Macbeth.mp3
      5. John Barrymore Shakespear 500906 4o4 Taming Of The Shrew.mp3
      6. Recollectat30 570313 38 Happy Saint Patrick's Day.mp3
      7. Rudy Vallee 401128 Reh Escort Service.mp3
      8. Rudy Vallee 401226 Reh Courtroom Trial.mp3
      9. Rudy Vallee 410102 Reh Supporting Cast.mp3
      10. Rudy Vallee 410109 Reh Mounted Police.mp3
      11. Rudy Vallee 410116 Reh Horror Story.mp3
      12. Rudy Vallee 410501 Barrymore Brothers.mp3
      13. Rudy Vallee 410508 Reh Kilowatts.mp3
      14. Rudy Vallee 410807 Reh Boarding House.mp3
      15. Rudy Vallee 410821 Reh Real Estate.mp3
      16. Streamlined Shakespeare 370719 Much Ado About Nothing.mp3
      17. Streamlined Shakespeare 370726 Julius Caesar.mp3
      18. Streamlined Shakespeare 370802 Taming Of Shrew.mp3
      19. Streamlined Shakespeare 370830 Twelfth Night.mp3
      20. Streamlined Shakespeare 370834 Henryiv.mp3
      21. Streamlined Shakespeare 500824 Twelfth Night.mp3
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    21 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 13 hours, 41 min
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      21 shows - total playtime 13 hours 41 minutes
      1. Anthology 540711 Ep19 Shakesperian Festivalpart 2.mp3
      2. Biography In Sound 550320 10 Ethel Barrymore.mp3
      3. John Barrymore Shakespear 500810 2o4 Hamlet.mp3
      4. John Barrymore Shakespear 500830 3o4 Macbeth.mp3
      5. John Barrymore Shakespear 500906 4o4 Taming Of The Shrew.mp3
      6. Recollectat30 570313 38 Happy Saint Patrick's Day.mp3
      7. Rudy Vallee 401128 Reh Escort Service.mp3
      8. Rudy Vallee 401226 Reh Courtroom Trial.mp3
      9. Rudy Vallee 410102 Reh Supporting Cast.mp3
      10. Rudy Vallee 410109 Reh Mounted Police.mp3
      11. Rudy Vallee 410116 Reh Horror Story.mp3
      12. Rudy Vallee 410501 Barrymore Brothers.mp3
      13. Rudy Vallee 410508 Reh Kilowatts.mp3
      14. Rudy Vallee 410807 Reh Boarding House.mp3
      15. Rudy Vallee 410821 Reh Real Estate.mp3
      16. Streamlined Shakespeare 370719 Much Ado About Nothing.mp3
      17. Streamlined Shakespeare 370726 Julius Caesar.mp3
      18. Streamlined Shakespeare 370802 Taming Of Shrew.mp3
      19. Streamlined Shakespeare 370830 Twelfth Night.mp3
      20. Streamlined Shakespeare 370834 Henryiv.mp3
      21. Streamlined Shakespeare 500824 Twelfth Night.mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    21 recordings on 15 Audio CDs
    total playtime 13 hours, 41 min

    Disc A001

    1. Streamlined Shakespeare 370834 Henryiv

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    Disc A002

    1. Streamlined Shakespeare 370719 Much Ado About Nothing

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    Disc A003

    1. Streamlined Shakespeare 370726 Julius Caesar

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    Disc A004

    1. Streamlined Shakespeare 370802 Taming Of Shrew

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    Disc A005

    1. Streamlined Shakespeare 370830 Twelfth Night

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    Disc A006

    1. Rudy Vallee 401128 Reh Escort Service
    2. Rudy Vallee 401226 Reh Courtroom Trial

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    Disc A007

    1. Rudy Vallee 410102 Reh Supporting Cast
    2. Rudy Vallee 410109 Reh Mounted Police

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    Disc A008

    1. Rudy Vallee 410116 Reh Horror Story
    2. Rudy Vallee 410501 Barrymore Brothers

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    Disc A009

    1. Rudy Vallee 410508 Reh Kilowatts
    2. Rudy Vallee 410807 Reh Boarding House

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    Disc A010

    1. Rudy Vallee 410821 Reh Real Estate
    2. John Barrymore Shakespear 500810 2o4 Hamlet

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    Disc A011

    1. Streamlined Shakespeare 500824 Twelfth Night
    2. John Barrymore Shakespear 500830 3o4 Macbeth

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    Disc A012

    1. John Barrymore Shakespear 500906 4o4 Taming Of The Shrew

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    Disc A013

    1. Anthology 540711 Ep19 Shakesperian Festivalpart 2

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    Disc A014

    1. Biography In Sound 550320 10 Ethel Barrymore

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    Disc A015

    1. Recollectat30 570313 38 Happy Saint Patrick's Day

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