Lionel Barrymore

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Lionel Barrymore (born Lionel Herbert Blythe; April 28, 1878 – November 15, 1954) was an American actor of stage, screen and radio as well as a film director. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in A Free Soul (1931), and remains best known to modern audiences for the role of villainous Mr. Potter in Frank Capra's 1946 film It's a Wonderful Life. He is also particularly remembered as Ebenezer Scrooge in annual broadcasts of A Christmas Carol during his last two decades. He is also known for playing Dr. Leonard Gillespie in MGM's nine Dr. Kildare films, a role he reprised in a further six films focussing solely on Gillespie and in a radio series entitled The Story of Dr. Kildare. He was a member of the theatrical Barrymore family.

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It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

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A holiday favourite for generations... George Bailey has spent his entire life giving to the people of Bedford Falls. All that prevents rich skinflint Mr. Potter from taking over the entire town is George's modest building and loan company. But on Christmas Eve ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Capra
CAST:  James Stewart  •  Donna Reed  •  Lionel Barrymore  •  Thomas Mitchell

A holiday favourite for generations... George Bailey has spent his entire life giving to the people of Bedford Falls. All that prevents rich skinflint Mr. Potter from taking over the entire town is George's modest building and loan company. But on Christmas Eve ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Capra
CAST:  James Stewart  •  Donna Reed  •  Lionel Barrymore  •  Thomas Mitchell

A Free Soul (1931)

An alcoholic lawyer who successfully defended a notorious gambler on a murder charge objects when his free-spirited daughter becomes romantically involved with him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clarence Brown
CAST:  Norma Shearer  •  Leslie Howard  •  Lionel Barrymore  •  James Gleason

An alcoholic lawyer who successfully defended a notorious gambler on a murder charge objects when his free-spirited daughter becomes romantically involved with him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clarence Brown
CAST:  Norma Shearer  •  Leslie Howard  •  Lionel Barrymore  •  James Gleason

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925)

Erstwhile childhood friends, Judah Ben-Hur and Messala meet again as adults, this time with Roman officer Messala as conqueror and Judah as a wealthy, though conquered, Israelite. A slip of a brick during a Roman parade causes Judah to be sent off as a galley slave ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fred Niblo
CAST:  Ramon Novarro  •  Francis X. Bushman  •  May McAvoy  •  Betty Bronson

Erstwhile childhood friends, Judah Ben-Hur and Messala meet again as adults, this time with Roman officer Messala as conqueror and Judah as a wealthy, though conquered, Israelite. A slip of a brick during a Roman parade causes Judah to be sent off as a galley slave ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fred Niblo
CAST:  Ramon Novarro  •  Francis X. Bushman  •  May McAvoy  •  Betty Bronson

Captains Courageous (1937)

Harvey, the arrogant and spoiled son of an indulgent absentee-father, falls overboard from a transatlantic steamship and is rescued by a fishing vessel on the Grand Banks. Harvey fails to persuade them to take him ashore, nor convince the crew of his wealth. The ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Victor Fleming
CAST:  Freddie Bartholomew  •  Spencer Tracy  •  Lionel Barrymore  •  Melvyn Douglas

Harvey, the arrogant and spoiled son of an indulgent absentee-father, falls overboard from a transatlantic steamship and is rescued by a fishing vessel on the Grand Banks. Harvey fails to persuade them to take him ashore, nor convince the crew of his wealth. The ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Victor Fleming
CAST:  Freddie Bartholomew  •  Spencer Tracy  •  Lionel Barrymore  •  Melvyn Douglas

Dinner at Eight (1933)

An ambitious New York socialite plans an extravagant dinner party as her businessman husband, Oliver, contends with financial woes, causing a lot of tension between the couple. Meanwhile, their high-society friends and associates, including the gruff Dan Packard ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Cukor
CAST:  Marie Dressler  •  John Barrymore  •  Wallace Beery  •  Jean Harlow

An ambitious New York socialite plans an extravagant dinner party as her businessman husband, Oliver, contends with financial woes, causing a lot of tension between the couple. Meanwhile, their high-society friends and associates, including the gruff Dan Packard ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Cukor
CAST:  Marie Dressler  •  John Barrymore  •  Wallace Beery  •  Jean Harlow

Duel in the Sun (1946)

Beautiful half-breed Pearl Chavez becomes the ward of her dead father's first love and finds herself torn between her sons, one good and the other bad.  (more)

DIRECTION:  King Vidor
CAST:  Jennifer Jones  •  Joseph Cotten  •  Gregory Peck  •  Lionel Barrymore

Beautiful half-breed Pearl Chavez becomes the ward of her dead father's first love and finds herself torn between her sons, one good and the other bad.  (more)

DIRECTION:  King Vidor
CAST:  Jennifer Jones  •  Joseph Cotten  •  Gregory Peck  •  Lionel Barrymore

Grand Hotel (1932)

Guests at a posh Berlin hotel struggle through worry, scandal, and heartache.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edmund Goulding
CAST:  Greta Garbo  •  John Barrymore  •  Joan Crawford  •  Wallace Beery

Guests at a posh Berlin hotel struggle through worry, scandal, and heartache.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edmund Goulding
CAST:  Greta Garbo  •  John Barrymore  •  Joan Crawford  •  Wallace Beery

Key Largo (1948)

A hurricane swells outside, but it's nothing compared to the storm within the hotel at Key Largo. There, sadistic mobster Johnny Rocco holes up - and holds at gunpoint hotel owner James Temple, his widowed daughter-in-law Nora, and ex-GI Frank McCloud.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Huston
CAST:  Humphrey Bogart  •  Edward G. Robinson  •  Lauren Bacall  •  Lionel Barrymore

A hurricane swells outside, but it's nothing compared to the storm within the hotel at Key Largo. There, sadistic mobster Johnny Rocco holes up - and holds at gunpoint hotel owner James Temple, his widowed daughter-in-law Nora, and ex-GI Frank McCloud.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Huston
CAST:  Humphrey Bogart  •  Edward G. Robinson  •  Lauren Bacall  •  Lionel Barrymore

Mark of the Vampire (1935)

Sir Karell Borotyn appears to have been killed by Count Mora, a vampire who prowled around his castle. One year later, Irena, Karell's daughter, is haunted by the vampire and will be his next victim… unless Professor Zelen can avoid it.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tod Browning
CAST:  Lionel Barrymore  •  Elizabeth Allan  •  Bela Lugosi  •  Lionel Atwill

Sir Karell Borotyn appears to have been killed by Count Mora, a vampire who prowled around his castle. One year later, Irena, Karell's daughter, is haunted by the vampire and will be his next victim… unless Professor Zelen can avoid it.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tod Browning
CAST:  Lionel Barrymore  •  Elizabeth Allan  •  Bela Lugosi  •  Lionel Atwill

That's Entertainment! (1974)

Various MGM stars from yesterday present their favorite musical moments from the studio's 50 year history.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Haley Jr.
CAST:  Fred Astaire  •  Bing Crosby  •  Gene Kelly  •  Peter Lawford

Various MGM stars from yesterday present their favorite musical moments from the studio's 50 year history.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Haley Jr.
CAST:  Fred Astaire  •  Bing Crosby  •  Gene Kelly  •  Peter Lawford

The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929)

An all-star revue featuring MGM contract players.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Reisner
CAST:  Conrad Nagel  •  Jack Benny  •  John Gilbert  •  Norma Shearer

An all-star revue featuring MGM contract players.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Reisner
CAST:  Conrad Nagel  •  Jack Benny  •  John Gilbert  •  Norma Shearer

The Musketeers of Pig Alley (1912)

A man recognizes the thief who had previously robbed him as one of the men involved in an unrelated mob shootout.  (more)

DIRECTION:  D. W. Griffith
CAST:  Elmer Booth  •  Lillian Gish  •  Clara T. Bracy  •  Walter Miller

A man recognizes the thief who had previously robbed him as one of the men involved in an unrelated mob shootout.  (more)

DIRECTION:  D. W. Griffith
CAST:  Elmer Booth  •  Lillian Gish  •  Clara T. Bracy  •  Walter Miller

The Rogue Song (1930)

In czarist Russia, a princess falls for a dashing bandit leader, but their romance proves a stormy one.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lionel Barrymore
CAST:  Lawrence Tibbett  •  Catherine Dale Owen  •  Nance O'Neil  •  Judith Vosselli

In czarist Russia, a princess falls for a dashing bandit leader, but their romance proves a stormy one.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lionel Barrymore
CAST:  Lawrence Tibbett  •  Catherine Dale Owen  •  Nance O'Neil  •  Judith Vosselli

Treasure Island (1934)

In this early film adaptation of the classic novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, young Jim Hawkins is caught up with the pirate Long John Silver in search of buccaneer Captain Flint's buried treasure.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Victor Fleming
CAST:  Wallace Beery  •  Jackie Cooper  •  Lionel Barrymore  •  Otto Kruger

In this early film adaptation of the classic novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, young Jim Hawkins is caught up with the pirate Long John Silver in search of buccaneer Captain Flint's buried treasure.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Victor Fleming
CAST:  Wallace Beery  •  Jackie Cooper  •  Lionel Barrymore  •  Otto Kruger

David Copperfield (1935)

Charles Dickens' classic tale of an orphaned boy's fight for happiness and the colorful characters who help and hinder him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Cukor
CAST:  Freddie Bartholomew  •  Frank Lawton  •  Edna May Oliver  •  Basil Rathbone

Charles Dickens' classic tale of an orphaned boy's fight for happiness and the colorful characters who help and hinder him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Cukor
CAST:  Freddie Bartholomew  •  Frank Lawton  •  Edna May Oliver  •  Basil Rathbone

Test Pilot (1938)

Jim is a test pilot. His wife Ann and best friend Gunner try their best to keep him sober. But the life of a test pilot is anything but safe.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Victor Fleming
CAST:  Clark Gable  •  Myrna Loy  •  Spencer Tracy  •  Lionel Barrymore

Jim is a test pilot. His wife Ann and best friend Gunner try their best to keep him sober. But the life of a test pilot is anything but safe.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Victor Fleming
CAST:  Clark Gable  •  Myrna Loy  •  Spencer Tracy  •  Lionel Barrymore

Since You Went Away (1944)

While husband Tim is away during World War II, Anne Hilton copes with problems on the homefront. Taking in a lodger, Colonel Smollett, to help make ends meet and dealing with shortages and rationing are minor inconveniences compared to the love affair daughter Jane ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Cromwell
CAST:  Claudette Colbert  •  Jennifer Jones  •  Joseph Cotten  •  Shirley Temple

While husband Tim is away during World War II, Anne Hilton copes with problems on the homefront. Taking in a lodger, Colonel Smollett, to help make ends meet and dealing with shortages and rationing are minor inconveniences compared to the love affair daughter Jane ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Cromwell
CAST:  Claudette Colbert  •  Jennifer Jones  •  Joseph Cotten  •  Shirley Temple

Sadie Thompson (1928)

A young, beautiful prostitute named Sadie Thompson arrives on the South Pacific island of Pago Pago looking for honest work and falls for Timothy O'Hara, an American sailor who is unfazed by her unsavory past. However, Mr. Davidson, a missionary who arrived on the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Raoul Walsh
CAST:  Gloria Swanson  •  Lionel Barrymore  •  Blanche Friderici  •  Charles Lane

A young, beautiful prostitute named Sadie Thompson arrives on the South Pacific island of Pago Pago looking for honest work and falls for Timothy O'Hara, an American sailor who is unfazed by her unsavory past. However, Mr. Davidson, a missionary who arrived on the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Raoul Walsh
CAST:  Gloria Swanson  •  Lionel Barrymore  •  Blanche Friderici  •  Charles Lane

The Valley of Decision (1945)

Mary Rafferty comes from a poor family of steel mill workers in 19th Century Pittsburgh. Her family objects when she goes to work as a maid for the wealthy Scott family which controls the mill. Mary catches the attention of handsome scion Paul Scott, but their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tay Garnett
CAST:  Greer Garson  •  Gregory Peck  •  Donald Crisp  •  Lionel Barrymore

Mary Rafferty comes from a poor family of steel mill workers in 19th Century Pittsburgh. Her family objects when she goes to work as a maid for the wealthy Scott family which controls the mill. Mary catches the attention of handsome scion Paul Scott, but their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tay Garnett
CAST:  Greer Garson  •  Gregory Peck  •  Donald Crisp  •  Lionel Barrymore

Young Dr. Kildare (1938)

A medical school graduate takes an internship at a big city hospital, only to be subjected to a rigorous (and sometimes embarrassing) testing of his knowledge by the hospital's top dog, Dr. Leonard Gillespie.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Harold S. Bucquet
CAST:  Lionel Barrymore  •  Lew Ayres  •  Lynne Carver  •  Nat Pendleton

A medical school graduate takes an internship at a big city hospital, only to be subjected to a rigorous (and sometimes embarrassing) testing of his knowledge by the hospital's top dog, Dr. Leonard Gillespie.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Harold S. Bucquet
CAST:  Lionel Barrymore  •  Lew Ayres  •  Lynne Carver  •  Nat Pendleton
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