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THE GREAT LOVERS

THE GREAT LOVERS


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John Barrymore, the Great Profile, probably the greatest Shakespearean actor of his time-he played HAMLET for YEARS upon the stages of New York-took ONE look at young Mary Astor and fell head over heels in love with her.

Barrymore considered "Movie Acting" to be beneath him, a squandering of his talents. It depressed him, this new movie foolishness, but it paid the bills and kept him in Women and Booze...

Ah, but innocent MARY....Lovely Mary....

He promised to become a BETTER man.

He gave up BOOZE. SMOKING.

WOMANIZING.

Entirely smitten, he pressed his case forward with young Mary and was pleased to find that she loved him, as well.

Now, there was just ONE PROBLEM.

Astor's FATHER.

He was ABSOLUTELY against BARRYMORE. To him, John Barrymore was just another opportunist trying to spirit away his meal ticket. So he drove Mary to and from the studio, allowed her only $5.00 a WEEK from her own salary...

Kept her home at night and on weekends.

Kept her PRISONER....

He threatened Barrymore with so much HATE and VENOM that, broken-hearted, Barrymore was forced to give up the chase.

He went on a BENDER and went WEST on a fishing trip...

A few years later, Errol Flynn and David Niven had become good pals with Barrymore, and asked him to recommend a good place to hook Steelheads. Barrymore referred them to the spot near the Sacramento River that he'd gone to to get over Mary Astor.

When Niven and Flynn arrived, they found the place that was advertised in such glowing terms had fallen on hard times. The place was entirely run-down and badly taken care of.

Where was the Glowing, Vivacious woman that Barrymore had described? The awesome fisher-woman that ran the camp?

Well, she was still there, but now OLD and BENT, long before her time, straggly, unkempt gray hair hung limply about her SAD face....

But, according to their Indian Guide, the Steelhead were running and the fishing was still good, so they decided to stay...

They opted to try their luck with the famous STEAKS that the camp was known for, so they ordered a few from the scowling woman behind the counter.

They sat down and began telling funny stories while the woman was in the kitchen preparing their meals....

Inevitably, like most drunken tales of Hollywood, they got around to mentioning John Barrymore...

"BARRYMORE?", the woman screamed from the kitchen, flying through the swinging doors in a mad FURY....

"John Barrymore from Hollywood????" she demanded....

A startled Flynn answered "YES".

The woman grabbed the two SIZZLING plates of beef and TOSSED them at Flynn and Niven's HEADS.

GET THE FUCK OFF MY PROPERTY! That bastard Barrymore came here with his sweet tongue and broken heart and ran off with my DAUGHTER 5 years ago. I haven't seen or heard from her since! GET THE FUCK OUT.....

Flynn and Niven started RUNNING, and didn't stop until they were DEEP in the unfamiliar WOODS....

Took a GUIDE to find them.....



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