Lionel Barrymore is remembered for the negative role of Mr. Potter in the fantasy drama film ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ (1946). He won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as Stephen Ashe in the drama film ‘A Free Soul’ (1931).
He wanted to become a painter but got attracted towards theatre and appeared on Broadway with his uncle in plays like ‘The Second in Command’ (1901) and ‘The Mummy and the Hummingbird’ (1902).
He tried his hand at painting, but did not achieve much success. He then returned to the stage and went on to act in films. He joined Biograph Studios and appeared in the war film ‘The Battle,’ in 1911.
He also started writing and directing films and gained recognition with the movies ‘Life’s Whirlpool’ (1917), ‘The Unholy Night’ (1929), and ‘Ten Cents a Dance’ (1931). Some of his high rated performances came in ‘Captains Courageous’ (1937), ‘You Can’t Take it With You’ (1938), and ‘Key Largo’ (1948).
A holiday classic, It's a Wonderful Life is a feel-good movie that centers around a man, George Bailey, who broken down by the troubles of life wishes that he was never born. An angel appears to show him how the life of the people around him would have been if that was true and how he is loved by all.
Key Largo is an action crime drama film which tells the story of Army veteran, Frank McCloud, who arrives at the Hotel Largo in Key Largo, Florida, in order to visit his deceased war comrade’s family, who owns the hotel. He sees that a gangster has been running things, but soon, a hurricane approaches as well.
This film revolves around the stories of a few individuals who are completely different from each other. The only thing common about them is that they are staying at the same hotel in Berlin.
Aging Captain Bering Joy is about to be replaced by First Mate, Dan Lunceford. In order to prove the ship’s owners wrong, Bering goes on one last whaling mission and brings his grandson Jed along with him. Though he initially resents Dan, disaster during the voyage forces the rivals to unite.
While on a visit to the isolated estate of his wealthy client, lawyer Richard Grant finds that his daughter is all set to marry the wealthy client. Knowing that he is a womanizer and much older to his daughter, Grant first tries to dissuade her and when he fails, murders the other man, making it appear like a suicide. But will he really be able to get away?
Manuel Robledo falls in love with the mysterious Elena at a masquerade ball and gives her a ring, but finds out the next day that she is married to his friend Marques De Torre Bianca. Heartbroken, he leaves but fate brings the three together again with tragic consequences, in Argentina.
The elite society of Paris is intimidated by a bold thief known by the name of Arsene Lupin, who continues to rob them of their precious possessions. The scandal creates a fear in the city. But Detective Guerchard of French Police is certain of the mysterious thief’s identity, and is also confident of how he is going to apprehend the thief.
Idealist Richard Miller, when chosen as the valedictorian of his high school, decides to express his anti-capitalist thoughts in his speech. But as his father gets the wind of it, he stops Richard in time. His girl, Muriel, is forbidden by her father from meeting him. Heartbroken, he ends up drinking in local bar. Will he find a reason to smile again?
The Road to Glory is a war drama film, which takes us to France, during the time of the First World War. It tells the story of a love triangle, which develops between a French commander who cares more for strategy than his soldiers, a free-thinking officer who is appalled by the decisions of his superior, and a nurse with whom both men fall in love.
A recently divorced New Yorker leaves the city to join her 85 years old grandfather at his Iowa farm. Although he welcomes her, a number of distant relatives, who have been living on the farm since long, are not at all happy to see her and become especially alarmed when the old man starts showing preference to her.
Judge Hardy, who wishes to be re-elected, faces opposition from town’s people as he takes objection to the construction of an aqueduct. On home-front, his elder daughter returns after separating from husband, and younger daughter, who is dating the aqueduct-project’s engineer, wants to know the reason for his objection to project. The town’s powerful people and local newspaper publisher, demand Hardy’s impeachment.
Navy, Blue and Gold is a sports drama film, which tells the story of three young men, who share a common fondness for football. They become roommates at a US Naval Academy. However, one of them is hiding his identity as the son of an unfairly disgraced ex-Navy soldier.
In order to infiltrate a gang, a FBI agent helps the leader of the group to escape from prison in order to gain his trust.
Following Chicago’s great fire, Daniel Pardway starts a store which he builds in a huge departmental store. After his wife’s death, Daniel raises his children and provides them with everything. Later, when his children are grown-up, he wishes that his sons would take over the business. But when he finds them either uninterested or incapable of the responsibility, Daniel is left heartbroken.
Brash young American athlete Lee Sheridan wins a scholarship to Cardinal College, Oxford University. But his bragging nature immediately alienates everyone including Paul Beaumont and the Dean. Things get complicated when he falls in love with Paul’s sister Molly and unwittingly ends up being expelled from college.
Eadie Chapman leaves Missouri to find a wealthy man to marry. Later she garners the attention of Frank Cousins and he offers her expensive gifts. Frank commits suicide due to bankruptcy and Eadie, a suspect is rescued by T.R. When T.R.’s son falls in love with Eadie, T.R. turns on Eadie.
Right after the USA enters World War II, reporter John Royer secures the release of and enlists the help of his friend Carnaghan to smuggle much-needed rubber out of Japanese controlled Malaya. With a dangerous Japanese commander Tomura in pursuit, Royer and Carnaghan involve an old associate The Dutchman to help them.
Desperate to cure her hemophilic son Prince Alexei, Czarina Alexandra, resorts to the healer and mystic Rasputin to save him. Although it seems that Rasputin is initially curing the Prince, he conspires to bring about the downfall of the Russian Empire under Czar Nicholas II. Only Prince Paul Chegodieff stands in his way.
Barbara is a beautiful taxi dancer at a city dance hall. One day, she is hired by wealthy Bradley Carlton, who later invites her to dinner and agrees to give a job to her unemployed neighbor Eddie when she asks for it. Later she realizes that she is in love with Eddie and decides to quit her job to marry him. But is Eddie the right person for her?
The Secret Heart is a 1946 drama film, which tells the story of Larry Adams, a brilliant pianist, who commits suicide burdened by his unpaid debts. His wife devotes her life to paying off his debts as well as raising his two children. However, Penny, who is unable to get over her father’s death, starts questioning everything concerning him.
The Christmas Party is a short drama film, which tells the story of Jackie, who is willing to throw a Christmas party for his friends on his football team. However, he is unsure how to begin working on it, and therefore, has to take help.
During her second divorce hearing, singer Dixie Donegan recounts to Judge Murdock, the ups and downs of her marriage to composer Eddie Crane. After initially working together, falling in love, and getting married the two separated due to differences. They got married a second time to each other only to realize that they want different things, again.
Young Mollie Harding’s dying mother writes a letter requesting Preacher Bolton to use the money she has left to buy a ‘little finery’ for her daughter who is denied such things by her miser father. Pastor buys Mollie a fancy New York hat that she yearned for, which results in gossip and malicious rumors. Will the things be set right for Mollie?
During the Revolutionary War of 1770s, brutal British Captain Walter Butler takes help of the Native Americans to attack the settlers supporting the revolution. Young patriot Nathan Holden, the express rider of Lexington, Massachusetts, falls in love with aristocratic Nancy Montague, the daughter of uncompromising Tory judge Montague, who disapproves of Nathan. In such adversative conditions, the couple needs to strive hard to unite.
The Massacre is a short western war film which revolves around the massacre of an Indian village, and the retaliation that follows.
While on their way to visit their uncle in the Wild West, Sally and her sister have brought two puppies. Also traveling with them are Melissa, her husband, her newborn baby, and others. When a tribe of Native-Americans attacks them, the settlers try to fight them off.
During the 1930s, a French air-mail company from South America is owned by Riviere who insists on continuing the night fights, though the heavy rains, fog and darkness over treacherous Andes peaks make it risky for the pilots. But when a young boy in Rio-de-Janeiro needs an urgent medical delivery of polio serum, the perilous night flight is the only available lifesaver.
Dr. James Kildare’s mentor, Dr. Gillespie, assigns him to a street clinic to gain realistic experience and stations Nurse Mary to spy on him. Kildare is called to take a bullet out of wounded Nick Lewett. Despite recognizing Nick as a murder suspect, Kildare believes in his claims of innocence and besotted with Nick’s sister Rosalie, decides to help her find real murderer.
Dr. James Kildare is getting married to Nurse Mary Lamont, the preparations for which are keeping them busy. Then a tragedy strikes leaving Kildare so devastated that he has no wish to practice medicine. His mentor, Dr. Gillespie, calls him to help with a famous conductor’s hearing problem. Kildare's successful resolution of the issue, encourages him to return to medicine.
When Dr. Kildare finds professional ice-skater Frances Marlowe in an auto-accident, he performs an emergency operation to save her from dying of internal bleeding. Afterwards when she is unable to walk, she sues Kildare for malpractice. Though hospital administration suggests an out-of-court settlement, Kildare decides to fight the case. Now, his reputation as doctor hinges on how he diagnoses her case in court.
The Miser’s Heart is a crime drama thriller short film which tells the story of an old miser who has hidden away his wealth. Thieves try to steal the money from him, but he refuses to open the safe for them. Therefore they threaten to kill a girl living in his building.
When the Japanese invade a farming village and the men of the Tan family appease the invaders to be on the safe side, a courageous young woman named Jade is determined to oppose. She learns to read and fight to build up a resistance, which in turn inspires the entire village to follow suit.
This is a silent short film about two business partners pursuing the same woman. One of them is fond of gambling while the other is more dependable. Charmed by the former, the woman marries him. But when he starts acquiring gambling debts and decides to commit suicide, it is his partner who races to the office to stop him. But will he make it?
As a young burglar is about to enter their house, a jealous brother strikes down his sibling dead. Then he calls the police, and eventually the burglar is charged with the murder. Now the burglar thinks of a way to prove his innocence.
This short drama film revolves around a patient in a mental asylum who gets calmed after he hears the piano playing. However, shortly afterwards, he attempts to break free, and is successful. He manages to elude all his pursuers, and comes to a house where a young wife is home alone.
Lone Star is a 1952 black-and-white Western film that tells the story of Devereaux Burke, a cattleman from Texas, who has to help the President of the US, to prevent the Republic of Texas from signing a treaty with Mexico.
This is a short drama film about two sisters being raised under a strict father, who forbids them to use makeup. While the elder one adheres to all his rules, the younger one happily ignores them. Without makeup, the older one is almost ostracized, feeling lonely until one young man starts paying special attention to her. But who is he?
Right Cross is a 1950 sports drama film, which revolves around a Mexican boxer fighting to retain his crown as well as win enough money to marry the girl he likes.
Roy is a homicidal maniac who is being put away for murder, but Dr Gillespie gets him committed to an asylum instead. Sometime later, Roy’s ex-fiancee, is thinking of getting married to another man, a soldier. She goes to the doctor to ask for advice about Roy.
Three Men in White is a drama comedy film which revolves around two young doctors Red and Lee who are competing to be the assistant of Dr Gillespie. Therefore, they are given a test. Lee’s task is a small girl who falls ill whenever she has a candy, while Red’s task is a girl’s mother who is suffering from arthritis.
After winning a beauty contest, Elvira Plunkett, with her mother and besotted manager, Elmer Butts, travels to Hollywood. During the journey, they meet film-star Larry Mitchell who takes a liking to Elvira and assists her around Hollywood. Trying to help Elvira, Elmer blunders through movie sets, but manages to get a part for himself. Finally, which lucky guy will win Elvira’s heart?
Amalie works hard to fit in a superficial world. However, her life gets turned upside down after her rich father loses his fortune. She soon meets a street dancer, who is quite different, and helps her in becoming her true self.
Friends is a short silent romantic film which tells the story of two friends who are gold miners who get involved with a beautiful girl who lives above their mining camp.
This historical fiction based on Samuel Hopkins Adams 1934 novel - The Gorgeous Hussy - centres around Peggy Eaton, an inn keeper’s daughter, who works her way up and gains influence in the White House during the tenure of President Andrew Jackson. The friendship generates huge controversy and results in trouble for both.
Lionel Barrymore Awards
|A Free Soul||Best Actor in a Leading Role||1931|