john barrymore quotes

Grand Hotel (1932) directed by Edmund Goulding

John Barrymore as Hamlet, 1922. 

Helen Hayes, who later appeared with Barrymore in Night Flight (1933), recalled his performance as Hamlet as “the finest I’ve seen”: 

[He] had one thing that all other actors, for me, have lacked. He wasn’t acting the Prince of Denmark–he was a prince. He had a regal [presence]–without being stuffy, naturally, cause there was nothing ever stuffy about a Barrymore. They had the air of royalty, and he had it more than any of them. You were not watching an actor trying to behave like a prince…He was wonderful, in so many different lights and colors. And of course, he was so beautiful to look at.” (Helen Hayes, Colliers, 1951)