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    John Barrymore Photos. "You have no idea what it means to play opposite so perfect an artist!" exclaimed Greta Garbo to John Barrymore after acting a scene with him in Grand Hotel, surprising Barrymore further by kissing him. Here are two superbly striking 11x14 stills of that "perfect artist," taken by Metro's ace portrait photographer Clarence Sinclair Bull during Barrymore's halcyon MGM years in the early 1930s. The horizontal portrait shows Barrymore posing by a ship model in the recreation room of his Beverly Hills house. He's smoking a pipe and standing in front of old framed theatre posters, which are visible on the wall behind him, along with his shadow. (There's also an empty glass on the table before him - reminding one of the Barrymore demons.) The second shot, vertical, shows Barrymore, flaunting his "Great Profile" as he poses with Diana Wynyard in MGM's Reunion in Vienna (1933). He's in uniform, and holding a glass here too, but it's evidently called for in the story. Each still has Bull's stamp on the verso. The portrait with pipe-and-ship model has the original snipe attached to the back and a Dell Publishing Company stamp, dated April 4, 1939 (although the still was taken circa 1932) and is in Excellent condition. The Reunion in Vienna picture has the original snipe on the back, as well as stamps from the Photoplay magazine library and blue pencil crop marks; there's a crease mark in the lower right corner, but it still rates Very Good condition. John Barrymore reigns as one of the most fascinating, eccentric and tragic Golden Age stars, and these two Bull portraits capture his flair and genius.

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