Johnny Trouble

  • 1957
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Barrymore, in her last film, plays a wealthy widowed invalid who refuses to leave her apartment after the building is sold to a local university and converted into a dormitory. She continues to hope that her son, who was expelled from the college and disappeared 27 years earlier, will return. She is adopted as the house "Nana" by the students, and when...read more

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Barrymore, in her last film, plays a wealthy widowed invalid who refuses to leave her apartment after the building is sold to a local university and converted into a dormitory. She continues to hope that her son, who was expelled from the college and disappeared 27 years earlier, will

return. She is adopted as the house "Nana" by the students, and when ex-Marine Whitman moves in, Barrymore is convinced that he is her grandson because he has the same name as her son. She helps Whitman with romantic problems and during a conflict with school authorities. Shortly before Whitman's

father is due to arrive, Barrymore dies, never realizing that Whitman is not really her grandson. What could have easily turned into soap opera is instead a sensitive drama thanks to Barrymore's dignified performance. She handles the role well, creating a sympathetic character. Whitman is fine in

the supporting role.

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