|Early 20s portrait|
|The Enchanted Cottage|
|With Molly O'Day in The Patent Leather Kid|
|The Patent Leather Kid|
In silents Barthelmess could play anything -- an Englishman, a Mexican, a Dutchman, a Russian, or a Chinese, wealthy or poor, aristocratic or slum-bred -- and nobody was much bothered. But sound solidified the boundary lines. Actors like Bette Davis and Cary Grant had to fight studios to play roles different from their last success.
So Barthelmess' days as a box-office draw were over by 1936. But he was still a great actor. It is true that he had cosmetic surgery in England in 1937, and it is true that there were complications that lead to scarring. (Personally, I think this might have been triggered by the fact that his mother, Caroline Harris, passed away in New York while he was away). But I don't really think that had anything to do with the decline in his career; he was not obviously disfigured, as his next film demonstrates.