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Case of the curious blog

08 Aug

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My dear fellow Flynn fans,

in connection to last week’ s (puzzle) piece on the”White Rajah” I summon you to chip in on Errol’s announced, but never realized film projects.

I know of the following, either via newspaper or self promotion of our Hollywood hero himself:

“Goya” after an idea, rather a vision of Salvatore Dali

“Michael Strogoff”, the Jules Verne classic, who saw the movie light later starring Curt Juergens

“Lord Valiant”, a historic fencing flic side by side with Robert Wagner and Joan Collins

“Singapore East” a junk boat pirate spectacle situated in Japan  with Italian singer-actor Alberto Rabagliati

And the mother of all sequels “The new adventures of Robin Hood”, which I especially am curious about. Maybe one of our elder statesmanly scolars knows if it ever was really officially announced by Warner Bros. ?

— shangheinz

 

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  1. Maria

    August 8, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Hmm..this is tough. The first thing that comes to my mind is “Lolita” but of course he was only asked to play a part (and famously turned it down)- he did not own the rights.

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  2. David DeWitt

    August 8, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Re: Proposed film projects—Correction—NOT “Lord Valiant”—should read “Lord Vanity”—The project is mentioned in Robert Wagner’s autobiography.
     
    The title is from Samuel Shellabarger’s historical novel.

    Thanks to Eric Becker via the EFB Mailbag!

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    • Gentleman Tim

      August 8, 2014 at 7:23 pm

      Thank you, Eric & David, for bring to our attention the very highly regarded and successful writer, Samuel Shellabarger. … A Princeton Man, with “the enthusiasm but not verbosity of Alexander Dumas”. Fox Studios produced his “Captain from Castille” & (quite appropriately for Fox) “Prince of Foxes”.

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  3. Gentleman Tim

    August 8, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    I love that photo of Errol, Sir Heinz. Looks like it was taken during or soon after A Weekend with Barrymore.

    This is a fantastic topic. Thank you. I didn’t know of all these announced but unrealized films. Will you Tell if Will Tell qualifies, too?

    Perhaps there was no Lord Valiant, but there should have been! It would have been a terrific title for a Lord Flynn film. Valiant Comics certainly realized this when they made him part of the Valiant Universe. here’s an issue he was featured in, with his alleged friend, Armstrong:

    www.com…

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  4. Tina

    August 8, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Hi Heinz;
    In regards to Lord Valiant I am a little confused. Robert Wagner played “PRINCE VALIANT” but not with Joan Collins it was Janet Leigh.
    I am not quite sure what you are looking for in relation to Errol’s White Rajah?

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  5. Gentleman Tim

    August 8, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    I’m not familiar with “Singapore East”, singaheinz, but I did see “Singapore Mideast” with Errol, filmed nine or so years after the 1947 original with Errol’s old Dive Bomber co-star in the lead:

    www.amazon.com…

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  6. Maria

    August 10, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Good Morning all! I found 2 possible projects – but I am not sure if they were proposed/owned by EF :
    EL CID -1948. This seems plausible as one of EF’s projects.
    “March or Die” 1955- I found this one noted in a newspaper search as Errol’s TV series debut with CBS.
    Does anyone have more information?

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  7. Tina

    August 10, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    The picture in Heinz’s post is from the movie “The Curious Bride”

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  8. Gentleman Tim

    August 11, 2014 at 3:35 am

    And, of course, harrisonheinz, we should not forget Errol’s most famous Lost film, when he played archaeologist Professor Henry Jones Jr.

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  9. shangheinz

    August 11, 2014 at 4:35 am

    Great work ya’ all! Of course, Prince Valiant was an actual film starring Robert Wagner having a bad hair day, which by the way hindered him becoming Errol’s heir apparent. Keep the info flow coming, dear fact finding Flynnions. And now what about Rob Hood II.?

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    • Gentleman Tim

      August 11, 2014 at 10:51 am

      Back to the Hood we go, nottingheinz. But, first, I thought I should post this publicity shot of Lord Wagner & Lady Page from Prince Valiant. Had this clip of Wagner’s hair (a Page boy cut?) been more well known back in the Fifties, The Beatles may have never been.

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  10. Lollie

    August 11, 2014 at 11:53 am

    I read that a sequel to Footsteps In The Dark (to be called Ghosts Don’t Leave Footprints) was being written,but unfortunately was never made.

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    • Gentleman Tim

      August 11, 2014 at 5:22 pm

      Hope you had a nice Winter(?) holiday, Lollie! Your Ghost have No Footprints find led me to this fascinating list of Errol’s “Unmade Films” & “Films Made by Other Actors”!! Thank you, Lollie!!

      en.m.wikipedia.org…

      Would have been wonderful to have seen Flynn
      in all these films, right up to Debby Reynolds’ tee-totalling dad. Barrymore set the bar really high in The Sea Beast, but so did Fairbanks in Robin Hood:

      www.nytimes.com…

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      • Lollie

        August 12, 2014 at 11:47 am

        That list is very interesting isn’t it Tim,thanks for posting. :)

        And thank you also,we had a really GREAT winter weekend holiday. :D

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  11. Maria

    August 11, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Wow – Mrs. Skeffington was on that list. I wonder if Bette used her influence on that one.

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    • Gentleman Tim

      August 12, 2014 at 4:00 am

      Somehow I doubt Errol was not too shaken up over not making that one with Miss Bette, Maria!

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      • Gentleman Tim

        August 12, 2014 at 4:11 am

        Senor Errol & Clark in SIMON BOLIVAR circa 1940!! Wow, that would been fantastico! Bigga than a Gigahit
        in Latin America, no doubt – likely to this very day.

        Who would have played Bolivar?? I say Fleen! (Which may have led El Gablo to say no?) (Flynn wins top billing alphabetically, too!)

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  12. Gentleman Tim

    August 12, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Well, mickeyheinz, it appears that Senor Flynn may have been a intended possibility for a Walt Disney production of El Cid, which Disney apparently discussed with Dali at his home in Spain, if the Disney related link below is accurate, and my interpretation of it correct. Errol’s part was to be “live action”, which describes The Great Flynn’entire life & persona quite well actually.

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    According to a Dali filmography compiled by Elliot H. King, this El Cid project was being considered circa ’48.

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    • Lollie

      August 12, 2014 at 11:53 am

      Another movie I read about was the film Four Daughters ( they ended up making 4 of them starring the four real life Lane sisters & Claude Rains),Errol was signed on to play the Felix character (who all the sisters fall in love with) but he dropped out after the character didn’t have enough of a big part in the film,they say Errol wasn’t happy about that.

      I have seen the first movie Four Daughters and could have easily seen Errol in the role of Felix.The movie itself though I found to be pretty boring,but luckily Claude Rains,John Garfield & the old actress who plays Errol’s Grandma in The Perfect Specimen make it worth watching,but I found the Lane sisters to all be very annoying.

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      • Gentleman Tim

        August 12, 2014 at 12:23 pm

        I didn’t know that, Lollie. Thanks. Nor do I believe I ever saw the film(s). I suspect, though, Errol was right to avoid it. If he had married just once more, he could have made a similar film with, Lili, Nora, Pat & Lucky No. 4!!!! That would have classic! (I remember Prof. Flynn talking about the party at Mulholland when Errol had Lili, Nora & Pat all there!!! He was something else!)

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        • Lollie

          August 12, 2014 at 12:30 pm

          lol really Tim?! Please tell the story! :D

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          • Gentleman Tim

            August 13, 2014 at 11:25 am

            I’ll need to search further tonight, Lollie, as I can’t find an account of it now, BUT here’s how I recall the story:

            After Errol left for the next world, his dad wrote a wonderful, loving article about him. I believe I read it in an Austalian periodical, perhaps Austalian Women’s Weekly? It’s the one where, among other things, The Prof talks about how so many women were always chasing, harrassing, and using Errol – even sometimes stripping naked in front of him. One even knocked Marelle down or around on Hollywood Boulevard!

            The Professor revealed a lot of very cool things about Errol, many rare tidbits. One gem was the time Errol first brought his young new wife to Mulholland and decided to throw a party. Then, to spice and/or stir things up I imagine, Flynn invited both his ex’s – Tiger Lil & Nora. Father Flynn was horrified when Nora sat on Errol’s lap, with young Patrice not knowing what to do. …. Gd only knows what Tiger Lil was up to – probably sizing up the Farm for a lien or three.

            We’ve got to find that article, Lollie! It’s a great one, with great pictures.

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            • Lollie

              August 13, 2014 at 12:11 pm

              Thanks Tim that article would be fantastic to read! :D

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            • Lollie

              August 13, 2014 at 12:25 pm

              Tim I think I found the article you mentioned! Is this it? :)

              1st page –

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              2nd page –

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              • Gentleman Tim

                August 15, 2014 at 11:22 pm

                I believe that’s it, Lollie! Thank you for such great research!!

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                • Lollie

                  August 16, 2014 at 11:15 am

                  You are welcome Tim,I am glad I could help a little & I thank you for telling me about this great article in the first place.You are my #1 Errol Flynn ‘go to guy’. :D

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                  • Gentleman Tim

                    August 16, 2014 at 12:30 pm

                    Thank you for such a kind compliment, Lollie. Isn’t that a wonderful article by Father Flynn! So good to see him stand up so strongly and proudly for his son. And such great inside info.

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                    • Lollie

                      August 16, 2014 at 12:33 pm

                      You said it Tim! Such a lovely article,and that letter Errol wrote to his family (at the bottom of this page) was beautiful. :)

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                    • Lollie

                      August 16, 2014 at 12:45 pm

                      Tim,Errol’s Dad made a very interesting comment here about Beverly when he said –

                      ‘But when Beverly Aad
                      land appeared on the scene
                      we moved out. It was the
                      only time we felt apart from
                      Errol. But let it never be for-
                      gotten that by this time he was
                      no longer himself.’

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                    • David DeWitt

                      August 16, 2014 at 6:02 pm

                      Beverly Aadland was certainly accepted by Rory and Deirdre, and Nora Flynn-Haymes. His parents couldn’t because of her age, I suppoise. But it was a genuine loving relationship, which is not to say it wasn’t controversial. It gave Flynn happiness at a time when his health was failing, and he was nearing the Stygian Gates …

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                    • Gentleman Tim

                      August 16, 2014 at 7:11 pm

                      I imagine Professor Flynn thought Errol was sailing way too far up Styx Creek when he saw how deep his son was in with the way-too-young Woodsie She definitely appealed to Errol’s Achilles Heel.

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  13. Tina

    August 16, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Hi David;
    You are right! I would say Errol knew for quite a while that the time to pass over was very near. Errol ignored it but he knew as he was an intelligent person and most likely felt the symptoms.
    I don’t think Errol had in general a happy life or really was a happy man, he portrayed it – yeah – but always an act till his dying moments.
    What did he say to all the Media slurs: “A a decent chap never lets his public down”. He took everything like a brave man!
    Beverly gave him happiness, which he deserved! He knew it wouldn’t last for long. Fully aware it was his last chance to clutch some happiness before the bell tolled!

    Ah, broken is the golden bowl! The spirit flown for ever!
    Let the bell toll… a saintly soul floats on the Stygian River!

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  14. Gentleman Tim

    August 16, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Pickin’ up the Styx metaphor has certainly raised the poetic spirit of replies, David. What’s a metaphor, if not for such such things? As the Walrus once sang: Man, it’s good to see them picking Edgar Allen Poe. (Or was that the Carpenter?)

    I think Errol could have played the Poe old boy!

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  15. David DeWitt

    August 17, 2014 at 12:45 am

    Well said, Tina & Tim!

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    • Lollie

      August 17, 2014 at 12:12 pm

      Poor Errol,he looked so very sad around that time.

      I am glad he and Beverly made each other happy and that she was with him then,but at the same time though it is a difficult time in Errol’s life to look at.Yes definitely controversial for sure,especially considering now days that he would be jailed as a – you know what.

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  16. shangheinz

    September 25, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Looks like the “White Rajah” is bound for the big screen: www.theborneopost.com…

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