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The Errol Flynn Blog Mailbag! Lincoln Hurst’s book Reviewed?

23 Jul

Karl Holmberg, a greast friend of The Errol Flynn Blog sent me a review back in 2010 of our dear friend Prof. Lincoln D. Hurst’s forthcoming book ERROL FLYNN: The True Adventures of a Real Life Rogue. (Linc hated the Rogue part of the title but it was a compromise.) The book was never published becasuse our friend passed away while trying to reconstruct lost chapters in a computer crash and write the book so Karl bring’s up the question, How do you accurately review a book that never saw print, or even galleys?




— David DeWitt


Flynnstrumental Video Tribute

22 Jul

Ebb Tide & Sounds of Silence

— Gentleman Tim


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command performance

21 Jul

Thought you guys would like this Errol Flynn enters at 5.37 min. and there is footage of him through

— daringthorpe


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In should have been Flynn

21 Jul

Dear fellow Flynn fans,

while there is much commotion these days on the blog where and when extra Errol first entered the movie scene, a film he very much wanted to do finally reached the movie screen. It is the lifestory of liberating Simon Bolívar. Our Hollywood hero would have been perfect for this biopic, being the wild and free spirit he was and with his love for South America. It seems only fitting that we can view the charge of the latino brigade free of charge here:…




— shangheinz


Was Errol in The Bermondsey Kid?

20 Jul

The Bermonsey Kid (1933)

Flynnquiring minds want to know.

From a May 1, 2013 comment by John Walter Skinner. Any updates and/or new perspectives?

Have been doing some idle research of ERROL IN LONDON 1933 and have made some interesting discoveries. FLYNN SCHOLARS please take note of the following movies; – THE BERMONDSEY KID(1933) and THE SCOTLAND YARD MYSTERY(1934). ERROL may have been an EXTRA in both of them….BERMONDSEY KID is fascinating because I got this title from 2 sources,years apart. In Brighton ,England, in the mid 1970s I was semi acqainted with John Montgomery,who,to cut a long story short had been a publicist at Warners Teddington in the 1930s and we were talking about ERROL for some reason and he suddenly came out with the comment that he had been in THE BERMONDSEY KID. I didnt react too much since I thought, as usual,someone had come up with the wrong info….ANYWAY,in more recent years the British director VAL GUEST has written his memoirs and said that ERROL had some connection with this movie. So there we are. Too much of a coincidence? What we have to do,of course,is find a copy of the movie. What is helpful to us is that the picture was produced by IRVING ASHER, directed by RALPH DAWSON,who later won an Oscar as editor of ROBIN HOOD,in Hollywood,and 2 of the cast members co-starred with ERROL in MURDER AT MONTE CARLO.The latter movie,by the way,is now officially lost……s to be the movie available to be screened,but for some reason it doesnt happen…

Hopefully more clues for you out there covering the fascinating 14 months ERROL spent in London and UK 1933/1934… —- john

Thank you, John!

— Gentleman Tim

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Was Errol in Abdul the Damned?

20 Jul
    Some say so. Some say no.

    What say you?…

    Is he the palace guard on our far left?


    Thank you for all the great previous research on this topic, from Karl Holmberg, Tom McNulty, Tina, Brian Twist, Gerry Connelly, et al. This post is intended not to challenge or replace any of their superb research on this topic, rather to bring attention to it and to see if there are any updates and/or new perspectives regarding this Flynnian mystery. Thank you All.

    Please see the following EFB post from 2010:…

    — Gentleman Tim


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Was Errol in The Scotland Yard Mystery?

20 Jul

The Scotland Yard Mystery (aka Third Degree?) from British International Pictures, 1934.

It’s been said. But is it true?

From John Walter Skinner:

Have been doing some idle research of ERROL IN LONDON 1933 and have made some interesting discoveries. FLYNN SCHOLARS please take note of the following movies; – THE BERMONDSEY KID(1933) and THE SCOTLAND YARD MYSTERY(1934). ERROL may have been an EXTRA in both of them …

… and now to SCOTLAND YARD MYSTERY. This is in fact the release title to a picture that shot under the title THIRD DEGREE , this title has baffled FLYNN scholars for years since ERROL lists it in his Spotlight Casting Director entry,unaware of the eventual title change……And there we have it. If we GOOGLE Scotland Yard there appears to be the movie available to be screened,but for some reason it doesnt happen…
Hopefully more clues for you out there covering the fascinating 14 months ERROL spent in London and UK 1933/1934… —- john

Thank you, John.

— Gentleman Tim


Was Errol in Mimi?

20 Jul

Mimi (1933) with Douglas Fairbanks Jr. & Gertrude Lawrence.

So it’s been said. But is it true?


From preeminent Flynn scholar Karl Holmberg:

Some further info on this most elusive of subjects.
I believe it was through Thames Productions (for the “Hollywood” series) that Irving Asher was interviewed (1978), and that a portion of this interview wound up in Portrait of a Swashbuckler? (There is no credit in the Swashbuckler doco otherwise). In the excerpt contained in the doco, Asher speaks ONLY of Murder at Monte Carlo and no other mentions of UK based films and Flynn.
As TCM recently summarized the current understanding of things:
Flynn himself had gotten his first real start at Teddington Studios appearing in an uncredited bit in I Adore You (1933) followed by the lead in Murder at Monte Carlo (1934). After that producer Irving Asher recommended Flynn to Jack Warner who brought him to the U.S. for his first U.S. film, The Case of the Curious Bride (1935). Asher was also responsible for Knowles and Ian Hunter being signed by Warner Bros. Ironically, all three actors – Flynn, Knowles and Hunter – ended up together in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938).
So, upon further checking of the other scant sources on the subject, we have, from Gerry Connelly’s book Errol Flynn in Northampton (1998):
“Irving Asher had a vacancy for a male lead, but shooting began in three days. No time for a screen test so he did something else.
Flynn was appearing as a film extra in the British International Pictures Production of Mimi, starring Gertrude Lawrence and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Asher contacted Fairbanks and asked him to check Flynn out, and tell Asher what he thought. (Connelly said he had seen Mimi and could not spot Flynn).” On receiving a favorable appraisal from Fairbanks … decided … to cast Flynn.”
I do not know where Connelly gets his info concerning his Asher story (as I did not spot a citation, but assume, again, the same Thames interview) … yet, when Fairbanks Jr. had the chance to tell a story, and he was mentally VERY SHARP at this point, he omits this shared film connection, and instead remembers (from Salad Days, 1988):
“I sought out my old Hollywood friend Irving Asher … He was producing Warner Brothers budget quota films and was their overseas representative as well … we toured his small studio at Teddington on the Thames. While going around, he introduced me to a very handsome personable young Australian whom he’d seen in a provincial rep company and whom he had tested and cast in bit parts (note: Asher produced I Adore You and Murder at Monte Carlo). I was asked to see his latest test. I liked it very much and said so … Irving, encouraged, promptly recommended him to Jack Warner …”
So, tis still … “a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma”.
BUT- as Connelly further relates of the Asher story: “Flynn, around this time (of September/October 1934) placed an advertisement in Spotlight stating he was now available for work …” and “Flynn just turned up one day, got past Asher’s secretary and told him he wanted to be a star”.
So, given this “Rampant Male”-like aggressiveness when it came to pursuit of a film career, it would not be entirely surprising that he might show up for a one or two day shoot as an “extra” (if given the chance)- even one with a most inauspicious of titles like Abdul the Damned.
To be continued (maybe) …

Extracted from the following, q.v.:…

— Gentleman Tim

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The importance of being Malvernfest

19 Jul


Dear fellow Flynn fans,

Errol’s by now auctioned off romantic letters back from 1934 to a young English maid caused quite a stirr when they resurfaced lately, didn’t they?

First Elspeth, then Elizabeth and now Marjorie – make three. See:………

England proved to be a prolific playground for this young lad fresh from Australia and new to the Northampton Repertory.

Should his vivid, vivid ways with the ladies find theirs to the moviescreen, I think this biopic should be called “300”.

Taking all his Oscar Wilderness into account, what about this summer festival where Flynn appeared in the role of a servant as announced in the official programm (forth to last name).

The 4 week Malvern festival was established in 1929 by patron Barry Jackson as a modern day drama counterpoint to the Shakespearean festival in Stratford upon Avon.

In 11 seasons until its suspension because of WWII, no less than 19 plays of George Bernhard Shaw were on display.

Even though appearing in 5 plays during the 1934 season, Errol was not on stage for Shaw`s “You never can tell”.

Another familiar name can be found on the cast for “Saint Bernard”- English actor Jack Allen flanks the left of our Hollywood hero.

Years later he would reappear as merry man to our marrying man in “The Adventures of Robin Hood”. Enjoy!

— shangheinz


Dodge City Blu Ray

17 Jul

I have given up on my favorite review site DVDBeaver which seems to show better quality images than other sites including this one,…. It has been too long so I am now posting this from Bluraydotcom. Quote: “For this 1080p, AVC-encoded Blu-ray release, Warner has created a new master from an interpositive, using digital technology to realign and “re- register” the three layers of the original photography of this 1939 classic. The result stands in stark contrast to its treatment of two other recently released Technicolor productions from a few years later, Anchors Aweigh (1945) and On the Town (1949). Dodge City’s Blu-ray image is much sharper and better defined, while still retaining a film-like texture and a natural grain pattern. The presentation may not be quite as impressive as an Ultra Resolution restoration such as that given The Band Wagon, but it is still good enough to render complex scenes like the huge barroom brawl, the cattle stampede or the train ambush with depth and detail.” I did not see if either Robin Hood or Gone With The Wind were given the (Ultra Resolution) treatment but from the images seen on all three it seems like GWTW has the clearest image but that is the way it was filmed to begin with I suspect were with Warner’s there is softer look to give it a fantasy element especially on Robin Hood. I have not purchased it yet but they say that the still image wont look as good as the moving images while watching the film. So far so good. Will report back after I get the film.…

— twinarchers


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