— Gentleman Tim
Archive for September, 2015
From our dear friend Karl Holmberg:
This subject has been mentioned before on the blog, but I just received an email from the source (U of Ulster) as a general announcement of their doings and have “teased out” what would especially be of interest. Further, I provide an edited view of those specifics.
What is the REALLY BIG DEAL here, aside from the fact that the series exists now in its ENTIRETY, is that the QUALITY level for all concerned is that of 35mm!
I attach a NYT announcement (6/3/57) of the series premier in the states.
I also attach what appears to be a photo of Flynn being filmed introducing a “Theatre” episode, and to his left one of the players: Christopher Lee? They DID appear together in an episode called Fortunes of War.
And a curious incident related to the filming of that episode was reported by Lee in speaking of work related injuries in his autobio (excerpt from IMDB):
“(Lee) almost having the little finger of his right hand severed by an inebriated Errol Flynn during a sword fight in The Dark Avenger. Lee played numerous roles in four episodes of The Errol Flynn Theatre and the two had a rematch in the episode Fortunes of War. Lee accidentally took Flynn’s wig off with his rapier and had to convince Flynn that he hadn’t done it on purpose.
And here now, the COMPLETE list of found programs:
Archive treasures: lost television programmes found
The Errol Flynn Theatre (1956-8)
Early anthology series presented by Hollywood legend Errol Flynn. Flynn also acted in some installments. It was shot on 35mm film but, despite its legendary star, some episodes were lost while the remainder only survived as inferior and edited 16mm copies. The prints found at UTV are all 35mm. The transmission dates below refer to their initial UK broadcast.
Tx Date Title
16/09/56 Wife for The Czar
22/09/56 The Girl In The Blue Jeans
29/09/56 The Model
06/10/56 The Duel
13/10/56 The Mirror
20/10/56 The Red Geranium
03/11/56 Farewell Performance [Previously lost]
10/11/56 The Fortunes of War
17/11/56 Mademoiselle Fifi
18/11/56 The Transfer
24/11/56 The Ordeal of Carol Kennedy
01/12/56 The Sealed Room
06/12/56 The Kinsman [Previously lost]
16/02/57 Love Token
23/02/57 My Infallible Uncle
02/03/57 Strange Auction
09/03/57 The Rustle of Silk [Previously lost]
23/03/57 Take The High Road
06/04/57 The Cellini Cup [Previously lost]
20/04/57 First Come, First Loved [Previously lost]
04/05/57 Declassé [Previously lost]
11/05/57 Out of The Blue [Previously lost]
01/02/58 The 1000th Night of Don Juan
Karl, we tip our hat to you!
— David DeWitt
As evidence to show anyone who doubts how transcendent Errol Flynn was on the big screen, here’s “Fire of England”, with Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh. Very much like Sea Hawk, except that Laurence Olivier (often hailed as the greatest actor in the world) pales in comparison to Errol Flynn. Take a look, for example at ~ the 10 to 11 minute mark of the film. Sir Larry clearly couldn’t carry Errol’s scabbard. (Nor Flora Robson’s.)
This is my first entry in an “UnLike Flynn” series. Please join in with your “UnLike Flynn” candidates. I started with the favorite of many an anti-Errol elitist (including Bette Big Eyes) – the big L.O.
— Gentleman Tim
For those of you new to the blog, I have made a video showing how to login to the blog which entails the WordPress security popup, and the purpose of this short little video is to make clear that the popup is not the place to enter your Personal Login details. It’s sole purpose is to discourage robots from logging into our blog, and it’s WordPress’s idea not mine.
So to when you see it (it doesn’t show up on some browsers or looks slightly different) you enter the preset username errolflynn (all lower case) and password efb (all lower case) and set the popup to “Remember me” so you won’t have to enter the preset details every time you login.
After you click ok, you are taken to the normal WordPress login page for our blog and there you enter your Personal Login details. That’s it!
I hope it clears up how to login for new members!
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— David DeWitt
I got my copy of the latest edition of Leonard Maltin’s Classic Movie Guide in the mail today and was pleased to find that Errol Flynn in Gentleman Jim made the critic’s list of just 26 “memorable performances” (one for every letter of the alphabet). Maltin writes, “Errol Flynn is an indelible Robin Hood, but there is something special about his evocation of prizefighter James J. Corbett in Gentleman Jim that stands out in my mind.” Many of my faves are on this list as well — for instance, Marion Davies in The Patsy, Una Merkel in 42nd Street, Jean Gabin in Touchez pas au grisbi, and Lon Chaney in The Unknown, so Our Man Flynn is in very good company in my book.
The Classic Movie Guide covers the silent era through 1965 and is crammed with info on more than 10,000 movies, plus it has a decent index of stars’ filmographies. So far I’ve found it more convenient than trying to get IMDB to work on my phone. It goes on sale September 29.
Dear fellow Flynn fans,
after last week’s guessing game about what could have been, had Flynn been in- Case of the curious blog 3- here is another of Errol`s projected flics that actually made it to the big screen. Thank you, blog member Ralph Schiller for hinting at this little known fact.
It is the story of Irish freedom fighter Michael Collins starring Irish Pride Liam Neeson.
I am having trouble with the really cool ones showing up on this site. Very irritating.
My favorite is a very colorful fragmented one but this site wont let me show the image no matter what I do. Just look up Errol Flynn t-shirts and you will see them under images or by shopping. Amazon or Redbubble does something to the image so that even if I copy it and send it off to snapfish I cant get it to show. Is this a virus thing?