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Archive for April, 2016

The Virginia City Junket

30 Apr

An historic article from the Nevada Journal about preparations for the Virginia City Junket

www.nevadaappeal.com…

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— Gentleman Tim

 

A Very Gracious Thing

29 Apr

www.vanityfair.com…

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— Gentleman Tim

 

Master Flynn

29 Apr

Just watched this again a few days ago and was very happy with the real locations used rather than the back lot. Makes me wish Against All Flags was filmed in Europe too.
I think that many reviews in the book The Films Of Errol Flynn are a bit too critical and was happy to find this one.

MOVIE REVIEW
Master of Ballantrae’ at Paramount
H. H. T.
Published: August 6, 1953
With plenty of good, old-fashioned muscularity crowding a highly pictorial Technicolor frame, at least three-fourths of “The Master of Ballantrae” makes a rousing, spectacular outlet for a pair of estimable adventurers, Errol Flynn and the master himself, Robert Louis Stevenson. In the new Warner Brothers arrival at the Paramount yesterday, Mr. Flynn is leading a fine, predominantly British cast through one of the liveliest, handsomest and most absurd screen free-foralls ever to leave the Victorian talespinner’s pen.

If the excessive length and staggeringly heroic exploits can be pinned on Warners and Mr. Stevenson, respectively, no one, assuredly, should question the lavish elasticity of the proceedings. It is played well by the entire cast, and seasoned throughout with some brazen drollery. The film was gleamingly authenticized in such locales as Scotland, England and Sicily.

Herb Meadow’s adaptation fittingly charts a cluttered, tumultuous odyssey for the indefatigable protagonist, leader of the fiery Durisdeer clan and fugitive champion of the Stuart Restoration, as he engineers a magnificent career in high-seas piracy and returns home, a wiser, if no less boisterous, rebel. The direction of William Keighley is equally alert and scenic, whether scouring the craggy, heather-strewn battlegrounds of the clansmen or capturing the lusty barbarism of the pirates’ island sanctuary. And since the dialogue is more often pungent than standard, the motivations and characterizations retain a surprising air of conviction, for all the flying kilts, sabers and sails.

Mr. Flynn is, in turn, bold, roguish and forgiveably self-satisfied in his best swashbuckler since “The Sea Hawk,” thirteen long years ago. The featured players, a spanking round-up, are crisp, restrained and forceful, one and all, particularly Roger Livesey and and Anthony Steel, and the ladies in the case, Beatrice Campbell and Yvonne Furneaux.

Last but not least, the truly stunning color photography of that British ace, Jack Cardiff, provides a canvas that stands as a model of its kind and fully rates the classic archive reserved for Mr. Stevenson, long, perhaps, after Mr. Flynn and company are forgotten. Meanwhile, Mr. Flynn is having himself, as well he might, a field day.

THE MASTER OF BALLANTRAE, screen play by Herb Meadow, based upon the Robert Louis Stevenson story directed by William Keighley and presented by Warner Brothers.
Jamie Durisdeer . . . . . Errol Flynn
Col. Francis Burke . . . . . Roger Livesey
Henry Durisdeer . . . . . Anthony Steel
Lady Alison . . . . . Beatrice Campbell
Jessie Brown . . . . . Yvonne Furneaux
Lord Durisdeer . . . . . Felix Aylmer
MacKellar . . . . . Mervyn Johns
Arnaud . . . . . Jack Berthier
Mendoza . . . . . Charles Goldner
Maj. Clarendon . . . . . Ralph Truman

— twinarchers

 

Jerry’s Joynt

29 Apr

A very popular LA restaurant & dance hall in Chinatown’s Ferguson Alley, where Errol celebrated selling “The White Rajah” to Warner Brothers. Lily and friends were there to enjoy an 11-course feast including place cards of specially hand-carved ivory.

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— Gentleman Tim

 

Jamaican Like Flynn

27 Apr

Jamrockin’ Luke Flynn

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— Gentleman Tim

 

Michigan Like Flynns

27 Apr

“Errol Flynns” by the Third Coast Kings

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— Gentleman Tim

 

Much Moore about Flynn- episode 1

26 Apr

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Dear fellow Flynn fans,

our Hollywood hero looms large in Roger Moore’s biography “Last man standing: Tales from Tinseltown” published as “One Lucky Bastard” in the United States. The second coming of James Bond had once been the prime choice to star as Errol Flynn.
But Roy Huggins’ projected filming of “My wicked wicked ways” was vetoed by none other than Jack Warner.
When Jumping Jack had to learn that Flynn spoke treason about him posthumou(r)sly, he had an extra removed from the Warner Bros. premises simply because the poor chap slightly resembled Errol.
Mooreover Roger remembered being summoned by JW while auditioning for the role. The volatile studio boss asked the young actor if he really wanted to star in a film depicting him, the movie mogul, as a petty thief. “Very much so.”, the Brit with esprit shot back.
Surprisingly the project was equalized on the spot and RM went on to become a Saint, a Persuader and ultimately a Double O’ Seven.

Enjoy,

— shangheinz

 

“Filling the Screen with Greatness”

25 Apr

“Beyond the Blue Sky” aka Dive Bomber

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Filming began 75 years ago

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— Gentleman Tim

 

Errol Flynn: The King of Bon Sol

24 Apr

www.express.co.uk/travel/articles/663959/Drama-Mallorca-Island-hideaway-full-Mediterranean-riches…

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— Gentleman Tim

 

EF TV 3

24 Apr

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Dear fellow Flynn fans,

here is the account from January 12th 1959, when Errol recounted his days with El Maximo Lider.

www.cbc.ca/player/play/1402782294…

He had high Fidel-ity in Castro´s toppeling takeover from Batista the Bully.

Another epic episode our our Hollywood hero`s last Havanna hooray can be found here: www.theerrolflynnblog.com…

Salut,

— shangheinz