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Much Moore about Flynn- episode 2

18 Jun

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Dear fellow Flynn fans,

this is the final Flynn folly as told by 007 the 3rd, Roger Moore, from his autobiography “Last man standing: Tales from Tinseltown” published as “One Lucky Bastard” in the United States.

“I met the swashbuckler in person only once, when I was the back up actor to David Tomlinson and Geoffrey Toone in the play “The little hut”.

David Niven at that time went out with a former Flynn favourite and decided to play a trick on her. He sent her a telegram signed Errol, stating: “Honey, let’s continue where we left off last time.”

When Errol Flynn got wind of the practical joke he decided to retaliate on the spot that night at the Lyric Theatre. Showing up in Shaftesbury Ave. with rolled up sleeves and hurling insults he had to be restrained by the theatre’s employees. Still he called out Niv for a boxing bout in order “to defend the honour of their (respective!) lady.”

David at first didn’t know what to make of this overreaction of his former roommate in Hollywood, where they had shared a bungalow commonly called “Cirrosis by the sea”. He stayed in the dressing room a little longer than usual and pondered his options until the play was about to start. When he finally came out and faced Flynn, he faced his once best pal with the usual grin.”

I am sure the rest of the night turned out a memorable one…

Gotcha,

— shangheinz

 

Travelin’ Again to Avalon

18 Jun

For the Grand Opening of the new Catalina Island Museum!

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— Gentleman Tim

 

ALL ABOARD!

17 Jun

Ahoy Yawl! For those fortunate fans of Flynn who can make it to the Channel Islands Maritime Museum this Sunday, on Father’s Day, here’s your chance to board and tour Errol’s pre-Siroccon 56′ yawl, Cheerio II (which he inititally called “The Bachelor”, much to Tiger Lil’ Flynn’s chagrin. Read the rest of this entry »

— Gentleman Tim

 

No. 1

15 Jun

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No.1. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

“Almost 80 years after he first leaped across screens, Errol Flynn is still the definitive Robin Hood, despite countless new retellings. All later adaptations seem to rip off Michael Curtiz and William Keighley’s iconic Golden Age swashbuckler in one way or another — and rightly so. The dialogue is sharp and clever, Olivia de Havilland is lovely, the sets and costumes are brilliant in glorious Technicolor — but it’s Errol Flynn, with his effortless, irresistible charm, who brings a special magic to the classic. There was never any question which Robin Hood would take the top spot: The Adventures was always in like…well, Flynn.”

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— Gentleman Tim

 

Mail Bag! Zaca Models and a bit of History

14 Jun
Robert de Cantelar writes to us:

To whom it may concern…..

The first time I saw her was during summer 1964, in Villefranche, so alone…..already careless !

I’m and I was the first expert and master who has studied and carry out the file for the first restoration of ZACA for a well known French financier, aborted the day of signing the final contract because of an indiscretion of Camper & Nicholson in Cannes.

It was in 1988.

The manager of Villefranche Shipyard was Mr. Lagarrigue and we had a great team together, in vain ….

Part of the funding for the study was provided by a series of 92 half-hull of ZACA carved in the wood of the main boom of the boat we had cut up in the presence of a bailiff.

I carved them. The Nr 0 is home. (Pict)

I also made a model, flush deck, complete with masts to show to our customers the beauty of the restored boat lines. (Some pict)

Masts, booms, pole are made with original ZACA main boom wood, the stand too. Oregon pine.

I still have some plank of this wood that I use with the respect due to a relic ….

I carved too, a half-hull 103 Cm long in Teak, Azobe, Wengé, Bronze and Cuba Mahogany. (Pict)

Because of lack of space I sell my two collections of models and half-hull, so, it is normal that I propose to you in priority those of ZACA.

All these pieces have a story linked to this exceptional boat, even their material, many pictures as she was when near to sink, almost abandoned.

Some more things at home.

Are following some pictures and my address.

Best regards,

R de Cantelar.

Capitaine Marine Marchande.
Ingénieur mécanicien MTU – MAN – Cat.
Expert en moteurs Diesel marins – Survey.
Agent exclusif “Rémora 2000” COMEX
1003 Rte de St Jacques – 06810
Auribeau sur Siagne.

+33 (0)4 93 609 189 et +33 (0)6 03 783 713

 

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— David DeWitt

 

The Governor’s Cup

14 Jun

The Inaugural Race of the world renowned Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race.

Featuring Errol Flynn, Humprey Bogart & Spencer Tracy.

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The Newport Ocean Sailing Association (NOSA) was founded in 1947 to organize a boat race from Newport Beach, California to Ensenada, Mexico. The first 125-nautical mile race took place on April 23, 1948 and was called The Governor’s Cup. The race was renamed the Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race and grew to include 20 boat classes. In 1983, the race set the record as the world’s largest international yacht race, with a record 675 boats entering the competition.

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— Gentleman Tim

 

“The Only Night El Morocco Ever Closed”

13 Jun

“Was the Night Errol Flynn Died.”

He was known as “The Prince of El Morocco”.

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— Gentleman Tim

 

From Penthouse to Saloon

13 Jun

Stained glass said to be from Errol’s legendary 57th Street penthouse in Manhattan being installed at the soon-to-open P.J.Clarke’s in Philadelphia, at the Curtis Center, near Independence Hall.

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The Curtis Publishing Building, the year of Errol’s birth:

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The new Curtis Center, in the Colonial Center of Philadelphia:

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— Gentleman Tim

 

In hindsight

12 Jun

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Dear fellow Flynn fans,

here is an Errol cast against his character in the full lenght feature film:

Enjoy,

— shangheinz

 

Rory Flynn has Spoken!

10 Jun

Park Ridge Herald-Advocate: Thursday, June 2, 2016

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— David DeWitt