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Case of the Curious Corpse

12 Feb

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  1. shangheinz

    February 12, 2017 at 12:26 pm

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    Errol’s first outing under a blanket for Warners. Great gif, Gentlemason Perry. Even as a corpse, Errol caused quite a stirr:

    “The girl was Margaret Lindsay and the scene was to show Errol struggling with her, just before he was killed. It was only a flash, and director didn’t feel it necessary to rehearse. “Hey, you!” the director called to Errol. It was significant that he didn’t use his name. He didn’t use it because he couldn’t remember it! “Just give us a good, rousing, realistic fight, and that’s all I’ll ask of you.”

    The scene was all set up, the camera was ready, the director gave the signal to start, and Errol lit into it. A few minutes later when the “Cut!” word was given, there was one young lady, Margaret Lindsay, slightly the worse for wear, weeping a little, nursing her wrist a lot.

    “Oh, I say, I’m sorry,” the tall young man apologized, genuinely repentant. “Let me take a look.” Gingerly, the actress placed her tiny hand in his big one. The marks of his fingers were still there on her wrist. “I’m afraid it’s sprained,” she said softly.

    A minute later Margaret was taken to the First Aid station, and a publicity man, who had happened to be present, was dashing off to his typewriter. “Ye gods, what a guy!” he was muttering to himself. “Is he the real thing…a real he-man! I never saw such vitality, such realism in a fight scene in my life! Of course he’s nobody, but I ought to get a column lead on it, at least.”
    In a Hollywood movie column the next day appeared the first American headline that Errol Flynn ever received: “Errol Flynn Wrenches Star’s Wrist.” And for a paragraph or two the columnist lauded the unknown whose fierce acting had caused a delay in production. From that day on, Errol Flynn became a personality to be reckoned with. And yet, if it hadn’t been for Errol’s particular state of mind that day, when he was thrown into “The Case of the Curious Bride,” all this might never have happened. Today he might not be the star-idol that he is.” (Modern Screen magazine 1937)

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