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Archive for December, 2017

“The Most Celebrated Sex Symbol Since Errol Flynn”

16 Dec

In the early Seventies, a famous, Pulitzer-Prize winning writer declared him the most celebrated sex symbol since Errol Flynn.

Who was he?

He was famous very young.

He was a tremendous athlete.

He died in the late Eighties.

A major movie was made about him.

The woman closest to him died this year.

People paid huge sums for him to be a sexual partner.

Like Flynn himself (and the aforementioned Pulitzer- Prize writer), he is still regarded by many to be the best in the world at what he did.

— Gentleman Tim

 

The Good Doctor

16 Dec

“Many years ago, he met a man whose last name was Flynn. My Dad immediately said “Ah I know that name.” The man sighed and said, ‘you probably have heard of my son Errol Flynn, the film actor.’ My Dad replied, “No. But I do know an illustrious biochemist of that name.” The man put his arm around him and said, “That is the first time anyone recognised my name rather than that of my son.” The pair remained friends for many years.”

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— Gentleman Tim

 

Mail Bag! Crossed Swords Remembered!

14 Dec

Vincenzo Castaldo writes us about his new book on the filming of Errol Flynn’s Crossed Swords circa 1954. You may remember him from a previous post last year. His book is finished and was the center of attention in the village of Lauro at the Lancellotti Castle where the movie was filmed when Vincenzo (who lives in Lauro) held a public showing of the film, and discussion of his book. It was a grand affair attended by all the dignataries of the town. Vincenzo speaks no English but does well with Google Translate:

Crossed Swords – Stories and anecdotes about the Holy Grail by Errol Flynn (Il Papavero).

(Il Papavero is the book’s Italian Publisher. It may also be purchased online, he says.)

The book, the result of a three-year research conducted by the author mainly between Naples and Rome, unveils the gestation and elaboration of “Crossed Swords” (M. Krims, 1954), a compelling and unknown film from ’52 and ’53 made in Cinecittà , at Real Bosco di Capodimonte in Naples and in the Irpinia villages of Lauro and Marzano with the main interpreters Errol Flynn and Gina Lollobrigida.

The book is divided into four parts. The first offers a historical synthesis of swashbuckling, which found fertile ground first in America and then in Italy since the Thirties, and pays tribute to stars such as Burt Lancaster, Sean Connery, Antonio Banderas and Johnny Depp who, in the wake of the mythical Errol Flynn, have made the caste of the hood famous. The second focuses exclusively on the cinematographic work of Milton Krims, revealing the artistic and technical cast, the plot, the places and the various assumptions about how the troupe has landed in Lower Irpinia.

The third part includes a series of stories, stories and very funny anecdotes retrieved by the author, who interviewed the exclusive diva Gina Lollobrigida, Prince Pietro Lancellotti with his sisters Ginevra and Maria Cristina, who met the main interpreters during the realization of the film in the family castle, and several citizens of the time of Lauro who have lived the period of filming or have participated in the film with more or less important roles.

The fourth and last part includes news and various curiosities about the vicissitudes of the company during the period of the film, the journalistic reviews of the major newspapers of the time and those “found” by four great critics of Italian cinema, including the late father of David Gian Luigi Rondi.

Everything is accompanied by scene photos and amateur shots found by the author.

The book uses the preface by Valerio Caprara (well known film historian and journalist) and the afterword by Alessandro Cecchi Paone. A well respected journalist).


Thanks, Vincenzo!

 

— David DeWitt

 

Blimey, to Shelley Flynn smelled limey

12 Dec

Dear fellow Flynn fans,

those of us who read Academy Award winress Shelley Winter`s autobiography “Shelley, also known as Shirley” are well aware that she and Flynn had a fling going on. It dated back when our Hollywood hero was inbetween marriages two and three. She remembered him warmly and smelley…again that`s Shelley!

Enjoy,

— shangheinz

 

¿Quien era él?

10 Dec

Who was He?

He was an adventurer.

He was a Hollywood star.

He often wore a thin mustache.

The ladies liked him, and vice versa.

Studio big wigs considered him difficult to direct and control.

He was in Spain to record events during the Spanish Civil War.

He was in the mountains with Castro to record events of the Cuban Revolution.

He sailed a yacht in California, the Carribean, and elsewhere.

He had a prominent Hollywood wife.

He was well known for his role portaying a renowned heroic figure who courageously protected the poor and downtrodden against the rich, greedy and evil.

His first and last name had a total of three-syllables. One ended with an ‘l’, the other with an ‘n’.

— Gentleman Tim

 

Another Robin in the Hood

09 Dec

In Errol’s Old Hood – Beverly Hills Hood.

“If swashbuckler Errol Flynn were alive today, I think he’d stand up and applaud “The Heart of Robin Hood”, a delightfully quirky new version of the Robin Hood legend that has been entertaining audiences since the 14th century.”

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“The staging is enthralling, with inventive Sherwood Forest décor, a charming mix of period and non-period costumes, entrances made down a steep, well-used carpeted slope, doors and balconies popping out of the hills, with 17 actors (some playing multiple roles) and five musicians tumbling all over the sets, clever lighting effects, and a stage floor that opens up a well into which two, three— oh, now I’ve lost count — characters either are pushed or jump.”

“Every time there’s the opportunity for a little slapstick, a somersault, some saucy repartée, a swing on the ropes or a sword fight, the advantage is not missed. It’s a busy, frenetic, energetic, Errol Flynn-worthy, visually appealing adventure.”

“The Heart of Robin Hood”: A swashbuckling romance for people’s justice

— Gentleman Tim

 
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Mail Bag! Rathbone! Audio Version of Michael B. Druxman’s One Person Play!

07 Dec

Michael B. Druxman writes to us:

The audio edition of Michael B. Druxman’s one-person stage play, RATHBONE, just became available on Amazon, Audible and, within a day or two, iTunes.

Jake Sanson delivers a terrific performance as Basil Rathbone.

And, Errol Flynn is definitely an unseen presence.

Thanks, Michael!

— David DeWitt

 

Robin Hood Days — 50 Years Ago

04 Dec

‘Robin Hood Days’ Part of Proposed Tourist Program

The Chico City Council has been asked to participate in a tourist-luring program designed to draw metropolitan residents with the slogan “Come to Chico for a Change.”

If the three-part program is adopted, Bidwell Park will become “Sherwood Forest” and “Robin Hood Days” will become an annual civic celebration.

Chamber Manager Don Woodside said chamber officials decided some type of program is necessary to lure motorists from the Bay Area off Interstate 5 on the west side of the Sacramento Valley.

The advertising and marketing program to sell Chico as the recreation center for northeastern California was prepared for the chamber by the San Francisco advertising and public relations firm of Johnson-Gleason.

Johnson-Gleason proposes to capitalize on the fact that Bidwell Park was the site for the filming of the Errol Flynn epic, “The Adventures of Robin Hood.”

Hood’s band of merry men would be identified in the park, such as The Friar Tuck Picnic Area, Little John Acres, etc.

– Chico Enterprise-Record, November 1967

Robin & Marion in Chico, California 1938

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Here’s one currently popular site in Chico’s Sherwood Forest – the Sherwood Forest Kids’ Disc Golf Course.

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— Gentleman Tim

 

Quiz

02 Dec

The photo below was taken at a location where one of Errol’s relatives had a prominent connection. In fact, a geological feature there is named after one of Errol’s relatives.

Where is this location? Who was the relative? What feature is named after Errol’s relative, and why??

Clues:
1. It is enormously expensive to visit.
2. Very few people have ever been there.
3. It is a site of rare and spectacular beauty.
4. It’s the most remote location on Earth named after a relative of Errol’s.

— Gentleman Tim

 

Lynne, Flynn & Hamilton @ The Victoria Palace Theatre

01 Dec

£50 million renovation incudes a “Lynne Promenade”:

“Pride of place will be given to a photograph of Ms Lynne, taken back in the day with an old beau by the name of Errol Flynn.” mobile.twitter.com…

www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-5134927/Victoria-Palaces-50m-revamp-ready-Hamilton.html…

— Gentleman Tim