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Archive for March, 2018

A Curious Pair

10 Mar

At the Wilder Theater on Wilshire, in Westwood

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The Adventures of Robin Hood swoops into the Billy Wilder Theater to restore a measure of innocence to the jaded moviegoer. Splendidly operatic in style and resplendent in its Technicolor trappings, the film endeared Errol Flynn to a Depression-era audience and secured his place in the Hollywood pantheon. Director Michael Curtiz replaced William Keighley when Warner Bros. decided that the action needed more oomph, and the film certainly doesn’t lack for excitement, particularly during the climactic swordfight with Basil Rathbone. UCLA Film & Television Archive is pairing it with Flynn’s American debut, The Case of the Curious Bride, as part of its tribute to Curtiz. Alan K. Rode will sign copies of his new Curtiz biography in the lobby prior to the screening.

UCLA’s Billy Wilder Theater, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood; Fri., March 9, 7:30 p.m.; $10. (310) 206-8013, cinema.ucla.edu….

— Gentleman Tim

 

Mail Bag! Errol pitches The White Rajah to Jack Warner!

07 Mar

Our new subscriber, Eric Clarke, sends us a couple of images of Errol’s pitch to Jack Warner about his script of The White Rajah and a page of the 14 page synopsis.

 

 

Thanks, Eric!

— David DeWitt

 

Sean Flynn’s Camera

05 Mar

HI all I found this amazing page about Seans camera

www.adorama.com…

Love Genene.

— tassie devil

 
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Can`t keep a good Flynn down

05 Mar

Dear fellow Flynn fans,

we tackled the topic of Errol`s coming up short at the Oscars here before: www.theerrolflynnblog.com…
Last night though the Academy acknowledged his status among the true greats in their heartwarming hommage of 90 award winning years.
At 3.12 into the video the golden bad boy of Hollywood can be seen in the blink of an arrow.
Please don`t comment if you think that these two seconds of fleeting fame were expendable meriting narrowly a blog entry.

Enjoy,

— shangheinz

 

The Shape of Errol

05 Mar

Errol’s connection to The Shape of Water? The extraordinarily talented and beautiful Millicent Patrick. Before she worked on the shape of Gil-Man in Creature from the Black Lagoon, she worked on the shape of Errol.

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“She began working as a “makeup illustrator” on an Errol Flynn film and worked her way up from there. Patrick created and designed the look of Mr. Hyde in Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and the Xenomorphs in the B-picture This Island Earth and of course the iconic Gil-Man himself from Creature from the Black Lagoon.”

* Lake Zaca near Santa Barbara, California, which may have inspired Templeton Crockett to name Errol’s future yacht “The Zaca”, is very frequently reported to have been the lagoon filming location in “The Creature from the Black Lagoon.” These reports however may be apocryphal. The true “Black Lagoon” may actually have been Wakulla Springs in Florida.

— Gentleman Tim

 

A Spring Training Quiz

03 Mar

It’s 3/3, Baseball Spring. So here’s a FlynnQuiz involving the most famous No. 3 of all, Babe Ruth.

One was Ruthian, the other Errolympian.

Both were hugely popular and beloved stars, and still are.

One’s career ended in 1935, the other’s exploded in 1935.

It’s astonishing to me that there’s no record of Errol Flynn and Babe Ruth ever meeting. For example, it’s hard for me to believe that Babe never attended a party up at Mulholland. They did, however, both know a famous director. In fact, this director had a significant role in the film careers of both Errol and Babe. Indeed, it may be the case that Babe’s having worked with this famous director impeded Babe from meeting Errol. Whatever the reason here’s the quiz question:

What famous director did both Errol Flynn and Babe Ruth work with?

Pitch No. 1: It involved a very big and famous premier in New York.

Pitch No. 2: It did not involve the wonderful Harold Lloyd film depicted below.

Pitch No. 3: Nor did it involve the Gary Cooper and Teresa Wright masterpiece depicted below.

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Speedy: One of Harold Lloyd’s greatest, featuring Babe Ruth.

Pride of the Yankees: a heart-wrenching Super-Duper Gary Cooper movie, featuring the stunningly gorgeous and talented Teresa Wright. Look for Ruth in the beginning of this music video tribute.

— Gentleman Tim

 

Rory to be interviewed at Glendale March 8th

02 Mar

Susan King will moderate a discussion with Errol Flynn’s daughter, Rory Flynn.
Alex Film Society, Alex Theatre, 216 North Brand Blvd., Glendale, (818) 243-2539. March 8, 7:30 p.m. $8.50-$12.50. alexfilmsociety.org…
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— tassie devil

 
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Spring Training has Sprung

02 Mar

With March now here, Baseball’s Spring is here. Errol was far more well known for his wicket, wicket ways than for baseball, of course, but, living in the States in the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s, he most certainly was familiar with the American game and religion of Baseball, which was significantly based on the game of cricket he knew and played so well. Here he is playing the two at once, the only batsman I know of having posed and performed in such an extraordinarily (wicket) way (with Mayo on the side): www.gettyimages.com…

And here is another baseball rarity!

— Gentleman Tim

 

On Exhibit Now @ the LACMA

01 Mar

“It’s a stunning piece.” … [the poster for] the 1938 Errol Flynn classic “The Dawn Patrol.” The design, he said, makes you feel as though you’re in a cockpit of a plane during a World War I dogfight.

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— Gentleman Tim

 

Brushbuckler

01 Mar

Dear fellow Flynn fans,

whoever said that beauty lies in the eye of the beholder may well have been a caricaturist. Those acerbic artists have a keen mean eye for the special facial features of a person. Especially Errol deemed handsome if not downright beautiful enticed them to sharpen their pencils another notch. The image above shows our Hollywood hero as seen and drawn by Adrian Teal. By no means an ugly inkling, don’t you think?

Enjoy,

— shangheinz