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Not Errol!?

23 Feb

In 1945, one of Errol’s favorite leading ladies confided in Dolores Moran that the greatest lovemaker she ever had was not Errol Flynn, but, rather, another Hollywood celebrity.

Who was the leading lady?

Who was the purported superior lovemaker?

What were the circumstances of that hard-to-believe revelation?

Clues to Use

It was whispered into Miss Moran’s ear in the leading lady’s studio dressing room (dressing room no. 7) during the filming of a Warner Brothers movie.

There’s a good chance Raoul Walsh was there also, and almost certainly he knew what was whispered, though unlikely he actually heard it.

Errol traveled many thousands of miles with this alleged lovemaking competitor, prior to and subsequent to this dubious disclosure.

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— Gentleman Tim

 

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  1. barb

    February 23, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    Tim, is the movie The Man I Love? That came up after Googling Dolores Moran and Raoul Walsh. Ida Lupino was in the cast, and she’s certainly one of Flynn’s fave leading ladies.

    Presumably, then, she made the revelation during the filming of that movie? That’s as far as I go.

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    • Gentleman Tim

      February 24, 2020 at 8:13 am

      Excellent research, Barb. It wasn’t Ida, but it was someone similar in that she, too, was one of Errol’s greatest friends. The leading lady who initiated this shocking claim that The Mighty Flynn fell short of first place is pictured below being courted by two Navy officers a few months before Pearl Harbor.

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      Despite not ranked by A.S. as best lovemaker, Errol did receive the biggest head award from her.

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  2. Gentleman Tim

    February 24, 2020 at 8:29 am

    The winner’s first name was a four-letter word. Perhaps he won over the affections of Alexis performing this blooming love song:

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  3. Gentleman Tim

    February 24, 2020 at 1:51 pm

    In addition to Errol, also Alexis specifically ruled out Charles Boyer, Humphrey Bogart, and Byron Barr (aka Gig Young)

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  4. Gentleman Tim

    February 24, 2020 at 2:13 pm

    Nor was it Cary!

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  5. barb

    February 24, 2020 at 8:50 pm

    Thanks for those clues, Tim. After Googling Alexis Smith, Dolores Moran, and Raoul Walsh, I found the movie, The Horn Blows at Midnight, also starring … Jack Benny!

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  6. barb

    February 25, 2020 at 4:06 pm

    Your clues did it, Tim. After Googling Alexis Smith, Dolores Moran, and Raoul Walsh, all the top entries were The Horn Blows at Midnight. All your other clues lined up with Benny.

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  7. Gentleman Tim

    February 25, 2020 at 6:24 pm

    I thought you might bite on the Bing Crosby red herring, Barb! Bing had the requisite four-letter first name. But you are too good! …The connection of course was Love in Bloom, which Bing sang well, but Benny made even more famous, though not by name nearly as much as by the way it so perfectly suited his hammy off-key violining so very well.

    And, now, the great, perpetually-39, Jack Benny, alleged maestro of music and lovemaking:

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  8. Gentleman Tim

    February 25, 2020 at 6:34 pm

    And here’s some evidence for the “thousands of miles” clue:

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