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The Cabot Guy

08 Oct

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Dear fellow Flynn fans,

Gentleman Tim has come up, yet again, with a major find:  https: //freelibs.org/movies/ColgateComedyHourWithAbbottAndCostelloAndErrolFlynn.html

As you can see in the pictures above, Errol and archer enemy Bruce Cabot appeared on the same show. Seems to me that our scolars skipped school on that one. To my understanding the two former buddies avoided meeting each other. In his MWWW memoir Errol stated their relationship as follows:

Cabot went up and down Rome`s Via Veneto boasting about what he had done. No real man strikes at another through his helpless family, especially after being friends for twenty years.

My assistant said: “Why don`t you go and see him?”

“No, I am afraid.”

”What, you afraid of Cabot?”

“ Yes, I am afraid…..of what I might do to him if I saw him.”

I had to watch myself.

“This is no time for a murder charge.”

Cabot defended his Brutus demeanor in public in 1970:

Errol Flynn- I shared his house, his fights, his liquor and his girls. He was a real man with terrific looks. What happened to him, of course, was that he took to the dope – in fact, he was registered over here in England as an addict – and that destroyed him.”

So, did they make up at Bruce`s Bar or have a wild west showdown that TV night?

Who knows more!?

— shangheinz

 
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The Missing Swashbucklers

21 Nov

From 1940’s “The Sea Hawk” until 1949’s “Adventures of Don Juan”, Errol Flynn did not make a swashbuckler. That’s like saying John Wayne did not make a western for 9 years. Or Laurel & Hardy did not make a comedy. The possibilities for Flynn swashbucklers during those  years are endless. So here’s my first imaginary Flynn swashbuckler; “The Adventures of Sir Francis Drake” which, in a better world, might have debuted at Christmas of 1943. Flynn-Poster2

— zacal

 
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The Essentials: 5 Of Michael Curtiz’s Greatest Films, On The 50th Anniversary Of His Death

15 Apr

 

 

With the arrival of the auteur theory, filmmakers like Michael Curtiz no longer get as much sway among the current generation of directors. Curtiz (born Kertész Kaminer Manó in Hungary in 1886), was a journeyman, a man who flourished in the studio system after being picked out by Jack Warner for his Austrian Biblical epic “Moon of Israel” in 1924. He stayed at the studio for nearly 20 years, taking on whatever he was assigned at a terrifyingly prolific rate — he made over 100 Hollywood movies up to “The Comancheros” in 1961. And some of them are terrible, as you might expect.

But Curtiz was also responsible for some of the greatest films of the era, and those who diminish his abilities (including the director himself, who once said “Who cares about character? I make it go so fast nobody notices”) are ignoring his enormous skill behind the camera, and his undeniable capacity for getting great performances out of some of the biggest stars in history. And slowly, his reputation has been restored over time — Steven Soderbergh (who, coincidentally, joins Curtiz as one of only two filmmakers to pick up two Best Director Oscar nominations in the same year; Curtiz for “Angels With Dirty Faces” and “Four Daughters,” Soderbergh for “Traffic” and “Erin Brockovich“)  has praised his work, and the younger filmmaker’s “The Good German” is in many ways a tribute to his forerunner.

Curtiz died fifty years ago today, on April 10th 1962, and to commemorate the anniversary, we’ve picked out five of the director’s finest works as a starting point for those who want to dig into his wider career. There’s plenty more gems where these came from — the filmmaker was incredibly versatile, ranging from action-adventure to musicals, comedies to melodrama — but these are the five highlights of a colossal output.

The Adventures of Robin Hood” (1938)
In 1935, Curtiz had helped popularize and legitimize the cinematic swashbuckler with “Captain Blood,” a thrilling pirate tale that picked up a Best Picture Oscar nomination, and saw Curtiz come second in the director category, despite not having been nominated (write-in votes still held some power back then…) Three years later, Curtiz returned to the big screen, along with his ‘Blood’ stars Errol Flynn (who would become a favorite of the filmmaker: this was their second of twelve collaborations) and Olivia De Haviland, having refined and perfected the formula, with “The Adventures of Robin Hood.” In fact, Flynn wasn’t the first choice: Jimmy Cagney had originally been targeted for the part, but left Warners, causing a huge delay until Flynn eventually took over. And it’s hard to imagine anyone else in the part: Flynn’s roguish charm and sheer pleasure in his adventures (a far cry from the joyless takes by Kevin Costner or Russell Crowe) has defined Robin Hood for generations to come. And his supporting cast are absolutely his match — de Havilland is sweet as Marion, and having Basil Rathbone and Claude Rains as the pair of sniveling villains is pretty much an unmatchable combination (it’s like having Gary Oldman and Alan Rickman playing a duo of evildoers today). Despite the attempts of Costner and Ridley Scott over the years, this is still the definitive cinematic take on the British outlaw who robs from the rich to give to the poor, with genuinely glorious Technicolor (the film was only the studio’s second experiment with color at the time), and action sequences as thrilling as anything that’s ever been seen on screen — principally because so much is done for real, right down to the famous scene of the arrow being split in two (albeit aided by bamboo arrows and wires). It’s perhaps too sincere and irony-free for contemporary audiences, but it remains one of best action-adventure movies in cinematic history.

Angels With Dirty Faces” (1938)
The dawning of the Production Code era meant that, however popular the gangster picture was, it would always end the same way: the antihero would meet his demise, normally through a hail of bullets, to demonstrate to the audience that crime didn’t pay. But that ending’s rarely been pulled off with as much a sense of genuine tragedy as Curtiz managed with “Angels With Dirty Faces.” It’s a familiar tale by now, following two kids from the wrong side of the tracks who take divergent paths. After Rocky (James Cagney) takes the fall for a streetcar robbery pulled with his pal Jerry (the actor’s great friend Pat O’Brien, who would co-star in nine films across nearly forty-five years, up to 1981’s “Ragtime“), the former would grow up to be a powerful mobster, the latter a priest, trying to keep kids — played by the young actors who would go on to be the Dead End Kids/Bowery Boys — on the straight-and-narrow. But Jerry’s drawn back in when Rocky comes up against a pair of sinister businessmen, Frazier (Humphrey Bogart) and Keefer (George Bancroft); Rocky kills them when they target Jerry, who’s about to expose their corruption, and is sentenced to death. To stop his death becoming a martyrdom to the kids, Jerry persuades Rocky to go the electric chair as a coward, and he dies screaming. It’s undoubtedly moralistic, but the relationship between Cagney and O’Brien feels so etched in truth that it carries a weight and heft that’s rare for even the golden era of gangster movies. Curtiz is in fine, noirish form, particular in the climactic shootout, and the rat-a-tat script (thanks in part to a polish from Ben Hecht andCharles MacArthur) remains eminently quotable.

The Sea Wolf” (1941)
Never released on DVD in the U.S., and mostly forgotten by this point, surviving principally through rare TV airings, Curtiz’s adaptation of Jack London‘s sea-set adventure is probably the best candidate for the hidden gem of the director’s filmography. The story follows a writer (Alexander Knox) and an escaped convict (Ida Lupino, excellent as a character invented for the screen by writer Robert Rossen of “All The King’s Men” and “The Hustler” fame), who are caught in a shipwreck, and retrieved by the tyrannical Captain Wolf Larsen (Edward G. Robinson), who faces mutiny from his cabin boy, George Leach (John Garfield). Rossen’s script is a model of great adaptation, departing from London’s text to make it more cinematic while still capturing its spirit and its characters, and given it was released as the Second World War was underway, Larsen’s near-fascistic figurehead has a resonance that still rings today. It’s one of Curtiz’s most complex works — a world away from another Flynn vehicle, swashbuckler “The Sea Hawk,” which landed the year before — with a psychological realism that would pave the way towards the likes of “Mildred Pierce.” And once more, there’s a titanic star performance at its center. Edward G. Robinson was best known for gangster movies like his star turn in “Little Caesar,” but he gives arguably his finest performance here as Larsen, a complex monster who isn’t without his moments of sympathy; his final scene, blind and raging, going down with the boat, is staggeringly brilliant work. The film suffers a little from a rather bland protagonist in Alexander Knox, but for the most part it’s a forgotten classic that we hope turns up on the Warner Archive sooner rather than later.

Casablanca” (1942)
Based on a play that was, by all accounts, pretty terrible, and made under a frantic production that had a well-documented casting back-and-forth, few expected “Casablanca” to be anything but a forgettable programmer, a cash-in on the now-overshadowed 1938 box office hit “Algiers.” That it became a Best Picture winner (and responsible for Curtiz’s only directing Oscar), and one of the greatest American movies ever made, is a case of how, every so often, the stars align just in the right way. Because “Casablanca” is perfect across the board: a rich, gripping story, told through a script that never puts a foot wrong forward (thanks to the Epstein Brothers,Howard Koch and an uncredited Casey Robinson), helmed with uncanny sense of pace and tone by Curtiz and performed by a colorful, charismatic cast that once more showed the director’s capacity for picking the right face for a part (has any supporting cast ever matched the likes of Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre here?). And the film is a tricky balancing act, because it has everything that you could want in a movie — comedy, thrills, a great love story — but it takes a craftsman in the best sense of the word to make the elements work in harmony, and one can only wonder what would have happened if original choice, William Wyler, had helmed the film instead. Technically, it’s superb too: DoPArthur Edeson, who was also behind “The Maltese Falcon” and “Frankenstein,” was perhaps the finest cinematographer working at the time, and he lights Ingrid Bergman perhaps better than anyone’s ever lit a star, while giving the North African setting an unforgettable noirish tinge. If you’ve somehow never seen it, drop whatever you’re doing and fix that.

Mildred Pierce” (1945)
By 1945, Joan Crawford had been a star for twenty years, but wasn’t exactly at the peak of her career: she’d been labeled as box office poison in 1937, and was bought out of her contract by MGM for $100,000. She went across town to Warner Bros in 1943, wanting to star in a movie version of “Ethan Frome,” but when that film didn’t happen, she stepped in for nemesis Bette Davis on an adaptation of James M. Cain‘s “Mildred Pierce,” despite the initial objections of Curtiz, who had to be convinced by a screen test. But the gamble paid off in a big way in the film that sees Crawford play a self-made woman, the owner of a chain of restaurants, tormented by her horrible little shit of a social-climbing daughter. It proved to be a major hit, and Crawford won a Best Actress Academy Award, putting her right back on top again. And even in light of Todd Haynes‘ five-hour HBOminiseries last year, an excellent, religiously faithful take on the same material that dumps the noirish murder subplot, Curtiz’s film holds up today in a big way. The director’s expressionistic experiments in light and shadow reach their apex here, with a flashback structure that feels like a knowing nod at “Citizen Kane,” and as ever, the cast is immaculate, and the pacing moves along at a neat clip. But ultimately, it’s Crawford’s show, and she’s phenomenal in the film. Her hunger to get back on top is almost palpable, but there’s little ego to the performance, with a maternal love that had rarely been seen from the actress before, and a true heartbreak when she sees how little gratitude her little monster Veda (Ann Blyth) has for her. As superb as Kate Winslet was in Haynes’ version, it’s always going to be Crawford that’s associated with the role.

Honorable Mentions: Most of his pictures with Flynn, including the aforementioned “Captain Blood,” “Charge of the Light Brigade,” “Dodge City,” “The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex” and “Sante Fe Trail,” are worth checking out, while his Oscar nominated work on musical “Four Daughters” is pleasant entertainment (as are “White Christmas” and “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” the latter of which has dated a little, but features a brilliant performance from James Cagney). He also virtually invented the sitcom, in big-screen form, with William Powell in “Life With Father” and helmed one of Elvis Presley‘s best films, “King Creole.”

— tassie devil

 
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We Welcome new Author Jeffrey Miller to The Errol Flynn Blog!

27 May

We are pleased to announce New Author, Jeffery Miller to The Errol Flynn Blog! Jeffery is the author of the book The Horror Spoofs of Abbott and Costello: A Critical Assessment of the
Comedy Team's Monster Films.
Jeffrey, we look forward to your comment and posting about dear old Errol Flynn on our blog! Welcome aboard!

                               

— David DeWitt

 
 

About Jack Marino

31 Jul
 
 

Jack Marino Warrior Filmmaker

JACK MARINO

 

Jack Marino

Forgotten Heroes

 

Jack Marino is originally from Everett Massachusetts.

This typical working class city at that time was made up
of mostly Sicilians, Irish Roman Catholic Democrats, who by the way –
were all conservatives. He and all his friends were the children of
World War II veterans; it is from this world that shapes his political,
religious and patriotic ideals

As a young boy his Father took him to see all those great
films of the mid 50s and 60s. It was in those darkened temples that he
dreamed of being in the picture business. His inspiration for being an
actor was reading “The Films of Errol Flynn” and “My Wicked, Wicked
Ways”. Other great actors he would read and follow their films, John
Barrymore, James Cagney, Bogey, Ronald Coleman, Orson Wells, Richard
Burton, Charlton Heston, the Duke and Robert Mitchum, the list is
endless. Warner Bros of the 30s & 40s was the favorite of all the
studios with contract directors like Michael Curtiz, Raoul Walsh and
Vincent Sherman, a dear friend and mentor.

A student of the Boston Catholic school system his early
life, he eventually went to Northeastern University in Boston and
graduated with a BS in Criminal Justice. This was his first massive
exposure to the 60s radical malcontent mindset. It was at Northeastern
that he started doing theater in the round. His first Shakespearean
role was Ross in Macbeth. After two years of fencing and acting in
plays he wanted to get into Repertory Theater. Once he was out of
Northeastern, his former teacher/director cast him as Cyrano de Bergerac
in that ambitious play she was directing. Four weeks into rehearsal
the play was shut down for lack of funds. Sounds familiar? This would be
a way of life in the world of independent filmmaking once he got to
Hollywood.

After the play shut down he got into his 1971 Dodge
Charger and headed for Hollywood for six months. While out here he met a
lot of film stars, old prize fighters who knew everyone from the old
days of Hollywood. His plan was to get a feel for the place. He worked
in a couple of films and then returned home to marry his high school
sweetheart. Back in Everett, they both worked for another two years. By
mid '80 they were back living in Los Angeles.

During the next four years he formed two production
companies, had a couple of scripts and was taking them around to all the
studios. In '83 he raised private funds to produce his first
independent film “KILLZONE”. It was one of the biggest hits of the
1985AFM and it changed the entire film market to low budget action
films. In Jan. of '86 he was asked by his DP on KILLZONE to put
together the film, “Hell’s Outlaw” and borrowing a friend’s credit card
he made the film. By the fall of '86 he began putting together the film
project called “FORGOTTEN HEROES”. Little would he know that this film would end up becoming his Calypso in this twenty-year odyssey.

Jack has been married now for thirty-one years to a
green-eyed Irish girl he met in 1969. Their daughter, now married,
recently gave birth to “Identical twin girls”. Their son is in the Army
and recently finished his tour of duty with the 25th INF DIV in a
Striker Brigade in Baghdad, Iraq and is now with the Army Reserves here
in Los Angeles.

By the way, he still has that '71 Dodge Charger, still has
that same girl, and when the world was young, they went everywhere in
that car. He would tell her of his dreams, making films in Hollywood,
living up on Mulholland Farm, having fat kids and watching their
vineyards grow! Now that their kids are out on their own, he is with
his girl again, only he can remember when.

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NOTE:  I am on a short hiatus from my show because of my wife's sudden illness.  I will return to my show and LA TALK RADIO.
Thank you for your loyalty during this difficult time.  
Your thoughts and prayers for my wife are working.
 I will be playing all the best shows for your enjoyment.
 I am looking forward to returning in the near future. – Jack Marino
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  One of  LA Talk Radio's family
members, Jack Marino from Warrior Filmmaker, has recently encountered a
great tragedy in his life. His beautiful bride of
32 years, Louise, recently suffered a stroke and has been in a coma ever since April 30.

 
On behalf of Jack and his family we ask for your prayers and support.
At present time, there is no long term financial solution in place to
fund the ongoing medical expenses for Louise's care. A fund has been
established in her name to provide support to meet Louise's future
medical expenses.

 
If you would like to support Louise, please go to this link
www.friendsoflouisemarino.com   (friends of Louise Marino.com) 

 
Jack and his family thank all of LA Talk Radio listeners for their prayers and support.

Jacks's old Hollywood themed shows including one with
legendary actor Paul Picerni (The Untouchables, Mara Maru) and Rory
Flynn, Errol Flynn's daughter are now available on iTunes: Jack's
Convervative shows are in the mix, too!

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Friday, April 29, 2011

Show #64 G.T. Herrell author of the explosive book MEMBERS ONLY
 exposes the real truth and power behind the American Sicilian Mafia
here in America.  G T Herrell captures compelling life of the Mafia's
secret judge Paul 'Lefty' Della Universita, about his rise in the
Mafia, of his life experiences with well-known gangsters and associates.
 The story of how Paul 'Lefty' would be the 'Judge' “the Consigliere
for all five families.” here in America.  G T Harrell recorded the
conversations of Sonny Della Universita the youngest brother to Paul and
he reveals a hidden Mafia secret that for years has been never told,
until now. 

Friday, April 22, 2011
Show #63  Steve Hayes,
actor, writer and raconteur, returns to my show to tell of more of his
adventurous life from the day he met Errol Flynn and befriended
numerous movie stars like Errol Flynn, Tyrone Power, Marilyn Monroe,
Ava Gardner, Clark Gable, Alan Ladd, Lana Turner, Sterling Hayden and
Robert Middleton, all of whom influenced his life and gave him material
for his recently published two-volume memoirs, “Googie’s: Coffee Shop to the Stars”.  

A world traveler, Steve has explored the Amazon river
by small boat, dug for gold in Alaska, climbed Kilimanjaro, ridden
elephants at India’s Tiger Tops game preserve, photographed the
Mountain Gorillas in Uganda, been on safaris in Kenya, Tanzania and
South Africa and trekked in Tibet and the Himalayas.  In 1958 he went
to Cuba where he met Ernest Hemingway before joining the Cuban
Revolution, led by Fidel Castro, Raul Castro, Che Guevara and the
American Army deserter, William Morgan. 
Friday, April 15, 2011

Show #62  Robert & Mary Matzen, filmmakers and authors to talk about their books, ERROL FLYNN SLEPT HERE  and ERROL and OLIVIA: Ego and Obsession in Golden Era Hollywood,  Listen
to their fascinating story of how they uncovered the history of one of
the most incredible homes built by the most adventurous and wildest
actor, that came out of nowhere, to be the biggest movie star in
Hollywood.  The story continues with their latest book of Errol and
Olivia,  two of the greatest stars, that worked and made millions from
their classic films for Warner Bros. Studios. Both Robert and Mary have
done extensive research at the Warner Library and interviewed many
people that knew and worked with both Errol and Olivia to bring you
these two unique books to you which includes stories and photos that
have never been published before. Both these books are a great addition
to the library of any Flynn fan and collector. 

Friday, April 8, 2011

Show # 61 Jerry Vairo, the great nephew of famous mobster Paulie 'Lefty' Della Universita know as the 'Judge' with character actor Ed Lauter join me in studio on my show to talk about Jerry's book MEMBERS ONLY: THE STORY OF THE MOB'S SECRET JUDGE.
This book reveals new information of the inner workings of the
Sicilian mafia here in America going back to the early 1900s. Jerry
tells in his book how his great uncle Paulie “Lefty'became the most
powerful advisor in the Cosa Nostra.  Jerry Vairo heard all these
stories growing up in Brooklyn and in Little Italy from his Grandmother
who was Paulie's oldest sister, to all this great aunts, uncles
associates, friends, people that lived in Mott street during the heyday
of when that was where all the mob families would meet.  Even Paulie's
young brother Sonny who is still alive tells of his first hand
experience of what when on in the five families.  Be sure to buy this
unique and fascinating book MEMBERS ONLY: The Story of the Mob's Secret
Judge.

Friday, April 1, 2011
Show #60 CL Bryanta Baptist Pastor, Conservative activist, Tea party patriot and a great American.  CL has made a controversial film called Runaway Slaves Runaway
Slave is a movie about the race to free the Black community from the
slavery of tyranny and progressive policies.   He is the founder of the
national movement One Nation Back to God  CL talks about his book  Lead Us to Temptation Deliver Us to Evil
 Read how C.L. Bryant, former NAACP President, evolved into a beacon
of Conservatism and how he now impacts a generation sold out and
betrayed by leftist policies and political leaders. 
 
Friday, March 25, 2011
Show #59 Wendy A Goldman,
a conservative woman filmmaker that is a partner with Becky Best in
Crusaders Films.  Wendy talks about the need of conservatives to break
into the pop culture in order to change it.  Wendy and Becky are two
determined gals that will make their mark upon the Hollywood Industry.
 There up coming film 'AN INCORRECT MAN is a comedy that exposes the
absurdity of political correctness. Wendy and Becky are both promoting
their project on KICK STARTERwhich
is a unique site for indie filmmakers to raise the funds to get their
films made and a great place to market your film. We all need to
support these two courageous ladies and their unique film so more of us
conservatives can get our opinion into the marketplace since Hollywood
refuses to allow any other opposing voice out there to grow roots. 
Friday, March 18, 2011

Show #58  Eric Sherman
Filmmaker, Author, Educator, Private Filmmaking consultant,
Entertainment Industry Legal Consultant, and Expert Witness.  Eric was
born in Los Angeles and grew up on the Hollywood backlots watching his
father, Vincent Sherman, direct films starring many of the industrys
greatest figures, including Humphrey Bogart, Errol Flynn, Clark Gable,
Richard Burton, Paul Newman, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Rita Hayworth
and Ava Gardner. Eric Sherman's life is dedicated to movies. He has
worn every hat: produced, directed, acted, photographed, edited, done
make-up, hair and wardrobe, made popcorn, sold movies and collected
money from theaters. His purpose in life is to make good films and help
as many as possible to do the same. He consults others on all the
above subjects, plus business plans, budgets, schedules and expert
witness legal services.  Listen to this radio interview and hear some
great stories. 

Friday, March 11, 2011

Show #57 Jack Marino,
flies solo for tonight's show.  He plays all new songs from FORGOTTEN
HEROES and patriotic song from various artist that has sent him their
recordings honoring America.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Show #56 Christopher Mitchum,
actor, writer and producer tells of his incredible career starting in
early 70s as a major young star working with John Wayne, Richard Boone
and Howard Hawks.  Chris comes from a legendary acting family which he
himself became an international film star.   Chris Mitchum's career
ended in the United States because he was told by casting agents, he
had worked with John Wayne!  This constantly goes on here in Hollywood
to all conservatives and this show provides a platform for actors of
Chris' stature to speak out and tell the truth.  Chris went to Spain
where he made action films and martial art films for Europe and Asia.
 Christopher Mitchum is actively involved in California politics and he
is planning on running for Congress in the Santa Barbara area in 2012.
 

 
Friday, February 25, 2011
Show #55 Frank DeMartini, conservative Attorney/Producer returns to the show along with screenwriter Ira Schwartz, conservative blogger Craig Covello who all write for the conservative website Hollywood Republican.  We talk about Frank's article “49 long years”
a nostalgic look of America when things were simpler.  We discuss what
has happen to NASA through the years.  Today's politics, what is going
on with the teacher's Union in Wisconsin.   Internet Radio Host and
conservative activist Kender McGowan calls into the show and adds his take on what is going on in the world today.
Friday, February 18, 2011
Show #54 Anthony Arezzo,
filmmaker and post-production supervisor comes to talk
about being a conservative working in the post-production field and
dealing with how liberals treat you in the work force. Once you let it
be know that you are a conservatives both Tony and I have been let go
from the same post-production for our views.  Anthony a former
democrat, talks about what democratic politics on the national level are
like, and in his hometown of Hoboken New Jersey.   He tells us of some
wonderful stories of growing up as a first generation Sicilian in
Hoboken.
Friday, February 11, 2011

Show #53 Steve Latshaw,
an independent filmmaker, writer, producer, and director talks about
his career when he started out as a radio broadcaster and made the jump
into independent features during the height of the video explosion of
the late 80s and early 90s.   Steve tell us about the years of shooting
on the lot in Universal Studios in Orlando Florida.   He made the move
to come to Los Angeles sometime  in the mid 90s to make films here in
Hollywood.  Steve has written over 35 screenplays that have been
produced and he writing and directing of RETURN OF THE KILLER SHREWSa sequel to the 1959 horror cult classic ” THE KILLER SHREWS” 

Friday, February 4, 2011

Show #52 Philip Cambre, an impressionist and
comedian brings his uncanny impression of President Burack Obama for an
interview on LA Talk Radio   I was able to make this happen by the
generosity of Mr. Cambre to have the President as an in studio guest.
Hear the interview that not even Bill O'Reilly or Chris 'the tingle'
Matthews couldn't get.

 
Friday, January 28, 2011

Show #51 Doug V. Gibbs of Political Pistachio, Kender McGowen of Kender Uncensored,  and Eric Porvaznik, of Radio Free Threedonia,
joins the show to talk politics, show business and old style comedy
comparing to today comedians. All three are radio colleagues of mine
and they were streaming my show through their own live shows.  

Friday, January 21, 2011

Show #50 Frank DeMartini,
 a Hollywood Producer began his entertainment career 20 years ago as an
entertainment attorney. Soon he became a specialist in representing
not only the above-the-line elements but also all aspects of motion
picture and TV production from development through financing and
distribution. His film credits include producer on the independent
feature “Motel Blue” (1997)  “Crocodile” (2001), “Mozart and the Whale”
(2006) and “Journey to the End of the Night” (2007). His most recent
film, “Mad Money” (2008) opened on 2500 screens in January 2008. He has
just completed production on an M.O.W. for the ABC Family Channel
entitled, “The Prince and Me 4: The Elephant Adventure.”  His
most recent film he produced is Elephant White for Millennium Films.
 Frank is an unapologetic staunch Republican in the midst of profoundly
Democratic industry, and does not hesitate to stir up controversy on
his website, The Hollywood Republican.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Show #49  Ernie Lijoi, Sr. former
Boston area Detective tells his life story of working  with local,
state and federal agencies to solve some major crimes from the 1970's
to the late 1980's. He was “deep undercover” in his early years working
with the Quincy police. In fact, Ernie Lijoi, actually, became “Eddie
Pannoni,” and donned all the trappings of a street thug and mobster.
Under the guise of 'EDDIE PANNONI' who deals with the Mafia figures to
recover millions of dollars in stolen bonds.  Then, while forced to
shoot and kill a rapist, he is shot and stabbed. The time he was shot
at by fellow police officers, leads a high speed chase through three
States, and helps seized millions of dollars worth of drugs, weapons
and the stolen 1629 original Charter of the Commonwealth of
Massachusetts.  You can read all of these exciting stories in Ernie
Lijoi's books “Street Business”, “Shoveling The Tide”, “Chasing Snow”
and soon to be released, “Myth or Meth” and ” The Cash Mule”.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Show #48 Thomas McNulty was
born in Chicago and is a graduate of Columbia College's famed writing
program. He is the author of the critically acclaimed biography Errol Flynn: The Life and Career,
the culmination of over a decade of research and writing.  His
celebrity interviews, articles, essays, book reviews and film reviews
have appeared in numerous publications. Tom provided the audio
commentary for the Warner Brothers DVD release of Rocky Mountain
starring Errol Flynn (released August 29, 2008). He is also an avid
shooting enthusiast, particularly with guns from the American frontier
era.

 
Friday, December 31, 2010

Show #47 New Year's Eve show, Jack talks about the
old days growing up in the late 50s early 60s and all those New Years
Eve with some great old music from the big band era. This is the last
show for 2010 and we will see you all next year with a great line up of
new and fun guests.  HAPPY NEW YEAR to all my listeners.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Show #46 Christmas Eve show, Jack talks about the
magic of Christmas through songs and his own experience growing up in
Everett with his family during the Christmas Season.  He honors all our
military with a song by Jarrod Radnich called 'CAN YOU HEAR ME” Merry Christmas everyone! 

Friday, December 17, 2010
Show #45 A J Benza & Jerry Vairo discuss the new book MEMBERS ONLY
about the life story of the more powerful mob boss Paulie “Lefty”
Della Universita in the American Sicilian La Cosa Nostra.  This is
all told to G.T. Harrell by Paulie's brother Sonny Della Universita.
 Both AJ Benza and Jerry Vairo knew most, if not all of the current mob
guys in the 80s and 90s.  AJ worked for the New York Daily post as a
gossip columnist and got to know John Gotti very well. A J was the host
of E channel's  Mysteries and Scandals for five years.  He was also a
regular on the Howard Stern Show.   Jerry is the nephew of Sonny Della
Universita who has heard all the stories growing up in the family, that
none of the current authors of many book on the mob even got wind of.
On this show both AJ and Jerry reveal the truth of what happen to Jimmy
Hoffa.  You can read all the incredible stories of the man they called
THE JUDGE and THE GHOST in the new book MEMBERS ONLY.
Friday, December 10, 2010

Show #44 Robert Florczak, Artist-Illustrator,
Author, Recording Artist, College/University Instructor and World
Traveler talks about his two new books on Hollywood, a photo essay book
from his travels called “Movie Locations-Then & Now”, and
preparing a book on the making of “The Adventures Of Robin Hood”.  He
talks about the time he lived on John Barrymore's Bella Vista estate in
Beverly Hills.  Robert is a painter who's original art is in the
collections of Mel Gibson, Jimmy Stewart (now in the James Stewart
Theater in Princeton), Michael Jackson (including the design for the
logo of his Neverland estate), Whoopi Goldberg, Paul Allen. He is
an Illustrator of eight noted picture books and he continues to travel
the world.

Friday, December 3, 2010
Show #43 William Donati an author who writes biographies, has a new book out on Amazon Lucky Luciano: The Rise and Fall of a Mob Boss Donati
went through 40,000 documents of the Thomas Dewey's investigation and
the trial that got Luciano deported to Sicily.  Donati lets the reader
know that he admires Dewey and writes with a strong anti-gangster tone.
 
Friday, November 26, 2010
Show #42 Jodi DeStefano
has written a memoir about her father, Jimmy The Shiv Death House
Barber of Sing Sing.  Jimmy was adopted by the Capone family after his
parents had both passed away.  Jimmy was taken in and was taught to be a
barber by Al Capone's father.   Jimmy in the meantime, grew up  and
work with just about everyone that became the hierarchy of organized
crime in America.  Jimmy was sent to Sing Sing and he was the Barber
for 46 death row inmates and one was a women. After serving his time he
left the shadows of prison life in 1937 to marry the famous
entertainer, Jimmy Durante's niece, and lead an exemplary life.  Listen
to the show and hear this amazing story of Jimmy “The Shiv” Death House Barber of Sing Sing. 
Friday, November 19, 2010
Show # 41 Logan Clements, independent filmmaker and activist discusses his new film called “Sick and Sicker: ObamaCare Canadian Style” This
controversial film exposes the truth about ObamaCare and what is in
store for all of us in America.  This film has a very powerfule ending
that will hit home to every American.  Logan Clements, last made news
in 2005 with his “Lost Liberty Hotel project” —a rebellion against eminent domain abuse.  
Friday, November 12, 2010
Show #40 Thomas Ruck is an author, speaker and patriot who has written a book “Sacred Ground, A Tribute to Americas Veterans,
was released by Regnery Publishing and achieved a #5 ranking on Amazon
and as he describes, I created this book as a labor of love to honor
the truest of American heroes, our veterans..   All of the royalties
generated by the sales of Sacred Ground go directly to the
Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund.  What I love about this book is that
kids who have been dealt a traumatic blow by the loss of a parent while
they were serving this great country of ours will know that America
has not forgotten them or the sacrifice of their parent, states Ruck..
  Sacred Ground was awarded with a Gold Medal from the Military Writers Soceity of America in non-fiction for 2009.
Friday, November 5, 2010

Show #39 Jack Marino, talks about the election day, Veterans Day and has a few phone calls into the show.

 
Friday, October 29, 2010
Show #38  Deirdre Marie Capone,  grand niece of Al Capone comes on the show to tell us of her new book UNCLE AL CAPONE Deirdre
tells of her heart warming memories of growing up in the Capone Family
and how she knew her Uncle Al as the man who taught her how to swim,
ride a bike, play the mandolin and how to cook great Italian meals.  
The Capone name has had it's good and bad effects on her life.  She
tells of her Father who committed suicide because of the burden of the
Capone name.  This is a fascinating inside story told by a family
member of a side of Al Capone the world doesn't know.
Friday, October 22, 2010

Show #37 Chelene Nightingale,
American Independent Conservative running for Governor for the State of
California.  Listen to Chelene's ideas on closing the borders, cuting
taxes to bring businesses back into California, putting people and the
private sector back to work. Listen to a very dynamic and passionate
American Citizen who has great ideas for the State of California.  She
is exactly what the Founding Fathers wanted as citizen politicians.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Show #36 Robert Matzen, author/filmmaker talks about his three films on the young George Washington and both this new books ERROL FLYNN SLEPT HERE,  about one of the most notorious homes in Hollywood.  His newest book is ERROL & OLIVIA: Ego and Obsession in Golden Era Hollywood,
  the true story of Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland, two great
stars who battled the studio system and sometimes each other in the
name of ego and obsession to achieve screen immortality in some of the
greatest motion pictures of all time.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Show #35 Frank Tabbita's  stage credits include
leading roles in A Streetcar Named Desire, Dracula, When Ya Comin' Back
Red Ryder, Waiting for Godot, The Man of La Mancha,  Grease and The
Sound of Music, in addition to roles in both dramatic and musical
 productions. His film roles include, playing a gang leader in With
These Hands, Debra  Winger's date in Paper Man (a short film made from a
Tom Robbins script), a role in The Happiest Moment of My Life: Take
Two, directed by Thomas Phillips, and most recently, starring as the
lead character, Gerard in the award-winning film, “BEAT ANGEL”,  about the spirit  of Jack Kerouac, which Frank also co-wrote and co-produced.
Frank was most recently seen as Tesla in the internationally celebrated one man play; “TESLA AN EVENING WITH A GENIUS”.  His latest one man show is DOC HOLIDAY AND THE  ANGEL OF MERCY

Friday, October 1, 2010

Show #34 Jack Marino pre-records his very first
show which includes a special opening and where he plays some of the
great film scores of the Golden Age of Hollywood.  Don't miss this show
since, I was invited to make a speech in Temecula about independent
filmmaking.  I wanted to leave my audience with something special to
enjoy.

 
Friday, September 24, 2010
Show #33 Joseph Lindseyworked
as an actor and screenwriter for more then fifteen years while hiding
in the closet.  His coming out marked the end of his career in
Hollywood, where a felony conviction is more welcomed then a
conservative thought.  His debut novel gives and insider's look at
Hollywood politics that's both rich and darkly humorous.
Friday, September 17, 2010

Show #32 features Filmmaker and Horror legend  Tom Holland  to the show. Tom talks about his years as one of the last of the young contract actors at Warner Bros.  How 
he worked his way into writing and then directing.  He talks about his film FRIGHT NIGHT  and all the other films and television shows he has written, produced and Directed.  
Tom is considered a legend in the Horror film genre and
he has a lot of fans out there all over the world and your Host happens
to be one of them.  It was a real pleasure to meet Tom and have him
on my show.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Show #31  has  Stephen Schochet,
Author and Hollywood Tour guide presenting his new book, “Hollywood
Stories: Short, Entertaining Anecdotes about the Stars and Legends of 
the Movies! ” Listen to Stephen tell some great stories
we never get to hear from the mainstream media of Hollywood's film
greats!  

Friday, September 3, 2010

Show #30 has Republican Candidate for Congress Gerry Demborski  who
is running in the 7th Congressional District in Massachusetts against
life long Democratic incumbent Ed Markey. Gerry is a Doctor and a first
time citizen statesman that is going to congress to change the status
quo.  We need more individuals to run for congress like Gerry to fix
this government.  It is going to take men like Gerry Demborski to end
these life long politicians who answer to no one but the special
interest. Gerry will work for the people of his district and the rest
of the Nation since he will be passing laws that effect each of us.

 
Friday, August 27, 2010

Show #29  has a special guest, actor Paul Picerni,  stage-screen-TV
career took him from small East Coast theater groups to Hollywood
studios where he acted alongside stars on the level of John Wayne,
Errol Flynn, Audie Murphy, Burt Lancaster, Vincent Price, Charles
Bronson and his best friend Telly Savalas. In this book, master
storyteller Picerni vividly describes working with these legends (and
scores of others) and recalls in detail all the phases of his
astounding 60 years in the acting profession.  His manager/Author John
Gloski, is also a guest, telling how he met Paul and about his book, Tough Kid: The Life and Films of Frankie Darro.

Friday, August 20, 2010
Show #28  has in studio guest RIchard Florczak,
 Hollywood's Premier Private Chef!    Richard Florczak, has been the
private chef to high profile people for more than fifteen years. He is
the author of the a new and fascinating cookbookThe Private Chef For
the past nine years Richard has been the full-time exclusive chef for
actor and director Mel Gibson and was recently sought after by Jennifer
Garner to provide services on a part-time basis.
Friday, August 13, 2010

Show #27 has a special guest Rory Flynn, the daughter of legendary actor Errol FlynnRory talks about living up at Mulholland Farm and of her new  book The Baron of Mulholland, which is a wonderful and touching love letter from a loving daughter to her Father. 

Friday, August 6, 2010
Show # 26  has a in studio guest Kender McGowan, our Warrior Poet, Nick Polyzos, conservative radio host and activist in the Tea Party Movement and Ladd Ehilinger, Jr,of FilmLadd Company that produces indie films and political commercials.  Join us for a night of laughs and political banter.
 
Friday, July 30, 2010
Show #25  has a full house in studio. Jack's guest are three conservative patriots Eric Porvaznik, radio host of Radio Free Threedonia,  David Stein, documentary filmmaker and Executive Editor, along with his partner John Romano, musician and publisher of the new “leaning right and leaning left” internet blog called,  YES, BUT,HOWEVER Listen
to four conservatives having a spirited and funny conversations about
their work on internet radio, their political blogs and all the events
that are going on today in America.
Friday, July 23, 2010
Show #24  has guest Chrystopher Smith who
joins the show to talk about the political events in America today.
 He explains the origins of Black Liberation Theology and how Margaret
Stanger an avowed racist was a major influence in creating this
movement along with plan parenthood.  Chrystopher touches upon the
beginnings of the progressive movement and how today American patriots
in the Tea Party movement are beginning to have a major influence in the
political landscape as the Founding Fathers intended.  Chrystopher is
the founder of the SO-CAL T.E.A. PARTY STARS a grassroots
conservative organization comprised solely of political outsiders.
 Chrys says,  “we're usually called citizens, who are not politically
correct, but are constitutionally correct.” 
Friday, July 16, 2010

Show #23 features special guest Evan Sayet,
 a political commentator, satirist, comedian, and writer talks about
the political events of today and why Hollywood is the way it is.  Evan
talks about the events of 9/11 and how it changed him to become a
conservative.  Evan's highly acclaimed “Right to Laugh” night of conservative comedy goes big time, the show launching on cable TV called the  Right Network.  The Heritage Foundation
casked  asked Evan to speak where he defines the difference between
liberalism and conservatism.  “One of the five most conservative
speeches ever given” – Andrew Breitbart

Friday, July 9, 2010

Show #22  has veteran character actor/director Richard Erdman who
started out in the last days of vaudeville.  In 1944 at the age of 17
he was signed to a contract with Warner Bros. and he has been working as
an actor ever since.  Richard has been in over 100 films and over 600
Television shows.  He was the barracks chief 'Hoffy' in “Stalag 17″,
 he played the Delong in the film “Cry Danger” with his idol William
Powell and McNulty in that famous and popular Twilight Zone, “A kind of
Stopwatch”.  Richard has some great stories of his career and all the
great actors he worked with in the past six decades.  This is a show
about old Hollywood and what it was like working as an actor in those
wonderful days of the studio system.

Friday, July 2, 2010
Show #21 features the comedic and musical  talents of Jack Simmons who
has spent over 15 years as a road comic with middle of the road
material.  Then 9-11 changed his focus and all his material went very
political and cultural, he goes after all the hot buttons in the pop
culture.  Jack believes that, 'this is comedy and someone is going to
get hurt”.  

Jack Simmons calls himself one of the 'SON'S OF THE
GREATEST” to honor all the Fathers that fought in WWII. He talks about
the America all our Dad's fought for and since we are their son's we
must continue to keep the America they left us in tact.   Jack Simmons
 
Friday, June 25, 2010
Show # 20 has independent filmmaker and one man film studio Vic Alexander
who  is an American filmmaker with 35 years of experience shooting
movies all over the world. A graduate of the San Francisco State
University Film Department.  Vic Alexander has worked as
cinematographer, editor, film director (between 1970 and 1992), and
university instructor in the Cal State University system (1993-1999).
Since 2000, Vic Alexander has returned to independent filmmaking in
Southern California. In addition to writing about film, Vic Alexander
also writes on a variety of subjects, including religion and history.
 Tonight Vic explains film vs digital and why film is so much better
and is still used by the major motion picture studios.  He has written a
book on the process of making films called, FILMMAKING A to Z  which is now on Amazon.
Friday, June 18, 2010

Show # 19  Author, writer, columnist, and musician Michael Merrett, joins the show to tell of his recent article in THE DAILY ITEM all
about his determination to have a career as a writer despite the fact,
he was born with retintis pigmetosa along with his four brothers.  His
memoir,  SLIPPING INTO DARKNESS  is
an incredible journey of determination and details his decent into
blindness and his brothers' experiences.  Michael has written four
self-published books including two novels, which are all available on
his website THE FOG.
Listen to this incredible story of Michael Merrett, who I
went to Pope John XXIII High School with in Everett, MA.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Show #18 Jack is back from vacation in Boston visiting his grandchildren.  His special guest is actor, writer, author Louis Kraft.  Louis
brings his historical knowledge about the American West, the truth
about George A. Custer and Cheyenne Indian Agent Edward Wynkoop.  Louis
talks of the great Hollywood films like, THEY DIED WITH THEIR BOOTS ON
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 Starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland.  Louis speaks of his
friendship with Ms. de Havilland one of the last of the great leading
ladies of the silver screen.  

 
Friday, May 14, 2010

Show #17  Jack invites Congressional Candidate MARK REED 
who is running for Congress in the 27th District here in California.
 Mark comes into the studio to talk about the latest issues that face
his district and the nation.   Mark talks about the new immigration law
in Arizona and where he stands on immigration, cutting taxes, cutting
Government spending and waste, auditing the Federal Reserved.  He talks
about his defense for the State of Israel and how both countries must
make sure that Iran isn't controlling the middle east.  Mark Reed is
the leadership we can count on for  the 27th District and in Congress.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Show #16  Jack welcomed to the show Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning actor, Michael Moriarty listen 
to the outstanding interview with Michael as he discusses his acting
and writing career; what it is like having strong conservative ideals
working in the entertainment business; about his strong passionate
belief in the founding documents;  his vehement stand against Roe Vs
Wade and what this unconstitutional ruling has done to the soul of
America.  Michael touched on his work as a writer/actor in his new film “Hitler meets Christ” Listen
to one of Hollywood's top talents who isn't afraid to voice his
religious,conservative and patriotic beliefs in a town that shuts out
all opposing views. A show not to miss!

 
Friday, April 30, 2010

Show #15, Jack discusses the recent law passed by
the Governor of Arizona and the BUY ARIZONA campaign to support the
state of Arizona from all the boycotts that are attacking the business
of Arizona.  The discussion goes from politics to old movies like EL
CID, THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE and a lot of other great films from
the Golden era of Hollywood.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Show #14  present documentary filmmaker Steve Barber who has produced two outstanding films, “Return to Tawara and “Unbeaten  Steve
tells of his determination to get this film UNBEATEN  produced and
what he went through to get where he is today.  He is an inspiration to
all filmmakers out there, who are determined to beat the odds to see
that their dreams become a reality. 

Friday, April 16, 2010

Show #13 features George Ciampa,
an 85 year old WWII Veteran, who has produced two documentaries with
high school teachers and combat veterans, who served in the Battle of
the Bulge and the D-Day Normandy Invasion.  You will hear George talk
about how at 18 he was drafted and how he ended up in 4th platoon of
the 607th Grave Registration Company.  Listen to his passionate
political views of what is going on today and how he feels about all
those young Heroes he had to bury and the reason they gave their lives
in WWII.  He feels  wasn't to see America turn into where it is going
today. George Ciampa is a real American Patriot and Hero. I urge you
all to go to his website and support his projects.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Show #12  Australian Filmmaker Robert de Young,
 the writer/producer of the film Tasmanian Devil: The Fast and Furious
Life of Errol Flynn.  Robert is in Los Angeles filming his latest film
about the life of actor Peter Finch.  Also, Author Steven Schochet
 calls in to talk about his new book  Hollywood Stories: Short
Entertaining Anecdotes about the Stars & Legends of the Movies.
 Both Robert and Steven share a common knowledge and affection for the
great stories of these incredible legends.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Show #11 Jack Marino welcomes his long time
partner and Executive Producer John R. Lebert to the studio to talk
about some of their incredible stories they've shared in the making of
the film FORGOTTEN HEROES.
Jack and John plan to be back again on future shows to
tell more of their experiences in the making of this unique film with
all the fun, luck and laughs they have known.

 
Friday, March 26, 2010

Show #10  Jack talks about some of the events of
the past week, the healthcare bill,  James Cameron's remarks about the
deniers, Obama's remarks taunting the GOP.  His call in guest was Lawrence Naritelli
the constitutionalist conservative Reagan Republican candidate running
for Governor for the State of California. Tune in to hear what Larry
has to say about what is going on in California and his plan to finally
fix this State 

Friday, March 19, 2010

Show# 9  Jack Marino talks about the statements
made by actor Tom Hanks about America during World War II.   He is then
joined by Conservative candidate in CA 39th Congressional district Chrystopher Smith, endeavoring to unseat Linda Sanchez.  Chrystopher also talks about the Healthcare Bill that is up for a vote.    

Friday, March 12, 2010
Show# 8 Ari David the
Congressional Candidate for the 30th district, who is planning to
defeat Henry Waxman who has been in office since the mid 1970s.   Ari
discusses the issues, like cap and trade, that he feels are important
to the voters of his district and out there all over America.  
Friday, March 5, 2010

Show #7  OLD HOLLYWOOD: On my first show about the Golden Age of Hollywood I invited Steve Hayes to
the show so he could share with us his adventurous life starting when
he arrived in Hollywood at 19 in 1949.   On that day he went to a
party at Errol Flynn's famous Mulholland Farm and his life changed
forever.   Steve got to know as friends, many of the greats of
Hollywood Fame and he worked as a manager of GOOGIES, “CoffeeShop of
the Stars”.  Steve was later joined by filmmaker/author Eric Sherman the
son of Vincent Sherman a credited Warner Bros Director.  Both guest
had great stories about their experiences with all the greats they knew
in their fascinating lives.  Definitely .. To Be Continued!!  

 
Friday, February 26, 2010
Show #6  Jack has as his guest for the entire show,
Producer Kevin McKeever of the Bank of Kev Productions. Kevin talks
about his incredible trip tp CPAC and what was going on with the panels
that he sponsored about filmmaking in Hollywood for new and young
conservatives.  Kevin talks about the Larry O Conner show that was
broadcasting from CPAC where Kev would give his nightly report of the
days happenings. This is an exciting and informative interview from the
Bank of Kev Productions.
Friday, February 19, 2010

Show #5  Jack Marino talks about the conservative
movement in Hollywood and how conservatives must all band together in a
band of brothers instead of working against each other.  He talks
about the different conservative web sites like, Big Hollywood,  that
promote conservative artist and different conservative groups in
Hollywood that promote conservative ideals that are not presented in
present films coming out of Hollywood.

Friday, February 12, 2010

In show #4 Jack talks about the adventure
of his struggle and its meaning to him and all those that he has passed
along the way.  He talks about his experience and what drives him,
through the monologues and soliloquies  of Cyrano, Flynn, Napoleon,
Heston as Michelangelo. His take on Hollywood as a Goddess that sings a
song of the sirens that is so intoxicating for all of us dreamers.  He
then makes a plea for others with stories of their struggles being
conservatives in the Hollywood arena to call in and discuss them. Jack
explains, those who have the heart of a true warrior poet and refuse to
compromise will spend years chasing that dream, even when failure may
be their only reward.His motto ” Don't give up .. Never give up!”

Friday, February 5, 2010

Show # 3  First up, Jack Marino welcomes a call from Ari David,
Congressional Candidate for the 30th District in Los Angeles.  Ari
informs the listeners of his major fundraiser on President Ronald
Reagan's 99th Birthday. This is a very important effort to unseat Henry
Waxman.   
Help support ARI DAVID for Congress to unseat Henry Waxman NOW!!!  
Jack discusses his beginnings as a Warriorfilmmaker and
some of the people and events that were going on during the
pre-production, production and post-production of FORGOTTEN HEROES.
There is much more to this adventurous journey to get this independent
film out to those who love and support our troops, the American Public.
Be sure to listen in for more next Friday @ 8:00 PM (PST).

 
Friday, January 29, 2010

Show # 2 The Warrior Filmmaker welcomes his first guest, California Congressional candidate Mark Reed to the show. 
Running in the 27th Congressional District to unseat Congressman Brad Sherman (D).
Mark lays out the groundwork in the 27th district to
bring back true representation to all of the constituants of the
district. Mark, unlike Brad Sherman who believes solely in party
loyalty, will bring a breath of fresh air and take an Oath to enforce
the Constitution.
He will not raise taxes, He will not add to the national
debt and he will do nothing behind close doors. Mark will hold himself
accountable to the constituans the 27th district. This seat is not
Brad Sherman's seat it is the people's seat. 

Friday, January 22, 2010

Show # 1 The premiere show of “Warrior Filmmaking
– The Conservative Way” hosted by your warrior in the trenches, Jack
Marino, brings you up-close and personal to Jack’s life.
From his early days growing up with his dad, the college
years, meeting his sweetheart and future bride, his introduction to
films and the world of young Hollywood which developed his passion for
the great directors and actors of early movie making and desire to be a
part of that world of fantasy and glamour.
From the soothing nostalgic opening to the heart
throbbing closing of “Good Night My Love” Jack welcomes you into his
life’s experiences while also entertaining some guest callers who help
spice-up the evening.  

Podcast Description

Bold. Conservative. Warrior – That’s what Host Jack Marino brings to LA Talk radio, every Friday night with his new show: Jack Marino – Warrior filmmaker. Got questions about Hollywood, filmmaking, surviving as a conservative filmmaker in Hollywood or what’s it really like to be an actor, writer, producer, director, author and dealing with all the politics of today’s Hollywood? Through in depth interviews with guests working in all levels of the film business both then and now, come by and hear a new kind of radio about the gritty side of Hollywood that you’ll never hear in the mainstream media.. Listen to Jack live, every Friday night 8PM PST, exclusively on LA Talk Radio (latalkradio.com)

A new show!

Jack Marino Warriorfilmmaker Radio Show, listen my guest actor/producer
Frank Tabbita talk about his career as an actor doing one man plays on
Telsa and Doc Holiday. Hear about Franks journey to get film BEAT ANGEL
produced, a film about the spirit of Jack Kerouac. Hear Jack's tribute
to Tony Curtis too!

http://www.latalkradio.com/images/Marino-100810.mp3

— David DeWitt

 
 

Hugh “Bud” Ernst – Best Friend to Errol Flynn

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7 June 35 loses her heart as well as her appendix when hospitalized recently. Hugh B.”Bud” Ernst, radio announcer and entertainer and former movie cameraman, is in the same hospital convalescing from injuries received in an auto accident. The two meet and have “dates” riding around the corridors together in wheelchairs.
12 June 35 columnist Robert Coons reports: “.and here's Lyda Roberti who just celebrated a birthday anniversary, not knowing how old she is because her parents each insisted on a different year as the one in which she was born.”
19 June 35 Bud Ernst pilots Lili Damita and Errol Flynn to Yuma, Arizona, for their wedding. He is best man and plans to take Lyda and make it a double ceremony, but she is unable to get off work.
25 June 35 marries Hugh “Bud” Ernst in Yuma, Arizona. Ernst, an expert flyer, takes his plane out of a hangar in the afternoon, grabs her away from the studio where she is making a movie, and flies the two in his plane. The ceremony is performed by Justice E. A. Freeman, the “Marrying Justice in Yuma.” There is no honeymoon; the two return to Hollywood a few hours later. Ernst has to land the plane in darkness and on an unfamiliar field. They intended to return before sundown, but it is 8:30 p.m. before he arrives over Mines Field. He shaves some trees and high tension wires and eventually drops the wheels, not on the field, but on rough ground nearby. She is shaken by the landing.
3 July 35 Jack Oakie, who worked with her in The Big Broadcast of 1935, says she has one of the fastest wits he's ever come across. “One reason that we got along so well was just that we both liked laughs.”
5 July 35 is sent to hospital by a recurrence of a recent illness just as she is preparing a honeymoon trip to Panama and on to New York with her husband of one week. She will be confined to bed for ten days.
10 July 35 columnist Dan Thomas reports: “Blond Lyda Roberti and her brand-new husband Bud Ernst are too interested in each other to pay any attention to menus or a waiting waitress.”
17 July 35 in her penthouse apartment, she talks about her recent marriage, with her handsome 6'-4″ husband sitting on the sofa: “I am happy for many reasons, but one of the principal ones is that my marriage will end my loneliness. It is such a change to come home to my apartment and find someone here, someone with whom I can talk over everything, and laugh a little at things that have occurred during the day. The world moves very fast in Hollywood. There is a constant parade of personalities. It is very confusing. One meets many persons, but gets to know very few.I suppose it is true in any large city. There is nothing like a family to anchor one and give a feeling of 'belonging' in the world that surrounds. In my case, that is particularly true. My mother and father are far off in the Orient. I have a brother and sister in this country, but they live thousands of miles away. But how can a movie actress be lonely in Hollywood? I have been asked many times. That is simple. It takes a long time to make good friends and without good friends, one is lonesome.”
19 August 35 columnist James Aswell reports that Josephine Dillion, who used to be Mrs. Clark Gable and who coached him in camera prancing, is giving Lyda daily workouts in Thespian trickery
6 September 35 an unnamed travel agent tells about the difficulties of selling airline tickets to the stars, many of whom still prefer to travel by train and ship: “I stalked Lyda Roberti for eleven days. When I finally found her, she was gracious enough, but I lost her eventually. She and her husband, Bud Ernst, went East by boat.”
36 lives in a white-walled apartment with a blond cocker spaniel named Herman, a black and white coach dog called Adolph, a gray-haired housekeeper who goes by the name of Coulter, and a black-haired personal made, Sonia. There used to be a husband named Bud Ernst, but he doesn't live with her any more, and she's getting a divorce. Coulter used to cook for Lili Damita and prepares fancy foreign food. Sonia speaks Polish almost exclusively and whips together all of the cosmetics used by Lyda, who doesn't care for the manufactured brands. Sonia also causes no end of trouble-unknowingly insults people with her poor English, frequently goes into temperamental rages, and gets telephone calls mixed up, but Lyda keeps her just the same.
when not working, she plays tennis or goes apartment hunting, with no intention at all of renting. Her brother is her chauffer. She once tried to learn to drive and cracked into a lamp post on her third lesson. She hasn't been behind a wheel since.
27 May 36 announces through her attorney, George Chasin, that she has parted from husband Ernst. Chasin says she expects to file suit for annulment shortly but refused to reveal on which grounds annulment would be sought.
29 August 36 is forced to withdraw from Wives Never Know at Paramount due to illness. She is replaced by Vivienne Osborne.
17 September 36 replaces the late Thelma Todd as Patsy Kelly's partner in the Hal Roach comedy series. With her thick Polish accent, she will portray a dizzy, word-juggling dame buffeted about by tough, wise-cracking Patsy, who has an accent herself, picked up on New York's East Side. She is happy about becoming the other half of a comedy team: “It eez vonderful. Seductive? I em not that. Comedy, that eez what I have wanted to play on the screen for three years. Instead, yes, they make me go around vamping. No, I didn't like that. Happy. I am that now. I weel show them I am funny. Patsy, she eez vonderful. She gives other people, what you say, the break. Mr. Roach, he eez vonderful. At last I can be funny instead of eye rolling at the men.” On losing her nationality she says: “Many times they tell me to learn English. But I don't vant to. I don't vant to. I think better it eez to stay as I am.”
November 36 moves into a new house and has fun decorating it. The more colors in the living room, the better she likes it. She says she and the interior decorators never agree. She spends the first night sleeping on a camp cot; the new furniture hasn't arrived.
15 November 36 is such a hit in her first scenes in a Hal Roach-MGM feature production, that her option is picked up by the Hal Roach Studios
19 November 36 Jimmie Fidler reports: “Lyda Roberti was the big gasp at the very hotsy-totsy Trocadero night club a few evenings ago. She arrived here clad in an evening gown with a long train. When she danced, the train got in her way, and Lyda has no patience with things that annoy her. She did exactly what I will wager many another woman has lacked nerve to do, strode into the ladies' powder room, borrowed a pair of scissors, calmly snipped off the irritating train.”
36 – 38 is forced to curtail her film career because of frequent heart attacks
31 January 37 is secretly reconciled with her husband. They are afraid to announce the event because they're not sure it will last.
31 January 38 she and her husband are sued over a $122 grocery bill. Grocer William F. Webb claims he delivered the food to their Hollywood home last year and has not been paid.
13 March 38 suffers a severe heart attack during the night. Dr. Myron Babcock is called to her apartment and gives her heart stimulants, but to no avail. She dies with her husband, Hugh (Bud) Ernst, radio announcer, at her bedside.
15 March 38 a thousand or more gardenias and lilies cover her casket in a Hollywood mortuary. Four hundred persons pack the room. Floral tributes arrive from Lili Damita and Errol Flynn, Al Jolson, Patsy Kelly, Ginger Rogers, Jack Oakie, Wendie Barrie, Joe E. Brown, Hal Roach and Stan Laurel. Funeral services are conducted by Reverend Holmes.
as Lyda Roberti Ernst, she is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, Graceland section, lot 1628. Her headstone bears a line from Song of Solomon 2:17: “…Until the day break and the shadows flee away.”
28 May 38 Jimmie Fidler reports: “I have often told you how superstitious these ladies and gentlemen of the grease paint are. Today I saw new evidence of it. I was talking on a Boulevard corner with Carole Lombard when Patsy Kelly drove by and Lombard said, 'I wouldn't be in her shoes for a million bucks. She used to co-star in comedies with Thelma Todd and Lyda Roberti, and they are both dead now.' And then in almost a whisper, she voiced one of the oldest superstitions of the theatre: 'Death always strikes three times.' I've been shuddering ever since.”
16 June 38 columnist Charles D. Sampas writes: “It's awfully hard to visualize Hollywood without Lyda Roberti-or don't you remember her in Roberta?
1 June 39 Ernst marries Gwynne Pickford, 24, daughter of Mary Pickford's sister Lottie. It is Pickford's first marriage. Their daughter Susan will be born on August 5, 1944, with their marriage on shaky ground. The couple will divorce and Ernst will marry three more times, twice to actress Betty Furness. He is producer of the '40s radio show Queen for a Day.
11 April 50 39-year-old ex-Army flyer Bud Ernst phones Neil Maguire, Journal-American assistant city editor, from his staid East Side Westbury Hotel, upset over the crumble of his marriage to actress Betty Furness. Maguire tries to soothe Ernst by telling him to think things over and to call Betty, all the while scribbling a note telling a reporter to rush to the hotel. “I'm at the end of my rope. Get a reporter here in 10 minutes. Send up and you'll get a story.” After hanging up, Ernst places the muzzle of a new 20-gauge shotgun into his mouth and pulls the trigger. A clipping of a newspaper Broadway column reporting that Ernst and Furness are to be divorced is found in the room. There are two notes, one still in the typewriter. One asks that Miss Furness be notified. The other is to “Jack,” “I am tired of everything and I'm sorry for what I'm about to do.”
Betty Furness identifies the body of Bud Ernst, having been taken to his hotel by the police waiting for her on the set of “Studio One,” during which broadcast he killed himself. He had sent her a note, through the mail, which she received the day after his death, saying,”Sorry, Mommy.”

show business reaction is unanimous sympathy for Furness. Ernst was generally considered erratic. He had a luncheon reservation at the swanky Colony for the next noon.

 

Sources:
The Ada Evening News, Centralia Daily Chronicle, Charleston Daily Mail, The Charleston Gazette, The Chronicle Telegram, The Coshocton Tribune, The, Daily Times-News, Delta Herald-Times, Dixon Evening Telegraph, The Edwardsville Intelligencer, The Evening Tribune, Fitchburg Sentinel, The Fresno Bee Republican, The Galveston Daily News, The Hammond Times, The Hayward Daily Review, The Lima News, The Lincoln Star, Long Beach Independent, The Lowell Sun, Mansfield News Journal, The Marion Star, The Monessen Daily Independent, Nevada State Journal, Oakland Tribune, The Ogden Standard-Examiner, Port Arthur News, The Portsmouth Times, The Post Standard, San Mateo Times, The Sheboygan Press, Syracuse Herald, The Times, Winnipeg Free Press, The Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune, www.IBDB.com, www.IMDb.com, www.Findagrave.com, Babbie Green

Errol Flynn:  He was my first and long-time friend in Hollywood, although it was this Benedict Arnold who practically forced me into my first marriage . . . .  We certainly had memorable times together in my early days behind the fog, smog, and grog curtain of Hollywood.  How many words would you like on the shock a man gets when his dear friend, a roistering, Falstaffian ruffian, suddenly goes out, buys himself a 16 double-guage shotgun, some cartridges, and blows the top of his head off.  From Inherited Risk, page 105

— Kathleen

 

Hello Friends!

03 May

Dear Errol Fans,

      As Arnold might say; “I'm back.” I have been busy doing research for a project, but now that it is done, I'm keen to get back to the Blog.

     I have a question for the readers: I recently saw a trailer for the new 'Robin Hood' and it got me thinking. I would love to see a movie about Errol done by Ridley Scott. Something not at all romantic, but gritty, hard-hitting and all too realistic. Ridley has directed 'Alien', 'Bladerunner', 'Gladiator', 'Blackhawk Down', 'Kingdom of Heaven', American Gangster' and other wildly successful movies that have a certain “Theme” to them. Errol's story has enough highs and lows for ten Greek comedy's and tragedy's. The gritty reality of Errol's life is the stuff of legends. I believe people are much more sophisticated these days and will not tolerate a “cardboard hero” defeating “cardboard bad guys” as in the past. I believe this is a golden opportunity for a visionary film-maker to tell a no-nonsense story, and there is no lack of real adventure, action or romance in the true story.

     Errol was a man after all, not just a figure on a screen. His life was filled with all the 'day to day drama's' we all experience. He was neither devil nor saint, but something in between.(Like us all, I think) I think he has a story to tell that up to now, has not been told. We have mostly been told only the 'high points' and the “spin”.For an example, think of  the new 'James Bond' movies with it's much more believable and human lead actor. Something like that. I believe it would be a blockbuster if done correctly. Now mind you, some fans would be horrified and upset, and some even turned off by the film, but I think it might start a new generation of Errol fans who would find out what we all know: Errol Flynn was quite possibly the most intriguing person to come along in a hundred or more years, maybe ever.

      I'm sure you all have strong opinions and that is good. So tell me what you think.

                                                   John

 

— john

 

My Favorite Year!

22 Mar

Since Wednesday I am deep in bed with

influenza and last night, awakening
from a sort of marathon sleep, switching on the TV and with in seconds I
was Bright Eyes and what scene do you think is right     in front of my
very eyes at this very minute? 

The very scene John describes in
his Titchfield article, Errol going accidentally into the ladies'
bathroom    I couldn't believe my eyes or my ears – I was stunt and
again I laughed my head off!  They actually used Errol's incident in a
movie.  There you see, the poor man couldn't even go to bathroom without
a movie being made of it! Ha – ha – ha!

Maybe this is old news
to some of  you, sorry, but maybe not to all of you, it
is news to me! Let's Enjoy!

At the time I saw the movie TCM's
schedule was different “The Ruling Class” also with Peter O'Toole, but
as per my research the movie playing was “My Favorite Year” 1982 starring Peter O'Toole in a divine
comedy and parody of Errol Flynn.  My research about this movie took me
to You Tube, I thought due to missing the beginning I could maybe see
it there, but what I found instead is an actual presentation of the
passage. What would the British say that?  I say, I say old

chap on you tube, you don't say?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7z-M92N4L8

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It
is a most delightful movie “A Must Watch It” for an Errol fan, in
addition containing a very profound precious scene when Benjy
Stone is mad at Allan Swann (Errol) for having fears and being in
self-denial. Priceless!
Alan Swann:
Stone… I'm afraid. I'm afraid. That's why I couldn't get out of the
car to see my Tess, my child.

Benjy Stone:
Alan Swann, afraid? The Defender of the Crown? Captain from Tortuga? The
Last Knight of the Round Table?

Alan Swann:
Those are movies, damn you! Look at me! I'm flesh and blood, life-size,
no larger! I'm not that silly God-damned hero! I never was!

Benjy Stone:
To *me* you were! Whoever you were in
those movies, those silly goddamn
heroes meant a lot to *me*! What does it matter if it was an illusion?
It worked! So don't tell me this is you life-size. I can't use you
life-size. I need Alan Swanns as big as I can get them! And let me tell
you something: you couldn't have convinced me the way you did unless
somewhere in you you *had* that courage! Nobody's that good an actor!
You *are* that silly goddamn hero!

I think this is a very beautiful passage, extremely
fitting and to the point!

Movie Review – A Perfect Film
Comedy!

Have you ever watched a film and wished it wouldn't end?
Where you loved
all
the characters, adored each scene, and laughed at every joke, even after
you'd seen the film so many times that you could quote the dialog? MY
FAVORITE YEAR is that kind of movie!

Directed with gusto by
Richard Benjamin, the film is both a loving tribute
to Sid Caesar's 'Your Show of Show', and the remarkable talents that
brought
it together each week, and a sincere homage to Errol Flynn, whose antics
and
larger-than-life persona, in the waning years of his life, still had a
kind
of magic that could enthrall a shy young fan, or make a woman
swoon.

Three dynamic performances dominate the film. Mark
Linn-Baker, as Benjy
Stone, based on the young Mel Brooks, is a shy kid who hides his
insecurities behind a rapid-fire wit. The dazzling young star in a staff
of
comedy 'pros', Stone suffers from an unrequited love from fellow staffer
K.
C. Downing (Jessica Harper), and has an inspiration, inviting legendary
swashbuckler Alan Swann (Peter O'Toole) to appear on the show. As King
Kaiser, star of the hit series, Joseph Bologna captures much of Sid
Caesar's
legendary physical 'presence' and irreverence to authority. When
threatened
by gangsters over a 'too close to home' series of parodies about crime
boss
Karl Rojeck (portrayed with brute menace by veteran actor Cameron
Mitchell),
Kaiser 'thumbs his nose' at them, mimicking the gangster mercilessly.
“I'll
KEEP doing it!” he taunts. “Why? Because it's FUNNY!”

Then there
is Peter O'Toole's 'Alan Swann'. With his own career a roller
coaster ride of alcoholism, resulting in the near destruction of his
health,
no actor could have 'channeled' Errol Flynn better. Just as Flynn, by
the
1950s, O'Toole was a nearly burned-out roué, his classic good looks long
gone,
O'Toole's matinee-idol appearance, after years of self-abuse, had aged
into
a gaunt mask, making Benji Stone's film montage of 'classic' clips more
poignant. What Flynn still had, in abundance, were charm and a ready
wit,
and O'Toole's 'Swann' is so enchanting a personality that you can't help
but
love him, and root for him to succeed.

From the opening nostalgic
strains of Nat King Cole's rendition of
'Stardust', through Benjy's futile effort to attempt to keep Swann sober
(Red Skelton loved to tell how he kept Flynn sober on his program…he
emptied all of the actor's bottles of vodka, replacing it with
water…and
Flynn couldn't tell the difference!), to a riotous Swann dinner with
Benjy's
family, to the near-disastrous broadcast, with Swann developing stage
fright, and Kaiser brawling with mob enforcers…MY FAVORITE YEAR has
one
glorious scene after another, each unforgettable!

One of the
AFI's '100 Greatest Film Comedies', MY FAVORITE YEAR will bring a
tear to your eye, even as you laugh. It was a time of legends, and
heroes
who would live up to boyhood dreams.

Film comedy doesn't get any
better than this!

— Tina

 
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The New Errol Flynn Western Collections Review

31 Aug

New York Times

By DAVE KEHR

Published: August 25, 2008

Errol Flynn Westerns Collection Review:

John Ford’s “Stagecoach,” the legend goes, rescued the adult western from the B-movie category into which it had fallen during the first years of the Depression, making it safe again for big budgets and big stars.
 
But that is an honor rightfully shared with Errol Flynn. This unruly Australian-born star lent his immense popularity to three hugely successful westerns in a row, beginning with “Dodge City,” released in April 1939, a month after “Stagecoach,” and continuing in 1940 with “Virginia City” and “Santa Fe Trail.” (“Stagecoach” was itself preceded by Henry King’s Technicolor “Jesse James,” released in January 1939, starring Tyrone Power.)

These Flynn westerns paired him with his Warner Brothers screen sweetheart, Olivia de Havilland, and were directed by Michael Curtiz, a Hungarian immigrant. Curtiz’s minimal level of engagement with the genre is suggested by the command he is said to have issued during the shooting of “The Charge of the Light Brigade”: “Bring on the empty horses!” — meaning the riderless mounts.

Apparently it wouldn’t do to have a bunch of foreign interlopers behind the rebirth of this most American of American genres. So Flynn’s role in the history of the western has largely been forgotten, despite the fact that he went on to appear in five more, including Raoul Walsh’s 1941 classic “They Died With Their Boots On.” But now that Warner Home Video has brought together four superbly mastered Flynn westerns — “Montana,” “Rocky Mountain,” “San Antonio” and “Virginia City” — in “Errol Flynn: The Warner Brothers Western Collection,” the moment is ripe for reappraisal.

On one level Flynn’s transition from swashbucklers to westerns makes perfect sense: after “Captain Blood” (1935) and “The Adventures of Robin Hood” (1938), his screen character had grown to such epic proportions that it required a correspondingly epic stage. And after he did his bit for the British Empire, the American West was just about the only other arena that could contain him.

But on another level, as Flynn is said to have observed, his accent and manner were too Continental to fit smoothly into the imaginary space of the American frontier. The screenplays for his westerns — many written by Robert Buckner — continually come up with ingenious explanations for the hero’s curious courtliness and exotic speech patterns: in “Dodge City” he’s an Irish soldier of fortune who finds himself herding cows in Kansas; “Montana” (1950) just throws in the towel and identifies Flynn as an Australian sheep farmer (among the many professions Flynn practiced) who dreams of bringing these white, woolly creatures to western cattle country.

But who could accept Flynn, with his pencil moustache and rakish smile, as a humble cowpoke in a 10-gallon hat? Warner Brothers got around this issue mainly through costuming, dressing Flynn in long frock coats that set him apart from the bandannas and bluejeans of the supporting players. With their slimmer profile, these costumes evoked the tailored three-piece suits of the 1930s far more than the mail-order dry goods of the 1880s. Wide-brimmed, flat-topped hats completed the ensemble, adding an ineffable touch of urbanity (and even a hint of zoot suit flair). This look established Flynn as a man apart, an aristocrat passing through the West without necessarily being a part of it.

The four films in the new set are interesting but of uneven quality. (Not included are “Dodge City” and “They Died With Their Boots On,” which were part of Warner Brothers’ “Errol Flynn Signature Collection: Volume 1”; “Santa Fe Trail,” which has fallen into the public domain and is available in several dubious versions; and “Silver River,” a fine Raoul Walsh film from 1948.)

“Virginia City” casts Flynn as a Union officer who escapes from a Confederate prison and is sent west on a secret mission to intercept a shipment of silver intended for the depleted coffers of the Confederacy. Its oddest element is Humphrey Bogart, pre-stardom, as an outlaw whose accent wavers unpredictably between French and Spanish. As a director, Curtiz never seemed happier than when he was staging elaborate tracking shots through crowded cafes (including a famous one, a couple of years later, under Bogart’s management). The gigantic saloon set of “Virginia City” gives Curtiz several opportunities to indulge himself, as Flynn and his opposite number, a Confederate officer played by Randolph Scott, compete for the affections of the star attraction, a singer played by Miriam Hopkins.

“San Antonio” (1945) repeats the formula, although this time in Technicolor and with the regal Alexis Smith as the singer. The director is David Butler, best known for his musical comedies (“Calamity Jane,” 1953); not surprisingly, he emphasizes the comedy (in the hands of S. Z. Sakall and Florence Bates) and musical elements. (Smith is a vision in white satin and rhinestones, performing “Some Sunday Morning.”)

With a brief running time of 76 minutes, “Montana” has the feel of a troubled production. Both Vincent Sherman and Raoul Walsh did some directing work on the project, which was ultimately signed by Ray Enright. Near the end of his Warner Brothers contract, Flynn was starting to show signs of his drug and alcohol addictions, and the film, despite some handsome Technicolor interiors photographed by Karl Freund, is choppy and lifeless.

But Flynn’s final western, the little-known “Rocky Mountain,” turns out to be a small discovery. Its black-and-white photography and restricted scale suggest the rapidly shrinking budgets that accompanied the late-’40s collapse of the studio system, yet both of these elements work to the benefit of this taut little tale of a Confederate raiding party, led by Flynn, pinned down on a mountaintop by Union troops and Shoshone Indians. The director, William Keighley, was Warner Brothers’ specialist in adapting Broadway stage comedies (“The Man Who Came to Dinner,” 1942), and he makes the most of the confined setting, drawing sharp characterizations from a supporting cast that includes Guinn Williams, Slim Pickens (in his first film) and Howard Petrie, as well as Patrice Wymore (soon to become the third and last Mrs. Flynn) as the troubling female presence.

Like several westerns of the period, “Rocky Mountain” is defined by a very unwestern sense of claustrophobia and entrapment. With the slightest push, the picture would be a film noir, and its climax is appropriately somber. Much of the credit must go to the cinematographer, Ted McCord, a great landscape artist (“The Treasure of the Sierra Madre”) who was also fluent in the high-contrast style of studio noir (“Flamingo Road,” “Young Man With a Horn”). The western, in its infinite richness, continues to yield surprises. (Warner Home Video, $49.98, Now On Sale for $34.99, not rated)

Thanks to Tom

— David DeWitt

 

We Welcome new Author Stephen D. Youngkin!

11 Jul

Photo retouched by Michael Pieper

The Errol Flynn Blog is happy to announce our newest author Stephen D. Youngkin has joined the Errol Flynn Blog! Asked what brought him to his interest in the famous Swashbuckler, Stephen replied:

Growing up in a small mid-western town, I had no access to old movies.  Local stations must have subscribed to the smallest and most inexpensive picture packages because they aired no classics.  It wasn’t until I was well along in college that I heard of Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Errol Flynn et al.  I caught their films on television and attended screenings (usually four-six films per star, genre, etc.) at the university and local library. 

It was Flynn’s films that provided the most enjoyable respite from my studies.  What a break that was.  There were no videos or DVDs in those days, so I studied the TV Guide for listings.  An old book dealer friend (and someone who grew up with Flynn’s first showings) turned me on to My Wicked, Wicked Ways.  Flynn’s autobiography, however over the top, fueled my interest in who I now think of as one of the most interesting men of the 20th century. 

I moved on to Beams End and Showdown, not to mention whatever bits and pieces I could pick up.  There wasn’t much written about Flynn until The Films of Errol Flynn came out in 1969.

Despite Thomas, Behlmer and McCarty’s pioneering work, the public perception of Flynn seemed to be rather one-dimensional, e.g. in like Flynn, etc.  This disturbed me because I felt he was a much under-appreciated actor.  And as much as I enjoyed his swashbuckling and western adventures, I thought his forte was comedy (and later, drama). 

It struck me that Flynn’s hidden depths were screaming to come to the surface in his writing, which is very good indeed.  If only he’d had a better editor on Showdown, but that is another subject.  (And if only he’d had the discipline to sit behind the typewriter.)    I broached the idea to Earl Conrad of working on a book about the writer Flynn.  We bounced it back and forth.  At that time, he was working on his own memoir.  Anyway, I dropped the idea. 

During the course of my research on The Lost One:  A Life of Peter Lorre (Univ. Press of Kentucky, 2005), I interviewed roughly three hundred of the actor’s family, friends and co-workers.  When you’ve arranged to speak with someone about a particular subject, it’s wise to stick to the point. 

Some interviewees, such as Vincent Sherman, were happy to talk about Flynn.  Sherman gave a pretty consistent voice to his stories about Flynn and others.  Still, I was glad to get to him before these anecdotes became somewhat formatted.  I would like to have talked Flynn (once we had exhausted Lorre) with others, but on several occasions when I did veer off, my interviewee said, “Weren’t we here to talk about Peter Lorre?”  Corralling your sources is always a challenge.  In this case, I had been lassoed.  Still, it was wonderful to hear fresh Flynn stories from firsthand sources. 

I’d like to commend Tom McNulty on a superb biography of Flynn.  Nothing against MacFarland, but I think his book deserved a bigger press and a much wider distribution.  It’s the definitive work and explores all aspects of Flynn’s very complex personality.  Biographer Jeffrey Meyers once told me that a reader might wish a biographer was shorter, but never longer.  Not true with McNulty’s work.  I only wish he would coordinate The Collected Letters of Errol Flynn. 

What insight that would provide!

Best, Stephen D. Youngkin

— David DeWitt

 
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