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Niven Rates Wicked Ways Best Autobiography

01 Aug

No, not that Niven! Jennifer Niven – the 22nd Great-Grandaughter of Geoffrey Chaucer! … No known relation to Niv, but, like David, a big admirer of Flynn. Wants to dance with him at the Troc, and take his Wicked Ways to a desert island.



— Gentleman Tim


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David Niven on Merv Griffin – Higham Reference

24 Oct

David Niven on Merv Griffin circ 1981 with a Charles Higham reference… Robert Blake is a pain without knowing that Niv is terminally ill…

Niven on Merv Griffin

Check out Related Videos for Orson Welles and others…

Tip of the hat to our Author Bob Peckinpaugh…

— David DeWitt


Flynn’s Fellow Travelers, Now Gone…

16 Apr

albert alexander armendariz bacon barrat barrymore basehart bates bellamy blondell blue bogart OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA bruce buchanan burr butler cabot carson cole cooper cording craig OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA curtiz damita dantine davis dieterle douglas dumbrille eddington fields finch fitzgerald florey fowler frawley gardner garson giesler goulding grapewin hale herbert hill hollaendar hopkins howard hull OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA kaper kellaway kennedy, d kennedy kibbee korngold lindsay lockheart louise maclane macmurray massey mauch, w mcdaniel meek milestone moorehead morgan mundin naish niven o'conner o'neill OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA owen polito power rains rathbone reagan reichow robson russell scala scott sheridan skelton steiner stephenson szakall tobias travers wallis walsh warner warwick watson waxman wilcox Wiles williams wooley, s young zanuck

(Faye Emerson is buried at Cementiri de Deia in Mallorca; no headstone photo)

Ashes scattered or with family:
Beverly Aadland
Dame Judith Anderson
Robert Armstrong
Hugh Beaumont
Julie Bishop
Finlay Currie
Robert Douglas
Joanne Dru
Lief Erickson
Victor Francen
Walter Hampden
Van Heflin
Werner Klemperer
Patric Knowles
Janet Leigh
John Loder
Thomas Mitchell
Slim Pickens
Anthony Quinn
Stanley Ridges
Ruth Roman
Michael Romanoff
Alexis Smith
Barbara Stanwyck
Regis Toomey
Richard Webb
Orson Welles

These sites, many of which I’ve visited, will unfortunately continue to be added to.

— Robert


The Errol Flynn Handbook!

05 May
The Errol Flynn Handbook By Emily Smith

The Errol Flynn Handbook
By Emily Smith

Book Description:
Publication Date: April 5, 2013

Errol Leslie Thomson Flynn (20 June 1909 – 14 October 1959) was an Australian actor. He was known for his romantic swashbuckler roles in Hollywood films and his playboy lifestyle. He became a naturalized American citizen in 1942.

This book is your ultimate resource for Errol Flynn. Here you will find the most up-to-date information, photos, and much more.

In easy to read chapters, with extensive references and links to get you to know all there is to know about Errol Flynn’s Early life, Career and Personal life right away. A quick look inside: Errol Flynn, Adventures of Don Juan, Australia, Australian Crawl, Bette Davis, Beverly Aadland, Captain Blood (1935 film), Charles Chauvel (filmmaker), Charles Higham (biographer), Cuban Rebel Girls, David Bret, David Niven, Dolores del Río, Duncan Regehr, Earl Conrad, Errol Flynn (album), Errol Flynn filmography, Fandral, Flynn (film), Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, Four’s a Crowd, Frederick McEvoy, Front Page Challenge, Gone with the Wind (film), Green Light (1937 film), Guy Pearce, Hermann Erben, Hobart, Hollywood Cricket Club, Hotel Georgia (Vancouver), In like Flynn, In the Wake of the Bounty, Jamaica, John Barrymore…and more pages!

Contains selected content from the highest rated entries, typeset, printed and shipped, combining the advantages of up-to-date and in-depth knowledge with the convenience of printed books. A portion of the proceeds of each book will be donated to the Wikimedia Foundation to support their mission.

Courtesy of Karl Holmberg

— David DeWitt


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Laurence Oliver & Errol Flynn

25 Nov

I've just been watching Olivier in Rebecca and have been revisiting Olivier's work. 

I have a few biographies on Olivier but Errol is not mentioned in these.  I can't believe they both did not have any contact with each other, especially knowing both Laurence & Errol were good friends of Noel Coward.

Does anyone know, have read or have photos of Laurence and Errol together.  I suspect both would have been good friends or got along,and again as David Niven was a friend of Laurence's, they must have been friends.

If anyone can add further, would appreciate the information.

kind regards Diana

— dmbaus


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Green Lantern

18 Oct

There is a new movie out called Green Lantern and based on the comic books of the same name. The address for a write up is at   There is a quote therein that refers to our good mate Errol as well as his room mate David Niven. This is the said quote “Hollywood Homage: According to Sinestro actor Mark Strong, the character of Hal Jordan was based on Robin Hood actor Errol Flynn while the film’s antagonist was based on legendary screen presence David Niven, Strong told coming “That widow’s peak and thin mustache was for some reason originally based on David Niven, and Hal Jordan was based on Errol Flynn. In the ‘30s and ‘40s, they shared an apartment together in Hollywood when they were making movies and they were great friends. Obviously at the time, whoever was doing the original comics must have looked at them as guys doing very well in the film industry, and based those characters on them. So I would like to do justice to the Sinestro that was conceived for the comic books”. 

Steve and Genene

— tassie devil


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Let's move forward…

02 May

We've had some rough reporting to read here on the blog and we are all concerned about the outcomes of recent events for some of our members. This kind of thing shows what a tight-knit and supportive group of people we are and I am particularly happy to have such caring and supportive friends from around the world in this time of my personal grief. Yet, this said, the blog seems to have come to a full stop. Nobody wants to be the first to go back to our main subject in view of what has happened and our thoughts and prayers are with Jack and Louise Marino today. Let's Refuse to be Afraid and go forward…

I was visiting a friend the other day and found on an end table a copy of a book called “Heroic War Stories” and was astonished to find that the cover was illustrated with a picture of three men's faces in military uniform, the center picture being a depiction of Errol Flynn in Objective Burma!

Heroic War Stories

Gallery Books 1988

Writers including Alistair McLean, David Niven, Joseph Heller, tell their real-life and fictional front-line tales. David Niven's contribution is from his book of remembrances The Moon's A Balloon and there are other wonderful tales of military service both fact and fiction in this hardcover volume. I was unable this morning to find a picture of the book's cover but when I next visit my friend I will ask if I can take the book home and scan it for the blog.

Flynn has a way of showing up at the most surprising times!

— David DeWitt


Errol's application for American citizenship!

26 Mar

Here is Errol's application to become an American!
Which was made on May 9, 1936 or December 20, 1938 not clear to me on this record.  Maybe some of you fellow members can decipher this one?

Did he forget the date he married Lili – maybe he wanted to that?  So, when did he get married? Is it really May 5, 1935 as he states in this application or as so many records say otherwise – that it was June 19, 1935? Another noteworthy declaration on this application is -  as stated here – that he lived already in May 1936 at 601 North Linden Drive.  Did he live there with Lili?  Was this not his Bachelor Pad with David Niven? There are nothing but questions – leave it to Errol and there are nothing but  riddles! Is there anybody able to shed some light on it?

— Tina


Flynn in Vancouver 1936—Cricket, anyone?

17 Apr

Here is the 1985 article on Errol Flynn's Vancouver visit. Editorial comments [by me] are in square brackets.


The Vancouver Courier — Wednesday 27 February 1985, page 14

Saga of the Hollywood XI


We were “bowled over” by the response we received to a cricket photo published in the February 6 [1985] edition of the Courier, under the title “Those Wicket Ways”.

Donated by a local cricketer, the photograph taken [Saturday] July 4, 1936 at Brockton Point [in Stanley Park, Vancouver], showed members of the Hollywood Cricket Club posing with their Vancouver counterparts.

What made the photo all the more interesting was that Errol Flynn — who had just completed his first major motion picture”Captain Blood” — was seated in the front row. Seated in the centre of the front row was veteran English actor C. Aubrey Smith, captain of the Hollywood cricketers. [Flynn and Bruce had just finished CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE. According to the TCM website, production started 30 March and wrapped 1 July 1936.]

With just that smidgen of information, we solicited help from Courier readers in identifying other members of both teams.
We were delighted with the response from all the people who wrote, called or came to visit us and can now complete most of the faces and stories behind the photo.

We quickly learned that the large gentleman wearing the wicket keeper’s pads seated adjacent to Flynn was “Dr. Watson” — veteran actor Nigel Bruce who so ably supported Basil Rathbone in the many Sherlock Holmes films.

A local celebrity was Alan Roughton, who had a radio program on CKMO (now CFUN) for 15 years called “British Varieties” and was also on the CBC Farm Broadcast and a local series entitled “Dick and Dolly”. Roughton was also in the original Theatre Under The Stars for nine seasons and was a long-time Kerrisdale resident.

A most pleasant visitor to our offices was Reginald Burleigh, himself in the photograph, and now a resident of Crofton Manor. A sprightly and active 86 year-old, Burleigh fondly recalled memories of those days.

“The Vancouver Cricket Club originally went down to play the Hollywood team in 1935 and they reciprocated by travelling here the next year. I met Flynn — he seemed a very approachable chap. And I really got along quite famously with C. Aubrey Smith. He wired me one year, saying: ‘Reggie, we’re short of cricket bats…can you help’. Well, I got some bats together and sent them right off.”

Burleigh said Smith’s nickname was “Round-the-Corner-Smith,” for his habit of suddenly nipping out from behind the umpire and firing down his fast ball.

This fact is confirmed in the late David Niven’s book, “The Moon’s A Balloon” in which he relates the origins of the club. Niven wrote that there were as many as 22 cricket clubs in the Hollywood area in the 30’s, what with the influx of British filmdom. Smith, incidentally, named his house on Mulholland Drive “The Round Corner,” and on his roof were three cricket stumps and a bat serving as a weather vane.

Other notables on the Hollywood team were Henry Stephenson (he played Oliver Twist’s father in the movie); E.E. Clive, Eric Blore and H.B. Warner.

A very descriptive letter of the match that actual day was supplied by Geoffrey Parkinson of Vancouver:

“…My father, Cecil Parkinson, played for Vancouver in the match and I was a spectator. I vividly remember the match because of the contrast in scene from the usually drowsy spectacle at Upper Brockton of a few friends and relatives sitting around the boundary in deck chairs.

“Instead, on this occasion, the ground was packed with an enthusiastic but non-cricketing crowd consisting principally of teenage girls anxious to see and get close to Errol Flynn.”

Another lesser-known Hollywood actor in the photo (right of C. Aubrey Smith) was Frank Lawton, who appeared in Noel Coward’s film “Cavalcade” and married British songstress Evelyn Laye.

Seated directly centre in the front row was J. Fyfe Smith, who arrived from Australia here in 1904. He opened the J. Fyfe Smith Co. Ltd. Hardwood Lumber Distribution yard on Seymour Street where the Hudson Bay parking lot is present!y located.

He was also involved in rugby and was instrumental in both rugby and cricket trips to Japan and China.

Others identified on the Vancouver team were Dr. Harry Warren, Professor Emeritus of UBC; Bunny Hobday, Meredith Berridge, Judge Stan Remnant, Fergie Ward, E.H. Grubbe, R.P. Woodward, Cecil Parkinson, Gerry O’Hara and David Seaton.

The Courier would like to thank George Hutchinson, W.B. MacWilliam, Pat Waldron, E. Sheppard, Vic Gowan, Robert Berridge, Reg Burleigh, Geoff Parkinson, Lyall Bell, G.F. Pearson and Doug Sturrock for their informative letters.

P.S. While Flynn went on to greater fame, ironically he died in Vancouver at the age of 50 while in the company of a young starlet named Beverly Aadland, the year was 1959…as Reg Burleigh aptly put it…”he left us at age 50 . . . not out.”

[The club house at Brockton oval still stands, and the photo may be hanging yet on a wall. It was still on display a few years ago. I don't know about now.]

— daveboz


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New York's MOMA celebrates Flynn Chum's 100 Birthday!

10 Apr

“New York's Museum of Modern Art commemorates David Niven's 100th birthday with a film festival that runs from April 12-23 and includes movies rarely seen on the big screen…” reports Cinema Retro Magazine

The films being shown:

The Way Ahead 

1944. Great Britain. Directed by Carol Reed. With David Niven, James Donald, John Laurie, Peter Ustinov, Trevor Howard.

Separate Tables 

1958. USA. Directed by Delbert Mann. Screenplay by Terence Rattigan, John Gay, adapted from two of Gay’s plays. With David Niven, Deborah Kerr, Burt Lancaster, Rita Hayworth, Wendy Hiller. Niven's Best Actor Oscar win.

The Moon Is Blue 

1953. USA. Directed by Otto Preminger. Screenplay by F. Hugh Herbert, based on his play. With David Niven, William Holden, Maggie McNamara, Dawn Addams.

Dawn Patrol 

1938. USA. Directed by Edmund Goulding. With Errol Flynn, Basil Rathbone, David Niven, Donald Crisp, Barry Fitzgerald.

The Silken Affair 

1956. Great Britain. Directed by Roy Kellino. With David Niven, Geneviève Page, Ronald Squire, Beatrice Straight, Wilfrid Hyde White.

Bonjour Tristesse 

1958. Great Britain. Directed by Otto Preminger. With David Niven, Deborah Kerr, Jean Seberg.

Around the World in 80 Days 

1956. USA. Directed by Michael Anderson. Produced by Michael Todd. Music by Victor Young. With David Niven, Cantinflas, Shirley MacLaine, Robert Newton, Buster Keaton.

A Matter of Life and Death (Stairway to Heaven) 

1946. Great Britain. Written and directed by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger. Cinematography by Jack Cardiff.

Before Winter Comes 

1969. Great Britain. Directed by J. Lee Thompson. With David Niven, Topol, Anna Karina, John Hurt, Anthony Quayle.

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It was my pleasure to correspond twice with David Niven shortly before he died in 1983 on the subjects of his defense of Errol Flynn and his finely tuned writing skills as a biographer and storyteller.

It is my pleasant memory to have handed Niv a huge laugh, he said, when I wrote that it might be nice if Flynn's children “could sue the pants off Charles Higham so that the world could see what sort of asshole he is… “

— David DeWitt


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