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Qu’y avait-il au menu ici?

19 Jan

— Gentleman Tim

 

Mysterie Hippie Ship Quiz

14 Jan

Errol Skipped on Skippering this Mysterie Ship Which Thirty Years Later Sailed into Trippie Hippie History.

Who was She?

Here are a few chronological visual clues involving it’s pre-Flynn and post-Flynn news, cruise and crews:

— Gentleman Tim

 

Cuban Rebel Errol – Injured Like Flynn – January 6, 1959

06 Jan

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas, 1959, it was reported around the globe that Errol Flynn had been wounded in Cuba while covering the combat of Fidel Castro’s rebel forces. This was spectacular and very surprising news: Robin Flynn of Hollywood was swashbuckling around in the Sierra Madre Forest with the future Hood of Havana and his Not-So-Merry Rebel Men (and Rebel Girls.) A blockbuster story custom-made for (and by) the one-and-only Errol Flynn.

— Gentleman Tim

 

“The Errol Flynn Principle”

05 Jan

Not too tight, and not too loose.”

In The Courage to Love, renowned psychologist and hypnotherapist Stephen Gilligan recounts Errol’s response to a question regarding how best to hold a sword when fencing. Dr. Gilligan observed that Errol’s answer can be adapted as a guiding philosophy to many facets of life. He coined it “The Errol Flynn Principle”.

Errol said that when holding a sword, one should imagine holding a bird. If you hold the bird too tightly, you will crush it and lose it forever. However, if you hold it too loosely, it will fly away. “Not too loose and not too tight” was Flynn’s advice. And sage advice it was. After all, who knew both swords and birds better than Errol?

— Gentleman Tim

 

The Light Brigade Rides Again/Making of the Charge

02 Jan

“The Light Brigade Rides Again”

“The Making of the Charge of the Light Brigade”

— Gentleman Tim

 

Charge at the Electric

02 Jan

110 years ago – on December 27, 1909 – the “Electric Cinema” was born in Birmingham, England. 38 years later. it was enlarged with an uptairs gallery to 399-seats and renamed the Tatler News Theater, featuring Errol Flynn in Charge of the Light Brigade. It is the oldest working cinema in the UK.

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(Please pay no attention to the oddball in uniform at the very end of this video. He apparently was not permitted to attend the premier.)

— Gentleman Tim

 

Feliz Año Nuevo, 1938

31 Dec

New Year’s Day, 1938

Louella O. Parsons
Los Angeles Examiner

Happy New Year!

Very little whoopie in Hollywood this year to herald in the New Year. Many of the stars went to the desert for a quiet New Year’s Eve and those who didn’t went to bed early to attend the races at Santa Anita or the football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Our sport-loving stars had a difficult time choosing between the game and the races, but a poll taken disclosed that the races won by a large majority.

Socially the most important events were a dinner given by Grace Moore and Gladys Swarthout, a small gathering of Marion Davies’ close friends at her beach house to celebrate her birthday, and a celebration at the Charlie Chaplin mansion.

The Bing Crosbys partied with a few congenial friends, including Andy Devine. But Bing had big business at Santa Anita, so he didn’t stay up late.

Marlene Dietrich, Myrna Loy and Arthur Hornblow Jr., Bette Davis and Harmon Nelson,  George Brent, the Robert Youngs, Jeanette MacDonald and Gene Raymond saw the New Year in at Palm Springs, while the Charles Boyers, the Errol Flynns, and Brian Aherne chose the restful La Quinta for their holiday.

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— Gentleman Tim

 

Errol Shows at Sugie’s

28 Dec

December 20, 1941

The Hollywood Parade

Bill Wickersham
Los Angeles Examiner

Celebrating their engagement, Mickey Rooney and Ava Gardner were a beatific duo at “Sugie” Sugarman’s Beverly Tropics with Dick Paxton as their guests. And among those who pulledup alongside to rejoice with them were Betty Jaynes, the Douglas McPhails, Gwyne and Bud Ernst, and Errol Flynn.

A great place to get Errol Flynned.

— Gentleman Tim

 

Hat’s Off, Mike

24 Dec

December 24, 1937

Jimmy Starr
LA Evening Herald Express

For a thrilling scene in Robin Hood, Errol Flynn threw a 15 pound spear through a window and is supposed to make it stick in the opposite wall. Flynn threw the spear, but his name was poor.

Lucky for director Michael Curtiz that he ducked in time.  The spear nipped off his hat, pinning it to the floor of the stage. “Are you hurt?” screamed the frantic Flynn.

“No, I am all right,” replied Mike, “but look at my hat — she is dead!”

— Gentleman Tim

 

50 Christmas Bundles — — 70 Years Ago Today

23 Dec

December 23, 1949

Harrison Carroll
Evening Herald Express

Pals of Errol Flynn say that the Maharajah of Bundi invoted the star to join an elephant hunt on New Year’s Day. Meanwhile, Errol’s former mother-in-law Marge Eddington, sent out 50 Christmas bundles in Flynn’s name to underprivileged children.

Errol was in India filming Kim in November and December of 1949.

— Gentleman Tim