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Archive for the ‘Behind the Scenes’ Category

A Really Big Show

02 Jun

Errol Shows in Hollywood – Featuring Errol, Lili, Ed & Louella

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May 30, 1938

Ed Sullivan
Hollywood Citizens News

Errol Flynn gets in June 4.

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June 2, 1938

Louela O. Parsons
Los Angeles Examiner

Lili and Errol Flynn, no longer “among the missing,” planed on yesterday morning from Chicago.

— Gentleman Tim

 

Lili Damita, War Hero?

29 May

During legal proceedings against Errol, Lili Damita testified that she suffered an injury while serving her country during World War II. What was that alleged injury, and under what circumstances did Tiger Lil’ allegedly incur her alleged injury?

1. An STD spying for the French underground?

2. A head injury working for the Red Cross?

3. A sprained ankle performing for the USO?

4. A fall from a horse at Camp Pendleton?

5. A fist-fight with Bette Davis at the Hollywood Canteen?, or

6. A cut hand smashing a bottle of Veuve Clicquot over Errol’s skull?

— Gentleman Tim

 

Born at Battery Point

25 May

Queen Alexandra Hospital
Hobart, Tasmania – 1908

Errol was born in Battery Point at the Queen Alexandra Hospital on June 20, 1909.

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— Gentleman Tim

 

When Who Lost His Finger?

24 May

A Cutting Edge Quiz

Who wrote on the image below that he “lost his finger”?

— Gentleman Tim

 

Sir Robin of Locksley

24 May

May 23, 1938

Hollywood Citizen News

Taking their cue from the success of The Adventures of Robin Hood, Warner Bros. are digging in making preparations for a sequel to be ready for release next spring. Title is Sir Robin of Locksley,, an original by Norman Reilly Raine and Seton I. MIller. Erich Korngold already is at work on the score. Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland are slated for the leads. Virtually all concerned in the scheduled follow-up contributed to The Adventures of Robin Hood.

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Surely Alan Hale would have been in it, too!

— Gentleman Tim

 

The Thief of Bagdad

24 May

May 23, 1938

Sidney Skolsky
Hollywood Citizen News

The Warners, because of the success Robin Hood, are trying to buy The Thief of Bagdad, another Douglas Fairbanks hit, for Errol Flynn.

— Gentleman Tim

 

Hats Off to Ronald Reagan

21 May

May 21, 1948

Sidney Skolsky
Hollywood Citizen News

Ronald Reagan: He is an actor who is interested in the welfare of actors and in their position in the industry. He has advanced from a supporting player to a leading man. He is always to know what pictures are being made at his studio, and when hears of any he likes, he makes a bid for it. He is very pleased that he is no longer told they wanted Errol Flynn for a certain picture, but that they are going to give it to him.

— Gentleman Tim

 

The Perfect Specimen

12 May

May 11, 1937

Elizabeth Yeaman

Hollywood Citizen News


Errol Flynn will lay aside his rapier and don boxing gloves for his next picture, The Perfect Specimen, for in this story he will portray a gent who is handy with his dukes. Furthermore, he is going modern in more ways than one.  He is to have a smart-cracking leady lady in the person of Joan Blondell.  Joan, however, should not be classified as a leading lady, but as a co-star.  Incidentally, the Flynn physique can now be bared for the entertainment of feminine fans.  The age of chivalry and its uniforms will be tossed out completely.

A strictly modern supporting cast is lined up for The Perfect Specimen. Beverly Roberts will appear in the second feminine lead, and Dick Foran will be on hand in another featured role, while comedy is to be provided by Edward Everett Horton.

Michael Curtiz will direct, and the picture will star almost immediately. It is amazing how fast production is being resumed, now that the producers have reached an agreement with the Screen Actor’s Guild.

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— Gentleman Tim

 

Days in the Cays

07 May

The most highly coveted of ornamental plants, the delicate, exotic and graceful orchid represents love, luxury, beauty and strength. In ancient Greece, orchids were associated with virility. There are numerous kinds of orchids but the black orchid is regarded the most intriguing and powerful of all. The Greek word “orchis” means “testicle” and is a symbol of virility. Ancient Greeks believed that they could control a baby’s gender by eating orchid roots. If they wished a son, the father would eat a large and new orchid tuber. If they wished a daughter, the mother would eat a small tuber. This belief, and other perceived magical sexual and spiritual powers of orchids, helped them remain popular into modern times.

Perfect for Virile Errol’s Hollywood Hot House, described below!

May 10, 1938

Harrison Carroll
Evening Herald Express

When Errol Flynn gets back from his Bahamas trip in about three weeks, Hollywood will get a floral novelty. He is bringing several hundred cuttings of a black orchid, found when he and Lili Damita were exploring the southern tip of Cat Cay Island.

His agent got an enthusiastic wire today ordering the ‘for sale’ sign off real estate the star owns on the tip of Laurel Canyon and instructing him to start building a modernistic hot house in which to grow the exotic blooms. Flynn plans to raise them for the Hollywood market.

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Fascinating footage of Cat Cay Island circa when Errol first sailed there, shortly after he purchased Sirocco:

— Gentleman Tim

 

Quite a Turn of Fortune

29 Apr

April 27, 1938

Harrison Carroll
Evening Herald Express

As this is written Flynn is still a holdout on returning to the studio. Warners wanted him badly for Sister Act, but Errol was delayed two and a half weeks in getting away from Miami and, so far, he is refusing to give up his vacation. Quite a turn of fortume for the Irish actor who, two short years ago, was glad to play a corpse in the Case of the Curious Bride.

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— Gentleman Tim