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Speaking of Burma …

08 Mar

Errol starred in a movie which included an actor in key role who in real life served in America’s Burma campaigns. This actor even had a hand in bombing the equivalent of the fictional but fact-based “Bridge Over the River Kwai”?

Here’s some Jeopardy-like music for you to listen to while you contemplate who this actor was:

— Gentleman Tim

 

The perfect Flynn Girl?

08 Feb

I sometimes make mental lists of which actresses I would have liked to have seen play opposite Errol, and at the top is Eleanor Parker. The Canadian Parker was a classical, almost aristocratic beauty, given spice by her incredible slanted eyes, the colour of Anatolian waters, and her tumbling hair that reminds one of a winter sunset. She could dance, fight, play a queen or a serving wench with equal aplomb, was a fine comedienne and with her curves like the hull of the Zaca, looked sensational in a period costume, even when it bordered on the camp.

She starred in only one swashbuckler, a film we have been discussing –  Scaramouche – as the fiery on-off love interest of Stewart Granger. Able as Granger was in this picture (and in my view it was his best; with the exceptional six minute fencing match), he was a bit of a one-note as an actor and never quite did it for me in the boudoir department. How I wish it had been Errol sparring with Eleanor in glorious technicolour and exaggerated 18th Century costumes.

Eleanor Parker in Scaramouche

As a performer, Parker was streets ahead of 50s bombshells like Ava Gardner and Janet Leigh. A very distinguished actress, Parker was Oscar nominated more than once. She should have won for Interrupted Melody (1955), in which she played the crippled soprano Marjorie Lawrence, opposite Glenn Ford and a young Roger Moore.

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It is the best operatic biopic ever made, in my view (aside from The Great Caruso), and she gives a stellar and harrowing performance. See it if you can. I think it is on DVD.

Eleanor as Isolde

Parker also played Kirk Douglas’s troubled wife in Detective Story, a mid-50s noir – sadly, it was more grey than noir. She was also put in a second-rate Egyptian ‘adventure’, with an ageing Robert Taylor, called Valley Of the Kings (how very original.)

Had Eleanor been born ten years earlier she would have been a major star, but the more simplistic, epics with a moral, family-orientated Hollywood of the 1950s didn’t really know what to do with her.

It’s a shame that she is chiefly remembered now for playing the Baroness in The Sound of Music.

As the Baroness, with Christopher Plummer

 

What a gorgeous pair she and Errol would have made….

 

— PW

 

Passed in 2016 …

02 Jan

Did I miss it or did no one report on the fact that 2 Flynn alumni, from his very last dramatic appearance (The Golden Shanty), passed last year:

Patricia Barry (Adie Walker)

Arthur Hiller (Director) below with Errol.

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— Karl

 

Happy Thanksgiving EFB

24 Nov

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— Gentleman Tim

 

Movie Lot to Beachhead, 1945

22 Nov

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ERROL FLYNN – DON “RED” BARRY, HOAGY CARMICHAEL, HENRY O’NEILL, LOU “THE COSMIC PUNCH” NOVA, CHARLES J. WINNINGER, HOWARD HILL, HARRY VON ZELL, JIMMY “BABY FACE” McLARNIN, HUNTLEY GORDON, CHARLES D. COBURN, MONTY “THE BEARD” WOOLLEY, GENE AUTRY, LINDA DARNELL, CARY GRANT, ALEXIS SMITH, VICTOR McLEOD, ROBERT BARRAT, CHARLES KENYON, HELEN GERALD, GUINN “BIG BOY” WILLIAMS, RICHARD A. CARROLL, GORDON EDWARDS, CLYDE GERONIMI, EDDIE (EDWARD F. CLINES) CLINE, WILLIAM T. “W. T.” LACKEY

— Gentleman Tim

 

Live from Livvie’s

15 Nov

From Olivia’s childhood home in beautiful Saratoga, California:

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A fun and very informative circa 1990’s interview of Olivia from Saratoga, including some very humorous references to “touching bases” (and not touching bases) with Errol. (At ~ 12:00 and briefly at very end of interview.)

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— Gentleman Tim

 

The Great Race

06 Nov

Arrogate v. California Chrome. Names that would have worked well in Errol’s own stable.

It was a great day at the races today at Hollywood’s hometown horsetrack, Santa Anita, one of Errol’s favorite haunts, where he often played the ponies, and occasionally raced some of his own.

www.advantagewagering.com…

www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/northamerica/usa/8495591/Horse-racing-in-America-The-Hollywood-glamour-of-Santa-Anita-Park.html…

“America’s biggest race may be the Kentucky Derby, but Santa Anita – or ‘Hollywood’s Racetrack’ – in California wins in the glamour stakes.”

“Since Santa Anita Park opened back in 1934, the horse race track has been featured in numerous films, including A Star is Born (1954), Bob Hope’s The Lemon Drop Kid, the Marx Brothers film A Day At The Races and National Lampoon’s Vacation to name just a few.”

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— Gentleman Tim

 

Robin Hood Matte Painting and Behind The Scenes.

24 Oct

Film Grab

A Beautiful woman on a narrow stairway.

This was probably during the ransom robbery feast scenes.

Before Curtiz took over.

Are those stand ins for the final shot?

What were they discussing?

Some of these I have never seen before.

— twinarchers

 

Live from the Cafe LaMaze

19 Oct

Hangout of Hollywood megastars travelling to and fro Old Tijuana:

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Note images of Veronica Lake, Clark Gable and Lana Turner on the southern wall:

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The former secret upstairs casino:

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From the official website, here’s interior shot of the current day restaurant, with a commanding image of Flynn:

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— Gentleman Tim

 

Live from Lovely Rita’s

17 Oct

In Celebration of Rita Hayworth’s 98th Birthday

Live from Lovely Rita’s home in Chula Vista, California, where she lived as a young teen, working across the border in Golden Age Tijuana, only fifteen or so minutes away. Rita performed at Hollywood honcho hangouts like the Hotel (Agua) Caliente and the Foreign Club Cafe de Luxe, where she began her entertainment career dancing with her father in The (Dancing) Cansinos.

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In a photo taken this weekend for the EFB, here is Margarita’s former childhood home, a fact her present day neighbors were thrilled to learn.

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And here are photos from that era of her early career, when she was Margarita Cansino.

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As a young teen, Rita danced at the following famous Hollywood-popular venues in Tijuana, where it is said she was discovered.
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¡Adios, Flynnamigos!

— Gentleman Tim