Archive for the ‘Dates & Girlfriends’ Category

A Mom and Pop Story — Starring Olivia de Havilland

22 Apr

April 22, 1938

Harrison Carroll

In Belfast, Olivia de Havilland spent a day with Errol Flynn’s parents. His father, a professor of biology at Queen’s University, still isn’t sold on Flynn’s acting career. He told Olivia he wishes that Errol would give up the cinema, return to Ireland, and take up a more serious profession.

Warners would be satisfied if he would even get off his yacht and return to Hollywood.

What was Professor Flynn thinking? Did the distinguished zoologist not study the biology of homo sapiens in addition to marsupials? What red-blooded Aussie human male in his right mind could ever quit this? Certainly not Virile Errol Flynn!

Making movies with Olivia was a very gracious thing.

And a very passionate thing.

Errol was right, and right on time, not to miss that train!

— Gentleman Tim


Going Places

17 Apr

April 17, 1935

Harrison Carroll

Lily Damita and Errol Flynn are still going places together.


Here they are two months later, on June 16, at the Venice Amusement Pier, with Marlene Dietrich and Madonna (or perhaps that’s Carole Lombard?) Errol became “the talk of the town” for his immense popularity with the many women at the Tunnel of Love that night. Talk about going places, four days later he and Lili flew to Yuma. Then he flew into immortality.

— Gentleman Tim



15 Apr

April 12, 1938

Lovers on the Cover!

— Gentleman Tim


Diary of the Santa Fe

14 Apr

There were railroads and then there was the Santa Fe …

April 14, 1939

Hollywood Citizen News

The Warner Bros. are not going to wait a year before setting to work on another epochal western picture. Success of Dodge City (it’s breaking records at the Strand in New York) hs encouraged the studio to start preparing at once Diary of the Santa Fe, film story of the railroad.

In addition to Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, and Bruce Cabot, who were seen in Dodge City, the new picture will feature Buck Jones and Hoot Gibson, foremost western stars from away back. The saddle heroes almost overshadowed the other stars in attention from the public during the recent trek to Dodge City.

History and Importance of the Santa Fe Railroad …

— Gentleman Tim


60-Years Ago This Week

12 Apr

Second week of April, 1960

“In a photo taken by guest Bob Profeta during a party at their Hollywood apartment, Florence Aadland, left, scuffles with her 17-year-old daughter, Beverly, during an argument over whether the television was too loud. You may recall that Beverly Aadland was in the news in 1959 as Errol Flynn’s “protege.” She was being held on charges of prostitution and lack of parental supervision after William Stanciu was shot to death while struggling with her over a gun.”

Victoria Advocate – April 10, 1960

Paul V. Coates Confidential File – April 13, 1960

Daytona Beach Morning Journal – April 14, 1960

— Gentleman Tim


Hollywood All Adither Again

12 Apr

April 12, 1943

Errol Flynn-Ann Sheridan Romance Hinted

LA Evening Herald Express

Hollywood was all adither again today over its time-honored pastime of name-coupling.

The names being coupled are Errol Flynn and Ann Sheridan. And what brings the dither to a boil is the fact that Flynn just got his divorce decree last week. Ann still has three months to wait for her final release from George Brent.

Ann has denied a matrimonial measure of interest in the film swashbuckler and he has repeatedly sought refuge from the gossip in the traditional “we’re just good friends” line.

Annie Got Her Gun – Did she have Errol in her sights?

True amour? Or, more just an edgy Ann and Flynn fling/affair?

— Gentleman Tim


The Right Combination

09 Apr

During April of 1939, newspapers throughout the U.S. published a Chesterfield Cigarettes ad featuring Errol and Olivia in their Dodge City costumes. The film’s famous world premier was on April 1, 1939. The ads below were published on April 10 in the Yuma Sun, and April 28 in the Detroit Jewish News.

Yuma Sun – April 10, 1939

The Detroit Jewish Chronicle – April 28, 1939

— Gentleman Tim


THE BIG FLOP – April 7, 1991

07 Apr

Early Promise in FLA

But a Big Flop in NYC

Despite Starring the Amazing Tracey Ullman, The Big Love Gets Only Small Audiences and Closes After Only 41 Performances, on April 7, 1991

— Gentleman Tim


Film Stars Invade Dodge

01 Apr

April 1, 1939

From the Depot to the Rodeo to the Theaters

— Gentleman Tim


The Warner Bros. Dodge City World Premier Special ==== “A Hollywood Parade on Wheels”

01 Apr


Evening Herald Express

By Jimmy Starr

Dodge City, Kan. April 1 (1939)

For years they have been saying that Hollywood is colossal, but it took the Warner Brothers’ 14-car special train which arrived in Dodge City this morning to prove that moviedom was never colossal until today.

With no strings on a bank account, the party, which includes 35 stellar names, 72 newspapermen and magazine correspondents and cameramen and dozens of studio technicians departed Thursday night from Santa Fe station in Los Angeles and arrived in Dodge City this morning.

A typical Hollywood gathering of several thousand persons were at the station to greet the stars. Radios and loud speakers blared gala tunes. Dozens of luminaries were ushered through wildly gesticulating crowds.

The baggage car of the special train was transformed into a replica of the famous “Gay Lady Saloon” of Dodge City’s wildest and wooliest days, and it was visited by thousands of Dodge City fans.


The Warner studio had given it an Old West atmosphere with sawdust on the floor, typical signs warning customers against crooked faro dealers and advice to check shooting irons with the bartender. All it needed to complete the picture was a dirty old villain to shoot it up and a tree to hang him on.

Then there was a palace car, but it was not for for the human stars of Hollywood. Instead it housed 16 equine stars to be used in an especially staged rodeo in Dodge City this afternoon as a warm-up for the triple preview of the 2-million dollar Technicolor picture Dodge City tonight. In order to accommodate the terrific influx of visitors from four states it was necessary to engage three theaters, which will run all night, to show the production to the tremendously swollen population.

150,000 THERE

Dodge City, which has a normal population of 13,000 persons, is today entertaining a swarming multitude of 150,000 yelling, restless, staring, snoopy, autograph-hunting, curious, hungry, thirsty, dusty, foot-weary and movie-mad spectators. As a tribute to Jack Warner and the picture, Dodge City citizens took it upon themselves to emulate the founders of their rough and ready village by growing enough bushy beards that not only would frighten Boris Karloff, but also would supply a thousand baseball teams for the House of David. It was indeed a sight to turn a mattress factory green with envy.


Olivia de Havilland, heroine of the picture, was the heartbroken ingenue of the train when she was rudely and without warning snatched from the special at Pasadena.

It seems that Mr. Selznick, who stalled for two years before making Gone with the Wind, is now in a big hurry. It also happens that Miss de Havilland is playing Melanie in Mr. Selznick’s picture and there was rumor that her presence would be needed. Olivia jumped up and down, stamped her feet, yelled and carried on. But she isn’t on the train anymore. Poor Melanie.


Unusual fascination for such a stellar caravan caused city officials of three cities to declare a school holiday so that Young America could see and hear some of its celluloid heroes and heroines. Fifteen-minute stops were made in Flagstaff, Ariz.; Gallup, N.M.; and Albuquerque, N.M. Indians, Mexicans, hermits, prospectors and ranchers with their families came afoot, on horseback, in rickety buggies and chugging jalopies to join the townsfolk in their amazing display of admiration for Hollywood’s parade on wheels.

— Gentleman Tim