Archive for the ‘Flynn and…’ Category

May the Fortieth Be with You

26 May

The Flynn-Inspired Masterpiece was released Forty Years Ago Today

“[George] Lucas described Star Wars [to 20th Century Fox executive Alan Ladd Jr.] as an amalgam of Buck Rogers, Captain Blood and The Sea Hawk, two Errol Flynn swashbucklers. Ladd [who had been greatly impressed by American Graffiti] had grown up with the people who starred in and made these movies and was willing to take a chance on Lucas.” Skywalking: The Life and Films of George Lucas, page 136.……


— Gentleman Tim


Gentleman Jim Comey?

26 May

Comey = Flynn? I think not.

Dazzingly innovative, Flynn-like footwork? I think not.…

— Gentleman Tim


no moore no more

23 May

More morbid news. There’s no Moore, no more. Godspeed Roger.……

much moore from before from shangheinz, no less:

Much Moore about Flynn- episode 1

— Gentleman Tim


Many Munns Ago

21 May
    Long ago but not far away (in a seaside hamlet known as
    Palm Beach) there dwelled a family of great size and prominence
    known as the Munns. The Munns clan was comprised of a
    “cornucopia of cousins” with last names like Astor, Biddle,
    Drexel, Pulitzer, Renssalaer, Spreckels, Vanderbilt and Wanamaker. (One of the renown Munn cousins was a nun, none other than St. Katherine Drexel.)

    The link, info and imagery below include a wealth of Munn shots
    and multiple Munn mansions.…

    One of the illustrious Munns was Countess de Munn,
    and this brief story below is one of her most Flynntastic,
    written by the legendary Lloyd Pantages.


    Lloyd Pantages – Los Angeles Examiner I Cover – May 27, 1936

    The Countess De Munn started out to Hollywood
    with a South American wildcat as a present for
    ERROL FLYNN, but while walking it on the deck
    of her yacht the kitty jumped overboard and SANK.
    So FLYNNSIE is minus a zoo at the moment.


    — Gentleman Tim


A Tease of a Quiz

19 May

What did this thrilling threesome do that earns them a spot on the blog?

— Gentleman Tim


Olivia’s Dress from Elizabeth and Essex

17 May

Some of you may recall in 1970 MGM Studios, out of business, held a huge auction, liquidating assets, props, clothes, memorabilia, etc. from it’s treasure troves….   TCM had a short film on it the other night.  Always brings a tear to my eye….

Actress Debbie Reynolds frantically purchased many items to save for posterity. Here is a short clip of her collection. At 1:21 in the film, you’ll see Olivia’s dress from Elizabeth and Essex, cleaned and restored, being put into proper acid-free storage.

Debbie Reynolds’ film memorabilia collection:…




— The Zaca


Errol’s Open Letter

16 May

An EFB Four Score News Report

Los Angeles Evening Herald Express – Harrison Carroll – May 1937

“In an open letter to the graduating class of the Black-Foxe Military Academy,
Errol Flynn expounded with some typical Errol Flynn philosophy – urging the boys
to seize adventure from life before settling down to careers. The star is now
embarrassed, trying to think of informative or tactfully discouraging answers to
24 members of the class, who have written him, demanding details on how to do it.”

Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Hats Off to Black-Foxe Military Institute

Sean attended Black-Foxe for two years in the Fifties, but, not enjoying its boarding-school isolation and regimentation, left before graduating to live with Lili in Palm Beach.

The school can be seen in the cold war film “My Son John” with Robert Walker, Helen Hayes and Van Heflin. Walker’s real sons, pictured below, also attended the school. (Walker died during the shooting of this film, which had to be finished with film he shot in a Hitchcock film shot a few years earlier.)

— Gentleman Tim


From Out of This World — Watch it! (Says Sinatra)

11 May

— Gentleman Tim


Seventy Years Ago —— Silver River/Sheila Graham

09 May

SHEILA GRAHAM – Hollywood Citizen News – May 8, 1947

I was on the set when Errol Flynn knocked out Barton MacLane
for a scene in Silver River. I’ve often been told the
story of the star who punched too soon, and the guy who forgot
to duck, and never believed it. But this I saw. Poor Errol.
It really hurt him more than MacLane. “It was the first time in
12 years,” he assured me, “that a punch of mine ever connected.”
Barton, of course, is used to movie risks because he’s usually
cast as a heavy. In the old days when a punch connected with his
jaw, he’d fight back, when he came to. Now he writes it off as an
occupational hazard.

Here’s what is reportedly the only known photo of the literary Garden of Allah gal,
Sheila Graham, and her over-the-hill beau, F. Scott Fitzgerald – on Revolution Boulevard in Tijuana!
Fitzgerald used to get angry and drunk at the thought Errol might possibly flirt with Sheila,
by far the best looking of what she called the “unholy trio” of Hollywood gossip columnists-
her, Hedda and Louella.

Below is Flynn vs. MacLane, preceding Errol’s knock out punch.

— Gentleman Tim


The Elephant in One of the 118 Rooms

04 May

An EFB Four Score News Report

In 1937, at her 118-room beach house in Santa Monica, Marion Davies threw William Randolph Hearst a birthday bash to end all birthday bashs. By all accounts, this circus-themed extravaganza was a sight to behold. One sight, however, surely didn’t please Citizen Hearst, though. That was the sight of Errol Flynn and co-troublemaker David Niven dressed-up as a two-man elephant “shovel brigade”. The elephant in the 118-room beach mansion, of course, was WR, the birthday boy himself.

… Only Flynn would have the nerve to pull such a prank against the career-breaking Citizen Hearst.


Huge Stories and lots of photos on W.R. Hearst’s Birthday Party.
One photo with Cary Grant and many other revelers, including
Randolph Scott and Marion Davies as trapeze performers, calling
themselves The Flying San Simeons. Errol Flynn and David Niven
made up a shovel brigade, wearing blue and white striped sweatshirts
with tight fitting trousers, Miss Davies costumed as Russian Circus
performer on Merry Go Round. Others attending:

Basil Rathbone, Hal Roach, Walter Wanger, Clarence Brown, Harold Lloyd,
Henry Fonda, Lloyd Bacon, Mervyn LeRoy, James Gleason, Charles Boyer,
Leslie Howard, Samuel Goldwyn, Frank McHugh, Lucien Hubbard, Hal Wallis,
Pat O’Brien, Gary Cooper, Ben Hecht, Walter Winchell, Alice Faye, Stu Erwin,
Pandro Berman, Carole Lombard, Aileen Pringle, Anita Louise, Ginger Rogers,
Marlene Dietrich, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Charles Ruggles, Tyrone Power Jr.,
Clark Gable, Adrian, King Vidor, Caesar Romero, Jackie Coogan, Louis B. Mayer,
zillions of others.

— Gentleman Tim