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Tiger Lil‘ and Cat Man

23 Sep

Dear fellow Flynn fans,

of all the tin roofs in Beverly Hills, none was hotter than Tiger Lil`s…

Cat Man went by many names- he was called by authorities “The Phantom of Bel Air”, “The Jersey Devil” and Willard Borton by birth certificate. Born and raised in Gloucester City, NJ, he adopted a what-you-see-is-what-you-get philosophy at an early age. TRUE DETECTIVE ran his CV in on of their issues as follows. “If another youngster had a toy he coveted, he appropriated it for his own. Occasionally these tactics got him into difficulty and it was no unusual thing for him to be called on the carpet to explain a black eye or a bloody nose incurred in a fight with some wrathful playmate.”

Various stunts (he once used a swordfish gaff to open a second floor window) led to various stints in reformatories. While in juvenile jail he behaved impeccably. His overall charming behaviour made sure he got released early every time he did time. Maybe it was the breath of fresh air that brought out that feline feeling again.

Arriving in Tinseltown with a wife and stepson in tow in December of 1934, he rented a bungalow under the name of Ralph Graham on formidable Formosa Street and put up a respectable front. At daytime he took the “See the movie stars` homes for 25 cents”- Tour.  “I`ll see them”, said Graham to himself, “and from the inside, too.” At nighttime he was prowling the perimeters of the rich and famous, the bold and the bejeweled. Hiding behind the heavy shrubbery of their vaulted villas, he could go on with his burglaries unnoticed.

Flynntimates Miriam Hopkins, Fred MacMurray and Fannie Bryce were amongst the many victims of Will the Cat. From Gary Cooper he took an unregistered colt and further on used it for protection. At Barbara Stanwyck`s place in exchange for furs and pearls he left the cryptic message K.P.G.G.L.X, meaning: Keep plugging good girl. Love & kisses. He snatched a gold cigarette lighter bearing the initials C.L. from Gable`s girl, while Tyrone Power yearned to get back the golden cross of the Order of the Knights of St. Louis, which had been in the Powers family for generations. Feisty swashbucklerette (www.theerrolflynnblog.com…) Maureen O`Sullivan almost caught the cat red handed and alarmed the police about an intruder. When confronted by policemen he was able to talk his alleyway out, swearing he was a privat patrolman and had seen the burgler vanish in the opposite direction!

In July of 1938 he entered the home of renowned film director Frank Capra- ininvited. Unfortunately for him he ended up in the nursery of the family`s newborn baby who immediately turned on the siren. Nevertheless he managed another dashing escape. Afterwards he somehow felt he had overstayed his welcome in this prominent hood of Hollywood. So he relocated and bought a small house on 420 Howland Canal in Venice complete with boat. The furniture came courtesy of laundry magnate George M. Theodore. Never mind that his front door had to be cut out to give way to the grand piano…

Robbing the rich was not his first priority, he also gave back to the not so poor. Always the gentlemanly thief he first took off the engagement ring of another victim, only to give it back to her once he found nothing else to his liking at her home. “Is that really the only diamond you have?” “Truly it is.” “Well, there`s nothing here I want, here`s your ring.”

The then hot silent film diva Lili Damita also fell prey to the Cat. He stole all of her jewelery, escaping unscathed only because the Flynn bride to be hadn`t been at home at the time. Police was at a loss how sixty to seventy burgleries hadn`t delivered the tinniest trace of Jumpy Cat. $32.000 worth of riches were taken from a prominent motion picture executive. A multi millionaire with a household name donated $ 1.800.000 in stocks and bonds (fortunately for that Mr. DeMillions they were non negotiable). At Sonja Heine`s home CM had to contend himself with cans of Norwegian fish.

What California`s cobblestone cops didn`t know, was that, despite the Cat`s prowess, his effort had netted him only a few thousand dollars. A Hollywood Boulevard pawnshop owner named Morris Wasserman flew back and forth to New York with excessive baggage and had the loot remodeled. Mo` dinned on brilliants, but fed the Cat breadcrumbs. Fed up with coming up short time and time again a frustrated Catso confessed everything when questioned for a minor misdemeanor. Wasserman was put on probation, while Willard forever sang the Folsom Prison Blues.

Lili meanwhile adorned herself with Errol.

Enjoy,

 

— shangheinz

 

Errol’s Little Clock Bellied Man!

18 Sep

His clock at Mulholland and at Pat’s ranch in Jamaica …

PORTLAND, JAMAICA – CIRCA 1980: Patrice Wymore Flynn is seen at her home, the Errol Flynn Estate, circa July 1980 in Portland Jamaica. (Photo by Bette Marshall/Getty Images)

— David DeWitt

 

In Search of Estrella

15 Sep

Los Hijos de Errol Flynn

“During the Spanish Civil War, Errol Flynn decided to travel to Spain as an adventure, in his memoirs he tells that he met Estrella, his love. This documentary is the search for Estrella and all the broken love stories with the end of the war.”

Los Hijos de Errol Flynn will travel to the United States for the Hispanic Culture Film Festival in Saint Augustine, Florida. The festival will be held from October 4 to 6.

— Gentleman Tim

 

Have the Stars Lost Their Magic?

08 Sep

Even less luminosity since this was written in 2007? I’d say so.

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— Gentleman Tim

 

The Adventures of Star Wars

05 Sep

‘What George Lucas Borrowed from The Adventures of Robin Hood to Make Star Wars’

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Errol Flynn exudes exuberance that can’t be understated as the beating heart of the film.

Flynn makes The Adventures of Robin Hood a joy to watch.

Not only did the film get the legend of Robin Hood, of medieval heroes and villains, right, it got them so right that its distillation of the myth is still the gold standard almost a century later.

In 2003, Roger Ebert wrote:

The ideal hero must do good, defeat evil, have a good time, and win the girl. The Adventures of Robin Hood is like a textbook on how to get that right.

— Gentleman Tim

 

Labor Day in Mexico, 1937

02 Sep

Reine Davies
Hollywood Parade
Los Angeles Times

The film colony’s activities over the Labor Day weekend were as varied as are the talents of the film players who create your screen entertainment.

The holiday found Dolores Del Rio, Cedric Gibbons, Errol Flynn and Lili Damita cruising down to Ensenada, and other Hollywoodites at the Mexican Resort were Gene Reynolds, Jeanette MacDonald and George Mason.

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Baja was the place to be, especially if sailing, Ensenada, on the “Baja Riviera”. Though this article doesn’t mention it, Errol, Lili, Dolores and Cedric, would have certainly stayed at the magnificent La Playa Ensenada, built by Jack Dempsey (possibly in partnership with Al Capone),a haven for Hollywood celebrities for much of the Thirties, until Mexico outlawed gambling in 1938. Margarita Carmen Cansino used to dance there, before she blossomed into Rita Hayworth. Most all the heavyweights were there – Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Johnny Weissmuller, Myrna Loy, Lana Turner, William Randolph Hearst, Marion Davies, Bing Crosby, among many others. Errol sailed there frequently, on Cheerio II, Sirocco, and Zaca. Flynn was fined once for wearing shorts in town… but that’s a story for another day.

Charlie Chaplin and Paulette Goddard at the Hotel La Playa Ensenada, 1937

Dolores Del Rio and admiring friends at the Hotel La Playa Ensenada, 1930s

— Gentleman Tim

 

The Red Skeleton Show with Errol Flynn & Beverly Audland!

30 Aug

— David DeWitt

 

Houston, You Had a Party

29 Aug

“Bedlam in Diamonds – Seventy Years Ago'””

The Shamrock Hotel Grand Opening

Starring Errol Flynn, Ginger Rogers, Dorothy Lamour, Lana Turner, ~ a cast of approximately 170 more celebrities, and Fifty Thousand extras

On March 17, 1949, the iconic Shamrock Hotel opened with a huge shindig. Hollywood celebrities including Ginger Rogers and Errol Flynn came to town for the grand opening, and Houstonians paid $42 a head to go to the dinner. About 3,000 people showed up in total, a thousand more than organizers had expected. Rich and famous attendees, even Houston’s mayor, ended up dining on hallway floors. Although the Houston Chronicle described the night as “bedlam in diamonds,” it is still remembered as one of the biggest social events in Houston history.

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— Gentleman Tim

 

Dinner at Cole’s

23 Aug

August 23, 1948

By Harry Crocker

Behind the Makeup
Los Angeles Times

On to Cole Porter’s. Cole had given a dinner honoring Jarmilla Novaina, Madeleine Carrol and Charles Brackett with the Arthur Rubinsteins and Errol Flynns among the guests.  Cole leaves tomorrow to stage his “Kiss for Katie” on Broadway. It will be wonderful to have more Cole Porter music in circulation.

Part of Porter’s future music included “Cherry Pies Ought to be You”, with a line referencing Errol. … It’s not clear whether Errol was drinking the night of Cole’s dinner party, but perhaps it had some influence on the Cherry Pie lyrics, though Rosemary Clooney may have been thinking something entirely different than Cole (or not), to which Sinatra warned her: “Watch out!”

— Gentleman Tim

 

Adventures of Captain Fabian Troubles!

22 Aug

— David DeWitt