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CHARGE!

24 Apr

At the TCM Classic Movie Festival

Friday, April 27, 2018

THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE(1936)

Of the eight films co-starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland, this romantic epic is one of the least seen, mainly due to complaints about the mistreatment of horses in the thrilling climactic charge inspired by Alfred Tennyson’s poem. In their second film together, Flynn is a British officer in India engaged to de Havilland only to learn she is in love with his brother (Patric Knowles). Departing liberally from history, the film suggests that the love triangle, as well as an act of betrayal by an Indian sultan, are inspiration for the famous charge that took place in 1854. The picture was also inspired by the success of Paramount’s The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935), which forced the production to add The Crimean War scenes at the end in order to avoid charges that they were just aping the earlier film. The picture was shot on a grand scale, with the construction of an entire British garrison in the California desert where the cast worked in severe weather conditions during the massive battle scenes. The use of trip wires led to the deaths of 25 horses, causing a fistfight between the passionate horseman Flynn and director Michael Curtiz. The result of the deaths kept Warner Bros. from reissuing the film and brought about stricter control from the U.S. government over animal use in filmmaking. (d. Michael Curtiz, 115m, 35mm)

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— Gentleman Tim

 

A Night at the Theater with Mel & Carl

24 Apr

April 23, 2018

LOS ANGELES — Mel Brooks is just two months shy of his 92nd birthday and he still carves out time for movie nights with his pal Carl Reiner. The two just recently got together to watch a restoration of the 1938 Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland classic “The Adventures of Robin Hood.”

This week, Brooks will be on hand to kick off the ninth annual TCM Classic Film Festival at the TCL Chinese Theater Thursday night in Hollywood with a special screening of the first film he ever directed: “The Producers.”

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— Gentleman Tim

 

Pan American Flynn

22 Apr

Errol Takes On the Nazis in Brazil

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Meanwhile, in Mexico:

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— Gentleman Tim

 

A Flynnian Slip

19 Apr

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“I bought this dress in a vintage shop in Florida; the lady told me it had belonged to Errol Flynn’s wife.”

— Gentleman Tim

 

The Amazing Curtiz

15 Apr

Mano Kaminer > Mihaly Kertesz > Michael Curtiz

The Most Underated Director in the History of Hollywood?

“Curtiz was already a well-known director in Europe when Warner Bros. invited him to Hollywood in 1926, when he was 39 years of age. He had already directed 64 films in Europe, and soon helped Warner Bros. become the fastest-growing movie studio. He directed 102 films during his Hollywood career, mostly at Warners, where he directed ten actors to Oscar nominations. James Cagney and Joan Crawford won their only Academy Awards under Curtiz’s direction. He put Doris Day and John Garfield on screen for the first time, and he made stars of Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, and Bette Davis. He himself was nominated five times and won twice, once for Best Short Subject for Sons of Liberty and once as Best Director for Casablanca.”

“Curtiz introduced to Hollywood a unique visual style using artistic lighting, extensive and fluid camera movement, high crane shots, and unusual camera angles. He was versatile and could handle any kind of picture: melodrama, comedy, love story, film noir, musical, war story, Western, or historical epic. He always paid attention to the human-interest aspect of every story, stating that the “human and fundamental problems of real people” were the basis of all good drama.”

What was his Greatest Film? Who were his Greatest Stars?

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— Gentleman Tim

 

Ratto Ranch: Rich in Hollywood History

04 Apr

Dashing actor Errol Flynn came to the 238-acre Ratto Ranch for the 1936 filming of “Charge of the Light Brigade.” Flynn also rode a horse alongside a moving steam train near the Stanislaus-Tuolumne County border for the 1939 film, “Dodge City.”

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Ratto Ranch was a setting for several famous Western films and TV shows, including “The Charge of the Light Brigade” starring Errol Flynn in 1936, “For Whom the Bell Tolls” with Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman in 1943, “High Noon” starring Cooper and Grace Kelly in 1952, and the TV series “Little House on the Prairie” in the 1970s-80s.

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— Gentleman Tim

 

Easter at Mulholland

01 Apr

Happy Easter to All!

I’m not sure how many eggs Errol hunted for up at Mulholland, but, after the great singing-songwriting evangelist Stuart Hamblem made it ‘His Ole House’, he held a locally-legendary annual Easter egg hunt that included, “at its height”, hundreds of children. The lucky kid who found the golden egg (and his or her unlucky parents) won a kid goat! Here, from ‘Errol Flynn Slept Here’, is a fun account of those hunts, with a cool photo of Easter egg-hunting children by Errol’s old pool:

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— Gentleman Tim

 

Sean

31 Mar

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— Gentleman Tim

 

Errol Takes a Dive

30 Mar

Shortly after Rooney goes goo-goo eyes over Jayne Mansfield.

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— Gentleman Tim

 

The Ides of Flynn

15 Mar

Eighty-Five Years Ago Today (Sydney Time), on March 15, 1933, Errol Appeared Live AND On Film at the Prince Edward Theater in Sydney.

Errol was paid £2 to stand on stage in what he later described as a bad wig and bizarre naval uniform, appearing more like “an elderly keeper at a [Sydney brothel] than Fletcher Christian. The Ides of March ended bad for Caesar, but great for Flynn. It signaled the birth of Errol’s acting career.

A superb assembly of contemporaneous news articles by EFB Author “Isabel Australis”:

“In the wake of the bounty” 1933

An intriguing history with some Errol and errors:

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And here’s the cinematic Flynn himself, just as he appeared at the Prince Edward Theater, eighty-five years ago today, March 15, 1933 – On the Ides of Flynn:

— Gentleman Tim