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Ringside with Bette & Errol

06 Aug

August 6, 1938

Harrison Carroll
Evening Herald Express

They are staging a prize-fight, vintage of 1905, for Warner Bros Picture, The Sisters.

Two old time fighters are in the ring and Bette Davis and Errol Flynn are sitting in the front row. Flynn plays a sports writer in the story and Bette is his wife. This is supposed to be the first fight she has ever seen and one of the boxers gets knocked out of the ring and practically into her lap. She is sickened and leaves the stadium.

Bette Davis isn’t a fight fan off the screen, either.

— Gentleman Tim

 

Sir Robin of Locksley

24 May

May 23, 1938

Hollywood Citizen News

Taking their cue from the success of The Adventures of Robin Hood, Warner Bros. are digging in making preparations for a sequel to be ready for release next spring. Title is Sir Robin of Locksley,, an original by Norman Reilly Raine and Seton I. MIller. Erich Korngold already is at work on the score. Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland are slated for the leads. Virtually all concerned in the scheduled follow-up contributed to The Adventures of Robin Hood.

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Surely Alan Hale would have been in it, too!

— Gentleman Tim

 

Hi-Tailing It to Texas

30 Dec

Fleeing Hollywood for the Mexican border

December 29, 1939

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
Jimmie Fidler

Errol Flynn will vacation on Big Boy Williams’ paternal ranch near Del Rio, Texas.

Del Rio – The Friendliest Little Border Town in Texas – An Oasis in the Desert”
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“Travelers have long been drawn to this oasis on the Rio Grande. The American Indians who inhabited the area more than 4,000 years ago left detailed pictographs on cave walls, now a sort of primitive history book etched in stone. Spanish missionaries planted a church here in 1635 and christened the spot San Felipe del Rio. It was named not for the Rio Grande but in honor of San Felipe Springs, which still offers up to 90 million gallons of spring water every minute.”

“Queen City of the Rio Grande”
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“The heyday of Del Rio, the “Queen City of the Rio Grande,” as year-round tourist destination, along with nearby Villa Acuña, Coahuila, appears to have been in the 1930s.

During that era, the two sister cities straddling the Texas-Mexico border enchanted businessmen and the leisure class with mix of oasis relaxation and unregulated foreign intrigue.”

— Gentleman Tim

 

“Elegant Goatee and All”?

09 Sep

“The Tour of Britain start on the outskirts of Nottingham was a sea of feathered Robin Hood hats …”

“Julian Alaphilippe channelled Errol Flynn – elegant goatee and all”

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— Gentleman Tim

 

Fox Like Flynn

10 May

“The Robin Hood archetype is a classic of both literature and cinema, with Errol Flynn’s depiction being one of the golden age of Hollywood’s most iconic heroes. The concept is simple: a roguish hero who’s an expert with the bow and arrow steals from the rich to give to the poor. Who could resist a handsome archer who’s ardently dedicated to the woman he loves and the concept of redistribution of wealth?”

“…Not only is he charming, but he’s impeccably chivalrous, a great supporter of the beleaguered underdog, an enemy of undemocratic power, and a hopeless romantic. … [t]he most potent embodiment of that heroic archetype you’ve ever seen …”

Anthropomorphically speaking, that is.

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— Gentleman Tim

 

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.

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THE ADVENTURES OF … STAR WARS

— Gentleman Tim

 

Defining a Swashbuckler

11 May

Flynn, Jackson, Depp & Trump?

Everything you ever wanted to know about ‘swashbuckling’

— Gentleman Tim

 

Case of the Curious Corpse

12 Feb

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— Gentleman Tim

 

“Filling the Screen with Greatness”

25 Apr

“Beyond the Blue Sky” aka Dive Bomber

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Filming began 75 years ago

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— Gentleman Tim

 

An Easter (Island) Quiz

27 Mar

How in the world is this scene from Night at the Museum connected to Errol Flynn?

— Gentleman Tim