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Mail Bag! Kevin McAleer: Errol Flynn a Life in Verse!

03 May

Dear David,

It has been quite some time since we last had contact. You may remember me – the guy who was writing an epic poem on the life of Errol Flynn. Well, ten years in the making and I recently finished it. Now of course comes the real work, finding a publisher, but in the meantime I thought you might like to read the manuscript version. Book-length poems may not be your bag, but the Flynn aspect could still carry you through.

I see that the blog is flourishing. Back in 2009 you were kind enough to post some of my stanzas. So my impulse in contacting you now is not completely self-serving – I thought you might be curious to see how things turned out.

On 11 May I have a rearding from the poem at the renowned literary salon of Britta Gansebohm, with novelist/playwright Carey Harrison moderating:

www.salonkultur.de/…

Best Regards,

Kevin McAleer

 

 

Thanks, Kevin!

— David DeWitt

 

Jack Marino’s Forgotten Heroes Homage to Flynn!

03 Apr

I was on Facebook the other day and noticed that Jack Marino’s old friend, actor William Smith, had turned 84. Bill Smith is retired now but among his many film credits you already know him for are such films as Any Which Way You Can with Clint Eastwood, Darker than Amber with Rod Taylor, and Twilight’s Last Gleaming with Burt Lancaster. TV audiences remember him from his role on Rich Man, Poor Man as the evil Falconetti. But he also appeared in literally hundreds of top classic tv shows like “Kung Fu,” “The Bearcats,” “Columbo,” “Mission Impossible,” “Ironside,” “The Six Million Dollar Man,” “Police Woman,” “The Rockford Files,” “Planet of the Apes,” “Kolchak, The Night Stalker,” “SWAT,” “Police Story,” “Logan’s Run,” “Vegas,” “Fantasy Island,” “The Dukes of Hazard” and “The A Team.” And as Conan the Barbarian’s father! And there is another film performance that links him to Errol Flynn. Jack Marino cast him in the role of General Gregori Zelenkov in the 1990 film directed by our own Jack Marino, FORGOTTEN HEROES. Jack even plays a small role in the film himself. See him in the Trailer below chomping on a cigar!

The war in Viet Nam War was deeply unpopular. And if you were in uniform during that war as in all wars you did your duty as well and as bravely as any other soldier in any war throughout history. But when you got home from this war, the welcome was not the same as it was for the heroes of other wars. It was not until years later that any sort of respect for the veterans of the Viet Nam War was recognized. Jack’s film FORGOTTEN HEROES was made to address the overdue respect these veterans deserved and to be a great adventure story as well, and as I was reading more about the film on Facebook (I had seen the DVD release and had a chance to meet William Smith at Jack and Louise’s now legendary 100th birthday centennial for Errol Flynn in Hollywood in 2009, and had Smith sign my copy of the DVD) I noticed a review of the film written by filmmaker Steve Latshaw who was at the party that lasted over five days! Steve had written the review in 2008. It was on Facebook the other day, too. Jack had posted this:

Hollywood is a tough and unforgiving business and when a fellow artist, filmmaker, writer admires your work and puts it in writing, it makes all this struggle worth it.

Jack

“I am watching FORGOTTEN HEROES tonight and am reminded of what a beautiful, heartfelt film it is. You’ve seen it so many times it’s impact may be lost on you. It’s truly a great film, beautifully shot. And I loved the nods to Errol, particularly the incredible scene where the surfer has been tortured and asks the Greek to kill him. It reminded me of the great scene in Objective Burma – but you took it further and the emotional impact was profound.

I have made over 35 movies in my career. I have always wanted to make a film that would affect people lives in a profound and positive way. I haven’t yet done so. I’ve often said I’d give up my career if I could make one film like that. You did it right out of the gate.

I am and continue to be in awe of your passion and envious of your talent.

Bung Ho!

Steve

Steve Latshaw – Filmmaker
April 13, 2008

And that is not the only nod to Flynn. Jack, always a Flynn fan, and a friend of the Flynn family, adds a few Flynn touches like dueling shadows, some western style gunplay and even a bit of swordplay! You can’t miss these references if you love dear old Errol and never do these moments get in the way of the exciting story. They just make you smile and appreciate them.

That takes a lot of skill on Jack’s part.

And to help bring a bit of recognition to the veterans of the Viet Nam War Jack decided to donate a portion of every DVD ordered from his Forgotten Heroes the Movie website to benefit veterans.

If you know a veteran, please consider sending them a copy of this extraordinary movie. And share Forgotton Heroes the Movie homepage on a few Social Media for others to see …

Great job, Jack!

 


— David DeWitt

 

Mail Bag! Cecil Jones Hollywood Collection Errol Flynn Calling Card Plate!

02 Apr

From our Mail Bag come this from Cecil Jones:

David,
Some years ago I obtained a box of Errol Flynn’s personal papers from storage and the only item I kept was the copper plate for making his calling card. I toyed with the idea of making the back of my business card to be that of Errol Flynn’s calling card but never did. Possibly you could inform those interested that the printing plate will be offered by Profiles In History at their Hollywood auction in late May to mid-June time frame.

The auction catalogue is not out yet but I have attached the pre-catalogue below for all of my Flynn items (see below) for those interested.

The copper plate is something the true Flynn collector could use as well as enjoy as it was Flynn’s personal property and was used to make his calling card.

The following link is to the Profiles In History website and shows the upcoming Hollywood auction highlighting a few items from my collection. The entire auction should be available within the next month including all of the Flynn items below.

The link to the “Cecil Jones Hollywood Collection

Thank you,
Cecil Jones

Thanks Cecil, we look forward to this!

— David DeWitt

 

Mail Bag! Finding Flynn in Tasmania!

28 Jan

From the Mail Bag!


Hi David,
Hope your well? I wrote to you some time ago and you kindly replied. I’m Errol Flynn’s second cousin living in Sydney. I was recently in Oatlands Tasmania and went into the TKO bakery for a curried scallop pie and discovered it was full of Errol Flynn memorabilia. Thought you might like to advise blog members in case they come down under.Regards,
Steve Russell

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Thanks, Steve!

— David DeWitt

 

The Search for Sean Flynn & Dana Stone Ends …

25 Dec

I was contacted by Dave Hope this afternoon with some startling information: Sean Flynn and Dana Stone were executed within hours of their capture at dusk on April 6th, 1970. And he knows where they are buried.

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To understand the full story you must read the full history of the event that took their lives, and the notes Dave provides. Click the image above for Dave’s detailed Facebook account. And the image below for his detailed notes.

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Dave Hope tells me when the dry season comes around again he and his team will go to the location they have found for a very detailed examination of the burial area. This search has been an unending one for Rory Flynn and her family and Dave Hope has been tirelessly and patiently pursuing answers that have eluded others, most notably Tim Page, for decades.

Thank you Dave for your dedication and determination to get to the end of this decade’s long mystery …

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Dave Hope points to the area where Sean Flynn & Dana Stone were executed just a few kilometers from where they were captured.

— David DeWitt

 

Titchfield Hotel & Navy Island Memories!

17 Dec

Laura Barre writes us via the Mail Bag!

I was at the Titchfield in the early 60’s when Rex Rand bought it, and it was called “Jamaica Reef hotel”. The natives were all still talking about Erroll and how he won that island across from the hotel in a card game. The hotel was run down, but beautiful, and the breezes felt like soft, wet silk against your skin. I must have been one of the first people there after he bought it, because the parties had not yet started, and it wasn’t organized at all. I do recall getting really dressed for dinner in a chiffon gown, and thinking the surroundings were those of the most lush, tropical paradise I could imagine. I so want to return for nostalgia purposes. How lovely that some of it is still there.

Laura

Laura, thanks so much for writing! I love the Titchfield Hotel (Jamaica Reef) as it became known. And all of Error’s time there. My friend Dennis Mullen was able to get onto the restricted military base where the hotel stood and to see the remains of the 3 pools, part of the floor of the ballroom and the path through the lush greens that he was told everybody used. Do you have any photos of the hotel?

I’d like to put up your comments to me as a Mail Bag item on the blog if you don’t mind? It would be fascinating for the blog to read what you said …

Here are some of Dennis’s photos. Two are from the resort on Navy Island. That is Dennis in the photos.

Regards,

David
David DeWitt/Admin/The Errol Flynn Blog
Sent from Myrtle Beach, SC, USA

Wish I had taken photos! I remember the paths well, as I was worried about tripping in heels. I remember going on a long path of steps to then where we dined, in a circle, surrounded by these tall trees, all seeming very overgrown. I was staying in a little cottage which only had a ceiling fan to cool off, and my hair continued to never really “dry”. There were night blooming bushes outside my door that were like perfume. Go ahead if you like and upload my comments. What’s going on with Navy Island now? I’m intending to go back up there. Rex had sent a car for me that picked me up in Kingston, and I’ll never forget those scary winding mountain roads, and going through Kingston with lots of people in the roads carrying on. A novel experience for a young woman. I ‘ll bet they are still telling stories about Erroll around there!

Laura

Thanks, Laura!

 

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Photos show the late Dennis Mullen, Flynn aficionado and Travel Adventurer in the footsteps of Errol Flynn. Dennis walked in Errol’s footsteps both in Jamaica and Cuba. His design work seen above for Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee was as lyrical as the winds of adventure itself. He visited Jamaica doing some promotional work for The Errol Flynn Marina and attended Pat Wymore’s 85th birthday party as a guest at her table. He was so charming he was able to enter the restricted military base not once but three times (to the amazement if Dale Weston, manager of the marina) to view and photograph the remains of The Titchfield Hotel pools and Navy Island. These are not his Navy Island photos. More will be forthcoming about Dennis Mullen.

— David DeWitt

 

Rory Flynn aboard Zaca in Monaco, 2014!

14 Dec

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Thanks, Rory!

— David DeWitt

 

Mailbag! He Asked; She Said … Diana Barrymore!

08 Dec

Our great friend and tireless researcher Karl Holmberg sends us this fascinating Mike Wallace interview with John Barrymore’s daughter Diana and it’s fascinating …

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Thanks, Karl!

— David DeWitt

 

Mailbag! The Making of Objective Burma!

01 Dec

Jan Vandervliet writes us with a recording site link to Objective Berma! And a detailed description of the recording and how the film was made. Click the image for the description!

Thanks, Jan!

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— David DeWitt

 

Errol Flynn Adventures! The Board Game!

25 Nov

Rory Flynn tells me she just signed a contract to allow a new board game to be produced based on movie adventures of her father Errol Flynn! She sends us a copy of the proposal ad … No idea when the game would be available as yet but how exciting is this?

Thanks, Rory!

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— David DeWitt