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Mail Bag! A kid named after Errol Flynn …

05 Dec

I got this message from Jack Marino today, as I was about to go to bed but I wanted to put this on the blog because it is important …

Jack writes:

Years ago, I did some work for Rider Mcdowell and Victoria Knight McDowell. They are the founders of Air-Borne and Pine Bros cough drops. Rider is also a filmmaker and a big Errol Flynn aficionado, so much so that he named his first born son ERROL McDowell.

“Today, I found out that their son Errol passed away last June at the age of 18 of cancer from a brain tumor. Before Errol left this earth he raised over a million dollars for cancer research and his parents are continuing to this very day. Their goal is to raise 325 million for a cure for cancer by raising one dollar per American or anything you feel like giving towards this goal.

“Go to… and read about this incredibly talented young man and what he went through. I asked all my friends on Facebook, to share this link, and those of you that have lost loved ones to cancer here is an opportunity to help out.

“You won’t find a more determined couple in Rider and Victoria McDowell that can pull this Herculean feat off to raise this money to end cancer once and for all. Let’s all get on an donate not only for Errol but all these young children and adults that have cancer …”

There is a video on the page that is all about how young Errol was (and is, even after his passing) helping others. At the time, he had been cured of his cancer and was full of promise. He wanted to spend a day with YoutTube star Casey Neistat and had that day. Watch the video!

You can help, too, to save others.

— David DeWitt


Mail Bag! Flynn, Mulholland Farm and Ghosts!

01 Dec

The morning Mail Bag brings this from Audie, who says this may not be new, but take a look!

Thanks, Audie …

— David DeWitt


Mail Bag! Hotel Belmar: The Ghost Has the Key!

28 Nov
Thank you David:
I look forward to sharing your remembrances and tributes. I have finished my book Hotel Belmar: The Ghost Has the Key. … . After reading Errol’s book and Send in the Empty Horses by David Niven, while talking to locals who told of Errol’spresence here in the Belmar, the strange happenings in the area where his room was, and his colorful episodes on Ice Box Hill, I created a picture of him in front of the hotel with the shadow of Captain Blood, and retold his legend here in Mazatlan, Mexico. He was truly a remarkable man, in fact unforgettable. This is a work of fiction but all 11 ghosts that I tried to depict in “full bleed” black and white images have been reported here. Such a man as Errol is larger than life.
Thanks, Sue!

— David DeWitt


Mail Bag! Register on this Blog!

17 Nov

We got an email today saying our Registration process is a bit muddy! I think this is the result of different browsers at work, but let’s go over it:

Basically, it is a two step process:

Click on Register on the far right-hand corner of the blog, under Meta.

You will be presented with a WordPress Security Popup that asks you to input the temp username: errolflynn, with temp password efb.

Click Submit to got to the WordPress login page and enter your details.

You will receive an email confirming your registration.

After this, the popup will also appear whenever you log back in, and are sent to your normal login page!

Note: registering for the RSS Feed is not where you register to become a member of the blog, a common error …

— David DeWitt


Jan van der Vliet Rocks his IN LIKE FLYNN t-shirt from Rory Flynn!

13 Nov

Jan lives in Spain where Errol was indeed In Like Flynn …

— David DeWitt


Mail Bag! Charge of the Light Brigade and Wiggling Toes!

12 Nov

This from Joe Maletta who points out a blooper in Errol’s Charge of the Light Brigade:

Joe Maletta One of Flynn’s best! The young boy is Scottie Beckett who played Perma the son of J. Carrol Nash’s character. Puran Singh. There is a film blooper when Puran finds and holds his dead son after the massacre at Chukoti. Flynn is trying to console him and as he is doing so, the “dead” son is Wiggling his toes! A little levity aside during a sad moment.

Thanks, Joe!

Scottie Beckett with Errol

— David DeWitt


You May Have Noticed?

08 Nov

You may have noticed the NOT SECURE warning that appears in Chrome browsers in the address line of our blog? That only means that the security certificate of the site is slightly less secure (http:// … versus https:// …) and Chrome is letting us know this basically useless fact. I am told by our host PressHarbor (the wonderful John Kagan) that our blog will be moved up the list to transfer to our new home, and a free Security Certificate will be provided to us that will eliminate the Not Secure warning …


Thanks, John!

— David DeWitt


WU MING from 2006! Flynn & Erben, The Chicago Review

03 Nov

Mail Bag! Thanks to Jan van der Vliet …


The Chicago Review, 2006…

— David DeWitt


The Errol Flynn Blog Migration in November!

01 Nov

Mail Bag to The Errol Flynn Blog from our hosting outfit at PressHarbor:

“Thank you for your patience, at last we are ready to begin migrations of all accounts to our new hosting platform.

“Our new platform will continue to be based on Plesk, so all of your existing accounts and passwords will migrate as-is, but this newer version of Plesk and the underlying hardware, software, and infrastructure updates will offer:

– increased security
– improved and guaranteed performance
– free SSL certificate via Let’s Encrypt
– more current versions of PHP

There’s more to come, especially for those of you with multiple sites, but the first phase will be to migrate all sites to the new platform by the end of November.”

The migrations are set to begin November 3, until the end of the month, and we do not yet know what dates our blog will move but we will get that information before it actually happens, I think. It will involve changing our dns server information for our domain name so if, one day, you cannot reach the blog, this will be why. I am told content creation might be interfered with during the the actual move, so let’s all be aware of the the situation and I will keep you as updated as possible …

— David DeWitt

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18 Aug

In the Mail Bag we receive this nice inquiry from French film director Raphael Millet. Unfortunately, I do not have any hi res scans or photos of this poster and am wondering if any of you can help him out?  He writes:


I found your contact on the Errol Flynn blog.

I am a French film director, producer and critic.

I love Errol Flynn’s movies.

I also have a passion for Sean Flynn, and great interest in the later part of his life (from 1965 onwards).

I am currently writing a long article about the movie FIVE ASHORE IN SINGAPORE for a magazine published in Singapore.

I have many images of it, including French lobby cards, posters in various languages. But I have no poster of the film in English, and I think this would be most relevant for a publication in English.

I noticed that you have a very nice poster in your collection (see image here attached).

Would it be possible to ask you for a very good high res copy or photo of it, if you have any, in order to have it reproduced in the magazine, together with my article?

It would be a nice way to celebrate Sean Flynn and to pay tribute to his Singaporean adventure.

In exchange, I’d be very happy to have a copy of the magazine being mailed to you, upon publication (around October).

Looking forward to your kind reply.

Raphael Millet

— David DeWitt