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Errol Reincarnated?

22 Aug

This fellow believes so …

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— Gentleman Tim

 

A Top Piece on Errol’s Top-Piece

22 Aug

PAPUA NEW GUINEA – 1996/01/01: New Guinea Highlands, Near Tari, Huli Dancers With Ceremonial Wigs, Bird Of Paradise Feathers. (Photo by Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images)

August 21, 1937

WHAT THEY DO FOR INSOMNIA
Evening Herald Express

“Errol Flynn, old boy, tell us what you do for insomnia?”

After Errol had exploded and used a little language we convinced him we really meant exactly what we said, and he was surprised to find he did have an insomnia cure. Seemed it rarely is needed, but when it is he remembers a long tiresome trek he took in New Guinea one time, afraid to sleep because the local head-hunters seemed determined to add the handsome Flynn top-piece to their collection. Said Errol:

“It’s like counting sheep, only I count head-hunters.”

Headhunting History in New Guinea:

Headhunting was practised by many Austronesian people in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. Headhunting has at one time or another been practised among most of the peoples of Melanesia,including New Guinea. A missionary found 10,000 skulls in a community longhouse on Goaribari Island in 1901.

Historically, the Marind-anim in New Guinea were famed because of their headhunting. The practice was rooted in their belief system and linked to the name-giving of the newborn. The skull was believed to contain a mana-like force. Headhunting was not motivated primarily by cannibalism, but the dead person’s flesh was consumed in ceremonies following the capture and killing.

The Korowai, a Papuan tribe in the southeast of Irian Jaya, live in tree houses, some nearly 40 metres high. This is believed to be a defensive practice, presumably as protection against the Citak, a tribe of neighbouring headhunters. Some researchers believe that the American Michael Rockefeller, who disappeared in New Guinea in 1961 while on a field trip, may have been taken by headhunters in the Asmat region. He was the son of New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller.

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— Gentleman Tim

 

Nora the Adorable

20 Aug

Charleroi Mail
3rd Week of August, 1943

FLYNN YACHTING WITH APPRENTICE MACHINIST

Errol Flynn was yachting off the coast of Mexico Saturday with his newest girlfriend, a 19-year-old apprentice machinist from a Los Angeles airplane factory, Nora Eddington.

A nice girl she is, too, reported Flynn by phone from Acapulco, Mexico, and a fine companion for a fishing trip.

— Gentleman Tim

 

Whoopie for Sir Hubert

20 Aug

August 19, 2019

Harrison Carroll
Evening Herald Express

So many faces were red over an incident that occurred during the visit of Sir Hubert and Lady Wilkins to the Dawn Patrol set at Warners. The explorer and his wife came to visit the movie troupe on the invitation of Basil Rathbone.

They were introduced around and Errol Flynn pulled up his own chair for Sir Hubert. The explorer sat, then jumped up in amazement, for the cushion in the chair had burst in a loud buzzing.

The cushion was a rib that David Niven had prepared for Flynn — never expecting that Sir Hubert would sit in the chair first.

Regarding the remarkably beautiful and talented Lady Wilkins:

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— Gentleman Tim

 

Forty Years Ago Today

19 Aug

Aug. 19, 1979: Beverly Aadland writes to Los Angeles Times, publicly revealing that she lived in Palmdale (in the Antelope Valley, north of LA), happily married and expecting her first child!

— Gentleman Tim

 

Back Fence Gossip

18 Aug

August 17, 1936

Jimmy Starr
LA Evening Herald Express

Hollywood is a funny town when it comes to rumors. A new-married couple can be doing fine, enjoying marital bliss and all of that – but along comes some back fence gossip, and the whole village is suddenly buzzing with separation reports. Such has been the experience, at least, of Lili Damita and Errol Flynn during the past few weeks.

Definitely putting an end to such absurd chatter, Lili and Errol have announced their plans for a lovely Irish-type home on Lookout Mountain. Together they designed it and even went in for a bit of landscaping, Irish flowers, all imported, will be featured in the grounds, while the backyard boasts of magnificent stables and a circular feeding bin. When completed, the entire place, no doubt, will be one of Hollywood’s show spots.

“Over the decades, many stars resided in this area, including Chester Conklin in his $70,000, 10-room mountain retreat, Jill Esmond and Laurence Olivier in a “rambling ranch house,” Bert Wheeler, Joan Blondell and George Barnes, John Carroll, Lew Ayres, Burl Ives, Edward G. Robinson, Cary Grant, Errol Flynn, Ida Lupino, and Harry Houdini. Its soaring views still attract high-end customers.”

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In the 60s and 70s, Laurel Canyon was second only to Haight-Ashbury as a Mecca for Hippies. This is “where Joni Mitchell was living when she wrote “Ladies Of The Canyons” and “Clouds”; and, Graham Nash wrote “Our House” when he was living here with her. Frank Zappa’s infamous home during the sixties was located on the NW corner of Lookout Mountain and Laurel Canyon, where now is a vacant lot. He eventually moved because every nut in town knew where he lived.” Other rock stars included Jim Morrison, John Mayall, Carole King, The Mamas and The Papas, Dusty Springfield, Brian Wilson, and many others. The 2001 film Laurel Canyon is an homage to this legacy, as is this year’s Echoes of the Canyon.

— Gentleman Tim

 
 

Adventure is Calling

16 Aug

August 13, 1936

Harrison Carrol
LA Evening Herald Express

Adventure is calling again to Errol Flynn.

Instead of sailing to Europe in a de luxe suite as other movie stars do on vacation, the young Irish actor is headed for the wilds of Borneo, where he and a friend will photograph background shots of The White Rajah, Flynn’s own story, in which he will star for Warner Brothers.

The unusual holiday will begin as soon as he finishes one more picture declared the actor yesterday, and will take him away from Hollywood for a period of three months.

As the expedition will penetrate into uncivilized country, the star’s wife, Lili Damita, will not accompany him.

His partner in adventure will be Dr. Hermann Erben, with whom Flynn once sailed up a savage infested river in New Guinea. At that time the thought of Hollywood never enter the actor’s mind. He was the owner of a pearling schooner that Dr. Erben chartered for the expedition.

August 17, 1936

Harrison Carrol
LA Evening Herald Express

Errol Flynn calls up to say he still has not given up hope of persuading Lili Damita to brave the wilds of Borneo with him.

— Gentleman Tim

 

77 Years Ago Today

16 Aug

August 15, 1942

Errol becomes a U.S. Citizen.

From My Wicked, Wicked Ways:

“In August 1942, I received my naturalization papers. I was an American citizen.”

“The country had been good to me. It had given me wealth and an international reputation.”

— Gentleman Tim

 

“The Louse That Roared”

15 Aug

August 14, 1935

Winchell’s Daily Tattle
LA Evening Herald Express

By Walter Winchell

The Lili Damita-Errol Flynn honeymoon is over. It’ll be denied, but Lili is planning a Paris divorce.

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Winchell, aka “The Louse That Roared” – “not noted for accuracy”, nor concern for accuracy – wrote this winchell-worded letter to Lili in ’41, after Tiger Lil’ complained to him about an article he published falsely claiming Errol had been charged with statutory rape:

“Dear Mrs. Flynn, Thank you for your letter. The item was garbled by Western Union. I wired it to New York CIty from out of town. Best Wishes, Walter Winchell”

— Gentleman Tim

 

The Maestro at The Bard

13 Aug

Robin Hood and Beyond at the Bard Music Festival

This Friday: August 16, 2019

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It was through Max Reinhardt that Korngold first started writing for Hollywood, where he and his family joined the growing exodus of émigrés from Europe. Korngold believed that “music is music, whether it is for the stage, rostrum, or cinema,” and his background in concert music, opera, operetta, and musical comedy proved invaluable in writing for film. His Academy Award-winning score for The Adventures of Robin Hood – an epic Technicolor swashbuckler starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland – integrated music from both his Sursum Corda and his original material for Rosen aus Florida into a taut, genre-defining masterpiece.

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— Gentleman Tim