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We Welcome New Author Selene Hutchison-Zuffi to The Errol Flynn Blog!

14 Oct

Selene, we are so happy to have you with us at The Errol Flynn Blog – a True Friend of Flynn!

 

— David DeWitt

 

Cuban Trouble Girls

11 Oct

Dear fellow Flynn fans,

once before the baron met the Baron in Cuba:  www.theerrolflynnblog.com…

Now Allen “Abbie” Baron makes three.

The writer- director started out as set designer and gives a hilarious account about the makeshift shooting of  “Cuban rebel Girls” in his biography “Blast of Silence”.

Six weeks after Fidel Castro overthrew Fulgencio Batista, flyer and flynntimo Barry Mahon had gathered a crew of five barflies from Jim Downey`s Bar and Restaurant and a bunch of Playboy bunnies at the Hotel Capri in Havana.

Sandbagging there at the time also was actor Ernie Kovac with cast members of the Carol Reed classic “Our man in Havana”.

Abbie Baron came into play, because he drew storyboards for Barry, who then pitched them as potential moneymakers to studio bosses.

He remembers our man Flynn as every bit the movie star that he was at the roulette tables and on location at the Sugar finca of Quarto Caminos, which was lent to them by a Cuban friend of Errol.

Leading teenie Beverly Aadland had Ol`Errol laughing with that lewd lingo of hers and sweating in fits of jelousy.

When his then time secretary Hillary, a stunning young American with a Southern drawl, who was married to a Cuban officer, made a pass at Abbie, their production tumbled from topsy-turvy into full turmoil.

Mr. Officer held everybody at gunpoint in the hotel`s lobby and demanded to know where his wife was.

Unpaid bills at local groceries did the rest, and the whole cast & crew left Castro´s Island in a hurry.

But not before Mahon, who had aspired to become another DeMille, was able to hide cameras, 35mm raw stock and a Lincoln convertible in a palm tree shaded shag.

Abbie got them out at a later date and started his movie career mostly on his experiences during those turbulent days filming CRG.

“Barry never uttered a word about his WWII extraordinary exploits in all the time I spent with him. I regretted judging him for his terrible skills as a filmmaker, but was happy to learn he was a real-life hero. I learned from him that bullshit had great currency and I put the knowledge to good use.”

Enjoy,

 

 

— shangheinz

 

Errol the Terror versus The Creature from the Hollywood Gossip Lagoon

04 Oct

October 1, 1941

Frederick C. Othman
Oakland Tribune

Having called Jimmy Fidler a “contemptible liar” and “a creature who lives on the film industry’s garbage,” Errol Flynn, the night club terror, gave his word to the judge today that he’d never again slap the movies’ leading radio oracle..

Fidler promised through his lawyer thst he’d not make any dirty cracks about Flynn, so help him, and Judge Cecil D. Holland of Beverly Hills Municipal Court wearily marked the case closed.

Judge Holland, who must render judgment on most of Hollywood’s extra-curricular hi-jinks and who sometimes gets a little tired of it, called Flynn in for a conference, after Fidler demanded his adversary be arrested.

SAYS THEY WORK HARD

“Members of the motion picture industry work hard,” began Flynn, who still had yellow grease paint from the studio on his brow. “The Hollywood press also works hard and with a great deal of integrity. But Fidler dies not print the truth. I have found him to be a contemptible liar. He—–.”

Judge Holland suggested that Movie Hero Flynn stick to what happened in the Mocambo Night Club two Saturday nights ago.

Flynn said he took one look at Fidler. “And everything kind of went black,” he continued. “I think I grabbed him, but I was pulled away. Then I told him I couldn’t hit him. I’d give him the palm of my hand. I did slap him.”

NO UNDIGNIFIED ACTS

“I am not the kind of man who goes in for undignified behavior, but this business in Washington particularly provoked me, when Fidler started telling those senators how the movie should be run. It was a smear on the industry. He is a creature who is allowed to live on the film industry’s garbage and that testimony of his drive me out of my mind.”

The judge wanted to know whether Fidler’s wife, Bobbe, the dress shol operator, had stabbed Flynn in the ear with her meat fork. “I remember,” the judge said, “that Mrs. Fidler reported after the fracas that she had broken three finger nails.”

“Well, I didn’t find any finger nails in my ear,” Flynn retorted. “All I found was a hole.”

Flynn assured Judge Holland that he’d never slap Fidler again.

HAD NO CHANCE

“You had no right to slap him,” the judge emphasized.” And you’re a lot bigger man. And you’ve had boxing experience.” Fidler’d have no chance in a fight with you.”

“Yes, broke in Flynn, “but many others, mostly women, have been at the mercy of Fidler’s innuendo. They have no defense . I—-”

“You have no right to be a champion for these women.” The judge said. “To find you in a barroom brawl takes the heart out of a lot of people. The children who made you a hero have been let down. You have been in other brawls. You owe it to the picture industry and the pulic to live in a glass house. Will you do it?”

Flynn said he would. Thornwell Rogers, Fidler’s attorney, promised for his part that Fidler would never mention Flynn on the air. The chief of the Warner Brothers’ Studio, three press agents, a studio photographer, and Flynn returned to the studio, to resume the fight – make-believe – that the hearing had interrupted.

— Gentleman Tim

 

The Collector

03 Oct

In 1961, Morris Everett Jr. wandered into a New York store filled with vintage movie stock. As Everett flipped through the glossy stills and painted lithographs, his mind reverted back to the excitement of watching Errol Flynn on the big screen, and he thought, Ahhh, this is for me.

That day, he bought a lobby card from Flynn’s 1936 movie Charge of the Light Brigade.

He put it in a desk drawer in his fraternity house, unable to shake the feeling of his first purchase and the impact movies had on him.

For Everett, movie photos and posters are portals to the past, able to transport a viewer to the exact place and state of mind they were in when they first saw a film. Whenever he walks past a poster of Charge of the Light Brigade, he still “feels an inner glow,” he says.

clevelandmagazine.com…

Morris has collected more than 3 million movie photos and 200,000 posters capturing the splashy and storied history of American filmmaking. He is widely regarded the most significant collector of movie stills and posters in the world.

And after decades spent working with films both famous and those quickly forgotten, which does Everett claim to be his favorite?

“Robin Hood, the one with Errol Flynn.”

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It is unclear which Charge of the Light Brigade lobby card first gave Morris such a charge, however, the following are likely candidates. Below the Charge lobby cards is a collage of a few dozen items from Everett’s actual collection.

— Gentleman Tim

 

Cary In For Flynn

30 Sep

September 27, 1938

Evening Herald Express

ERROL FLYNN TAKEN TO HOSPITAL IN SERIOUS ILLNESS

Still seriously ill, Errol Flynn, motion picture actor,  rallied sufficiently today to permit his being transferred from his Beverly Hills home to the Good Samaritan Hospital.

The change was made under the direction of his physician, Dr. T. M. Hearn. Dr. Hearn said the actor needed care and attention more readily available at the hospital.

Flynn is suffering from influenza, complicated by an infection of the throat and respiratory organs and a recurrence of malarial fever, which he contracted five years ago in New Guinea.

Studio reports attributed Flynn’s illness to the fact that he refused to use a double in flying scenes in the picture Dawn Patrol on which he was working.

September 28, 1938

Evening Herald Express

CRISIS IN ILLNESS OF ERROL FLYNN NEAR

An uncomfortable night, and a crisis expected within 24 hours.

This was the report today on Errol Flynn, film actor, who was confined to Good Samaritan Hospital with influenza and a streptococci infection of the throat.

Flynn was removed to the hospital on the orders of Dr. T. M. Hearn.

Dr. Doyle James, throat specialist, was called in consultation by Dr. Hearn, in an attempt to solve the mystery of the streptococci and the continued high fever which is now 102 degrees.

September 29, 1938

Hollywood Citizen News

Cary Grant is reading the script for the leading role of Dodge City now that Ronald Colman and Errol Flynn have been eliminated.

Sets for the film will be built on the Warners lot and shipped to a location near Brownsville, Tex.

— Gentleman Tim

 

Cafe La Maze: Red Meat for Fans of the Golden Age

28 Sep

“Star stopover for Clark Gable, Marlene Dietrich, Errol Flynn”

“You can’t help pick up on the glam when you’re sitting right where Marlene Dietrich, Errol Flynn, Clark Gable, all actually sat, when it was a way-station to the fun of Agua Caliente in TJ.”

[To a diner fearing the spicy hot horseradish]
Errol Flynn looks down, “Wimp!” he says.

www-sandiegoreader-com.cdn.ampproject.org…

www.cafelamaze.com…

— Gentleman Tim

 

Rudy Behlmer passed away at age 92

28 Sep

Film Historian and Author Rudy Behlmer Dies at 92

Hi all Rudy co rote the book The films of Errol Flynn with Tony Thomas. A wonderful book for reference book and more when you want to look up films what year what kind etc. Regards Genene

— tassie devil

 
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The Evolution/Errolution of Bucco Bruce

25 Sep

For Fans of Flynn and Football

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— Gentleman Tim

 

Tiger Lil‘ and Cat Man

23 Sep

Dear fellow Flynn fans,

of all the tin roofs in Beverly Hills, none was hotter than Tiger Lil`s…

Cat Man went by many names- he was called by authorities “The Phantom of Bel Air”, “The Jersey Devil” and Willard Borton by birth certificate. Born and raised in Gloucester City, NJ, he adopted a what-you-see-is-what-you-get philosophy at an early age. TRUE DETECTIVE ran his CV in on of their issues as follows. “If another youngster had a toy he coveted, he appropriated it for his own. Occasionally these tactics got him into difficulty and it was no unusual thing for him to be called on the carpet to explain a black eye or a bloody nose incurred in a fight with some wrathful playmate.”

Various stunts (he once used a swordfish gaff to open a second floor window) led to various stints in reformatories. While in juvenile jail he behaved impeccably. His overall charming behaviour made sure he got released early every time he did time. Maybe it was the breath of fresh air that brought out that feline feeling again.

Arriving in Tinseltown with a wife and stepson in tow in December of 1934, he rented a bungalow under the name of Ralph Graham on formidable Formosa Street and put up a respectable front. At daytime he took the “See the movie stars` homes for 25 cents”- Tour.  “I`ll see them”, said Graham to himself, “and from the inside, too.” At nighttime he was prowling the perimeters of the rich and famous, the bold and the bejeweled. Hiding behind the heavy shrubbery of their vaulted villas, he could go on with his burglaries unnoticed.

Flynntimates Miriam Hopkins, Fred MacMurray and Fannie Bryce were amongst the many victims of Will the Cat. From Gary Cooper he took an unregistered colt and further on used it for protection. At Barbara Stanwyck`s place in exchange for furs and pearls he left the cryptic message K.P.G.G.L.X, meaning: Keep plugging good girl. Love & kisses. He snatched a gold cigarette lighter bearing the initials C.L. from Gable`s girl, while Tyrone Power yearned to get back the golden cross of the Order of the Knights of St. Louis, which had been in the Powers family for generations. Feisty swashbucklerette (www.theerrolflynnblog.com…) Maureen O`Sullivan almost caught the cat red handed and alarmed the police about an intruder. When confronted by policemen he was able to talk his alleyway out, swearing he was a privat patrolman and had seen the burgler vanish in the opposite direction!

In July of 1938 he entered the home of renowned film director Frank Capra- ininvited. Unfortunately for him he ended up in the nursery of the family`s newborn baby who immediately turned on the siren. Nevertheless he managed another dashing escape. Afterwards he somehow felt he had overstayed his welcome in this prominent hood of Hollywood. So he relocated and bought a small house on 420 Howland Canal in Venice complete with boat. The furniture came courtesy of laundry magnate George M. Theodore. Never mind that his front door had to be cut out to give way to the grand piano…

Robbing the rich was not his first priority, he also gave back to the not so poor. Always the gentlemanly thief he first took off the engagement ring of another victim, only to give it back to her once he found nothing else to his liking at her home. “Is that really the only diamond you have?” “Truly it is.” “Well, there`s nothing here I want, here`s your ring.”

The then hot silent film diva Lili Damita also fell prey to the Cat. He stole all of her jewelery, escaping unscathed only because the Flynn bride to be hadn`t been at home at the time. Police was at a loss how sixty to seventy burgleries hadn`t delivered the tinniest trace of Jumpy Cat. $32.000 worth of riches were taken from a prominent motion picture executive. A multi millionaire with a household name donated $ 1.800.000 in stocks and bonds (fortunately for that Mr. DeMillions they were non negotiable). At Sonja Heine`s home CM had to contend himself with cans of Norwegian fish.

What California`s cobblestone cops didn`t know, was that, despite the Cat`s prowess, his effort had netted him only a few thousand dollars. A Hollywood Boulevard pawnshop owner named Morris Wasserman flew back and forth to New York with excessive baggage and had the loot remodeled. Mo` dinned on brilliants, but fed the Cat breadcrumbs. Fed up with coming up short time and time again a frustrated Catso confessed everything when questioned for a minor misdemeanor. Wasserman was put on probation, while Willard forever sang the Folsom Prison Blues.

Lili meanwhile adorned herself with Errol.

Enjoy,

 

— shangheinz

 

Hurrah and Whoopie

19 Sep

As war is again being discussed in Washington, it may be wise to listen again to the lyrics of ‘Stand by Your Glasses’ from Dawn Patrol and ‘I-Think-I’m-Fixin’-to-Die Rag’ from Woodstock (possibly inspired by Dawn Patrol)…

Hurrah for the Next Man That Dies… (from the chorus of’Stand by Your Glasses’)

Whoopie! We’re all gonna die…(from the chorus of ‘I-Think-I’m-Fixin’-to-Die Rag’)

roadstothegreatwar-ww1.blogspot.com…

“When I was the membership chairman of the old Great War Society, we asked our new enlistees what got them interested in the First World War.  I was surprised at how many mentioned the 1938 film Dawn Patrol with Errol Flynn, Basil Rathbone, and David Niven.”

“The “show stopper” scene in that movie is not any of the combat sequences, but in the mess when the pilots drink a musical toast to the next man who dies. The lyrics used in the movie are an adaptation of a 19th-century poem out of India titled ‘The Revel’ by Bartholomew Dowling.”

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Hoorah for the next man that dies…

It’s been said that the show stopper performance by Country Joe and the Fish at Woodstock was reminiscent of ‘Stand to Your Glasses’ in Dawn Patrol (but “Louder”)

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Whoopie! We’re all gonna die…


— Gentleman Tim