Archive for the ‘Newspapers & Magazines’ Category

“It’s Time You Knew”

20 Nov

“From a 1944 book It’s Time You Knew – a sort of Ripley’s ‘Believe it or Not’ book produced by Bulova and, it seems, given to customers in American watch shops.”

— Gentleman Tim


The Sartorial Flynn

21 Oct

Inspired by the keen observations of timerider – and with his kindly “Carry on, Old Boy” blessing – I hereby start a post for all to post your all time favorite images of Errol at his sartorial best, most fun, interesting, unique, and/or ahead of his time. I expect all of us will have multiple, even numerous favorites.

As timerider would say, “Carry On”! … In that spirit and fashion, I post my first:

— Gentleman Tim


Mail Bag! Errol Flynn Collectibles from Gene Ingram!

11 Oct


Gene Ingram writes to us:

I have listed some more movie memorabilia on Ebay, Lobby cards for the movie , “ The Sun Also Rises “, Lobby card for “ Too Much Too Soon “, An original Uncut Pressbook for the Movie,  “ The Sisters “, with Errol and Betty Davis, 8 pages of information for the theaters on advertising and cast members; and all my Errol Flynn personal envelops with stamps reduced to $10.00 each!  Thanks again for a great Blog!

Ebay seller name : nbforestiv

Item numbers:

“ Sisters “ Pressbook 142534003576

“ Too Much, Too Soon “ Lobby card 142529647158

“ The Sun Also Rises “ lobby card 142529648011

“ Along The Santa Fe Trail “ sheet music 142529648310

Errol Flynn Personal Envelops 142529648474 – 8565 – 8689 – 8889 – 9041 – 6374


Thanks Again,


Thanks, Gene!

— David DeWitt


Down to the Sea with Lili

11 Oct

— Gentleman Tim


In An Ascot at Alta

25 Sep

“Only Errol Flynn could pull off wearing a short-sleeve shirt and ascot while skiing at Alta”…

“The coolest ski lodge in the US is a 78 year old building in Utah that resembles a 1940s prep-school dorm with a few added Bauhaus touches. Imagine cement-block walls, mid-century industrial Bertoia chairs, and floor-to-ceiling windows with eye-popping views of the slopes. Then imagine that it’s booked solid for much of the ski season with Park Avenue families and well-heeled West Coasters who’ve been coming for generations.”

“It’s called the Alta Lodge, and it has the catbird seat at Alta Ski Area, famed for the 500 plus inches of champagne powder that falls from the skies above the Wasatch every winter.”

“Errol Flynn and Claudette Colbert used to visit back in the day, and Alfred Hitchcock used the lodge as a location in his film Spellbound.”……

— Gentleman Tim


Mail Bag! Screenland Magazine 1939! Day with Errol!

05 Aug

From our friend, Shel:


I came across an article, “A Real Day with Errol Flynn”  may (or, let’s be honest, may not) be of interest to you…

Screenland (April, 1939)



You can scroll through the magazine and enlarge the pages. If the article seems to end on the page, scroll past the next page of ads and it will continue. Quite an interesting look at the way the studios promoted their stars …

Thanks, Shel …


— David DeWitt


Mail Bag! Tom Scalzo Article Covers it All!

04 Jun

Tom Scalzo and I have been emailing back and forth and he mentioned an old article that he published about Errol that covered the old boy’s life so well that I asked him if I could reproduce it here and happily he has agreed! So enjoy!

Thanks, Tom!

— David DeWitt


Sean the Athlete

15 Jan

Soccer, Football, Tennis (& Motorbiking)

Yesterday while at the Palm Beach History Museum, I had the great fortune and pleasure of meeting a Palm Beach contemporary of Sean’s and of George Hamilton, who funded and hosted the film and exhibit we were viewing. Out of our conversation spun some spontaneous research leading to the following confirmation that Sean played both flag football and soccer for his school, the Palm Beach Private Day School.


From the Palm Beach Post:

Soccer Begins
February 1957

“The Palm Beach Private School varsity teams and Ransom School of Miami played to a 1-1 tie in the local school’s first home soccer game of the season here Thursday. The one goal for Palm Beach was scored by Sean Flynn.”

October, 1956

“Palm Beach Private Day School opens its touch football season today at 2 p.m. against Webster-Tufts School at Lake Worth. Line-up for the Private School: Bob Kolb, RE, Dale McNulty, C, Sean Flynn, LE, Nick Smith, QB, John Logsdon. RH, and ….”

Summer, 1956

And here’s Sean with Errol only a few months earlier, in the summer of ’56. He looks very happy and proud to be with his Dad, an occasion that surely helped inspire and enhance Sean’s athletic success that ’56/’57 school year.


Gigi Phillips, a schoolmate of Sean’s, recalls:

“I went to school with Sean at Palm Beach Private back in the 50’s. He was older than I was, but was always so kind to me. Once he left Palm Beach, he would return to the school on his vacation. I have fond memories of him helping me with my math homework.

“Sean was a fine teenager when I knew him. Friendly to everyone, even the younger students. Gave anyone who asked rides on his motorcycle. His mother doted on him. I’m sure she was devastated when he disappeared.”

And from the gorgeous Gita Hall, who was dating Errol during this time, in fact she and Errol were out on the town in the Big Apple quite a bit the very week of Sean’s soccer success in early February of ’57:

“I knew Sean through his father who was so proud of him. I watched him play tennis, got to spend some quality time with him on several occasions. What a rare outstanding young man and what a tragedy that he lost his life at such a young age.”

— Gentleman Tim


Miller Time with Flynn

21 Oct


From American Cinematographer

The Sea Hawk Meets the Six Pack

Hardesty, Mary, American Cinematographer

Miller spot uses classic footage from Flynn adventure to set up clever pitch for product.

Did you ever notice the monkey in the galley scene from the classic film The Sea Hawk starring Errol Flynn? Maybe not, but Miller Beer has cleverly brought him to the foreground with their new Miller Genuine Draft Beer 30-second takeoff. This time the monkey appears monkey appears at one of the portholes and drops a bottle which rolls to one of the rowing men.

“The knife the forced laborers use to extricate themselves and escape [in the film] is now a bottle of beer,” explains cinematographer Curtis Clark, ASC, who collaborated on the ad with first-time director Angus Wall. “The challenge was to link Errol Flynn and the original actors with our new guy. Instead of the knife, he’s handed the bottle of beer.”

To make it appear as if Flynn was actually handed a brew, Clark used motion control and a bottle on a rig to match the actions needed to composite the bottle into the late actor’s hand.

Light, angles and perspective proved to be the biggest worries during the five-day shoot at Renmar Studios in Los Angeles, on a set constructed to match the 1940s set. “We had the original footage with us during the entire shoot, so we were able to estimate the perspective needed,” Clark recalls. Although he didn’t have access to continuity reports of the original footage, he was able to make use of video assist to help him match footage. “We would feed in the original scene and superimpose our bottle over the point where Flynn’s hand was, which allowed us to quickly see if the bottle was at the correct perspective,” explains Clark, who was given one day to shoot two such scenes.

To capture the original Forties look, Clark chose Kodak Double X black & white stock. “We took the closest source of the film – in this case a D-1 transfer from Turner Broadcasting’s library –
and used it on the Cineon at Pacific Ocean Post to replicate the look of the original film grain, which was coarser than today’s stock,” explains Clark. “Because we didn’t know the exact steps the filmmakers went through to create the original footage, we had to guess the grain sharpness and diffusion levels.”

To further add to the authentic period feel, Clark and the director decided to recreate the shooting style of the period using the same lighting techniques and lenses.

Fortunately, Clark had found a set of old Cooke lenses that had been rehoused when he was shooting the King Kong Eveready Battery spot [AC March ’94], so he was able to use that gained knowledge to save time and accomplish his lighting tests in only one day.

“From my work on the King Kong spot I knew we needed to use tungsten lighting and traditional studio lamps. The lighting styles used in those days were, in many respects, old-fashioned,” observes Clark, who notes that many older features lack lighting continuity. “They’re not anything like what we would do today. The trick is to always refer back to the reality of the original film and not do what you would normally do to improve the lighting. Making it nicer is not the point: you want to
capture the original Forties look, Clark chose Kodak Double X black & white stock. “We took the closest source of the film – in this case a D-1 transfer from Turner Broadcasting’s library . We had to guess the grain sharpness and diffusion levels [the original filmmakers used.]”

To further add to the authentic period feel, Clark and the director decided to recreate the shooting style of the period using the same lighting techniques and lenses. Fortunately, Clark had found a set of old Cooke lenses that had been rehoused when he was shooting the King Kong Eveready Battery spot.

Publication information: Article title: The Sea Hawk Meets the Six-Pack. Contributors: Hardesty, Mary – Author. Magazine title: American Cinematographer. Volume: 76. Issue: 5 Publication date: May 1995. Page number: 81+. © American Society of Cinematographers.

Is there anyone out there who knows where to find a copy of the Sea Hawk Miller commercial? I’m sure we all would love to see it posted! Thanks.

Here’s the scene stealing Sea Hawk monkey stealing a separate scen from Sea Hawk:

— Gentleman Tim


Your Call: Most Handsome Man in The Colony

16 Oct

The most handsome man ever. Errol Flynn?

… Or was it Brooke’s father, and Errol’s former tennis friend, Frank Shields?

Two opinions found in this definitive article on New York’s premier high society haunt. I vote with the Lebanese doorman’s wife. How about you?…





— Gentleman Tim