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Sailing the South Seas, Lililess

22 Oct

October 22, 1936

Elizabeth Yeaman
Hollywood Citizens News

Errol Flynn, completed four starting pictures in the one year he has been at Warners, is headed for a three-month vacation. His pictures have been Captain Blood, The Charge of the Light Brigade, Green Light, and Another Dawn, the latter now in progress of shooting with Kay Francis.  Only his first picture has been released.  Errol is headed for New Zealand and the South Seas, his old haunts before he became a movie star.  His bride, Lili Damita, will not accompany him on the holiday.  Perhaps, a marital holiday will do them both good, judging from rumors floating about.

— Gentleman Tim

 

A Pig in a Joke

16 Oct

    October 16, 1937

    Hollywood’s Gabby Corners

    Garbed in their Robin Hood costumes, Errol Flynn and Patric Knowles scared a farmer near Chico, Calif., where the company is on location, by asking him how to kill a pig – one they claimed they found. He took one look at their costumes and slammed the door in their faces.

— Gentleman Tim

 

“Real Cute”

15 Oct

Jimmy Starr
LA Evening Herald Express
2nd Week of October, 1937

Fiery Lili Damita, noted for doing the unusual, surprised her hubby Errol Flynn and the entire Robin Hood company, now living at Chico, Calif, where exterior scenes are being filmed for the lavish Warner color production.

Lili brought along eight massive wardrobe trunks! But instead of containing clothes, the trunks were filled with bedsheets, comforters, silverware and window drapes. Lili was assuming the role of housewife and was going to fix up Errol’s hotel room “real cute,” as she expressed it.

Anyway, the gossips can’t say that Errol and Lili aren’t getting along in the best of marital fashion.

Here was Lili’s target:

— Gentleman Tim

 

Swinging & Dancing in Chico

15 Oct

October 15, 1937

Harrison Carroll
LA Evening Herald Express

Must have been fun, the party that the Robin Hood location troupe gave at Chico Saturday night. Members of the cast, the crew and some outsiders were invited, but when they got ready to dance, it was discovered there weren’t enough women to go around.

So Errol Flynn invaded the kitchen of the hotel and drafted 11 waitresses to join the party. Danced with everyone of them himself, too.

Likely Site of the Party: www-chicoer-com.cdn.ampproject.org…

— Gentleman Tim

 

Errol Flynn as Nathan Hale*

08 Oct

I only regret that he had but one show on Hale to leave, and it was not on film.

More of the amazing talent in Errol’s orbit and world:

October 10, 1941

Zuma Palmer
Hollywood Citizen News

Errol Flynn on the Kate Smith Hour from KNX at 9 will play the part of Nathan Hale in “Heritage,” an original drama by Jean Holloway. Johnny Burke as “The Original Draftee” and the Three Pitchmen will be other features. Miss Smith will close her program with “We’re All Americans.”

JOHNNY BURKE – One of the greatest writers of popular song lyrics in history. (With a later, second Flynn connection through the song for Nora, “But Beautiful”.)


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THE THREE PITCHMEN – A Popular Novelty Musical Trio

KATE SMITH – Closed her show with Flynn with the crowd-rousing “WE’RE ALL AMERICANS”

Here’s one of great Kate’s contemporaneous versions of We’re All Americans (All True Blue), followed by three other spectacular songs that were “sang in the name of victory” for WWII.

* Not to be confused with Alan Hale

— Gentleman Tim

 

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.

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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

 

OVERBOARD

28 Sep

September 27, 1938

Harrison Carroll
Evening Herald Express

It’s now wonder, doctors say, that Errol Flynn was knocked glst on his back by the flu. Though ill on his boat in Catalina, the star insisted on going fishing kn a dinghy with David Niven and Donald Crisp. Then, on top of this, he fell overboard.  Niven, trying to pull Flynn back, capsized the dinghy and three actors were floundering in the water for 15 minutes. When they finally got back to the yacht, Flynn was so sick they had to fly him to the mainland.

Colman to the Rescue?

September 27, 1938

Hollywood Citizen News

The Warners are reported dickering for Ronald Colman to take the leading role of the Englishman in Dodge City, now that Errol Flynn is out of the running.

— Gentleman Tim

 

Robin de los Bosques

27 Sep

Errol Flynn in the Spanish Civil War

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— Gentleman Tim