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Hot Dog Diplomacy

30 Apr

“The Picnic That Won the War”

On Sunday, June 11, 1939, FDR & Eleanor hosted a picnic for the King and Queen of England at his summer “cottage” in Hyde Park. This was the legendary “Hot Dog Summit”, which is often credited with having very significantly increased America’s early support of England in World War II. As described by David Niven in the YouTube audio recording linked below, Errol was part of a “British Colony” radio program performed live in conjunction with the picnic.

“When Franklin Roosevelt invited Great Britain’s King George VI for a visit to the United States, the significance of the invitation did not go unnoticed. No reigning British Monarch had ever set foot on American soil, not even in colonial times. Ever since the Revolutionary War the United States and Great Britain oftentimes experienced tense relations, but Roosevelt’s invitation to the King carried great significance in the history of Anglo-American relations because it signified the dawn of a new era in American and British cooperation.”

“After two days in Washington, the tone of the royal couple’s visit transformed from formal to informal as they accompanied the Roosevelts to their home in Hyde Park, New York. The King and Queen’s stay in Hyde Park illustrated to the American people that although they were Royalty, they also enjoyed the simpler things in life. In contrast to the formal State Dinner at the White House, dinner at the Roosevelt’s Home “Springwood” was described to the press as a casual dinner between the two families; their evening entertainment was simple conversation, unfettered by formalities.”

“Even more relaxing and informal was the following day’s event – a picnic. FDR brought the couple to his new hilltop retreat, Top Cottage, on the eastern portion of his estate for an old-fashioned, American-style picnic. Much to the horror of FDR’s mother Sara Roosevelt, the King and Queen of England were served hot dogs on the front porch of the cottage. Although the press made a great deal about the hot dogs. (The picnic made the front page of the New York Times)”

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“THE PICNIC THAT WON THE WAR”

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David Niven describes the Hollywood British Colony radio show at 1:36:33 in this audio recording:

— Gentleman Tim

 

A Day in the Life of Flynn – January 2, 1939

03 Jan

CECIL B. DEMILLE AND LUX RADIO THEATER PRESENT

ERROL FLYNN AND JOAN BLONDELL IN

THE PERFECT SPECIMEN

— Gentleman Tim

 

“Funniest Joke Ever”

10 Oct

The “Funniest Joke Ever” comes from the radio program “Duffy’s Tavern”, as heard on February 16, 1951:

www.quality-schnallity.com…
(Please note that the March 9 show date on this site is incorrect)

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The set-up:

(Archie, a common man who runs Duffy’s Tavern for the never-heard Duffy, has startled all present by announcing that he is writing an opera).

Miss Duffy:

Archie, whaddya call this opera?

Archie:

I’m glad you reminded me. I ain’t got a title yet. Lemme see… I need something that’s classy, and at the same time has broad appeal…

Miss Duffy:

Why don’t you call it Errol Flynn?

Archie:

Please, Miss Duffy. With me this is serious business.

Miss Duffy:

With me you think it’s a joke?

Archie:

Quiet, please. I’m trying to create.

— Gentleman Tim

 

“Hiya, Toots”

02 Jul

— Songwritin’ Like Flynn —

Hollywood Citizen News – December 5, 1940

by Zuma Palmer

Errol Flynn, Benny Rubin and Cliff Nazarro will make up the Music Hall guest list at 6 over KFI. Flynn has written a song called “Hiya’ Toots,” which he will sing. “Remember Me” and “We Three” will be sung by Connie Boswell. “Ferryboat Serenade,” “You are the One,” and “Trade Winds” by Bing Crosby.

 

— Gentleman Tim

 

Green Light for Errol & Olivia

03 Jun

Louella O. Parsons – Los Angeles Examiner
June 1, 1936

One of the directorial plums of the year has fallen right
into the lap of Frank Borzage. He will direct The Green Light
by Lloyd C. Douglas, author of The Magnificent Obsession,
which was one of last year’s big pictures. The production date
is July 6, so, of course, Warner Brothers won’t wait for
Leslie Howard, who remains in England for months and months.
But my guess is that Errol Flynn,who is being built bigger
and bigger by Warners, will have the lead.

Jimmy Starr – Los Angeles Evening Herald Express
June 2, 1936

…Tremendously enthusiastic over the forthcoming
production of Green Light, the Lloyd C. Douglas novel,
Cosmopolitan Productions, releasing through Warner Brothers,
has decided to again team those new raves, Olivia De Havilland
and Errol Flynn, under the direction of Frank Borzage. This
will be Errol’s first chance to appear in modern dress since
his sensational rise to cinematic fame. He will star in his
own story, The White Rajah, following this picture.

They never made it to the Silver Screen with Green Light, but it was blue skies on radio airwaves with this:

“From Hollywood California, the Lux Radio Theater Presents Errol Flynn and Olivia DeHavilland in Green Light” oldhollywoodincolor.com…

— Gentleman Tim

 

Flynn, Errol Flynn

02 Feb

Roots of Fleming?

“BRITISH AGENT” 1937

Locke, Steve Locke

Listen at ~ 6:10, when British Agent Errol Flynn introduces himself to Stalinist Colonist Frances Farmer

“THE MODERN ADVENTURES OF CASANOVA” 1952

Flynn plays European playboy Interpol Agent Chris Casanova

Recorded by Flynn when he was living in Jamaica … at the same time as Ian Fleming

www.oldtimeradiodownloads.com…

FLYNN, ERROL FLYNN 001

— Gentleman Tim

 

A Day in the Life – June 7, 1937

07 Jun

FLYNN, ERROL FLYNN

Co-Starring Frances Farmer

Presented by Cecil B. DeMille

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— Gentleman Tim

 

Errol at Harvard

28 May

On the Radio – At the Science Center

52-11-30-Photo

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— Gentleman Tim

 

Lady Esther Presents Errol Flynn in Gentleman Jim

23 Nov

From vintage fashion to vintage cosmetics.

Almost completely forgotten today, (“The House of) Lady Esther” was one of the most popular cosmetic corporations in America during Errol’s Hollywood heydey. Here’s there story:

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And here’s the February 14, 1944, Lady Esther’s Screen Guild Players Presentation of Gentleman Jim, featuring Errol Flynn, Alexis Smith, Ward Bond and Grant Withers:

— Gentleman Tim

 

Mailbag! The Adventures of Casanova!

04 Oct

A recent posting brings this Mailbag item from fron close friend Karl Holmberg, Flynn Detective from way back …

A photo Tim posted led me to a minor discovery- the radio log for The Modern Adventures of Casanova. (Don’t remember seeing this before.) It lists 39 shows (titled, briefly described, or blank) but I’m still pretty sure only one was broadcast (and thus survived: Missing Arms of Venus de Milo) as I only found just the one in the radio program listings of the newspaper (NYT) for the time period it was intended (1-3-52 to 1-8-53).

CURIOUSLY, the 5/22/52 Venus episode is what survives and yet a review on 1/9/52 appeared for the program (which would have been timed to the first episode ’s viewing of 1/3/52) “AGING LOTHARIO NOT SO GAY AS RADIO CASANOVA: He Sounds Exactly Like an Errol Flynn REMENIH, ANTON, Chicago Daily Tribune”.

I have provided, below, this so-called radio log:

The Modern Adventures of Casanova is a 1952 radio show starring Errol Flynn. Flynn played a modern day descendent of Casanova who actually works for Interpol.

Episode 1 – premiere – 3 January 1952 – set in Venice Italy

Episode 2 – “The Phony Count” – 10 January 1952 – Casanova saves a woman from a phony count

Episode 3 – “Family Vendetta” – 17 January 1952 – Casanova visits Venice and deals with the Marchetties, enemies of the Casanovas

Episode 4–24 January 1952 – while skiing in Switzerland, Casanova helps play cupid for a younger couple

Episode 5–31 January 1952

Episode 6–7 February 1952

Episode 7–14 February 1952 – Casanova helps on Valentine’s Day

Episode 8–21 February 1952

Episode 9–28 February 1952

Episode 10–6 March 1952

Episode 11–13 March 1952

Episode 12–20 March 1952

Episode 13–27 March 1952 – Casanova tracks down a dope smuggling ring in Paris

Episode 14 – “The Bride of the Rain God” – 3 April 1952 – Casanova investigates a cursed relic from the Mayan civilisation responsible for killing people

Episode 15–10 April 1952 – Casanova investigates a pair of con artists on the French riviera

Episode 16–17 April 1952 – Casanova smashes a gold smuggling syndicate

Episode 17 – “The Black Dowry Pearls” – 24 April 1952 – Casanova goes to Venice to retrieve some pearls from Phillip II

Episode 18–1 May 1952

Episode 19–8 May 1952

Episode 20–15 May 1952 – Casanova goes to Egypt to stop a drug smuggling ring

Episode 21 – “The Missing Arm of Venus de Milo” – 22 May 1952 – Christopher Casanova is sent to Jamaica to recover the missing arm of the Venus de Milo.

Episode 22–29 May 1952

Episode 23–5 June 1952

Episode 24–12 June 1952

Episode 25–19 June 1952

Episode 26–26 June 1952 – Casanova investigates the murder of a beauty in Paris

Episode 27 – first of season two – 2 October 1952

Episode 28 – “The Sumatra Adventure” – 9 October 1952

Episode 29–16 October 1952

Episode 30–23 October 1952

Episode 31 – “The Gold Brick Swindle” – 30 October 1952 – Casanova goes to Karachi

Episode 32–6 November 1952

Episode 33–13 November 1952

Episode 34–20 November 1952

Episode 35 – “The Star of Thessaly” – 27 November 1952 – Casanova guards an old Greek millionaire who is visiting Paris with a diamond

Episode 36–4 December 1952

Episode 37–11 December 1952

Episode 38

Episode 39

Reception

The critic from the Chicago Daily Tribune said that “this swashbuckling mademoiselle chaser reads a script loaded with improbable situations, double entendres and what I suppose is Riviera playboy talk.”

^ Viewers Complain About TV Slight to Favorites; Vaughn Monroe May Do Local Show Ames, Walter. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 03 Jan 1952: 28.

^ Film Stars Feeding At the Radio Table By John Crosby The Washington Post (1923-1954); Jan 16, 1952; ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Washington Post (1877-1997) pg. B13

^ MUTUAL GETS NEW SHOWS OUT OF RADIO PACT Chicago Daily Tribune (1923-1963) [Chicago, Ill] 22 Dec 1951: c4.

^ AGING LOTHARIO NOT SO GAY AS RADIO CASANOVA: He Sounds Exactly Like an Errol Flynn REMENIH, ANTON. Chicago Daily Tribune (1923-1963) [Chicago, Ill] 09 Jan 1952: a6.

 

Episode log at The Digital Deli

Best, Karl

— David DeWitt