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04 May

PER THE IMBd: This biopic depicts Errol’s roust-about early life in Australia, before he became an internationally famed celebrity. In those days he was an adventurer, opium smuggler, gambler, street fighter, womanizer, and gold prospector. The film, based on Flynn’s early autobiography “Beam Ends,” was written for the screen by Luke Flynn, who found the inspiration as a result of travels through Australia in the footsteps of Luke’s iconic grandfather.


Characters beyond Errol’s days of Beam Ends have been previously mentioned also, including Olivia De Havilland and Michael Curtiz. See, for example this previous IMBd cast of characters:…

And a possible “former wife” featured in this new article:…

Starring Thomas Cocquerel & Isabel Lucas

— Gentleman Tim


Young Errol in Peril

27 May

The Arrow: September 9, 1932

Flynn 1932

The Advocate: February 17, 1930


The Mercury: March 13, 1930


The Sydney Morning Herald: December 12, 1930


— Gentleman Tim


Young Flynn in Cairns

08 Feb


Cairns, Queensland’s northern-most city, is an international gateway to Australia and the Great Barrier Reef. For much of the twentieth century, including during Errol’s youth, its economy depended on sugar growing and farming. Later tourism became the dominant industry.

The city looks east to the Coral Sea at Trinity Bay, which was named by James Cook in 1770. It had an excellent harbor, “lush soil” and rich mineral mines, all of which drew a motley population, including a very significant percentage of fan tan playing immigrant Chinese.

This extraordinary setting eventually developed and became widely known for a uniquely wild environment, with gambling dens, opium smugglers, Japanese geishas, and an infamous red light district.

And (therefore) then along came Flynn:



“By 1923, Cairns’ “polychromatic population” had reached 8000, enough for Cairns to be declared a city, if a very rough and ready one.

Among its visiting chroniclers was the Hobart-born Errol Flynn, then still an aspiring unknown. He found his way to the Chinese Fan-Tan gambling joints, where he witnessed an operatic all-in brawl that seems to have provided some inspiration for his swashbuckling film roles:

“It was canecutters versus Chinese,” he records in Beam Ends, his supremely unreliable celebrity memoir: “Every moment more and more belligerents joined in the scrap, for no good reason other than it was anyone’s fight. Chinamen rushed about shouting and squealing in their high-pitched voices.

In the middle of the room, Chinamen, canecutters, Malays, half-castes, dark-skinned Italians and all other multi-hued nationalities were mixed up in a confused and struggling mass, amid the tumult and babel of shouted curses and imprecations in unknown tongues.

After a while the thing assumed an impersonal aspect. A man recognised an enemy simply because he happened to be nearest to him or of a different colour. A carload of police arrived on the scene and laid heavily and indiscriminately with their truncheons.””

Perhaps a similar scence: The Battle of Paramatta Park – Cairns, July 1932.


How it looks today, in the Post Flynn era:

Michael Seebeck Photographer

— Gentleman Tim


Volker’s Beam Ends Gallery

11 Apr

Beam Ends

[img src=]20580Vorbemerkung
The Sirocco/Die Sirocco
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My itinery/Meine Reiseroute
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The Sirocco 1929/Die Sirocco 1929
[img src=]1750Cairns
The Esplanade today/die Esplanade heute
[img src=]1840Cairns
The Esplanade 1930/Die Esplanade 1930
[img src=]1290Cairns
in the Kuranda Scenic Railway_historical train/ In der Kuranda Scenic Railway_historischer Zug
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the Cairns wharf today/ Der Kai in Cairns heute
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the cairns wharf 1930/ Der Kai in Cairns 1930
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the Hides hotel today/ Das Hides Hotel heute
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the Hides 1936/ Das Hides 1936
[img src=]500Hichinbrook Island_Townsville_Magnetic Island_Bowen_Whitsundays
Bowe_the jetty 1930 / Der alte Pier ca. 1930
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the od jetty/ Der alte Pier
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Hichinbrook island
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Hichinbrook island passage view from Cardwell/ Die Hichinbrook Passage_Blick vom Städtchen Cardwell
[img src=]430Hichinbrook Island_Townsville_Magnetic Island_Bowen_Whitsundays
Castle Hill_view from the Strand (street along the shore) / Castle Hill_Blick von the Strand (Straße am Ufer)
[img src=]410Hichinbrook Island_Townsville_Magnetic Island_Bowen_Whitsundays
Magnetic Island_view from Castle Hill today / Magnetic Island_Blick vom Castle Hill heute
[img src=]510Hichinbrook Island_Townsville_Magnetic Island_Bowen_Whitsundays
Townsville_view from Castle Hill 1930 / Townsville_Blick vom Castle Hill 1930
[img src=]360Hichinbrook Island_Townsville_Magnetic Island_Bowen_Whitsundays
Whitehaven Beach_Whitsunday Islands
[img src=]410Rockhampton_Gladstone_Bundaberg
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Bundaberg_Burnett River
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Bundaberg_clocktower on the Main St 1930 / Bundaberg_Glockenturm an der Haupstr. 1930
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National Bank / Nationalbank
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the old post office with clocktower today / das alte Postamt mit Glockenturm heute
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Gladstone_now & then / Gladstone_heute & damals
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Galdstone_harbour / der Hafen
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Gladstone_the old lighthouse / der alte Leuchtturm
[img src=]350Rockhampton_Gladstone_Bundaberg
Gladstone_the old lighthouse / der alte Leuchtturm
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Rockhampton_stairway of the former Gresham Hotel / Treppenhaus im vormaligen Gresham Hotel
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Rockhampton_the old post office / das alte Postamt
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Rockhampton_the former Gresham hotel / das ehemalige Gresham Hotel
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Rockhampton_steamtrains 1923 / Dampfstraßenbahn 1923
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Brisbane Ladies Rowing Club 1930 / Brisbane Damen Ruderclub 1930
[img src=]270Brisbane
Brisbane River
[img src=]230Great Sandy Island (Fraser Island)
Entrance to passage between Fraser Island & mainland / Einfahrt zur Passage zwischen Fraser Island & Festland
[img src=]270Great Sandy Island (Fraser Island)
Southend Fraser Island & Inskip Point / Südspitze Fraser Island & Inskip Point
[img src=]190Brisbane
Brisbane River
[img src=]180Brisbane
Brisbane River
[img src=]150Brisbane
Brisbane River
[img src=]250Brisbane
Brisbane Botanic Garden_Curator's House_display / Brisbane Botanischer Garten_Kuratorhaus_Schautafel
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Brisbane Botanic Garden_Curator's House / Brisbane Botanischer Garten_Kuratorhaus
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Brisbane Parliament House / Brisbane Parlamentsgebäude
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Brisbane Ladies Rowing Club 1930 / Brisbane Damen ruderclub 1930
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Brisbane Ladies Rowing Club 1930 / Brisbane Damen ruderclub 1930
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aerial photo from 1931 / Luftaufnahme von 1931
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courthouse today / Gerichtsgebäude heute
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the "bar" today / die "Bar" heute
[img src=]140Coff's Harbour
The jetty today / Die Pier heute
[img src=]110Coff's Harbour
View from Muttonbird Island / Blick von "Muttonbird Island"
[img src=]100Coff's Harbour
View from Muttonbird Island / Blick von "Muttonbird Island"
[img src=]120Coff's Harbour
View from Muttonbird Island / Blick von "Muttonbird Island"
[img src=]130Coff's Harbour
ship at the jetty 1930 / Frachtschiff am Pier 1930
[img src=]200Coff's Harbour
construction of the jetty / Bau des Piers
[img src=]90Port Stephens
entrance to Pt. Stephens / Zugang zu Pt. Stephens
[img src=]120Port Stephens
view from Shoal Bay / Blick von Shoal Bay
[img src=]120Port Stephens
view from Shoal Bay 1930 / Blick von Shoal Bay 1930
[img src=]110Hobart/Tasmania
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Errol Flynn Star in front of State Theater / Errol Flynn Stern vor dem State Theater
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Steve Randall at the entrance to the Errol Flynn Reserve / Steve Randall am Zugang zur Errol Flynn Reserve
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Errol's birth certificate at Drifters Cafe / Errol's Geburtsurkune im drifters Cafe
[img src=]160Hobart/Tasmania
Erro's boarding room at Friends School / Errol's Zimmer in der Friends School
[img src=]140Hobart/Tasmania
old city hall. stairs to 1st floor / die alte Stadthalle, Treppe zur ersten Etage
[img src=]170Hobart/Tasmania
old city hall, view from entrance towards stage / die alte Stadthalle, Blick vom Eingang zur Bühne
[img src=]170Hobart/Tasmania
old city hall / die alte Stadthalle
[img src=]140Hobart/Tasmania
old city hall, stairs to stage / die alte Stadthalle, Treppe auf die Bühne
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State Theater
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Friends School
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Westella house on Elizabeth Street
[img src=]200Hobart/Tasmania
Mildura, Errol's home during his first5 years / Errol's Heim während seiner ersten 5 Lebensjahre
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Mildura house, 52 Warwick St.
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12 Aberdeen St., Errol's home in 1924, Errol's Heim in 1924
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Domain House/University of Tasmania<br />Errol's father was once photographed with colleagues right here / Errol's Vater wurde genau an dieser Stelle einmal mit Kollegen fotografiert<br />
[img src=]140Hobart/Tasmania
296 Davey Street<br />Errol's home in 1917 / Errol's Heim 1917
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10 Darcy St<br />Errol lived here from 1914 to 1916 / Errol's Wohnstätte von 1914-1916
[img src=]220Hobart/Tasmania
Errol Flynn plaque at Albuera St School / Errol Flynn Gedenktafel an der Albuera St. Schule
[img src=]240Hobart/Tasmania
Queen Alexandra Hospital 01 01 2012
[img src=]180Hobart/Tasmania
Queen Alexandra Hospital 1909
[img src=]240Errol Flynn Reserve Hobart / Tasmania
display for the Errol Flynn Reserve / Schautafel am eingang zur Errol Flynn Reserve
[img src=]180Hobart/Tasmania
information sign with reference to Errol Flynn Reserve / Hinweistafel auf die Errol Flynn Reserve
[img src=]130Hobart/Tasmania
view from Errol Flynn Reserve up to Battery Point / Blick von der Erroll Flynn Reserve hinauf auf Battery Point
[img src=]100Hobart/Tasmania
view from Battery Point down to Errol Flynn Reserve / Blick von Battery Point hinunter zur Errol Flynn Reserve
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northern entrance of Errol Flyy Reserve / der nördliche Zugang zur Errol Flynn Reserve
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Here are all of Volker’s pictures from his trip.

— Inga


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