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Four Score Ago — 4/29/1937 — Deuce

29 Apr

Los Angeles Evening Herald Express
Jimmy Starr – April 29, 1937

Already ranked as one of the movie village’s tennis greats,
Gilbert Roland took it upon himself to name Hollywood’s 10
best racquet wielders.

On the set of Paramount’s The Last Train from Madrid, Gilbert
put Garbo in the top spot among feminine tennis players, while
Errol Flynn equals her in the men’s division. Others are
Marlene Dietrich, Cedric Gibbons, Constance Bennett, Gary Cooper, Carole Lombard, Harold Lloyd, Elizabeth Allen and Ronald Colman.

— Gentleman Tim

 

Rory & Sean in Coronado!

19 Jan

Rory & Sean have been a Very Big Hit in Coronado this Weekend, at all the VIP Ceremonies, Rory’s sensational Show about Errol, Dive Bomber, introduced by Sean, and a “The Baron of Mulholland” Meet & Greet/Book Signing.

Chris Lemmon and Leonard Maltin were around. Legendary Flynn-Fan Richard Dreyfuss met with Rory & Sean before the show.

Several festival guests had great stories about Errol. One was a little girl at her aunt’s home in Holmby Hills when Errol came by and read all the kids Peter and the Wolf. One fellow’s father used to watch Errol play tennis at the Hotel Del and said he was incredible, one day nearly beating the top ranked player in California/one of best players in the world. Also heard about Errol socializing with Naval officers at North Island Officers Club, at the Hotel Del bar, and at their homes on Coronado.

P.S. Dive Bomber is extraordinary on the big screen.

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— Gentleman Tim

 

A Shore Thing

04 Jan

This month is the 90th Anniversary of Sydney Church of England Grammar School’s most famous student – Flynn, E.L.T. “Shore” was Errol’s last school.

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Errol, ever near the water:

Shore school

The notably high-achieving but “severe” headmaster who ejected Flynn – LC Robson. Robson deleted all evidence of Errol’s attendance at Shore (Student Entrance No. 3955) from school records, but Flynn, of course, prevailed – still regarded the school’s most renowned alumni (“Old Boy” in the school’s parlance.)

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A sketch of Shore circa 1925, how young Master Flynn would have seen it:

Shore School Sketch from 1925

Errol’s two dorms at Shore: Robson House and School House, the latter of which he only stayed a few hours.

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School House Crest Colour

One of Errol’s fellow boarders at Robson House, Prime Minister Gorton, at the White House with Tricky Dick Nixon. The PM remembered Errol as “a first class boxer”.

President Nixon and Prime Minister John Gorton during an official welcoming ceremony at the White House in May 1969.

President Nixon and Prime Minister John Gorton during an official welcoming ceremony at the White House in May 1969.

— Gentleman Tim

 

Celebration of Errol on Coronado

17 Dec

Only a Month Away!

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ABOUT THE FESTIVAL – JANUARY 15-18, 2016

Renowned movie critic, author and television personality Leonard Maltin joins the Coronado Island Film Festival (CIFF) in invting filmmakers everywhere, from aspiring student to respected pro, to experience Coronado’s legendary hospitality for one long holiday weekend in the historic seaside village of Coronado, California, where makers and lovers of film have gathered for more than a century.

Dive Bomber

Dive Bomber, the 1941 classic starring the dashing Errol Flynn as a young Naval aviator. Filmed in Coronado, with scenes of the Hotel Del and North Island, this film is a reminder of how exciting filmmaking was, even in the pre-digital age. The film will be introduced by Errol Flynn’s daughter, Rory Flynn, and his grandson, actor Sean Flynn, followed by a Q and A.

Plus, a Special Tribute to Errol’s Fascinating History on Coronado.

Tickets:
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— Gentleman Tim

 
 

Tennis Gallery

11 Mar

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Some photographs of Errol playing tennis.

— Inga