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An Errol Flynn Birthday Celebration of 115 years!

20 Jun

I am pleased to send along the first page of my book, along with the last page, to celebrate the most fun 50 years I have researched.

Have an enjoyable day…with lots of happy memories.

Enjoy …

 

— David DeWitt

 

Happy 115th Birthday to Errol Flynn!

20 Jun

Happy Birthday, our dear old Errol Flynn! You have given us so much joy …

— David DeWitt

 

Happy Birthday Errol

20 Jun

Last year I visited the beautiful island of Capri. There I bought a book about Capri in movies. Many movies were filmed there and many stars visited and still visit the island. Our dear Errol was one of them. Here is the picture of him that was in the book. I don’t know when it was taken but in the picture is singer Scarola (Giuseppe Savarese). I hope you enjoy this birthday treat. Happy birthday Errol.  Hope you have a good one up there.

— Debbyphielix

 

I go Sligo

19 Jun

Dear Flynnstones,

in reference to Errol Flynn’s Relatives in Sligo, Ireland? « The Errol Flynn Blog , Ireland`s poet laureate, William Butler Yeats, immortalized a certain Flynn in his volume of essays “The Celtic Twilight”.

“Many of the tales in this book were told me by one Paddy Flynn, a little bright-eyed old man, who lived in a leaky and one-roomed cabin in the village of Ballisodare, which is, he was wont to say, ’the most gentle’—whereby he meant faery—‘place in the whole County of Sligo.’”

Yeats spend many of his childhood holidays in Sligo, actually Sligeach (meaning: place of the shells).

“Flynn, with a few verbal alterations, from a note-book which I almost filled with his tales and sayings, shortly after seeing him. I look now at the note-book regretfully, for the blank pages at the end will never be filled up. Paddy Flynn is dead; a friend of mine gave him a large bottle of whiskey, and though a sober man at most times, the sight of so much liquor filled him with a great enthusiasm, and he lived upon it for some days and then died.”

If Errol didn`t read this already, that kind of literture seems very much to his liking. Compare it to: The errolist of books « The Errol Flynn Blog

And being the perennial Robin Hood, he would have felt right at home in Sleuth Wood, which is situated along the shores of Loch Gill. also in the County of Sligo.

“Sleuth Wood away at the south looked as though cut out of green beryl, and the waters that mirrored them shone like pale opal.” (from the short story “The Heart of Spring”).

Sláinte,

 

 

— shangheinz

 

An Errol Flynn Giggle!

13 Jun

In researching Errol Flynn’s 50 years over the last 50 years, I sometimes became very confused by the different times and dates printed by the myriad of sources. So, I decided that there needs to be something to help out! May I present …

Enjoy …

— Topper

 
 

Tile Driver

11 Jun

Dear Flynnstones,

some say love is in the air, but I say Flynn is all around.

An Errolyte is never safe, ey? While watching the Scorsese classic Taxi Driver, you can witness how an “original tile of Errol Flynn‘s bathroom“ is peddled to DeNiro by his pals.

This may have given an idea to some of our blog members here. I think there were one or two flynnmates who secured a piece of ceramics from his pool at Mulholland, of even from his estate in Jamaica.

Since I can‘t remember who, will the real shard shady please stand up?

Enjoy,

— shangheinz

 

Tidbits of Errol Flynn in Newspapers June 1936!

04 Jun

 

— Topper

 

A Furry Tale

30 May

Dear Flynnstones,

when Errol renounced the role of Oberon, in Hollywood`s 1935 screen adaptation of “A Midsummer Night`s Dream”, not wanting to be known as “the king of the fairies”, he impacted many careers. Including his own. Instead of being Hamlet-bound, he, as we know, became the perennial pirate. Only a year later the movie world would see an aging Leslie Howard as a very mature Romeo alongside Norma Shearer`s Juliet. Not to be it was for our Hollywood hero.

Austrian theatre impressario Max Reinhardt came to California with high hopes to find a new audience for his craft. He had been successfully staging plays from Vienna to Berlin at various venues. Up to this day his “Jedermann” (Everyman), the parable of a rich man reflecting his antics on the eve of his existence, is a fixture in Sound-of-Music Salzburg`s summer calender of its so called Festspiele festival.

Despite and because his jewish ancestry Reinhardt, propaganda minister Goebbels, the goat of Babelsberg (where the Third Reich`s movie industry was located)  pestered him to become an honoray aryan. Such was his value to Nazi Germany. But he decided to take his act elsewhere. Therefore later on his works were banned and his castle, Schloss Landskron, was dispossessed. With a three film contract by Warner Bros., he boarded an ocean liner and came to the USA with actress Helen Thimig, soon to become his second wife. Courtesy of Theatermuseum Vienna: Jack Warner`s wishing well card for a safe passage. Pre-war the Reinhardts travelled back and forth.

To his credit he brought Erich Wolfgang Korngold with him. First for a few weeks to arrange the “Midsummer”-musical score by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. Weeks turned into months, years even and eventually earned Korngold two Academy Awards. Welcome to Sherhollywood, my lord!

Max Reinhardt had staged the Shakespearean fever dream farce already in 1905, 1921, 1925, 1927 and 1930. In 1934 the Hollywood Bowl was chosen as site for the theatrical staging as a prelude to the film, filling its seats with 100.000 spectators watching some 400 artists performing on eight nights. 30.000 electric lights mimicking fireflies needed an seperate generator to produce the amount of the additional energy needed. The LA symphony orchester swelled up to the size of a big band. Call it raising to the occasion.

Two known flynnmates of the theatre ensemble of this event would go on to appear in the movie version. 18 year old Olivia DeHavilland who had been discovered by Professor Reinhardt while actually playing Hermia at Mills College. Mickey Rooney was engaged for the mischievous role of Robin Goodfellow for stage AND film at age 14. Puckish in life as on camera he broke a leg in a skiing accident, when filming already was on the way. Jack Warner was furious, he said he couldn`t decide whether to mend the injured leg or break the other one.

Initially M. Reinhardt fantasized an all star cast of the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Clark Gable, Cary Cooper, John Barrymore, Greta Garbo, Myrna Loy, Joan Crawford, W.C. Fields and Wallace Beery. He had to settle for James Cagney, Joe E. Brown (unforgettable for his famous last words “Nobody is perfect!” in Billy Wilder`s “Some like it hot”, arguably the best finishing line ever, not counting Stanley Kubrick`s “Eyes Wide Shut”), Ian Hunter, Dick Powell, Ross Alexander and Jane Muir.

Lady Livvie`s stellar performance eventually cost Muir the female lead in “Captain Blood”. DeHavilland in turn profited from Gloria Stuart`s “falling ill” (she was pregnant at the time). Stuart originally cast as Hermia made good many decades later in the role of Rose in James Cameron`s “Titanic”. She also starred in “My Favorite Year”, where Peter O`Toole followed in Flynn`s tights. Speaking of ousting Errol- Victor Joy was praised highly for his poise and posture as the King of Fairies. EF`s Green Light co-star Anita Louise is very beautiful to look at as Oberon`s wife Titania.

The play itself is one of the most liked and most used in theatre history. Shakespeare went far out, over the top and all in. Five plots are intertwined in five acts. The quadruple couple quagmire comes to a happy end, until then it is all fun and games in a twilight setting between dreaming and waking. Never mind there are undertones of a Tijuana donkey show, when Titania falls in love with Bottom, who was magically transformed overnight into a jackass.

Here you see a cast-against-his-character-Cagney, who at that time was in the front runner for the lead in “The Adventures of Robin Hood”. Not the first man who made a complete ass of himself to achieve the affection of a fair female.

The film premiered simultanously in London, New York and Los Angeles on Oct. 9th 1935 and was attended by the you know whos of Hollywood. The anouncements of the likes of Marlene Dietrich, Mae West etc. took longer as the movie`s original running time of 132 minutes. It was trimmed to 117 minutes for general release. Catch a glimpse of the Flamitas, one of Tiger Lil and Errol`s earliest entries into the echelons of movie stardom in this featurette:

A Dream Comes True (1936 promo featurette for A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’s DREAM – KORNGOLD/Max Reinhardt (youtube.com…)

Enjoy,

— shangheinz

 

Here and There with some 1935 Errol Flynn News Bites!

29 May

A few rarely seen tidbits from the newspapers and magazines from Flynn’s pre-star days.

Enjoy!

— Topper

 

Greetings from your new Author!

27 May

Hello Flynnatics,

I would like to introduce myself to you all. I was born and raised in the Netherlands, and still live there. 4 years ago I discovered Errol through a video on YouTube.  It was an English TV program of 30 minutes in which my favorite British actor Nathaniel Parker played a one man piece and was (ofcourse) Errol. After seeing that I was curious about the real Errol and started with YouTube. The first video I found was of Errol’s movie bloopers. I then bought a DVD boxset with 4 of Errol’s movies. The Adventures of Robin Hood was the first movie I saw . He leaped from the TV screen into my heart. He is still there and has to share it with Clark Gable, my other movie favorite.

I started to collect movies and books and at the moment I have a nice collection of both. As David Niven said “he was a fascinating creature.” I can’t name a favorite movie, as it changes all the time. At the moment I go for Gentleman Jim, but They Died With Their Boots On, Adventures of Don Juan, The Roots of Heaven and The Sun Also Rises are in that category. I even have his autograph and a drawing of him with Arno tattooed on my arms. A bit crazy for some, but not for me. People always ask me who the man of the tattoo is and when I tell them, very few know the name Errol Flynn.

Next to my affection for Errol I love to travel. I also love to read and am interested in certain periods in history. In a few months time it is time for another trip to Paris (a favorite city) and I hope to visit some Flynn locations while I am there. I am honoured and happy to join the Errol Flynn Blog as Administrator. I hope I can contribute some nice things about Errol or those around him. To start it of I would like to post a video I found on Facebook, and can also be found on YouTube. It is a fan tribute by a lady called Darla. She created one of the best (in my opinion) fanvideo made of Errol. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

— Debbyphielix