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“Beside Errol Flynn”

17 Mar

This is a wonderful song by Amanda McBroom the daughter of Hollywood actor David Bruce!  It is very moving and touching – very worthwhile to listen too.  A quite different tribute to Errol, but a very nice tribute! Enjoy!

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Attached is David Bruce's picture for you to recall him as Errol's friend and in his movies!

Addendum:
I contacted Amanda McBroom through her website to ask her if she composed the song and if she had some memorabilia to add to the blog:

Amanda's Reply:

Dear Tina:
Thank you for your lovely e-mail.
I wrote the song, called ERROL FLYNN, with a man named Gordon Hunt,
father of actress Helen Hunt, as a tribute to  my father, David Bruce.
They did several movies together in the 30's and 40's and were very
close friends. I don't remember ever meeting him. I was quite young when
Errol died, but I know my father was very fond of him. The song is directly connected to “Santa Fe Trail”. that was the movie poster
Gordon and I both had hanging on our walls which inspired us to write
the song.
I am glad you enjoy it.
Cheers,
Amanda

David Bruce (left) in “Santa Fe Trail”!

Now my dear Blog readers one thing is very interesting in Amanda's reply – it is Gordon Hunt her co-composer, father of Helen Hunt.  A-ha –  was it Helen Hunt who purchased Errol's Mulholland Farm?  Did she ordered the removal of Errol's house?  Did she build her house on the very spot Errol's house stood?  Did she sold it then to Justin Timberlake who owns it now.  Anybody have the correct answers???

— Tina

 
 

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  1. Anonymous

    March 18, 2010 at 5:10 am

    What movie did he play in?

     
  2. Anonymous

    March 18, 2010 at 6:24 am

    Well I just took the time to listen to the YouTube video. It was quite something. I did not connect her with The Rose. You can buy her songbook Portraits at SheetMusicPlus for $19.95 and it includes the song Errol Flynn. Of course I will be buying it to go with my Errol Flynn sheet music. I note that all the comments on YouTube re the song and the singer were positive. Thanks for posting this Tina–you're the best!

     
  3. Anonymous

    March 18, 2010 at 6:55 am

    Hi Kathleen;
    You are very kind!
    I love that song, it represents a wonderful indirect tribute and idolizing of Errol, very sweet, warm and very caring!
    Amanda McBroom is a successful composer and singer. I am not sure, but being a composer she most likely has composed the song, being in commemoration of her father.
    Did you recognized David Bruce? (picture attached) I did, he was in several Errol's movies. David Bruce must have been maybe close to Errol!
    We have to ask Robert – The Great, about this, he will know for sure!
    Please Robert help!

     
  4. Anonymous

    March 18, 2010 at 7:06 am

    I think Bruce David was in Sea Hawk, Don Juan, Santa Fe Trail, They Died With Their Boots On – maybe others I am not sure.

     
  5. Anonymous

    March 18, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Although acting in three Flynn films, I've never come across any info indicating a friendship. More than likely just one of many fellow journeymen crossing paths with our hero.

     
  6. Anonymous

    March 20, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    He actually is lower than fourth/fifth billing. I'm going to look for him, though.

     
  7. Anonymous

    March 20, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Hi Tina. I went to Amazon and found the music book and a CD. Will report more after they arrive.

     
  8. Anonymous

    March 21, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Yeah, the song's beautiful in its simplicity. McBroom also pulls off the miracle of mentioning, in almost the same breath, both Errol Flynn and Reseda – past and for all I know present capital of American suburban mediocrity – and there's not the least emotional disjuncture. Kevin

     
  9. Anonymous

    March 24, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    Hi Kevin;
    Very well put – right on the nail!

     
  10. Anonymous

    March 26, 2010 at 4:19 am

    Hi All;
    Please check out the additional information posted.

     
  11. Anonymous

    March 26, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    Does anybody know the year Helen Hunt purchased Mulholland Farm?

     
  12. Anonymous

    March 27, 2010 at 5:55 am

    The Song Book came today. It is very nice. I played Errol Flynn over and over–great lyrics.

     
  13. Anonymous

    March 27, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Hi Kathleen;
    I am so glad you like the song it is very lovely! Did you read the addendum I made in the article? Re the composition and Helen Hunt?
    Interesting!

     
  14. Anonymous

    March 29, 2010 at 12:56 am

    Does anybody know?
    When did Helen Hunt purchase Mulholland Farm?

     
  15. Anonymous

    March 29, 2010 at 4:45 am

    Yes I did! It is a very small world.

     
  16. Anonymous

    May 7, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Here's a quote from the CD:
    “She's continued to act, sing, and write songs as they've come to her. 'Errol flynn' had its genesis two [1992] years ago in a chance visit with director Gordon Hunt (father of actress Helen Hunt) at his home, in which they spoke of her father. He then sent her, with an almost apologetic note, a poem he'd written, inspired by their visit. 'I read it and I burst into tears,' she remembers. 'I took his poem and turned it around and added lyrics and a bridge and put a melody to it.' Gordon Hunt, who'd never before written a song, is thus co-author of 'Errol Flynn'.”

     
  17. Anonymous

    May 9, 2010 at 8:26 am

    Hi Kathleen;
    Thank you so much for this post you are wonderful! I love this song so very much as it is such a wonderful tribute to her father, but more over such a great tribute to Errol! One has to feel the greater meaning in this song – it has so much heart!

     
  18. Anonymous

    May 9, 2010 at 8:26 am

    Hi Kathleen;
    Thank you so much for this post you are wonderful! I love this song so very much as it is such a wonderful tribute to her father, but more over such a great tribute to Errol! One has to feel the greater meaning in this song – it has so much heart!

     
  19. Anonymous

    May 9, 2010 at 8:27 am

    Hi Kathleen;
    Thank you so much for this post you are wonderful! I love this song so very much as it is such a wonderful tribute to her father, but more over such a great tribute to Errol! One has to feel the greater meaning in this song – it has so much heart!

     
 
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