Errol Flynn 1951 Bambi Award Winner

16 Apr

Fitting with Inga Klein's Welcome Article by David, she is talking about Errol's visit to Berlin, Germany in 1957 to the “Berlinale” and I added a picture to the one Inga posted for the same event it shows his arrival with Patrice and it is posted in the comments.
I thought it is quite appropriate at this time to post also Errol's Bambi Award in 1951, which was awarded for Best Foreign Actor. Errol was quite often in Germany between 1951 and 1957.  The Bambi Award is in Germany the equal to the Oscar it is the highest Award just like the Oscar is for the USA.  Errol was and still is adored and respected in Germany and Austria.  My German YouTube videos are living proof.

Bambi Awards 1951 WINNERS:

Ingrid Bergman
Dieter Borsche
Errol Flynn
Maria Schell

Maybe somebody has more information on this award, I couldn't find any more info so far.
Patrice should know she has the Bambi!

— Tina


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  1. Anonymous

    April 17, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Was this award given, like the Oscars, for a particular performance?
    If so, which Flynn film got the nod?
    HELLO GOD? (Just kidding about that last one).

  2. Anonymous

    April 17, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Hi Dave;
    All I know is that the Bambi Award is an equal to the Oscar. What the Oscar is to the USA, the Bambi is to Germany – Europe. There are other European Awards like the Cannes Festival and the Golden Bear – Berlin – “Berlinale”.
    The first Bambi Award were awarded to Marika Rökk (Austrian) and Jean Marais.
    Funny enough there are two parallels to Errol in this scenario with the recipients.
    Marika Rökk also became an Overnight Movie Star in 1935 with her film the “Leichte Kavallerie” (The Light Brigade) and Jean Marais was considered the French Errol Flynn.
    Apparently Marika Rökk’s daughter named the award “Bambi” after a story book she liked “Bambi, a Life in the Woods”. This book was published in 1923 and was followed by “Bambi’s Children”. The author Felix Salten is an Austrian writer of children books.
    First publication in English language was produced in 1928 and Walt Disney’s “Bambi” in 1942 originates from this book. So – hmm – Walt Disney’s Bambi is actually an Austrian Citizen. As I go on – oh boy – being an Austrian citizen myself – my head is swelling.
    Jean Marais
    Now that I gave all this history, I am coming back to Errol’s Bambi.Award!
    I am not able to find out for what movie or efforts Errol received the Award, but one thing is sure he received it.
    The German Awards Committee honored and respected Errol by awarding him with their highest award to show their appreciation for his work and effort to bring joy to the people of this funny world.
    Furthermore, Errol is celebrating in the fall of this year his 75 years (1935 – 2010) of World Stardom.
    I only can get one picture on a reply and Jean Marais is first. I will post two more pictures – one of Marika and one of the original Bambi book cover.
    That's all I have to offer about the Bambi!

  3. Anonymous

    April 17, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Cover of the original “Bambi” book!

  4. Anonymous

    April 17, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Marika Rökk!

  5. Anonymous

    April 17, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Jean Marais really could buckle a swash! Here in Canada the French CBC used to show old films (lots of silents, too), and it was a revelation to see that Marais was not only a fine dramatic actor but a superb action star who did a lot of his own stunts.

  6. Anonymous

    April 17, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Hi Dave;
    I don't think Jean Marais was in silent movies as he was born in 1913 and I think voice movies came in by 1933 or so or even earlier – not sure.. You are saying lots of silent movies which movies would they have been?
    His brake through came with the “Beauty and the Beast” in 1946 and thereafter “Orpheus and Eurydike”, which both movies I have seen while still living in Austria. I think the title of the movie later became only “Orpheus”, which is actually an Opera by Ernst Krenek and the book was written by a contemporary of mine whom I knew personally
    Oskar Kokoschka an eccentric expressionist. I used to be helper -student job – at his Vernissages in the 1950's – it is small world.
    Jean Marais used to be a very good actor and recipient of the “Bambi too. Yes, you are right he did some Swashbuckling and his own stunts – BUT – so was Errol in both counts and better – 100 times better! AND – what you see in Vancouver on the French Channels so do I in Toronto!
    Dear Dave take care and all the best to you!

  7. Anonymous

    April 17, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Hi Dave – it maybe was for “That Forsyte Woman”. Why don't you contact Patrice, she could tell you for what Errol received the Bambi.

  8. Anonymous

    April 20, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Sorry if I implied Jean Marais made silents! He didn't start 'til 1943 (L'ETERNEL RETOUR by Jean Delannoy). I meant that the French CBC showed a wide range of movies, including silents (Lang, Murnau, Pabst, Chaplin, etc.), and Jean Marais movies that never ever turn up on English language channels (except sometimes LA BELLE ET LA BETE). Once upon a time they even showed early French talkies like Maurice Tourneur's AU NOM DE LA LOI (1932). Luckily we no longer need rely on television to see these rarities, as more and more they are coming to DVD—like the Raymond Bernard films from Criterion. Back to Flynn!

  9. Anonymous

    April 20, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    Hi Dave;
    No problem, I was just surprised because I knew that Jean Marais did not became famous until mid 1940' and the silent area was long gone and also his age would not fit, unless he was in it at a very young age.
    It is a pleasure to see how well you are informed about good French movies. I am not very much up to par with them, but I used to love the movies with Fernandel, do you remember him?
    Do you have any information about Mulholland Drive – please see my posting about it.
    Take care – til next time.

  10. Anonymous

    April 20, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    The owner's name was Steve Weiss, and it was he who razed Mulholland House.