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Charge Of The Light Brigade, Vol. III~The Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, Ca.

25 Aug

From my most recent trip. Photo #3 features the lovely Mrs. Florczak posing in the same spot as our Mr. Flynn.

There will be more to come from this film as well as from “Kim” which was also shot in Lone Pine. Enjoy!

Robert

— Robert

 

More Sad News for Flynn Fans Admin Comment

25 Aug

The article titled More Sad News for Flynn Fans was removed at the request of its Author, Xaviant.

I emailed Xaviant who tells me he was in the process of deleting his comments about Pat when he discovered the blog was down due to bandwidth problems. This is usually caused by the file size of pictures uploaded to the blog. It may be time to remind people that digital cameras produce large file sizes and to resize them to something smaller before uploading to the blog. In any case, Xaviant was speaking in the heat of the moment, and once he realized his remarks were a bit over the line he intended to delete them himself. We have comment guidelines to refer to, btw. His comments were over the top but who hasn't felt a rush of frustration like this? With all of the work he has done on his screenplay it is natural to have intense feelings about your project. However, there are folks here who know that many good projects have met roadblock after roadblock on the way to success. The difference between success or failure is often a matter of dogged determination and perseverance…

I have left the comments that followed this article in place to show blog readers what happened and what we are all about when we go off the rails a bit. Xaviant is a valued Author and  this really is a small blip on the radar screen, as far as I am concerned.

So we move on from here with smiles on our faces, and the wind in our hearts!

David
Admin/The Errol Flynn Blog

— Xaviant Haze

 
 

We Welcome Darren Bennett our New Author to The Errol Flynn Blog!

24 Aug

I am pleased to announce another New Author to The Errol Flynn Blog, Darren Bennett! Darren, we look forward to your comments and posts! Welcome aboard!

        

— David DeWitt

 
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We Welcome New Author Diana Meredith-Brown to The Errol Flynn Blog!

23 Aug

We're happy to announce New Author Diana Meredith-Brown has joined us at The Errol Flynn Blog! Diana, we look forward to your posts and are very pleased to have you join us!

                                                             

— David DeWitt

 
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Errol in France

15 Aug

In the summer of 2010, I decided to spend my holidays in France and also to go to places where Errol once had been.

I got the idea thanks to Robert Florczak and his now-then picture of a certain church in Nice, so that I convinced the friend I was travelling with to go down to the Côte d’Azur, too. Luckily she agreed.


I contacted Robert before my trip, and he kindly sent me the address of the church and also of the mairie and hotel in Monte Carlo, which both played a role in Errol’s wedding. Thanks to you again, Robert!!!


After my trip now, I thought it would be nice to start a new folder on David’s blog where each of us who has done some travelling related to Errol could add hints and tips for further travels. This would be easier for all of us to get some basic ideas, and those who think it’s not enough could contact the person who wrote the entry for further details.

 

So here we go for parts of Nice and Monte Carlo.


First of all, I’d recommend you strongly not to travel in summer, but during any other time of the year. Firstly, in winter you are much more likely to meet less tourists and thus to have more time and space to actually enjoy places – without being pushed around. The Côte d’Azur is really crowded in summer; it was terrible – and terribly hot, too! So if you can, go in the winter season or possibly in spring or autumn, but NOT in the summer.


Finding accomodation in Nice (especially not too expensive one) was not so easy – especially when you travel by car, be prepared for a long search for a hotel including parking. We eventually managed to find a small kind of hostel, the Villa Aramis, which I recommend if you don’t have to stay there for too long and if you don’t mind sharing your (clean) bathroom with other people. You get some nice breakfast, too, and the host was very kind. It is situated not too near the city centre, but within manageable walking distance.


The FrenchLutheranChurch of the Transfiguration, where Errol’s wedding with Patrice Wymore took place on October 23rd, 1950, is not too far away from the city centre, yet it is situated in a quiet street without tourists. In fact, I didn’t meet any people there except for a German-speaking lady who wanted to visit a friend living nearby the church. So you have all the time in the world to take pictures and contemplate the pavement where Errol has walked – it was a great, mysterious feeling for me, expecially as it was the first place I have ever been to where Errol was, too. Whooh!


Thanks to Robert and to google maps (just type in the address, 4 rue Melchior de Vogüé, 06000 Nice, France), it was easy to find the church, and when you enter the street, you immediately recognise the place. You can actually see that it is a church, which I did not expect after seeing Robert’s picture. Unfortunately, it is not open for visits, only (probably) upon appointment or on Sunday mornings at 10.30 a.m. for the service. So if you have a choice, go there on a Sunday morning at this time to have a chance to look at the interior.


On my first visit early in the morning, as I said, there was a German-speaking lady waiting to be admitted to see a friend. I asked her (in French, first, before I noticed that she only spoke German) if the church could be visited because she seemed to belong there, but she said she didn’t know and mereley wanted to see a friend. So I took my pictures and went on to see the other sights of Nice.

Later, when my friend and I were on our way back to the hostel, we passed along once more, and there appeared a young man with a key who let himself in the gate. Once more, I summoned all my courage and asked if the church could be visited, but unfortunately, he was in a hurry. He told me that the church was open on Sundays at 10.30 a.m. during the service, and that he’d make me visit it if he wasn’t in such a hurry. Well… so if you intend to go there, maybe you phone first and make an appointment, the young man seemed very kind and I’m sure he would admit you to the church.


So much about Nice. In the further course of our journey, we also spent half a day in Monte Carlo. Of course, I wanted to see the Zaca, even though I feared it would not be there – which was, of course, the case.


Monte Carlo has got two ports; the one you should go to is the Port de Fontvieille. Already to be there makes one gasp for breath because of all the amazing yachts you can find there. I had never seen such a sight before and felt like sleepwalking while I was walking around looking for the Zaca. When I didn’t find her, I asked one of the officials whether she was in port or not. He thought for a moment, and then said she wasn’t. And, of course, he didn’t know where she was or when she might return. BUT he told me at which spot she would normally be anchored, so of course I went there and took a picture. I add this plus a map with a cross for the exact spot, so that you don’t have to search for a very long time.

 

I hope for you that you will be luckier. Maybe our Spanish authors know a little more about where she can be found in the summer, which regattas she normally takes part in and when she returns to port for the winter?

 

If you need some further tips about other sights of Nice or Monte Carlo, feel free to contact me.

— Inga

 

Re: Jack Marino

15 Aug

Hi David;
I am back in town for a while I am gallivanting as it is summer and we have a wonderful one.  I see I have to catch up a lot but first things first. 
Your link to Jack's Radio Show with Rory Flynn is not working so here is a replacement.
www.latalkradio.com…
All the best to you,
Tina

— Tina

 
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EF and The Heiress

14 Aug

Oh my, now I can't shut up.  But I've had a question bugging me for a while that one of my fellow Flynnians might be able to answer.  On TCM recently, Ben Mankiewicz related that William Wyler had approached EF to play Monty Clift's role in the Heiress.  I hadn't heard this before and was curious about the reference.  Does anybody know the source? 

— SeanW

 
 

Dave Kehr on EF's Westerns

14 Aug

As promised, here's the link for Kehr on EF's westerns. 

www.nytimes.com….  Great photo of Alexis, EF and the fine Warner character player John Litel. 

Strange that Warner Home Video still hasn't released Silver River to the domestic market.  I picked up my copy…in France! It's well worth seeing.  EF and Sheridan play off each other well, and the film has a great score by Max Steiner.   

Best, Sean 

— SeanW

 
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Dave Kehr On The New Flynn Boxed Set

14 Aug

Greetings, fellow Flynnians!  What a privilege to be a part of David's great site.  For my maiden post, I'm attaching Dave Kehr's recent review of the Errol Flynn Adventures boxed set in the New York Times.  In my opinion, Kehr is one of the best writers on classic film today, and this review more than supports my point.  As long as I have been watching Our Man Flynn, I had never considered Raoul Walsh's role in bending the heroic Flynn persona, making it more quietly human and believable during the war, especially after the rape acquittal. 

Kehr also wrote an excellent review of the Errol Flynn western set that came out a couple of years back.  I'll try and find that link for posting. 

www.nytimes.com…

Best to all, Sean. 

— SeanW

 
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Flynn Articles Rediscovered, Luke Flynn News!

14 Aug

Lou Alexander saw these stories on the BBC News website and thought you
should see it:

** Errol Flynn's Cuban adventures **
Newspaper articles written by film star Errol Flynn documenting his last
years in Cuba with Fidel Castro and his Communist rebels are
rediscovered.
 
news.bbc.co.uk/go/em/…fr/-/2/hi/americas/8298582.stm

Luke Flynn News:

news.bbc.co.uk/go/em/…fr/-/2/hi/entertainment/4339918.stm

— David DeWitt

 
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