Errol on a Barrel!

06 Feb


Hi Everyone!

I was MIA and I really missed you all and the Blog!  I wonder if I ever catch up with all the news
as it has been a long time.  


In a nutshell since August things went from bad to worse!  First I had eye surgery, which should have
been simple, but you guessed it – it was not!  After that and thinking all is well again my
daughter became ill, then to top the “Bill of Fair” my husband got very sick
and had to have bypass surgery and that was an ordeal as it was associated with
complications twice.  We nearly lost him,
but thanks to the Lord he pulled through! 


Now that the worsted is over and the family finally breathes
again I thought it is time to get back on the Blog, although maybe just
part-time but nevertheless one has to be grateful for small mercies.


With my return to action I thought I give you a giggle!

Errol on a Barrel! 

These are hilarious pictures of our Hero in a Western Sombrero sitting on a barrel our good old Errol!  

What was Warner Brothers thinking to make pictures like that?  I can understand for their internal special
effects photography – but to publish them?

What are your thoughts about it?  No doubt they are funny!


— Tina


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  1. Anonymous

    February 6, 2011 at 10:19 am

    It's great to have you back, Tina! We certainly missed you here very much.
    As for the photos, I think they were taken as publicity shots for “San Antonio”, maybe to underline the funny aspects of the film? And why not publish them? Maybe Errol himself asked for them to show what he thought about all this Western and back projection stuff… And besides: don't forget we are at the end of the war years – maybe they were running out of horses at the time. I bet you – Robert is already waiting behind the next corner with a superb explanation…

  2. Anonymous

    February 6, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Welcome back to the blog, Tina!
    Yeah, these pics of Errol are amusing! Thanks for sharing them. :-)

  3. Anonymous

    February 6, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    I hope that you and your family are doing better. It's great to see you back in action on David's bog, best wishes, Tom

  4. Anonymous

    February 6, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Hi Tom;
    Thank you very much for your best wishes and kind words! Oh “YES” it is great to be back!
    All the best to you and Jan!

  5. Anonymous

    February 6, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Hi Rachel;
    Thank you for looking and sharing a giggle with me!

  6. Anonymous

    February 6, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Hi Inga;
    Thank you for missing me and it was great talking to you, I enjoyed that, we have to do it again!
    I know the pictures are from the movie “San Antonio”, but the purpose of sitting on a Barrel still escapes me. There has to be another reason!?! You are right, Robert might be just our man to share the deeper inside of it!

  7. Anonymous

    February 6, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Hello, all
    The Flynn-on-barrel question is quite easy to answer. It was done for publicity purposes, with the designer using the upper portion of the figure–minus the barrel–to work with for posters and other advertisements. An in-house illustrator might also use this type of pic from which to paint, even painting in a horse beneath the rider. As an artist, I have done this very thing on many occasions, posing my models in ways that would look silly if photographed, but matched up with other painted elements to give the finished piece completion and credibility.
    There are many other Flynn examples like the one discussed here (the Indian jumping down on Flynn from “Rocky Mountain”, for example), but the fact that they are now out there for us to see does not in any way mean that the studio intended them to be seen; they most definitely weren't. It's just that these days practically everything, especially from old Hollywood, eventually sees the light of day.
    Hope this answers your questions.

  8. Anonymous

    February 6, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Welcome back, Tina! I am so happy that your family has gotten through a rough time! We all missed you! Robert's explanation of these very rare pics tells the whole story perfectly. You can see by the way Errol is using his hand to hold an imaginary set of reins, and by his posing for action that he is probably about to be photographed in close-up inside a studio somewhere or as Robert says, the photos are intended to be used by an illustrator. A very rare find, I have never seen anything like this!

  9. Anonymous

    February 6, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Aha – did I say Robert has all the answers and he has!!!
    Hi Robert;
    Thank you for your explanations that is now all perfectly logical! You always have the answers!
    All the best to you!

  10. Anonymous

    February 6, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Hi David;
    Thank you for your welcome back – very appreciated!
    It is great to be on board again!
    Yes, Robert sure has answers for just about everything!
    I hope all is well with you – take care!

  11. Anonymous

    February 6, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    Thanks for the explanation, Rob! Certainly does make sense. :-)

  12. Anonymous

    February 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    If you think of how easy this would be today with computer technology… thanks, Robert!

  13. Anonymous

    February 8, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Thanks Robert! I always look forward to your imput.
    It is interesting how all of these things find there way to the public years later.
    Tina, nice to see your back.

  14. Anonymous

    February 9, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    I disagree, Patti.

  15. Anonymous

    February 9, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Hi Patti;
    Thank you very much Patti and it is great to be back! I have to do a lot of reading to catch up with all the news I missed on the blog, but all in time!
    All the best to you!

  16. Anonymous

    February 12, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Sorry to hear about your recent troubles, Tina. Hope all are well and doing better now, especially your husband. I went through the same surgery and welcome him to the “Zipper Club”! I'm sure he'll progress nicely and be as good as new in no time. Cheers!

  17. Anonymous

    February 12, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Hi Robert;
    Thank you for your kind word, most appreciated!
    Since August I sort of had everything on my plate which one does not want! But things are much better now and he is recuperating nicely.
    I had no idea that you had bypass surgery too. It is a horrible operation! Cut from the ankle to the groin to get the veins and from the breastbone to the belly to insert them. I don't know why we are not born with Zippers it sure would make easy repairs. With all the genetic alterations we have already maybe somebody will come up with a bright idea one day. Can you hear my giggle!
    I hope all is well with you and your loved ones!
    Servus – Tina

  18. Anonymous

    February 13, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    All is well, Tina. Thank you. I was lucky not to have the leg harvested–the gams are as pristine as Baryshnikov's. Though not as toned.

  19. Anonymous

    February 14, 2011 at 3:39 am

    Hi Robert;
    I am glad you have legs like Mikhail Baryshnikov he has divine ones
    As you mention I saw him in “Les Sylphides” after he defected here in Toronto. Can't quite remember the year but around in the mid 1970.
    The man was not dancing he was flying – a breath taking site.
    I am glad they kept you more or less in one piece!
    Take care – Tina

  20. Anonymous

    February 14, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Mine may be pristine but far less than divine, Tina!

  21. Anonymous

    February 14, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    That sounds very interesting Robert! Maybe we should have a look! Sure would make a nice picture on the Blog!
    Maybe in tights and compare them to Errol's! Oh la la!

  22. Anonymous

    February 14, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Uh….not likely. Next subject, please……