Errol's Nickname?

10 Apr

We all know that Errol enjoyed giving “nicknames” to people, but today we are looking for the reverse – for Errol's nickname!

The quiz question is as follows:
Under what nickname was Errol known to many in other countries and he loved it?

Please participate! We all love to hear from you!
Happy guessing,

— Tina


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  1. Anonymous

    April 10, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Was it “Baron”?

  2. Anonymous

    April 10, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Hi Rachel;
    This a very good guess as “Baron” was definitely a nick name too, but it is not this one.
    Please try again!
    Thanks – Tina

  3. Anonymous

    April 10, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Hi Rachel;
    I modified my question to make it a little easier.
    Keep guessing it's fun!

  4. Anonymous

    April 11, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Errol had several nicknames, “The Baron” we all know of course, then there was “Princey” from the film “The Prince and the Pauper”, and “Flynnberg”, but perhaps the most unknown nickname was “Longshanks”.
    Still not sure if this is the nickname requested by Tina. No doubt she is going to tell me.

  5. Anonymous

    April 11, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Came up with “Rolli”, frequently used by the German press and somehow cute… but certainly not know in other countries, as you requested, Tina. Must go thinking, there's still time. Very nice question!

  6. Anonymous

    April 11, 2011 at 11:27 am

    “King of Swashbucklers” would be more international, but I doubt if he loved it… just thinking aloud, Tina.

  7. Anonymous

    April 11, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Hi Jan;
    Your post is most interesting as you quote nicknames I never heard!
    Flynnberg and Longshanks – where are they stated or mentioned?
    Please could you let us know the meaning and origination about these names?
    You sure have my attention and curiosity kindled! Looking forward to your reply!

  8. Anonymous

    April 11, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Hi Inga;
    You say other countries! Yes! Country is singular and two or more are countries.
    I thought my question was an easy one, but maybe I am wrong and that wouldn't be the first time. I just took the question from the top of my head, because I had no time for prep work. On top of it I think that most of our members know everything there is to know about Errol, so good questions are somewhat hard to come by.
    Keep on guessing,

  9. Anonymous

    April 11, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Running out of answers, but just like to add “Satan's Angel” (cleverly invented by Marlene Dietrich) and “Tasmanian Devil”.

  10. Anonymous

    April 11, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Hi Jan;
    Keep on guessing I am sure you know it.
    By the way, Marlene was no friend of Errol she was Lili's friend.
    I would say that it was for this reason Bret chose the title of his book. Moreover, these two books and I know you know which ones I mean, plus being the Flynn fan you are should be taboo for our blog, don't you think so too?
    Have fun,

  11. Anonymous

    April 12, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Hi Tina,
    “Flynnberg” was invented for Errol by people or friends who thought that was an apt name for him as apparently he disliked people of the Hebrew faith.
    “Longshanks” I found on a website yesterday, but perhaps I misunderstood as it could stand for “Flynn Novak” a well known surfer. Errol's name was mentioned in that article on that website. A slight oversight on my part. I already slapped myself on the wrist for inaccuracy.
    I will be very interested in reading the right answer to your Quiz question on Sunday, right now I cannot come up with any more nicknames, you got me there!!

  12. Anonymous

    April 12, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Hi Jan.
    Um, I seem to recall reading in Errol's own autobio (MWWW) that he refuted the claims that he was Anti-Semitic. I can't recall what page it's on, but I distinctly remember reading Errol's words — something to the effect that he didn't care what religion a person was, and he had no prejudices against Jews.
    So is that not true? Was Errol in fact an Anti-Semite? I certainly hope not!

  13. Anonymous

    April 12, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    You are right, Rachel, Errol was not anti-semitic, and I don't know how Jan came up with this nickname and the related claim as to why it was given to Errol. As you said, Rachel, Errol himself stated it clearly in MWWW that he did not have prejudices against other religions. And until there turns up a reliable source that states the opposite (which I doubt), we will cling to our belief, I think.

  14. Anonymous

    April 12, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    My dear Jan;
    I am astonished to say the least that you make a statement saying: “as apparently he disliked people of the Hebrew faith”.
    I sincerely hope that you rather wanted to say:” that was an apt name for him BY SOME PEOPLE WHO TRIED TO SPREAD A MALICIOUS GOSSIP THAT he disliked people of the Hebrew faith.”
    I am sure you know that Errol being Antisemitic is the biggest hogwash that ever was said by anybody. People who tried to accuse him with this hideous charge have absolutely no idea what the man stood for, what his character was, what his philosophy was, how he lived, how he interacted with people. In short, they had or have not an inkling of what the man was all about! Being famous one is always the play ball of the media good and bad. Errol worked all his life with people of the Jewish faith starting with Warner Brothers etc. and in their own words they themselves i.e. Vincent Sherman, Nora, Rory and others disputed the fact that Errol ever was antisemitic.
    Errol once said – maybe not word for word – but that was his statement: “To me a man is man from where ever he comes as long as he is a man.” In so many words – he couldn't care less who or what somebody was as long the individual was a decent person.”
    I hope you do not mind me pointing this out!

  15. Anonymous

    April 12, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Is Errol's nickname “Lorre”.

  16. Anonymous

    April 12, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    which began in his Hobart days…..

  17. Anonymous

    April 12, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Hi Tony;
    Thanks for participating that is really wonderful!
    Your thought of nickname is very cute by turning his name around, but I am sorry to disappoint you it's not quite it. Please keep looking for the one I mean.
    Hint: He was a cinematic god for these people and they gave him a nickname of endearment.
    I hope we will hear from you on a regular basis! Great to have you on board!

  18. Anonymous

    April 12, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    Hi Patti;
    Now I like this one “Flynny” has a very nice ring to it, kind of cosy!
    I just hate to disappoint you, but it's not quite it.
    You are a great researcher! Keep researching you just may hit the jackpot!
    All the best to you,

  19. Anonymous

    April 12, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    Hi Tina,
    Can't say I resarched this one. It is found in a lot of the books on Flynn–as I recall. I'll have to think about this one as the ones that first come to mind have already been put out there to you.
    Take care,

  20. Anonymous

    April 12, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    I'll hazard a guess at Nurmunger (or is it Nurminger?)

  21. Anonymous

    April 12, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    Just a thought, but are you thinking of the nickname:
    I recall awhile back Steve H. going into great detail on the blog about this nickname. Not sure if it is known in other countries though?

  22. Anonymous

    April 13, 2011 at 12:10 am

    Thank you, Inga and Tina, for reaffirming that Errol was *not* Anti-Semitic. It's certainly good to hear.

  23. Anonymous

    April 13, 2011 at 3:54 am

    Hi Patty;
    Start traveling in your mind go where he went later in his life and you will get it!
    I know you are clever!
    Take care,

  24. Anonymous

    April 13, 2011 at 4:12 am

    Hi Brian;
    Wow – Nurminger or Nurmunger – god in heaven you have me stunt!
    Where was that ever mentioned? What could it ever mean? Never heard of that one! Funny enough I never thought that he ever had many nicknames as I only know of very few like Flynny, Baron, Princy maybe if I hear some others I would say “oh yeah”, but not many. Plus, of course the one in my quiz question.
    My best wishes to you,

  25. Anonymous

    April 13, 2011 at 7:14 am

    Nurmunger was Errol's nickname for his good friend Erben. I asked many German people what this means but they all shake their heads. So, nobody is the wiser unfortunately.

  26. Anonymous

    April 13, 2011 at 8:12 am

    It was the other way round, it was Erben's nickname for Errol. I think Erben used to term it as 'my good old nurmunger'.
    Tina – I came across it in a telegram Erben wrote to Errol.
    best wishes,

  27. Anonymous

    April 13, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Hi Brian,
    That is very interesting you sure captured my full attention. Hm – I thought if it stems from Erben it could be German and voila I found it.
    Direct from
    Did you mean: Definition nur munger
    Search result
    Der Unvernünftige
    Diese alte, aber hartnäckige vorherzusehen.15 Grahams Definition lautete: »Bei …. Man muss nicht nur Munger dabei primär darum, wie Fakten kombiniert und …
    Der Unvernünftige = (nur Munger) the unwise, the irrational, the reckless etc.
    Nur Munger is stated in an old German book of how to make investments and therefore the author refers to “the unwise” = “unvernünftig”
    So it seems that Erben gave Errol the nickname “the unwise” – nurmunger.
    Brian what a find! This is absolutely divine! My hat of to you!
    Best wishes,

  28. Anonymous

    April 13, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Not so my friend as it seem to stem from one German author who gave this name for unwise investments. Erben must have read this book I would think so of the top of my head.
    Take care,

  29. Anonymous

    April 13, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Tina, I'm sorry, but this does not make any sense at all. I did the same google search as you probably did and found your site, and it shows a book about capital investment – so far, so good. To read the book – which, btw, is not old at all, but meant for readers of today, you must register and pay. If you don't you can just see some extracts, and one of them is from a chapter called Der Unvernünftige – The Reckless. So that is all it tells us. I think that it refers to a guy named Munger, but there is no connection to Errol's nickname whatsoever, sorry. The google search result sentence which you quoted does not make any sense because it is a useless combination of words. So for once, google did not the desired result, and we must keep searching.

  30. Anonymous

    April 13, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    No, Tina, certainly not – except from heaven, as this book is from 2002 and is about today's investments. It is a pure coincidence that the words “nur” and “Munger” turn up together, they're not even written as one word and if you access the site and study it carefully, you will see that there is absolutely no connection to Errol! Sorry, but this is the wrong track.

  31. Anonymous

    April 14, 2011 at 5:52 am

    Brian, do you remember if this is in any book? I got the feeling that deep in my head, I remember this nickname as well, but am not sure and don't know if I really do. Do you know where you got it from maybe? Maybe this would help us a little further.

  32. Anonymous

    April 14, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Hi Inga;
    You are right about that the words Google gives do not make any sense I therefore purchased the pages “Der Unvernünftige” and now I have to go through them to find the completion of this sentence Google gives. When I researched it it said that books on this subject or something like that, were published more than 45 years ago, therefore my thought Erben could have read one.
    At the time of reading “Der Unvernünftige = the unreasonable = the reckless made sense to me as Errol did somehow have these inclinations.
    Anyway it was a good try as both words “Nur Munger” came up so readily. Today when I researched it a little more the word munger has a sexual connotation too.
    Trust Brian to put us into a spin!
    So we keep on searching!
    Take care,

  33. Anonymous

    April 14, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Hi Patti;
    Sorry, but the Colonel is not the nickname I have in mind.
    Although your post is interesting in so far that you are saying: “Steve H. going into great detail on the blog about this nickname.”
    Could you please give a little more detail on this? Steve H.? Where on the blog? etc!
    Best wishes,

  34. Anonymous

    April 14, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Good luck, Tina, although I'm quite pessimistic as to your possible find in that book. But maybe it gives you some good hints as to how to invest the money we get from your painting! I hope that Brian will come up with a source, this is somewhat driving me crazy… I have the feeling that I heard that name before, but cannot remember where, and this makes me think that I am probably completely wrong!

  35. Anonymous

    April 14, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Steve knew Errol and even lived at his house for a time. He is also an author here and well, very published to say the least. The post I am remembering happend back when I became a memeber in 2008. So, It was sometimes in late 2008 that you would find this posting.

  36. Anonymous

    April 14, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Hi Inga,
    I'm not sure if it is in any of the books, it's been a long time since I read any. As I stated a little earlier in the thread I got it from a telegram that Erben sent to Errol.
    best wishes,

  37. Anonymous

    April 14, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Hi Inga;
    You are right there is nothing in it except I man called Charles Munger.
    A sure misleading Google message! Anyway I wish you luck to find something better than I did!
    Take care,

  38. Anonymous

    April 15, 2011 at 12:34 am

    Hi Patti;
    I am aware of Steve and Buster living with Errol, but I can't find Steve's article I just have to look a little more and most likely I will find it. I saw the advertising of his book which David put on the blog. Anyway, thank you for the hint and I'll keep looking.
    Take care,

  39. Anonymous

    April 16, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    A warm hello to all participants!
    Surprisingly this post was quite busy and we found an array of interesting nicknames for Errol and I thank you for your interest and time.
    Here is the answer of the nickname I had in mind for this quiz question: “Rolly”
    In Germany and Austria Errol had the nickname “Rolly”
    Quite often also and endearingly “Unser Rolly” = “Our Rolly”

    It was the German magazine “Deutsche Illustrierte”, I think in 1951 or around there, who first gave him the name “Rolly”
    Thank you for your participation and who is the next person to place a quiz. Just post your quiz question – there could be more than one!
    The more the better!
    I would say that we have to give a point to Inga who came up with Rolli, but she was not quite sure, but a point it is!
    Take care and have fun,

  40. Anonymous

    April 16, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Thanks, Tina. I actually was sure about the nickname (though it is spelt with an “i” at the end, not a “y” – do you need a post to prove it?), but not sure if you meant it because it was limited to Germany and Austria.

  41. Anonymous

    April 16, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    I think I got it: is the nick name Rolly?

  42. Anonymous

    April 16, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    BINGO, Robert! Your turn now to post a question! ;-)

  43. Anonymous

    April 16, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Hi Inga;
    It is just misspelled as it was Rolly taken from Errol = rol and made into Rolly.
    Take care,

  44. Anonymous

    April 16, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Hi Robert;
    You are always of such good humor and I love you for it!
    Have great weekend!

  45. Anonymous

    April 16, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Tina, what was misspelled? ???

  46. Anonymous

    April 16, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Hi Inga;
    Rolli with an “i” at the end – it was “y” in all my years of which there are plenty of I never saw it with an “i”!
    Take care,

  47. Anonymous

    April 16, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Argh… I hate my memory! Same thing as with the Nurmunger name… I feel as if it was with an “i”, but cannot find proof of it right now… only that you are right, Tina. Not that it matters!!! But I hate my stupid head for telling me that I read it differently somewhere! For the moment, my dear – I give in. If I find it (which I doubt!!), I will post it. Good night for today!

  48. Anonymous

    April 16, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Actually, I'm quite cheap.