Errol Flynn in Mallorca! Video translation!

14 Apr

May I introduce to you Maria del Carmen Vivo Belando,

which gives me a great
and I
hope you will appreciate it as much

as I do for this wonderful post she brings
to us!


while back Maria del Carmen Vivo Belando contacted me via Facebook due to my
EF site.

Maria is living in Spain
and her family affectionately calls her Mamen,

combining Maria and Carmen into
Marmen.  Marmen is a friend of Ventura
Sala who we know

lives in Mallorca and with whom we
are very well acquainted on our blog. 


corresponded and we acquainted ourselves for which I am extremely happy and

as it started a wonderful friendship. In our conversations about Errol
she offered to translate

the Spanish video we have on our blog from Ventura posted by David
which you find on the

blog – titled “From Ventura Sala, a wonderful Flynn

Click the red link: “Ventura Sala Docu” which is the Spanish video and follow the translation.  


I am told that some people could not find the video I am placing the URL here to:—errol-frynn-glamour-50/624731/…

to say Mamen went through enormous work to translate the important parts of

video concerning Errol which is the greater part of the video.

doesn’t speak English and used an Internet translator to send me the

Her translations arrived in
segments and I corrected certain grammar problems which are

common in these
translations without changing the meaning.


urged Mamen to make the post to our blog herself, but I was unable to convince
her, I am

therefore posting it on her behalf.  

following words are Mamen’s correspondence with me and I thought that they are

wonderful introduction to the translation of the video and in particular
express her sentiment.



I first saw the video tears came to my eyes. Errol Flynn was different, he was

people tell me that they do not understand why I admire him because he drank a
lot, was

a womanizer, … But these people do not know how he really was, I
admired him as an actor and

wanted to know what kind of person he was. Now, that
I found out I admire him more!

I found pages of a newspaper in Mallorca where they talked about Errol in Palma and spoke of

family named Sala. Ventura spoke in interviews
and his mother too as Edward, Ventura’s

father, had died.  So I thought it would
be wonderful to meet Ventura
and talk with him.

One day by chance in an Internet forum, which talked about
Errol Flynn, I saw that one comment

was from Ventura Sala on the forum and his
email appeared. I was nervous and excited at the

opportunity to write and speak
with him, so I did not think and I sent an e-mail. We had contact

by e-mail. We
conversed and he was very nice and charming. One day my boyfriend had to go

to Palma and took me with him, so I contacted Ventura and said it would be my first visit to



I did not expect anything, Ventura asked me to
meet him and to see Palma,
where Errol

was teaching him swimming and told me all about it.  We met at the Yacht Club, he did not have

much time, he was waiting his family so we were all at the club, he showed me
where the Zaca

was docked, and told me stories of Errol, he showed me a photo
album and original documents.

The photos displayed on the video are all from Ventura. He gave me a
book about Errol in Palma,

and a cartoon whose
protagonist is Errol in Palma.
For me it was wonderful to meet him, he was

very kind for giving his time.
Ventura loves
to talk about Errol and collects a lot of things about him.

When Ventura
was a boy he was playing on the boat with Arnella. Errol taught Ventura how

to swim by
tying a rope around his waist and he threw him overboard into the sea.


Flynn is a friend on facebook with him and he talks to people from other

I have to use the translator
because I do not speak English.


want to tell you a very nice story Ventura
told me. Once on the boat deck was Edward Sala

his father, and he saw that
Errol was going to the street with a hole in the pants on his behind.

said Errol your pants are ripped. Errol then went back to the boat and put tape

cover the hole. Errol went on deck and asked gracefully Eduardo: “Eduardo, can
you see

my ass”?  Eduardo said no. And he
was well into the street when he laughed out loud – hahaha!
He did not mind walking the streets of Palma
with a pair of trousers with a plaster on his ass.

That's what I like about
Errol, who was a simple person, a person close to the people, accessible. 

He was not your typical Hollywood
actor who lives in his mansion and does not allow anyone

near him. As Toni
Riera said who was a sailor on his yacht, he was a true sailor, he was a

he was one of us!

I would really like blogging on your blog, but I have to see how it works, I
cannot wait to have

time to enter your blog and participate in it. Ventura certainly also will be
pleased.  It is very nice.

Flynn and the glamor of the 1950’!


The Sailing Club “Real Club Nautico de Palma” in the 1950's where Errol docked his boat!

This link brings you to the club of today:…


first part of the video tells of how many celebrities were seeking anonymity
and try to take

a rest in Palma de Mallorca, like Charles Chaplin with his
wife.  But among all the famous actors

who visited the island, none installed such depth with the Mallorcans as did
Errol Flynn. 

In December 1950, in Monte Carlo, he married
the young actress Patricia Wymore.

During their honeymoon trip aboard his yacht
Zaca, being surprised by a storm on their way

to Gibraltar they took refuge in
a port in northern Mallorca. During his stay he casually toured the north

coast of the island and he finally reached the pier in Palma where they landed.

PLANAS says: “I had a good relationship with the yacht club director Dr.

said to him, tonight we are here with Errol Flynn. There was a dance group
performing and

I made pictures of Errol Flynn in the yacht club.  It was a very spectacular event.”
“The island was unknown to him and he was very pleased that had been received
so well.

The people liked him right from the beginning and he promised to
return, perhaps to even

shoot a movie”.
In May 1955, as promised, Errol returned to Mallorca,
accompanied by his wife Patricia and

his daughter Arnella.


twenty years, that privileged adventurer had been one of the most famous
leading men

and had represented some of the most fascinating and heroic roles
in film history.  But at

the time, Errol
Flynn was ruined due to a failed movie production.  The producers had

canceled their contracts
and he had been abandoned by everyone.  
He decided to leave

with his family and live on the Zaca. 
Where he recalled his youthful adventures,

when he went to look for gold
in New Guinea.  Lost at sea and in command of his crew, Errol

Flynn could play the part of his life and could go on believing it that he was
a Hollywood

star while he discovered that the great Errol Flynn no longer


SERRA says: “He did not fall into decay at all with his image, he was
considered a

great film star and this is logical because the news at that
time did not come as rapidly as

now. On the other hand, in Palma films of Errol
Flynn had only been very recently released,

do not forget that in the Spanish
Civil War in Spain we did not see American films until after

1941 because there
was no money to pay for American films, so I have seen just lately the

of Errol Flynn and so the Mallorcans when he was on the cusp of his fame.”

The Zaca docked at the yacht club.  Errol
Flynn initially settled in the Hotel Maricel and

then stayed at the Hotel
Bonsol, where he organized meetings with their friends.

MARTÍ XAMENA (owner of the Hotel Bonsol) says: “He stayed in the hotel. My

attended to him very personally and they became good friends.”

ROGER TORO says: “Someone had recommended the Hotel Bonsol and he chose it

he was told it was a quiet hotel, where it would go unnoticed without
being disturbed.  He

himself initially
came up with this idea of a quiet place, being in a place where no phone calls

could reach him, but it seems that he found himself with his wish so well
fulfilled that it was

him who wanted to call a reporter.”

Finally Errol Flynn rented a house called Es Moli in one of the new tourist
areas near

Illetas.  Errol Flynn from childhood
loved of the sea and he was as happy as if he were

sailing the seven seas.


Errol Flynn said: “On board the Zaca Pat cooked and comforted me, I
played with my

daughter Arnella.  From
time to time my friends came on board to eat and have a drink or to

set sail on
a cruise.  I read, I dreamed, trying to
find out who I was, worry that I do not drop

or as badly, or as low as people
To hell with Hollywood
and the producers Errol Flynn thought!
Away from the cinema and the company, they have a life of their own and seem to
live outside

history. In Mallorca you could
enjoy the sea and live!

VENTURA SALA says: “My father started working on the yacht in 1956, he was
the helmsman. 

Errol at the time had a
crew of Jamaicans, but when they were here for a couple of months,

they wanted
to return to Jamaica and he
took on a crew of Mallorca, of which one was


Christmas, he gave gifts to the crew and their families and I gave a kiss to
his daughter

Arnella. I took a photo and Errol approached me and said: Ah!
Small bandito!”


RIERA “EL INDIO” says: “I made friends with one of the crew of
the Zaca and asked

him for work.  He then
asked Errol if we needed a sailor and Errol said: Bring the mate!”

(Toni died several years ago and Ventura
told me that he probably never saw this

documentary on television).

In Palma Errol could pursue his great passions, like all those who admired his

and heroism, he was fascinated by the spectacle of bullfighting.  Accompanied by his friends

celebrated the
cape while drinking cognac.

The bullring
was a meeting of familiar faces and confirmed the attraction that it was for
the island.


spell of the island attracted other major stars of film, some of who would be invited

Errol Flynn himself as Ava Gardner and Rita Hayworth.

VENTURA SALA says: “Rita Hayworth came to Mallorca
and went to the Hotel Maricel,

and asked at the reception to place a call to
Errol Flynn. They called his room and he was

told that Rita Hayworth has
arrived and wanted to talk to him.  Errol
replied: I said I'm not

seeing anyone!  And that day he did not.”

The islanders live on a basis “Live and let live”, we did not ask questions,
but the presence

of a star charisma of Errol Flynn aroused the curiosity of all
people, like when he went to eat a

t the restaurant Sellé Catalá.


MOYÁ said: “Once I had so much trouble that I closed the restaurant and
hid behind

the bar not to be disturbed, but I always did it with love, because
sometimes he drew his head

and say, hey what’s up?”
At night, in the Plaza Gomila, after dinner at the El Patio restaurant, we all
went to the Bar Llous.

DE LOS RIOS says: “We drank the frozen Daiquiri drinks, with crushed ice,
we had a

shaker with crushed ice for the champagne but we drank the Daiquiris
without sugar, which is

something undrinkable.”

Errol Flynn was captivated by the seascapes, views of the forest of masts
swaying in the

nautical club.  The
biggest joy was lost at sea and sailors remember the songs their grandmothers

sang during their childhood.  He
sometimes came to a cove paradise in Ibiza.

TONI says: “We went there with Bonet, a famous diver, to find amphoras,
but could not

find anything because Bonet was a good friend of mine and instead
of looking amphoras, were

going to catch fish and then sell them in


world of Errol Flynn had nothing to do with the customs of the island. Although
he was

struck by these people that cling to old traditions and carry the burden
of dogma.

PERE SERRA says: “I think he was looking for peace, to live in peace and
escape his fame,

however, I think that really Errol Flynn was never the least
integrated with the life of Palma.

ERROL Flynn said in his memoirs: “I walk into a whorehouse with the same
interest as he

entered the British Museum or the Metropolitan in New York. What drives me is the same

of curiosity, there are the works of man, there is the art of man, there is the

pursuit of gold and pleasure.”


Flynn was distinguished by his simple and friendly nature. For him, life was a
fun game,

without prejudice.

RIERA says: “American gentlemen came to sign a contract, and when I told
him I said

there are some men who want to see you. And Errol said: Tell them
I'm talking to another man.

And he was talking to the dump.”

MIQUEL MOYA says: “In my restaurant there were two women at a table, and
Errol was sitting at

another table. Errol listened to what the women were saying, that he
was the most handsome man

in the movies. Errol did not like this review and
rose from the table, approached the women and said, ugly! ”


TORO says: “People said he drank too much, and it was true, but he knew

because he was a gentleman, before and after several toasts.”

PLANAS says: “At a dinner to which he invited his friends over at three in

morning with everyone in the water. The only thing that escaped into the
water was me, and

for very little.”

ERROL Flynn says in his memoirs: “I did follow depression, drank, sailed,
I plunged into the sea.

When the Zaca
was docked in Mallorca, I bet with my friend
Manuel Cervantes to throw me

from the crosshairs of my ship. It was the kind of
bet that was done if he had not drunk a drop

of alcohol, but he did and since
the Zaca mast was over a hundred feet high, just devastating.”

MARTI XAMENA says: “He played with us like a kid, because he knew
fencing.  He was a

lovely person I can
not believe he spent so much time to play with some of the children.”
There were famous parties on the Zaca, which ended with the housing of the
yacht being

filled with bottles and sometimes a fight starring Errol Flynn


SALA says: “It was a powerful experience for me, because I saw the movie

Hood, the Charge of the Light Brigade, and then saw that person on his
boat.  I was going on

board during the
summer, it was a sailors tasks and I had no school so I spent much time on

boat and lived the experience as a child who was on a pirate ship, as in his

As young and not so young dreamed of emulating his feats with their audacity
even film after

film, reality showed a man in decline.   His severe drinking problem accumulated and

unfortunate consequences.

then, the relationship of Errol Flynn and Patricia was very poor. Rumors of
infidelity that

raised suspicions aroused the demon of jealousy, caused the


LOS RIOS PEP says, “Errol Flynn I never saw him fall, he staggered a bit,
but I never saw

him ever to fall.”


says in his memoirs: “My biggest addiction is not the drink or drugs, or
sex, is curiosity,

is what has gotten me into all my problems, successes and
failures, I feel drawn towards the

light, toward the darkness, to the
brilliance, stupidity, the monstrosity,…”

RIERA TONI says: “He was not jealous, how could he be jealous if he always
had women.

The woman was jealous of him. “

Errol continued to decline and Patricia was consolidated as a singer, and even
made some

performances in the main theater of Palma.

Errol says: “If I had a Spanish ink pen I feel ready to
write my memoirs, but an

interruption, mental and moral block in my marriage to
Pat probably castrates anything of value.

The record of any marriage with few
exceptions, could only lead to recriminations tedious and

full of resentment.


is said that an alleged romance between Patricia and a famous Spanish dancer,
caused the

final break..

After his return
to America, he took refuge
in his house in Jamaica and
did not return to Mallorca.

ROGER TORO says: “He also said, and this … is it?   Where am I going with this?

And I said,
because of it, you are well known, you are admired, you are wanted. 

Errol said: Yes, I am wanted because I'm
famous because I had success. But I do

want to know the people I know who have been high and when they have given

the downturn, no one remembers you.”

Errol Flynn says: “I felt like a guy who had passed into
history and has

professionally reached the end. The gloom came over me.”


October 1959, he negotiated to sell the Zaca, he suffered a heart attack and he
was brought to

a hospital in Vancouver.
He died on October 14 in Vancouver.

VENTURA SALA says, “He represented another era, at a time when even living
things in

Mallorca were at a slower base but
more intense.”

RIERA TONI says: “He was a sea of good; anyone would have been delighted
to be with him.

XAMENA MARTI says: “It was the most humble man that a person can

MIQUEL Moya said: “A very human and very correct.”

JOSEP PLANAS says: “I hurt my shoulder because every time I looked at him and

“Friend”, he hit me on the shoulder.”

ROGER TORO says: “He was a great conqueror and he was a heavy drinker, but
he was a

great man, he was a gentleman in all respects.”


Flynn says in his memoirs: “If I have something of genius, is genius to see

Today, little remains of the presence of Errol Flynn on the island. The Hotel
Bonsol, survives

among a vast web of concrete. The Patio Restaurant remains
with the doors closed, waiting

for that someday return the old days of glamour.
Llous bar was once and today not even the

name exists.  And the Plaza Gomila, ceased to be one of the
busiest places on this side of the

Mediterranean. The Yacht Club, is awaiting the arrival of sailboats of legendary and intrepid
Last, only a detail of the Villa Es Moli exists, a gargoyle that evokes the
figurehead of a pirate

ship and a hidden plate commemorating the passing of
Errol Flynn on the island.
No one fulfilled his wish that his ashes be thrown into the sea, they buried him
in Hollywood.


the funeral, a friend recited a poem of her beloved Robert Louis Stevenson:

the wide and starry sky    

the grave and let me lie: 

did I live and gladly die,    

I laid me down with a will.


be the verse you 'grave for me:      

Here he lies where he long'd to be; 

Home is the sailor, home from the sea, 

And the hunter home from the hill.

But if I fall so Errol said, I want to make a request, that you put this verse
on my tombstone:
“Here he lies where he long’d to be, returned has the sailor
from the sea, back from the hill
is the hunter.”

— Tina


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  1. Anonymous

    April 15, 2011 at 5:16 am

    You two sure did a great job, thanks so much! I hope that mamen will join the blog, too. Tina, as I told you via e-mail, if I get the video file, I can try to add subtitles to it.

  2. Anonymous

    April 15, 2011 at 5:43 am

    Dear Inga;
    I said in my post where the video is on our blog, go to it and try – it would be great! Btw, Mamen with a capital M – will one day join us on the blog if we welcome her in an appropriate way – I am sure!
    Take care,

  3. Anonymous

    April 15, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Great post Tina. Would be fantastic to actually see this documentary with subtitles, actually would be good to see it all – I never have. I didnt see any link. Mamen sent me a message on facebook, seems like a very lovely lady and she would be a great addition to the blog.
    best wishes,

  4. Anonymous

    April 15, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    I agree, Inga.
    Great job on the video translation, Mamen — I really enjoyed reading it (having previously watched the video). Thanks for sharing this with us! Thanks, Tina, for posting it. :-)

  5. Anonymous

    April 15, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Dear Tina,
    I am delighted to participate in your blog, thank you very much to you and all who participate in this blog for your very kind words. For me it was a pleasure to translate the video. Although of course we must thank the Ventura Chamber for publishing video. Ventura I can tell many stories, he knows a lot about Errol Flynn.
    I must say that there is only a small error in translation. Is as follows: MIQUEL MOYA says: “In a restaurant there were two women at a table, and Errol was sitting at another table. Errol listened as the woman said, was the most handsome in the movies. A Errol this review did not like it rose from the table, approached the women and said, ugly! ”
    Everything else is fine. I hope you can put subtitles to a video. I hope the English translation is correct and blog readers will understand everything. Google does not translate well from English into Spanish. Another small error is unimportant Belando my last name is not Balando.
    Greetings to all readers of the blog, I hope you enjoy this translation and the video.
    And a big hug for Tina, David, Inga and Brian.

  6. Anonymous

    April 15, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Mamen, Thanks for traslating the video

  7. Anonymous

    April 15, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Welcome, Mamen, as a commentator!! And thanks again so much for all the work you did! We hope to have you here as an author soon, too!

  8. Anonymous

    April 15, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Hi Brian, here's the link again – thanks to Ventura!

  9. Anonymous

    April 15, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Hi Brian
    I didn't gave the actual link – I written in my article where to find it
    – the Spanish video we have on our blog from Ventura and posted by David which you find on the blog – (Type it in the search – left side of this page at the bottom under “Year archive”)
    titled “From Ventura Sala, a wonderful Flynn docu!”
    Click the red link: “Ventura Sala Docu” which is the Spanish video and follow the translation.
    I am sure you can copy, paste to word and then print the article and with it follow the video.
    I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Be aware as I said not all and everything is translated only Errol's stuff!
    Best wishes,

  10. Anonymous

    April 15, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Hi Inga;
    Just come to think of it you may want the original video I would say, but only Ventura could help us to get that.
    I think you have to write to Ventura and see what he says – if he has the original. That job would be the greatest. Good luck!
    Have a great day,

  11. Anonymous

    April 15, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Dear Mamen!
    We have received with great delight your comment and thank you very much for it and I am sure that my fellow members join me in this statement. I am so glad you did it as we all like to hear from you.
    We most certainly are extremely grateful to Ventura for sending this video to us on the first place and now with your added contribution of translating it it make the video very valuable to us, capturing an inside of one part of Errol Flynn life, the one on Mallorca of which very little was known up until now on this blog.
    I wonder if you could clarify the statement “Ventura Chamber”, what is the meaning of “Chamber?”
    Thank you for pointing out the translation problem with the comment of MIQUEL MOYA which I will correct and also your name from Balando to Belando. You are right about the translations going sometimes out of kilter. But it is still wonderful as we are able to converse with it very well!
    I do sincerely hope that you will join us on this blog of ours and that we will hear more of Ventura too!
    All the very best to you and a big hug,

  12. Anonymous

    April 15, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    I contacted him and we are figuring out how to do it, Tina. And you are right, to add the subtitles, I definitely need the video on my computer – some way or the other.

  13. Anonymous

    April 15, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Hi Inga;
    I just written to Mamen about it and I told her if you could get it, providing Venture has what you are looking for, you also could do it in German too. The video sure would get a much greater exposure and be seen by a lot more people.
    If you could do this would that ever be great.
    I love what the people of Mallorca are saying about Errol it is wonderful and more so they confirm 100% what a lovely man he was. How do like their comments?
    Have a great weekend!
    Take care, Tina

  14. Anonymous

    April 15, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Hi Ventura:
    It is good to hear from you and I am very glad to have made Mamen's acquaintance. She is wonderful! The horrendous task she did in translating the video is very exceptional! I am very grateful for it as through this I was able to bring it to the blog for all our members to read and enjoy how well Errol Flynn was thought off by the people of Mallorca. The comments of the various people are all wonderful and they speak of him with so much love and respect.
    Mamen's translation is a real treasure to have here on the blog!
    We sincerely hope we hear a lot more from you in the future.
    I wish you all the very best in life!

  15. Anonymous

    April 15, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Great idea, Tina, I will try my best. Always provided that this is okay with the people who speak in the video and who produced it. Was Ventura the producer, too?

  16. Anonymous

    April 15, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    A wonderful job has been done here, thanks so much to the two ladies!

  17. Anonymous

    April 15, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Hi Inga;
    I have no idea how Ventura is involved with this video and if he could get a version of it to you, which you are able to edit.
    You said you contacted him, so let's see what he will write back.
    I am glad you like the idea to do it in German too! I wish I would know how to do this work – maybe one day!
    Take care,

  18. Anonymous

    April 15, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Hi Terry;
    Thank you very much!
    It was a real pleasure to do this post in particular to find out of the time Errol spent in Mallorca and how well he was received, thought off and respected by the people of Mallorca. A real treat indeed!
    Good to hear from you, I hope we hear more from you.
    Take care,

  19. Anonymous

    April 16, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Do not thank me Ventura. Thank you for posting the video. I did the translation for the night when I slept. I do not know if the translation is correct English. Google does not translate well from English into Spanish. I do not know is how they might put subtitles in English. I only know the program that puts them in the film but the subtitles are required.
    A kiss

  20. Anonymous

    April 16, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    This was a real treat! Thank you Mamen and Tina!

  21. Anonymous

    April 16, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Hi Kathleen;
    Thank you and I am glad you enjoyed it! It was fun to do!
    Have a great weekend!

  22. Anonymous

    April 16, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Hello, Mamen.
    I have a question (and forgive me if it's stupid, but I need a bit of clarification):
    In Miquel Moya's statement, when he said that Errol approached the two women who were talking about him and said to them “Ugly!”, was Errol referring to himself or to the women?
    It sounds to me like he was referring to himself, that he was calling himself “ugly” (in response to what the one woman said about his looks in real life as opposed to on-screen), but I'm not sure based on Miquel Moya's statement as you translated it. If you could clarify this for me, I'd appreciate it. :-) Thanks!

  23. Anonymous

    April 17, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Hi Rachel;
    I don't want to step in for Mamen but just in case she doesn't see your comment I'll answer your question.
    He referred the “Ugly” to himself.
    Take care,

  24. Anonymous

    April 17, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Hi Tina!
    Ah, okay — thanks for the answer to my question (on behalf of Mamen). :-)
    I'm not really surprised by this, but it's a shame Errol saw himself that way. :-(

  25. Anonymous

    April 17, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Hi Rachel;
    It all was a gradual process and most likely started little by little after the trial as he pretty much started to destroy himself after this ordeal.
    In a nutshell and in my humble opinion the real Errol stopped existing at that point and a new Errol was born the tortured and badly troubled one! I am sure you know Errol was always front and his inner-self was basically known to nobody. One could say he was in way a cameleon.
    Unless other members of this blog have a better insight to this tragedy.
    Take care,