Errol Flynn's Lost Rexordings – Karl Holmberg

06 Jan

Our great friend Karl Holmberg shares his research into Errol Flynn's Lost Radio Recording in the attached Word document! Great work, Karl!

Ahoy David-
read with keen interest the various exchanges on Flynn radio
appearances at the blog. 2 “lost” related programs came up in your
discussion to which I can highlight with some additional information and
then conclusions (since you never know what is gonna turn up to either further support or refute) of a few years back . I also attach some additional info on the “other losts” if you are so inclined to share them because remember…

A whole INTENDED (8-21 programs) series of “THE MODERN ADVENTURES OF CASANOVA” – circa 5/22/52 (based on information contained in a letter, with MGM letterhead, for sale on internet). Only
one episode was made or has survived entitled “THE MISSING ARM OF VENUS
DE MILO”. Also referred to as “JAMACIA” under University of Memphis
radio archives. Flynn apparently headed for Europe sometime after
recording of this program in NYC (in addition to 3 Toast of the Town
appearances) where Crossed Swords, illness, and William Tell were to
ultimately face him. And, given the events of the aforementioned, I do
not believe that Flynn had the “inclination” to come back and complete
the terms of his Casanova contract (dated 11/15/51) and record any
additional programs.

“Bill Stern Sports Newsreel”  NOTE: Announced for next 4 weeks beginning on 7/02/48, #453, John Garfield subs, then  F.Sinatra, W.Powell, and  Errol Flynn.  (Following
the order- Garfield: 7/2, Sinatra: 7/9, Powell: 7/16, and Errol Flynn:
7/23. BUT- extant recordings say for show # 456, 7/23/48, Jimmy Stewart
subs, and NO OTHER LISTINGS FOR FLYNN- not even as guest. Therefore, Flynn never substituted

Best, Karl

— David DeWitt


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  1. Anonymous

    January 6, 2012 at 7:48 am

    It's such a shame that they should all be lost? Is there no chance to find them in any archive? What an amazing research Karl has done! Thanks again for sharing!

  2. Anonymous

    January 6, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Hi David;
    The attachment you made “ET Lost recordings 1.doc” works but it does not show anything that makes sense to me. What is this attachment all about?

  3. Anonymous

    January 7, 2012 at 3:06 am

    Tina, I just uploaded a revised copy of this document from Karl Holmberg. It is a comprehensive list of audio recordings featuring Errol and some television recordings, too. It is a Word document and I hope you can view it correctly? I may try to also attach is as a .pdf if I still have that ability on this laptop. If not I can do it on my desktop computer later…

  4. Anonymous

    January 7, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Well, messed up! Karl emailed me kindly pointing out that I used the wrong copy of his revise! He writes:
    MANY thanks for your effort… alas, something went wrong in what I sent you?
    My revised doc had a date at the top of the page of 1/6/12 (my latest “as of” revision?) and the one you put up had the old 2006 date.
    BTW, the new info (major discovery) ASSOCIATED with the attached photo was that Flynn DID do a BROADCAST radio program (not an intended one that didn't come off because of her panic attacks) with Mary Pickford (and a little more than 20 years later he'd rent to her and Buddy Rogers the Zaca) on June 21, 1936 called “Smilin' Through”.
    Note the dates: because she was divorced from Fairbanks 1/10/36 and didn't marry Rogers until 6/24/37, and the radio broadcast with Flynn was 6/21/36. She had supposedly “invited him” (an up and popular comer) on to the program and that he was with her the week before practicing… he was 27 to her 44, he was more than at the start of his ascent while she was in STEEP decline compared to the success of her earlier years of being AT THE TIPITY TOP… this radio series, “Parties at Pickfair” had bombed as this was the last of a short series (and she didn't try radio again until the 40s).
    Have now uploaded the attached correct version!

  5. Anonymous

    January 7, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Hi David;
    It finally worked and I printed and saved the 5 pages of this great report. Karl is a Gem and the work that he must have put into it must have been horrendous. Please convey my heartiest thanks to him!
    And here is a bonus for all – Errol and Mary Pickford at a Radio Show!

  6. Anonymous

    January 7, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    I have no idea Inga, most likely an overlay of another picture. I could try to fix it. You seem to have the picture too?

  7. Anonymous

    January 7, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Probably at THE radio show discussed above… this IS a strange picture, I have always wondered about the bottom right-hand corner!?

  8. Anonymous

    January 8, 2012 at 7:06 am

    Yes, with the same strange edge.

  9. Anonymous

    January 8, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    The bottom right-hand shows a reflective table top, somewhat out of focus in the extreme foreground, with a vase of flowers atop it. The original b&w photo has been hand-colored by someone (I hate these things), but for some reason the colorist didn't color in the table's surface. Otherwise, one would more clearly read the reflection of the green flower stems in the vase, the tan stairway, and the vertical bannister posts. Attached is the photo with all coloring removed making it easier make out the table.

  10. Anonymous

    January 8, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Hi Robert;
    It is just the greatest how you have the answers. Now seeing the picture in black and white it makes perfect sense.
    Hand-colored you say – maybe the person had no time to finish it or forgot to finish his/ her work? Haha!
    I wonder how this hand-coloring is done? Must be difficult work. Why is it that you do not like it?
    Take care, Tina

  11. Anonymous

    January 8, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Yes indeed, now it is clear. Thanks a lot, Robert!

  12. Anonymous

    January 8, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Hand-coloring is quite easy to do, actually, and I don't like it because it is 1) fake, 2) flat and devoid of natural color variations (like colorized movies), and 3) because B&W, when properly produced, has an inherent beauty all to itself. A string quartet is not lacking for drums and bass guitar.

  13. Anonymous

    January 8, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Thank you Robert for the explanation! I remember my husband saying always the same thing as you that good B&W pictures are much more interesting and have a beauty all on its own. Sorry to say, I am not up to par in any of these subjects, maybe I should have been more interested in it, but I wasn't and now is to late to start. Just an ignoramus in these subjects.

  14. Anonymous

    January 8, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Please don't demean yourself, Tina. You're far from an ignoramus. And it's never too late to start.

  15. Anonymous

    January 8, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Thank you – I will not!
    You are right it is never to late to learn!

  16. Anonymous

    January 10, 2012 at 12:23 am

    Thank u for reposting this revision, David. I was confused by the first one that was posted.
    Thanks again,
    Mary Ann