“The Sea Hawk” Point Mugu, California

27 Feb

Sea Hawk:Pt. Mugu

— Robert


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  1. zacal

    February 27, 2014 at 4:47 am

    That is fantastic! I’ve never seen this photo before. Flynn and Hale in their prime. Very cool, thank you. “The Sea Hawk” is one film that screams for Technicolor. I understand people don’t like “colorization” but the better the technology gets, the more I want to see it used on this film in particular.(Yes, they did it, but it was still somewhat crude) According to Flora Robson (Queen Elizabeth), she admonished Flynn for holding up filming because of not knowing his lines. He responded by learning all his lines and gave one of his most assured performances. He was truly at his peak in this film. Why did they stop making Flynn swashbucklers for eight years???

    • Robert

      February 27, 2014 at 4:56 am

      It is indeed a great candid, Zacal. The fishing pier in the background came down in a storm in 1993. “The Sea Hawk” should no doubt have been in color, it’s true (a money-saving decision for various reasons), but I continue to believe that colorization–technology or not–should be punishable with lifetime banishment from civilization. Swashbucklers were already becoming passé by 1940 and Flynn wasn’t too keen on doing any more in any case.

  2. David DeWitt

    February 27, 2014 at 5:33 am

    Robert, you have an extraordinary ability to line up the past view with the present! The result gives the viewer almost a time machine kind of feeling. Love it!

  3. Tim

    February 27, 2014 at 5:34 am

    Great photo & research, Robert!

    Looks like the jungles of Panama!


  4. Inga

    February 27, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    I don’t know why I always had in mind that this candid was from DJ???? Must be those constructions in the back. Thanks for posting your great shots, Robert!

    • Robert

      February 27, 2014 at 9:07 pm

      Thanks, Ing

      I’ll be posting Then & Now shots from
      “Don Juan” eventually but I have so many of these and want to spread them out. Stay tuned…..

      • Inga

        March 1, 2014 at 6:45 am

        Silly me, I meant Desperate Journey… even worse, innit? Will stay tuned in any case!

        • Robert

          March 1, 2014 at 9:24 pm

          How coincidental you should confuse it with “Desperate Journey,” Inga. This same locale stood in as the Dutch lowlands in the chase scene from that film (see attached rare production still). Flynn was only in studio process shots in those scenes and was therefore not at that location on February 26, 1942. The specific areas used in both films are now part of a U.S. Naval base.

          • David DeWitt

            March 1, 2014 at 10:13 pm

            Wow! Love this …

            • Robert

              March 1, 2014 at 10:17 pm

              Thanks, David. Is it just on my computer or is the image stretched?

              P.S. Why can’t this blog allow for simply dragging and dropping photos into a post instead of the archaic method of codes?!

              • David DeWitt

                March 2, 2014 at 12:00 am

                Yes, it’s stretched, sorry. I will try to fix that – the problem we have with images in comments is that they are put in via a plugin. The plugin must be compatible with the blog. So until there is a new plugin, we go with this one :-) I noticed your link didn’t produce an image, so I looked at the code and the plugin apparently copied the image source code twice. So I uploaded the image to our files section and used the new URL. Then it was too tiny. So I added code to enlarge it. But I view the blog on a handheld tablet so wasn’tsure about the sizing. Let’s see if I can improve it. If you edit your own comment via the author dashboard you may find better a netter image insert button that opens a popup for the URL, and also turns it into HTML code. Only authors have this option. Let me see if I can improve the image, sir!

                • Robert

                  March 2, 2014 at 1:47 am

                  This is hilarious–your description of what needs to be done is the perfect illustration of what I meant by archaic! It reminds me of when I was considering my first computer and was trying to decide between a Mac and a PC. A computer-savvy friend simplified the decision by asking me if I wanted to push a user friendly button to fix things or punch in codes; would I want elegance of operation or clunky looking but less expensive. Thank heavens I became a committed Mac user. In a similar vein may the Flynn blog someday enter the 21st Century and allow us members to drag and drop!

                  • David DeWitt

                    March 2, 2014 at 4:07 pm

                    Yeah, would be great. I will keep my eye open for a plugin that does that! Next computer for me will likely be a Mac. My daughter loves hers! :-)

          • Inga

            March 2, 2014 at 6:44 am

            See! My brain works miracles! Ha!

  5. Lollie

    March 1, 2014 at 10:40 am

    What a wonderful photo.

  6. Robert

    March 2, 2014 at 2:49 am

    Errata: Misspelled Point Mugu