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“DODGE CITY”‘S 75TH ANNIVERSARY

01 Apr

Today 75 years ago Errol Flynn’s “Dodge City” held its world premiere in Dodge City, Kansas. Here Errol proved that he was just as good with a six-shooter as he was with a sword. A classic and influential western, it is the quintessential story of a man cleaning up a town. To explain how Flynn can be in a western, Alan Hale has the best line. After explaining Flynn has been every where, done almost everything, Hale muses that Flynn is either “the most traveling man.. or else he is the biggest liar!”–A. R.

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— ILIKEFLYNN

 
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  1. ILIKEFLYNN

    April 1, 2014 at 4:58 am

    I just wanted to add that “Dodge City” is one of my favorite westerns and is one of the films I remember seeing as a kid on television that made me realize who Flynn was when I picked up a copy of “My Wicked, Wicked Ways” becoming a fan of the man as well as his movies.–A. R.

     
  2. Lollie

    April 1, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Great movie,it is one of my favourite Errol films too. :)

     
  3. Tim

    April 1, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Thanks, ILIKEFLYNN, for reminding us of this great movie with this great post.

    Just think, only ten years earlier he was despairing in the jungles of New Guinea about his future, and, by the time of Dodge City, he was on top of the world, as this great video makes unmistakeably clear:

    BTW, Tom McNulty has an absolutely fantastic account of the legendary Dodge City train junket and premier. What an event!

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    • Lollie

      April 1, 2014 at 11:14 am

      They really knew how to do a movie premiere back then!

       
    • Tim

      April 2, 2014 at 4:47 am

      If Hollywood could find anyone “half as good as Flynn”,they’d have such premiers all the tiine.

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      • Lollie

        April 2, 2014 at 10:45 am

        What a handsome (as if there is any other kind of him) photo! :D

         
    • David DeWitt

      April 2, 2014 at 6:08 pm

      I was able to spend the night in Dodge City, and found the theatre where the film was shown (one of three) and the hotel next door where the banner for the film was seen in many photos and films. The facade of the theatre was torn down and was sitting in the lobby of the closed theatre. Only a few short blocks of the parade route still exists not far from the theatre.

       
    • ILIKEFLYNN

      April 3, 2014 at 9:28 pm

      The Robert Matzen book, “Errol & Olivia…” has an interesting section on the “Dodge City Special” as well!–A. R.

       
 
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