The Hermosa Beach girl who fell in love with Errol Flynn

02 Apr

Hey fellow Flynn fans.  I have never seen this before and I found it because of one of the photos it has.  The photo is the one with Bev from the Red Skelton Show and when you click on it it is crystal clear and huge.…

 The Hermosa Beach Girl who Fell in Love with Errol Flynn

— twinarchers


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  1. twinarchers

    April 2, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Sorry about the link. You will have to copy it since it wont work on this site. This thread site is taking me longer to figure out. Maybe the moderator can fix it?

    • David DeWitt

      April 2, 2014 at 11:54 pm

      Fixed with some html code!

      html code link

  2. timerider

    April 3, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    David, you’re a genius! Thanks for the HTML!
    Isn’t it strange that Bev died young in her late 60’s. Errol just about 60. She did look older than 15! Bev only had a few years on me. OOPs. I know Errol was just 50. Oh well I’m really slipping now at 67 this month! LOL!


      April 3, 2014 at 9:53 pm

      Whatever happened to the movie, “The Last of Robin Hood”!

      • twinarchers

        April 4, 2014 at 4:39 am

        The only negative thing I can remember hearing about the film was maybe it had a low budget feel to it. Since it has been so long it may end up on cable or a direct to DVD. I find it strange though that there is no information.

      • Lollie

        April 4, 2014 at 11:27 am

        I have been wondering the same thing,I hope it will at least be released on dvd,it has been a while though. : /

        • Tim

          April 6, 2014 at 4:40 am

          I suspect it may go to the Lifetime network, or the like, Lollie. With stars as big as Kline, Sarandon & Fanning, how could it not do at least that? I’m torn on whether to go see it this week. I’m not sure I can endure the pain of seeing a low budget-feeling direction & production about such a majestic life. Where the hell, for instance, is the Zaca? The French Riviera? Jamaica? Havana? These are all imperative to a movie about Errol during this time of his life.

          One can’t properly film a movie about Errol Flynn on a liw budget in land-locked Atlanta. Great location for other things, but not for any aspect of Errol Flynn’s incredible life. This despite what I hope & believe are exceptional performances by Kevin Kline and Susan Sarandon. … Kevin should have played Flynn years ago in a Big Budget Blockbuster!



          • Lollie

            April 6, 2014 at 10:57 am

            What a terrific looking film poster,I hadn’t seen that before,thanks Tim! :) Yes I hope the movie does at least go to a cable channel or to dvd as it will definitely be interesting to watch.I think Errol is one of those rare,special people who was so much larger than life that it would be near impossible to portray his life in a film,or even a series! Even with this movie being about just one particular time frame it would still be hard.I really look forward to seeing it though & the cast have been very well chosen. :)

        • Inga

          April 6, 2014 at 11:19 am

          Our author Ralph made a remark which helped me find the following:… DVD release likely in fall, he added.

          • Lollie

            April 6, 2014 at 12:13 pm

            Thanks Inga,I look forward to the dvd, :)

      • Tim

        April 5, 2014 at 6:52 am

        May be seeing it this week in FLA. Seems to be running out of the limited steam it had. But still some film festival interest because of Kevin Kline, and, to a lesser extent, Susan Sarandon & Dakota Fanning. With the right production & direction, it could have been SO Great!


        P.S. Have you ever been to Three Arches, twinarchers?

    • David DeWitt

      April 4, 2014 at 2:51 am

      Thought you would catch that :-) about Flynn’s age! I turn 65 this month, and Rory just turned 67, too!

  3. Tim

    April 5, 2014 at 6:44 am

    Another Terrific Post, twinarchers! Really Great background on Beverly!! THANKS!!!

    Here’s Errol getting ready for Cuban Rebel Girls at the El Comodoro. This is where Beverly stayed when Errol went to the Sierra Maestra to see Che & InFidel.


    • twinarchers

      April 6, 2014 at 1:24 pm

      Thanks for the comments. I don’t know about three arches but will look into it :-) Twinarchers comes from astrology in that I am a Sagitarius and my wife is a Gemini (the twins and the archer). I first picked Hotwinds years ago being a fire sign and an she being an air sign. Hotwinds was better sounding than hot air. Ha Ha

      • Tim

        April 6, 2014 at 2:07 pm

        Three Arch Bay & Beach, near Laguna, where Captain Peter Blood so splendidly put an end to Basil Rathbone … until their next movie together. Here it was in ’32:


  4. Robert

    April 6, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Once again, people here are coming to conclusions about the film before having seen it. It doesn’t have a “low budget look” to it; it’s an intimate, actor’s film and is in keeping with the style of that kind of film. “My Week With Marilyn” is a good comparison, though I suspect Monroe fans were similarly clamoring for scenes of her in Times Square, with Joe DiMaggio, and with the troops in Korea. Being specifically about the relationship between Errol and Beverly, the larger aspects of Flynn’s life are irrelevant to the storyline in “The Last of Robin Hood.”

    • twinarchers

      April 6, 2014 at 8:39 pm

      I know films get released sometimes long after they are made but I still have not heard one single bit of information as to when its being released and it what form? I mean it had its premier and reviews last year and nothing. It has 3 major players in the business and nothing? Very strange.

      • Tim

        April 7, 2014 at 6:17 am

        You’ve got it right, twinarchers. Something is very wrong. Review after review after review indicate that the movie has a low budget feel. This is likely due primarily to two factors. First, the movie was made on a very low budget, resulting in a low budget look. See the budget link below, for example. Secondly, the primary director’s most extensive experience is in low budget pornography. So, it should come as no surprise to anyone that it has a low budget feel in many ways.

        Of course, Kevin Kline, Susan Sarandon & Dakota Fanning surely lift the quality substantially above what it would otherwise have been, but clearly not enough to make it worthy for release in theaters, which was obviously the original goal. It cut a lot of corners that a better film would not have cut. Read below about the film’s low budget and low budget feel:… (Click on “See the Full Transcript”)……

    • David DeWitt

      April 7, 2014 at 12:26 am

      I agree, Robert. There were a lot of fears about what kind of film this would be but you really do have to view a film before giving any kind of informed opinion. That is just common sense. :-)

      • Robert

        April 7, 2014 at 6:17 am

        And along with common sense, some unbiased perspective.

        Let us say, for instance, that our own Mr. DeWitt came into several million dollars and wanted to do a film. He chooses, as one might imagine, a film about Errol Flynn and, because the final chapter in Flynn’s life interests him, decides to address the last two years of the actor’s life. Not having a huge budget with which to rent yachts and film in exotic locales, he wisely limits his production to locations affordable and not in great conflict with the storyline. My strong suspicion–no, belief–is that all here, every one of us, knowing our David personally (so to speak), would rally ’round him, support him in his efforts, and defend him against unfair critics.

        Think about it.

        • Tim

          April 7, 2014 at 8:20 am

          The professional, independent criticisms of The Last of Robin Hood I have identified, Robert, have absolutely nothing to do with David – or you. Moreover, they appear unbiased, analytically objective and fair. If you have any knowledge or evidence that they are not, please make that known and I will amend my opinions accordingly.

      • timerider

        April 7, 2014 at 3:24 pm

        I must agree 100% David, I haven’t seen the flick yet. I only hope that Kevin was able to drop all the illusion about Errol and just played the humanity of what Errol was. I want to see the reality not the fantasy. However I know that the film industry is about fantasy and once in awhile I am surprised!

        • Robert

          April 7, 2014 at 9:33 pm

          That’s precisely what Mr. Kline did, timerider. It’s an actor’s film, an ensemble piece, if you will, and although I had several concerns with the finished product (that I voiced to the filmmakers), all three principal actors did a marvelous job. We have to remember that this is not a film about Errol Flynn–it’s a film about the peculiar and notorious relationship amongst three curious characters, one of which happened to be Errol Flynn. All illusions and fantasy about Flynn were dropped, as you hope, and Kline did indeed treat the character realistically and with his usual acting prowess. It’s good you’ve held back from prejudging, timerider. I do think you will be “surprised.”

    • Tim

      April 7, 2014 at 6:44 am

      I know you worked on it, Robert, but review after review after review do specifically raise the issue of it having a “low budget” look, and discuss how the production was restricted by a low budget, short schedule, lack of period sets and pieces, and limited exterior and real-site filming – all of which hurt the film. These reviews and information certainly seem well-informed.

      Also, for me, and I would think many, “the larger aspects of Errol’s life” would and should be highly relevant to the storyline of the movie. Indeed, without those magnificent larger aspects, this movie would have little meaning – nor would Kevin Kline have ever played the lead role.

      Lastly, I have no bias concerning this movie whatsoever. My hope is that it is great. What appear to be very well informed and also unbiased perspectives & critiques, however, very strongly appear to suggest otherwise. Please see the links below, as three examples of what appear to be very informed & professional assessments of the film, addressing what is said to be its low budget nature and appearance.………

  5. twinarchers

    April 7, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    I just checked IMDB and the next showing is 12 April 2014 (Dallas International Film Festival). I remember a film that Jessica Lange won an Oscar for I believe that took years to release after it was filmed. The film world is very different from anything else I think. I should have done something in it when I was younger since I spend so much time with all the commentaries etc. Just cant get enough and I keep spending my money on it. I have Robin Hood on DVD after it came out and now i am going to get the Blu Ray. I am sure I will be able to tell the difference on my Sharp 60in 1080p.

  6. Tim

    April 7, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    The Last of Robin Hood is very obviously a movie about Errol Flynn. The title makes that clear, as has all the film’s publicity. If it wasn’t about Errol Flynn, it would have never been made, lured any funding or Kevin Kline, or be featured at any film festivals. Nor would we even be discussing it whatsoever on this Errol Flynn site.

    Also obvious is that it was not sufficiently funded. Insiders themselves know that. That’s why they filmed on a short schedule in Atlanta, cut scenes, cut and truncated characters’ originally intended roles, cut period sets & pieces, and did not film in actual locations. If they hadn’t been so severely restricted, the film would have been far better, of course. But, there were/are other problems, too, stemming from, it’s been credibly said, a faulty script and screenplay, et al. I believe the director’s’ significant inexperience with anything above low budget films is also a major contributing factor.

    I have no bias whatsoever regarding this film, except in my interest to protect Errol from inferior films. Nor are my opinions uninformed or ill-informed in any way. Rather, I base my beliefs on very careful and thorough research* which virtually unanimously (excepting insiders with a vested interest in the movie’s artistic and/or financial success, of course) have authoritatively criticized the movie for its low-budget look and feel.

    True, I haven’t yet seen the movie – I’m hopeful & wide-open to it being a great film – but evidence overwhelmingly indicates that it is not great, and that its chances for success are very low. That could not have been the film’s producers original plan. The film is clearly a dissapointment to them, also – though, for purposes of self interest, they, of course, state otherwise.

    * I never saw Paganini perform, either, but, from all I’ve read, I believe he was quite good. Similarly, I believe I know who lost at Waterloo, and who won the 1927 World Series – based on reading multiple independent and authoritative accounts.