Cinco de Mayo Salute to Senor Flynn

05 May

Senor Flynn Sojourns South to Old Mexico for a Red Cross Benefit Premier of Yankee Doodle Dandee (Gringo Doodle Dandee?).

Errol Heads Up Benefit Trip – Hopping on a Mexicana de Aviacion Flight with Hedda Hopper & (Future Roosevelt, White House Resident & “First Lady of Television”) Faye Emerson

Errol, Hoppa & Faye Joined by Journalists Bill Brogdon, Hub Keavy, W.R. Wilkinson
Actors Juanita Stark, Nancy Coleman, Julie Bishop, Dennis Morgan

— Tim


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  1. Tim

    May 5, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    Named for legendary wildlife cinematographer, Gil Power, here is the legendary Rancho Leonero, one of the world’s premier fishing destinations, at Cabo del Este – the East Cape – seventy or so miles north of Cabo San Lucas, on the Sea of Cortez. One of Errol’s favorite Mexican hideaways.


  2. Tim

    May 6, 2014 at 12:29 am

    Errol loved the Baja – from Tijuana to Cabo – sailing, driving & flying there often. In his early days, he would sometimes take Lili (to Cabo) as he did, for example, in March of 1939. On March 21, 1939, he flew from San Jose del Cabo into Lindbergh Field, San Diego (en route to LA Airport) on (what appears from records to be) a small craft holding only four people – aircraft number NC16523. “Lilian” was listed as the same age (29) and citizenship (British) on the passenger manifest list.

    The very next month, on April 12, 1939, Flynn returned from “Esanchion Bay”, Mexico with Roy Hayes (601 No. Lindon), “Vernon Wiles” (562 E. Garvey, El Monte) & “Hugh Ernst Jr.” (1000 Cahuanga, Hollywood.) Same plane apparently (NC16523), but no sign of “Lilian” on that one!

  3. Tim

    May 6, 2014 at 3:19 am

    Errol returned to Mexico to film “The Sun Also Rises”. For reasons related to budget & perhaps weather, all his “Pamplona” scenes were actually shot in the beautiful Michoacan town of Morelia, renowned for its remarkable colonial architect. (Interior Parisian scenes were filmed in Mexico City.)


    Thanks to Shamrock for this superb Sun Also Rises photo, which provides ample evidence that most all extras used in the film were native Mexicans, not Spaniards.


    Bob Evans’ autobiography includes an hilarious account of how Errol worked on His autobiography (MWWW) while in Morelia.

  4. Tim

    May 6, 2014 at 3:56 am

    To complete the Cinco de Mayo Tribute to Errol’s extraordinary history in Mexico, one may also want to see the following previous posts: