A little back story via Thomas McNulty, Dive Bomber!

21 May



– Thanks, Tom!



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  1. Robert

    May 21, 2014 at 2:17 am

    Thanks, Tom. What Hubbard misrepresents in his quote is that the film had anything to do with his pulp story. Warner Bros. paid him a small, one-time buyout ($250) for the use of the title only, and it wasn’t after the film was “in the can” but on April 30, 1941, halfway through production of the film. The paperwork dealing with this issue is displayed in the Errol Flynn Chronology.

  2. Gentleman Tim

    May 21, 2014 at 4:21 am

    During my research of Errol’s time in Coronado last year, I came across quite a bit information regarding Frank Wead. the Naval Aviation hero who (because of a tragic accident at his home on Coronado) became a Hollywood writer. He was quite an amazing guy, later played by John Wayne in the John Ford bio of his life, On Wings of Eagles. One of the movies he wrote was Dive Bomber. Here he is (trying on a pressure suit) at North Island Naval Air Base with Errol during filming of the movie.



    • twinarchers

      May 21, 2014 at 1:58 pm

      Any story connected to L. Ron disturbs me because of what his son wrote about his father in that Penthouse interview. He may have been lying because he was so upset at his dad. He even changed his name but it is awful none the less.

  3. Tina

    May 22, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    I am somewhat confused, on IMDb it states that Frank Wead written the story of “Dive Bomber”, yet – although no credit is given to Ron L Hubbard on IMDb for the story, a quote is made on… from which the picture comes posted by Tom, The Dive Bomber by L. Ron Hubbard.

    Mr. Christopher Obert states on… the following:
    This is one of L. Ron Hubbard’s “stories from the golden age” of fiction. The story was originally published in 1937 in a pulp monthly. Now this short story is told on two CDs by a cast of talented actors, musicians and sound effects technicians. I found the story of The Dive Bomber to be interesting and the performance well worth the time.

    I think these are two different stories as in Errol’s ‘Dive Bomber’ there is no Lucky Martin, which is the hero in ‘The Dive Bomber’, thus lets me believe that only the titles are same with the difference of the addition “The” and for which Ron L Hubbard was paid $250.00 by Warner as Robert states.

    If so, not too bad for the word “The” as $250 would be today approximately $4500.

    If I am wrong in my assumption, which could be the case as I am coming in from the cold, please correct my guessing.

    • Robert

      June 4, 2014 at 8:12 pm

      You’re correct, Tina. As the notes from the Warner Bros. files show, Hubbard was only paid for the use of his book’s title, not the storyline.