Dancin Like Flynn – The Jit

25 May

Relatively New Documentary Featuring the History of “The Jit”, the hand movements of which were “All Errol Flynn”.

Here’s The Errol Flynn:

The Errol Flynn:…

Here’s The Jit:

Detroit OG’s – Pioneers of the Jit: The Jitterbug…:…

How about we all do this at the next commemoration?

— Tim


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  1. Gentleman Tim

    May 25, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    The Errol Flynn:…

    Detroit OG’s – Pioneers of the Jit: The Jitterbug…:…

  2. Tina

    May 26, 2014 at 2:43 am

    Dear Tim;
    Correct me if I wrong but THE ERROL FLYNN’S were a gang.
    If I remember right they took Errol’s name, which in my humble opinion should not be allowed, but what ever the case, they thought Errol stood for anything that goes.
    Take care!

    • Gentleman Tim

      May 26, 2014 at 5:01 am

      I have absolutely no idea what you mean, Tina. I suspect The Errol Flynns were fine upstanding “urban Robin Hoods” who simply enjoyed dressing up a tad flamboyantly, like “funkified English gentlemen” … “in three piece suits & bardolino hats” to impress the young urban debutantes. After all, one of our most distinguished judicial figures, The Honorable Gregory E. Mathis, and his father, were both Errol Flynns.


      Only Our Man Flynn could garner such an honor. It’s inconceivable that any other of his Hollywood contemporaries could do so. No self respecting inner city youts would ever call themselves The Randy Scotts, or The Danny Kayes, or, heaven forbid, The Walter Pidgeons. Errol’s da’ Man!

      • errolsfan1130

        May 26, 2014 at 1:19 pm

        Certainly, we should try to record Errol’s cultural influence, which is embedded deeply. So many stars died. Very few like Errol has kept having a afterlife. For example, In Aviator, Jude Law cast as Errol. I hated that movie simply because it portrayed Errol as a shallow guy, which he was not. Judy Law may be good-looking but once compared to Errol he is ugly. How dare he portray Errol–the male beauty personified! (My God seeing that ugly guy pretending as Errol on screen made me want to vomit!)

        Further, how dare that movie use Errol’s image while portraying him in such a degrading fashion? Leonardo DiCaprio could only pretend as an aviator, our Erroll, in a true sense of the word, was a real Robin Hood + Pirate. He could operate a ship; live in the jungle by wits; rub the rich (I am willing to forget it if you…) with such a charm; do all the stunts beautifully…while being chased by the entire female race. Errol is the man.

        • Tina

          May 26, 2014 at 2:28 pm

          Hi errolsfan;
          I am with you all the way about Jude Law in the Aviator!
          But it is not quite Jude Law’s fault. The fault is entirely with the movie company who approved the script, the text and the part Jude Law had in it. The Text was extremely bad and Jude played it most likely to the director’s instructions.
          I wonder who the movie company was who produced this film?
          I always wonder why they showed Errol in such a bad light as the movie was rated excellent?
          Take care!

        • Gentleman Tim

          May 26, 2014 at 3:13 pm

          I certainly don’t wish to make you vomit, errolsfan, but here it is for our scrutiny & analyses. We’ve got Howard, the wacko phony. We’ve got Hepburn, another phony – proven amply by her phony association with Wacko Howard, whose only attraction was tons of money that came to him through inheritance. And we got Errol, the self-made man, who climbed out of obscurity to become Hollywood’s brightest star, an international icon & a legend for the ages.

          Jude Law – The Aviator:…

          P.S. In addition to not properly portraying Errol’s depth & intelligence, there’s another Major flaw in this scene: When Errol Flynn walked into a place, the whole crowd took big notice, and most particularly the women. That’s completely ignored in this scene. Even with his mammoth bankroll, Hughes needed Johnny Meyer to score a date. Not Flynn. Errol had to chase the girls away. Just ask Cutie-Pie Helen Gilbert:


      • Tina

        May 26, 2014 at 2:04 pm

        Hi Tim;
        Your reply made me think and for a moment I thought that maybe my memory tricked me but it did not. I went on Google and found many entries about this subject. Here is one:…
        which also tells the commendable story about Judge Mathis, his association with the gang when a youth, times in jail and the turn around of his life.
        Here is an excerpt:
        As a young man, Greg Mathis was involved with gangs, dropped out of school, spent time behind bars. Growing up as a gang member and heroin dealer in the mean streets of Detroit, Michigan, Mathis had done plenty of time in juvenile detention centers before age 17. All this changed when a judge gave him an ultimatum of: either get a G.E.D. or go to jail. At the same time, Mathis found out his mother was dying of cancer. Rushing to her side, he promised her he’d turn his life around and so did: he attended college; passed the bar and earned a law degree; became the youngest judge in Michigan’s history and then served as a Superior Court Judge for Michigan’s 36th District.
        His story is a most commendable one!
        Maybe we should read his book “Inner City Miracle”

        • Gentleman Tim

          May 26, 2014 at 3:33 pm

          Just in case you didn’t know. Tina, this article makes clear that Detroit went to hell largely because of both John Wayne & Errol. Maybe, then, those ganstas should have called their Jit dance the “True Jit”.


          • Tina

            May 26, 2014 at 6:40 pm

            Hi Tim;
            Wow – quite an article, thanks for sharing!
            Movies do and can influence young people but please don’t say Detroit went down because of John and Errol, this is unfair.
            Here is one story of Detroit’s homicide rate:
            The actual story of Detroit and all the reasons “why” goes much deeper than I ever could discuss as I do not have the knowledge. Reading and hearing is never enough to know the actual, true story.
            But John and Errol are not at fault. They stuffed a lot into Errol’s shoes in his time and thanks goodness he had a big size but stuffing the crime rate of Detroit into it too is a little much. Don’t you agree?
            Lets talk about more pleasant things.
            Take care!

            • Gentleman Tim

              May 26, 2014 at 7:54 pm

              I agree with you, of course, Tina. As I recall, Duke & The Baron played all over the country & globe, with, I believe, much lesser negative impact on crime rates!

              Next thing you know they’ll say the Bloods & Crips were formed because of Errol & Lionel Barrymore.

    • twinarchers

      May 28, 2014 at 3:39 am

      Bill Kennedy talked about them once during his local Detroit show and said that they were spelling his name wrong because the graffiti said the Earl Flynn’s.

      • Gentleman Tim

        May 28, 2014 at 3:46 am

        Bad spellers, too! That’s the last strore!!