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Memorial Day Tribute

26 May

Today Being Memorial Day, It’s An Excellent Occasion to Tribute Errol’s Great Portrayals of Those Who Served Their Country in Time of War.

What was Errol’s Greatest Portrayal as an American in the Miltary?

What was his Greatest “War Film” of All?

What Role – Regardless of Nationality – was His Greatest ?

— Tim

 
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  1. twinarchers

    May 26, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Just finished watching Dive Bomber which I started last night. Its just amazing the photography and this one is a must for a Blu Ray restoration. I don’t think there is another film like it that has shots like this film. Other than the obvious close ups its all real.

     
    • Gentleman Tim

      May 27, 2014 at 3:08 am

      Absolutely, tw! Sensational filming in Dive Bomber!! Brought Technicolor to new heights, in my old stomping grounds. Look closely and you might see the Sirocco in Coronado’s Glorietta Bay.

      Dive Bomber (1941) – Errol Flynn, Fred MacMurray …: youtu.be/d0F28xyzTzk…

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      BTW, tw, other than seeing Erroll as Hood & Blood & Hawk, et al, on TV, one of the very first stories I heard about The Great Flynn was from an uncle of mine who was stationed as a sailor in San Diego during WWII. He told me that Errol once gave a ship of sailors the biggest kick when he dove off a boat. I don’t know what boat, ship or circumstances (and my uncle has long passed) but, whatever Flynn did. my uncle said the sailors were mightily impressed. I have learned since and independently that Errol used to dive quite superbly from the Hotel Del Coronado diving board(s) during that same late 30s/early 40s time frame. Here he is after one such dive:

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  2. twinarchers

    May 26, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    I guess Objective Burma is his best war film and his performance is also his best. This is an objective opinion because I think Desperate Journey is my favorite War film. I have not watched Dawn Patrol as much but that may be his best performance as well, I would have to watch it again to really compare.

     
  3. Gentleman Tim

    May 27, 2014 at 4:07 am

    My Vote for Errol’s Best War Films are:

    1) The Charge of The Light Brigade: youtu.be/dyqcZMsBOU4…

    2) Dawn Patrol:
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    3) Objective Burma!
    Theatrical Trailer: youtu.be/HOjJPYUfN-g…

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  4. Gentleman Tim

    May 27, 2014 at 4:27 am

    And My Vote for His Best Portrayal as An American Military Figure – George Armstrong Custer:

    They Died with Their Boots On – Papoose: youtu.be/xRPAr6gzN9Y…

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