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ANOTHER FLYNN & SON DOUBLE FEATURE (OR IN PRAISE OF “THE BIG BOODLE” with a nod to “Mission to Venice”)

31 Jul

THE BIG BOODLE THE BIG BOODLE #2   MISSION TO VENICE #2MISSION TO VENICEMISSION TO VENICE poster

 

Dad in 1956’s Cuba and son in 1963’s Venice. Both with icy blondes and winning the good fight.

Both films made on location.

Errol ends a counterfeiting scam and Sean helps thwart the plans of some spies! Both win the girl! (Rosanna Rory for Errol and Karin Baal for Sean.)

“The Big Boodle” is one of Errol’s later films, but his presence and charisma are undeniable! (Released in the USA in the early part of 1957.)

Sean is good in the action scenes and the film is a good document of its time. (Sean is dubbed in this one , but the dubbing on this film is good. It was sold directly to television syndication in the USA; released theatrically in Europe in 1964, a French, Italian,West German co-production.)

Both films are available on DVD, although Sean’s film can be seen on YouTube.–A. R.

 

 

— ILIKEFLYNN

 
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  1. Maria

    July 31, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    I recently saw “The Big Boodle” and really enjoyed it! This movie reminded me of the British Spy Series “Danger Man” with Patrick McGoohan – Errol could easily have portrayed that character. It seems to me that when Errol was in a serious scene you just got more out of him especially as he got older. I thought him quite credible.
    I have never seen any of Sean’s movies.
    Tonight I am watching “Rocky Mountain” and I am pleasantly surprised. Once again a serious character is being portrayed – This is the first time I have seen Patrice Wymore as well – what a beauty!
    Thanks for that post, Maria

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    • ILIKEFLYNN

      August 1, 2014 at 12:35 am

      Yes, “The Big Boodle” has been one of my all-time Errol favorites from the first time I watched it and I enjoy it equally in the re-watching. “Mission to Venice” is in a similar mold as TBB. While there is no comparison to Dad’s film, (Errol had a charisma that is hard to match, especially with TBB, as he is the film.)
      I found the film, “Mission to Venice” to have a gritty realism to it,comparable to the gritty scenes in pre-Castro Havana in TBB.
      For a better teaming of Patrice and Errol, there is the Errol Flynn Theatre” episode, “Strange Auction”.–A. R.

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    • Lollie

      August 3, 2014 at 11:28 am

      I agree! The Big Boodle & Rocky Mountain are 2 Errol movies that really surprised me too,I liked them both very much.While the Big Boodle is kind of B grade,Errol is terrific as ever,and I thought he was brilliant in Rocky Mountain. :)

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  2. Gentleman Tim

    August 1, 2014 at 12:41 am

    Thanks, A.R.! Great stuff.

    It appears from this Boodle poster that one of the old head wounds Tiger Lil’ inflicted on Errol may have opened back up while during filming of Boodle:

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    • ILIKEFLYNN

      August 2, 2014 at 4:26 pm

      Well, I don’t know Gentleman Tim, I believe Errol had such strong healing powers that I doubt a wound from so long ago would reappear! Any way I find it interesting that the poster seems to show a scene I don’t think was in the movie., (That of Errol with who appears to be Gia Scala and not his leading lady, Rosanna Rory. Perhaps it is from a scene cut from the final print.) Thank you for posting it.
      I should add that Sean’s movie, having been made in Europe in the sixties, has more scenes that test the censors; even though Dad gives the censors a run for their money, for a film from the late fifties.–A. R.

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  3. Gentleman Tim

    August 2, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    I’ve got to see all these films of Sean’s. A.R.! Thanks So much for informng us all about them.

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    • ILIKEFLYNN

      August 2, 2014 at 9:27 pm

      Or at least the ones I mention. Sean, while not the star his dad was (and who is?) still made a few entertaining flicks and having been made in the sixties, there is a nostalgic element to his films. But remember in these suggested double features, I try my best to suggest films with similar themes and maybe some of Errol’s lesser praised films that one should take another look at.–A. R.

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