Last Rites for Barrymore

02 Aug

A body of evidence from Walsh & Flynn says yes. Others say no. Enquiring minds want to know. Where was John B’s Last Stand, or Sit?



— Tim


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  1. Lollie

    August 2, 2014 at 11:11 am

    lol,As awful as it might sound,I hope the story is true.From the sound of John Barrymore,he would of loved it.


      August 2, 2014 at 4:35 pm

      I agree it is an interesting anecdote. It was recreated in the telemovie, “The Legend of Errol Flynn” with Duncan Regher as Flynn, although they don’t show Flynn running out of the house.–A. R.

  2. Maria

    August 2, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    eewwww.. I hope they got rid of the couch. I heard that Drew Barrymore has also repeated the story. What a way to sober up!

  3. Gentleman Tim

    August 2, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    I suspect it’s true, but, one of the great things about Errol is, It’s all such a fun puzzle figuring out what really happened an what didn’t, with the truth often more amazing than his fiction. For example, how about this story itself. If it wasn’t true, it’s maybe even more incredible that Walsh AND Flynn could have kept it going so long.

    In any case, it was certainly not beyond Walsh nor Flynn.…

    Here’s “Uncle” reading to his pet cat!


    • daringthorpe

      August 3, 2014 at 5:55 pm

      I had almost forgotten about this “famous anecdote” but something tells me that there is a semblance of truth there.
      These two men had a lot in common and got on very well and it is the kind of practical joke that would get a big reaction from Flynn. Yes I think it did happen but maybe with a few added embellishments which we are all prone to from time to time

      • Gentleman Tim

        August 4, 2014 at 12:50 am

        For a wile there, daringthorpe, I thought maybe buster wiles busted the whole story open, but, with his photo of Barrymore below, shangheinz, has now provided us all proof positive. Proof of what I’m not positive, but fascinating nonetheless, if only because it now appears the Lincoln Memorial may have been based on this sitting of The Great Profile. … And also because of J.B.’s unique selection of footwear.

        This bunch had a lot of wiles:


  4. shangheinz

    August 4, 2014 at 12:24 am


    Here is Sir Barrymore the Boozer in an imposing sitting pose. Now we all can experience the eerie feeling Errol must have had upon entering his house and looking his mentor in the dead eye. If this anecdote is true at all of course. The story was highly contested by Buster Wiles, the stunt buddy of Errol, but maybe so because for once he wasn’t in on the joke?

    • Gentleman Tim

      August 4, 2014 at 12:53 am

      Thank you shanghaiheinz. It appears you survived Bangkok with your wit intact!

  5. zacal

    August 4, 2014 at 6:23 am

    This famous story also served as the inspiration for a large part of Blake Edwards’ film about Hollywood “S.O.B.” (translated: Standard Operational Bullsh*t) When a famous director dies, his friends in the movie business steal his corpse and take it on one final adventure. [img][/img]

  6. David DeWitt

    August 4, 2014 at 11:08 am

    I strongly believe this never happened but is a hell of a good story. And good stories are often repeated often enough that people believe them, or just want to believe them. Same thing for the more viscous kind of tales and rumors that also get repeated about people in Hollywood. If not, Gossip Columnists in Flynn’s day and trash writers would be out of business.

    • Gentleman Tim

      August 5, 2014 at 10:24 am

      Well, David, we certainly know it’s at least partially a Cock ‘n Bull story. Being no chicken, many doubt The Mighty Flynn would react like such a such a scaredy cat up at The Farm. Perhaps he had one too many Moscow Mules down at the C & B.