And the Two-Time Academy Award Winner Is …

07 Aug


Two-Time Academy Award Winner Before He Met Errol

Was a Very Important Creative Contributor to One of Errol’s Films

The Film had a Metaphoric Title

The Profession of the Character Errol Played in this Movie is One He had Played Before, and One He would Play Again.

The Movie Involved a Famous Mountain Range in America.

Said to be One of the Most Liked & Respected People in Hollywood.

Born & Raised Catholic.

Became a Freemason.

A Friend of Raoul Walsh.

A Connection to Red Skelton

A True Romantic.

Looked a Bit Like Spencer Tracy.

A Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

A Scene from His Prior Work n Film may have been the Creative Influence Behind a Similar & Very Famous (King Vidor-directed) Scene from the Wizard of Oz.

— Tim


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  1. zacal

    August 7, 2014 at 7:25 am

    Wow, this one is really messing with my mind.

    • Gentleman Tim

      August 7, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      Have faith and follow the signs, zacal. As it did for Errol’s character in the film he did with our too-often-forgotten mystery director, your investigation may lead to good things.

      Strange as it may seem, one of his films partially influenced and received a nod in O Brother Where Art Thou. Here’s a shot from the “prison break” scene:


  2. Tina

    August 7, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Hi zacal;
    Don’t mess up your mind – it’s easy! The Big give-away in the clues is: “The Profession of the Character Errol Played in this Movie is One He had Played Before, and One He would Play Again.”
    It therefore can only be “The Green Light” in which Errol plays a doctor again. The title is rather metaphoric!
    I think who we are looking for in this puzzle is Frank Borzage, the director of the movie.
    Take care

    • Gentleman Tim

      August 7, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      Terrific, Tina! It’s the legendary but much overlooked director Frank Borzage, who directed Errol’s “first modern role” (as a Hollywood Star.) Belief is King Vidor may have based his immensely famous Miss Gulch-on-the-bicycle scene on a scene Borzage directed years earlier. … His “Strange Cargo” was an influence on O Brother.

      Regarding the profession clue, it refers to Errol having played doctors in Captain Blood, Green Light, & Dive Bomber. (Of course, except for other clues, Errol could have also played a pirate, soldier, or cowboy.)

      Not easy at all, Tina. Rather difficult, actually. You are just an extraordinary Flynn scholar.

      Superb work!


  3. Maria

    August 7, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Wow Tina – you are quick! Obviously I have homework to do. Lots of fun tho!

    • Tina

      August 7, 2014 at 6:16 pm

      Hi Maria;
      Thank you, maybe just lucky or maybe I just know Errol’s data quite well.
      I am not much on the blog anymore due to certain things, but when looking in on the blog I always enjoy your comments!
      Take care!

  4. Maria

    August 7, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Thanks Tina – I have followed the blog for years now and finally decided to take the plunge. I have enjoyed your comments as well – looking forward to reading more of them! Maria

  5. Gentleman Tim

    August 8, 2014 at 2:40 am

    For more Green Light fun, Maria, check out Doc Flynn in the opening clip of the bloopers video below.

    He was a surgeon, dammit!