The Charge of the Mate Brigade

20 Jan


Dear fellow Flynn fans,

Errol`s inventor- mentor and first director Charles Chauvel launched an all out attack on Tinseltown three years after “Charge” and two before “You must remember this”.…

He came up with a very watchable and highly respectable film. See for yourself, it may be deja vue all over again.…

One can easily picture Errol in there, leading the Aussie avalanche, if he hadn`t made the big leagues by then.




— shangheinz


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  1. Gentleman Tim

    January 20, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    Man, horseheinz, danke schoen. That is one impressive calvary charge – the last in history I just read. (Probably because those 40,000 Aussies wore out every equus north and south of the equator.) … I’ve read once or twice that this film of Chauvel (and Tasman Higgins) was a masterwork, but this is amazing. Dare I say it may even top Curtiz! – and Chauvel probably killed far less than Cruella Curtiz, too. (who didn’t)

    (As always) You’re right: Errol would have been great in this one!

    Fantastic trailer, too!

    I have but one criticism. I only counted 37, 211 horses. Artistic licence, I presume.


  2. Tina

    January 22, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Hi Heinz;
    This is an amazing account of Charles Chauvel!
    It says that he went to Hollywood, I wonder if he and Errol met then, or did they ever meet again after the Bounty?
    Also, Charles Chauvel died only weeks after Errol.
    The picture below is a painting by George Lambert in 1920.
    It depicts – The charge of the Australian Light Horse at Beersheba 0n October 31, 1917.
    Here is another You Tube presentation of the movie, very similar to Micheal Curtiz’s set up shots of his “Charge” of the battle.

    • shangheinz

      February 12, 2015 at 4:25 pm


      Dear Tina, look what I found.
      Errol and Chauvel probably met again, only years later in England.

      • Tina

        February 12, 2015 at 5:36 pm

        Dear Heinz;
        What a great find you are a genius, just a great shame that there is no date for this article.
        By the way, Errol maybe lived in Kensington too as he only rented accommodations. But to my knowledge he lived in Hampstead another upscale district in London. His address was 15 Church Row, Hampstead, London NW3 and here is the house:…

        Keep up your great work unearthing Errol’s life!

        • shangheinz

          February 13, 2015 at 12:14 pm

          Dear Tina,
          the article appeared on the 12th September of 1954 in the Sundy Times of Perth in Aussielia.
          I wish to unearth the “shipwreck” article of Errol that made Chauvel put him instantly into his “The Wake of the Bounty” film.

  3. Tina

    January 22, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Here Heinz I found another one!
    Advertizing the fully restored movie of Charles Chauvel’s movie!

    • shangheinz

      January 23, 2015 at 10:42 am

      Gloria Victoria, Marching Matilda! Such a clear and cisp version. That in my blogbook is an A+ movie. Errol would have made it either way in the film business. Maybe we can find out, if he met Chauvel in Hollywood too, Tina…

      • Tina

        February 12, 2015 at 5:42 pm

        You are right Heinz, Errol would have made it each way which way as he just was sheer star quality.
        Would be great to find a record of Chauvel meeting Errol in Hollywood.

        • Tina

          February 12, 2015 at 6:11 pm

          Hi Heinz;
          I was googling around the other day and found this site:


          So many nice comments about Errol.
          I thought we should have a category on the blog – maybe like:
          “In praise of Errol”
          and post there how so many other people praise and love him. There are lots blogs on the Internet in which people post their comment and expressing their love and admiration for Errol.
          What do you and others think about that?

  4. Tina

    January 22, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    Hi Heinz;
    I noticed in my email notifications that daringthorpe also left you a message and a video but does not come up on your post so I copied it and place it here.


    2:24 PM (21 hours ago)

    to me
    New comment on your post “The Charge of the Lad Brigade”
    Author: daringthorpe (IP: ,…)
    Comment: Nice movie but The charge is one of my favourite scenes probably the best battle scene Just the build up the music
    the expressions on their faces makes you want to ride with them brilliant stuff…" alt="a>" />

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