Case of the curious blog II

10 Feb


Dear fellow Flynn fans,

I summon you to a quizzical sequel of yesteryear`s:…

Who knows more of these announced, bounced & trounced film projects of Errol?

Dragonfly- our Hollywood hero vesting the uniform of an Air Force officer and gentleman.

The man who cried- an epic  4 hours lenghty follow up film to “Hello God” with director William Marshall about the perfect murder.

Escape from Elba- planned as his last film under the guidance of producer buddie Barry J. Mahon.

Ivanhoe- was Errol actually supposed to play the Black Knight or would he appear opposed to Robert Taylor in his second (cameo) outing as Robin Hood?




— shangheinz


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  1. Gentleman Tim

    February 10, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Wow, multidimensionalheinz. We almost got to see an epic Errol helping to win the Korean War … I mean Conflict … in Blu-Ray 3D! With The Rifleman, no less.…

    This is It!


    • shangheinz

      February 10, 2015 at 6:33 pm

      Well, Topgun Tim, Errol should have made that one. He and his wife Pat would have been a perfect (p)air force.

  2. rswilltell

    February 10, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Heinz; I hope you can provide more details on these projects if at all possible. The ones I had heard of were ‘The White Witch Of Rosehall’ based on the real-life Jamaican legend and ghost story. Errol Flynn even paid a top Hollywood screenwriter James Edward Grant to write a screnplay. What happened to the film project or even the screenplay? It was too late in Flynn’s life and career. The script may still turn up. Another project proposed was ‘Michael Collins’ based on the historical Irish hero, Flynn himself wrote a story treatment for a proposed film ‘White Rajah’ that he actually sold to Warner Bros. A movie book store in London was selling Flynn’s typewritten copy for 5000 Pounds Sterling in 1995. Is it still there for sale? Your guess is as good as mine. Ralph Schiller

  3. rswilltell

    February 10, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    Heinz; I can’t verify that Errol Flynn personally typed the screnplay of White Rajah. I was only reporting what the movie bookstore owner claimed. I never actually saw the script or even had it in my hands. My conversation was strictly a long distance telephone call and I figured for 5000 British Pounds sterling or 8000 U.S. dollars better have been written by Errol! Yes White Rajah is mentioned in some other Warner films (Boy Meets Girl)which would indicate that J.L. Warner was planning to make the film. One thing I can safely say is that Errol has absolutely no connection to the infamous Black Dahlia murder case!! Your obedient servant Ralph

    • shangheinz

      February 10, 2015 at 6:44 pm

      Ralph, that kind of cash buys you a white tiger. The Black Dahlia case would have provided Errol with ample info for his “The man that cried” project. I wonder if the four hours running time were meant to make up for the 60something minute Marshall “Hello God” picture.

  4. shangheinz

    February 12, 2015 at 4:48 pm


    News on the above mentioned projects just in. They were part of a picture package with British Producer Wilcox. Part of it would have been a play from W. Somerset Maugham called “Caesar`s wife” (a love triangle story) and “Escape from Elba” a histopic about Napoleon.

  5. ivan6gold

    February 13, 2015 at 12:31 am

    Errol never said anything to me about being in Ivanhoe at all. By ’51-2 his star power was sinking and perhaps he couldn’t face playing second fiddle to Taylor. I knew Taylor quite well thru my buddy Bob Middleton and it was Taylor who one day mentioned that EF had once been up for a role in Ivanhoe. I assumed that he meant Ivanhoe and the subject was never brought up again. Taylor was a good guy and certainly as handsome as Flynn, but with no verve or dash. I would think he was glad EF wasn’t in the same film since Taylor was a bit of a lump on a log in period pictures, though damned good when playing a cop or detective. He had a super voice and looked better than Flynn at that stage. Sadly, though EF looked reasonably good from a distance, up close he was a mess and had that dreadful leaden look in his once-sparkling eyes. In fact, when I bumped into him in later years at the Garden of Allah, for one moment I didn’t realize it was him–he had no impudence or verve left! Steve

    • shangheinz

      February 13, 2015 at 11:59 am


      Dear Ivangoe,
      Errol made up and came up a bit short with his own version of a dark knight with “The Warriors”. Still I wonder did he ever talk about a second outing as Robin Hood? Wasn`t there a sequel planned to the “The adventures of RH”? It would also have been possible to reappear at a later time in the “Rogues of Sherwood Forest” starring John Derek and Diana (!) Lynn.