From Eddie Foy to Errol Flynn

03 Mar

Errol has a few Eddie Foy connections – Foy was one of Gentleman Jim Corbett’s closest friends, Eddie Foy Jr. was part of Errol’s Dawn Patrol, and Eddie (Sr.) evidently primed Dodge City for Errol:…



— Tim


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  1. tassie devil

    March 3, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    I love the pic of the Foy’s where did you get it from. And I wonder where the other kids were a I can only count 7 and a mother in the back. Or was there only 7 . ONLY I say “”””

    • Gentleman Tim

      March 4, 2015 at 2:30 pm

      I believe seven was the magic number, Genene. Eddie Sr. gave his very patient wife a rest after seven. Seven was the magic number. Eddie Foy and the Six Foys just didn’t have the lyrical bounce necessary. Nor did Eddie Foy and the Eight Foys. Eddie Foy and the Fourteen Foys would have worked well, but his wife apparently just wasn’t that patient

      Amazing thing is he didn’t start producing little foys until after he already had a successful solo career.…

      I loved the Bob Hope version of his life, with Cagney as Cohan I believe.


      There are some really great old photos of The Foy Family available via Google Images, Genene. That’s where I got all these.

  2. rswilltell

    March 4, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    Eddie Foy was a great hero during a fire at the Iroquois Theatre fire of 1903 in Chicago. Foy, Sr. remained on stage and prevented thousands from perishing in the fiames. Over six hundred people died and Foy had a narrow escape. Eddie Foy Jr. wanted to play his father in the film version but Bob Hope, a former vaudeville dancer, grabbed the plum role for hiself in The Seven Little Foys (1955). He let Eddie Jr. narrate the story. Eddie Jr. did get to play his father in cameo roles in the films Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) and Wilson (1944). He also played Eddie Foy Sr. in a ninety-minute live episode of Producer’s Showcase (Mr. Broadway). The Seven Little Foys was remade as a one hour episode of the Bob Hope Chrysler Theatre in 1964, and this time Hope let Foy play his own father. Only George Tobias repeated his same role from the 1955 film version. Ralph Schiller

    • Gentleman Tim

      March 4, 2015 at 10:16 pm

      Talk about bringing the house down, Ralph. Just read that it was one of the grandest theaters in American history.

      You really know your stuff, Ralph. Thanks.


    • tassie devil

      March 4, 2015 at 10:41 pm

      Ralph thank you for this information. Very interesting

  3. tassie devil

    March 4, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    I am glad you saw the joke in it. Tim Yes the Bob Hope movie was great. My sister wrote to him and Elizabeth Taylor and got a photo that was signed and a lovely letter from both.And the pics are great. Thank you.

  4. rswilltell

    March 5, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Please make no mistake about it, the film The Seven Little Foys (1955) is absolutly wonderful and so was Bob Hope playing it straight. He wanted an Oscar very bad but unfortunatley wasn’t even nominated. Two years later he played it straight again as Beau James (1957) about New York City’s notorious Mayor Jimmy Walker in the 1920’s. Again no nomination for a good movie and performance. Tim, I live and work in Chicago and grew up with the city’s folklore. One theatre still standing on the North side of Chicago, is the Biograph Theatre where ‘Public Enemy Number 1’ John Dillinger was ambushed by J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI, G-Men and gunned down. They say the theatre is haunted! Ralph Schiller