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“Two Great Friends”

20 Sep

Near the end, Errol stated he had “had two great friends” in his life. Who were they? (A question, not a quiz!)

— Gentleman Tim

 
 

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  1. wagram

    September 20, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    I would guess Ida Lupino and Ava Gardner.

     
  2. twinarchers

    September 20, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    I think one would be Herman Erben as his longest lasting friendship and the other was Beverly. Not a friend really but….
    Or maybe The Big Snook.

     
  3. Gentleman Tim

    September 20, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    I should add that, though he did not name them in MWWW, he said they were both women.

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    Personally, I think wagram is halfway there, with a woman who was on TCM today with The Baron’s “First Rat Pack” buddie, Bogie.

     
  4. wagram

    September 20, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    I know Errol was very close to Ida Lupino. Ava was one of his drinking buddies, which makes me feel she was the other one. Ann Sheriden was also a drinking buddy but not as close to my knowledgel.

     
    • Gentleman Tim

      September 21, 2015 at 2:58 pm

      Could be, wagram. I don’t know. I suspect however that the other great friend was one of his (other) co-stars, with an uncommon first name that, like Ava & Annie, also began with an ‘A’ – and a very popular last name.

       
  5. Bob Shaffer

    September 21, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    I believe Errol had a number of “great” male friends. I think he was making the point that ,due to his strained relationships with women which started with his mother, he only had 2 great women friends. Ida was one as his bio book would indicate I will throw out another Blanche Blackwell from Jamaica. who knows.

     
  6. Gentleman Tim

    September 21, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    The sea may well have been his first love and main squeeze, delvan, but I believe Errol was speaking of flesh & blood friends. Perhaps not, though!

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    Thanks for the great music video, Tina!

     
  7. wagram

    September 22, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    I’m not sure, but I recall Alexis Smith was a good friend as was her husband, Craig Stevens. I believe Errol was best man at their wedding. I also have heard otherwise.

     
    • Gentleman Tim

      September 23, 2015 at 2:59 pm

      I reckon’ you’re right, wagram. I, too, think it was Ida & Alexis Errol was speaking of in MWWW as his “two great friends”.

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      And who else could get Errol singing in the saddle on the big screen like this?

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  8. shangheinz

    September 23, 2015 at 1:46 am

    While alive, Freddie McAvoy would’ve been a shoo in. True friends till the end were David Niven and Buster Wiles.

     
    • Gentleman Tim

      September 23, 2015 at 8:47 pm

      Among his closest male running mates, you’ve certainly gone top tier, buddieheinz.

       
      • shangheinz

        September 27, 2015 at 8:34 pm

        The trouble tandem of Erben and McAvoy were most responsible for Errol`s wonders and woes. Bruce Cabot and Teddy Stauffer were close on and off friends of Flynn too.

         
        • Gentleman Tim

          September 29, 2015 at 4:06 am

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          p.s. anyone know who that is on teddy stauffer’s left?

           
    • Gentleman Tim

      September 23, 2015 at 9:01 pm

      Great photos! Don’t think I’ve ever seen them before. I believe Freddie was best man at Errol’s marriage to Patrice, I agree, Freddie McAvoy was one of his best male friends, if not the best. Herman Erben would’ve been another!

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    • David DeWitt

      September 23, 2015 at 11:15 pm

      Mickey Rooney was a close friend, too!

       
      • Gentleman Tim

        September 25, 2015 at 9:46 am

        Absolutely, Mickey is on the starting team, David! He was a friend to the end, and even beyond.

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        • shangheinz

          September 27, 2015 at 8:40 pm

          The great guy in the back with shades on is the most underrated of Flynn friends. He should have carried the casket too: It`s Johnny Weismüller. Team him up with Dolores Del Rio and, voila, you get the most exotic pair of Flynnatics.

           
      • shangheinz

        September 27, 2015 at 8:28 pm

        Indeed Dave, unfortunately there is no mention of Errol in the Arthur Marx Mick Bio “The nine lives of Mickey Rooney”.

         
  9. wagram

    September 23, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    Great photos! Don’t think I’ve ever seen them before. I believe Freddie was best man at Errol’s marriage to Patrice, I agree, Freddie McAvoy was one of his best male friends, if not the best. Herman Erben would’ve been another!

     
    • Gentleman Tim

      September 29, 2015 at 3:55 am

      No way I can vote against any man who did all this for Errol!

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