Titchfield Hotel! Grand place owned by an even grander actor!

18 Nov


— Don Jan


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  1. Gentleman Tim

    November 18, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    Beautiful image, Don Jan. Gracias.

    Do you know the approximate date of this depiction?

    I’m wondering also if anyone has any images or descriptive details (number of rooms, square footage, amenities, condition, etc) revealing how it looked when Errol bought/owned /renovated it. Same for The Jamaica Reef (aaka Flynn’s Inn)?

  2. David DeWitt

    November 19, 2015 at 12:45 am

    This the original Titchfield Hotel that burned down, the Tichfield Hotel Errol owned was much smaller built on the footprint of the larger hotel … Use the blog’s search feature to learn more about the hotel.

    Titchfield Hotel Brochure circa 1950s for Sale on eBay!

    The Titchfield Hotel, Part I

    The Titchfield Hotel, Part II

    The Titchfield Hotel, Part III

    Titchfield hotel, 20's and 30's… Port Antonio, Jamaica

    • Gentleman Tim

      November 19, 2015 at 2:44 am

      Fabulous information, Davit! Thank you. And thank you to John, who wrote those tremendous articles on the Titchfield’s history!!

      Lorenzo Dow Baker’s Launch:…

      And how he paid for it:


    • Gentleman Tim

      November 19, 2015 at 3:05 am

      Florida’s “Sexy Rexy” Rand, Radio entrepreneur. His Rand Broadcasting Corporation owned WINZ, WINQ, AND WEAT.…

      He had few matches as a hard-partying, big-spending, con-artist.


      Said to have had a life size portrait of Errol hanging in the living room of his Hibiscus Island hacienda.

  3. David DeWitt

    December 4, 2015 at 5:08 am

    Marble Arms – The Modern Adventures of Casanova

    The Modern Adventures of Casanova (Also: The Missing Arm of Venus de Milo). May 22,1952. Mutual net. The descendant of the famous Italian diplomat is secretly an agent for Interpol, an international crime fighting organization. Christopher Casanova is sent to Jamaica to recover the priceless arm from a statue stolen from the Caribbean Museum in Kingston. It was one of the missing arms of the Venus de Milo. The audio is scratchy but improves. Errol mentions the Titchfield Hotel …

    Starring: Errol Flynn, Walter Schumann (composer, conductor), Ben Wright, William N. Robson (director), Peter Dixon (writer), Nan Boardman, Peg La Centra, Ramsay Hill, Ed Begley, Walter King.

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    • Gentleman Tim

      December 4, 2015 at 2:36 pm

      That’s awesome, David! Thank you! — The Titchfield, and bamboo raft races in Port Antonio to boot! How cool.

      Speaking of bamboo and Casanova Flynn, here’s Peggy La Centra singing The Man I Love for Ida Lupino, at the Bamboo Bar, in the eponymous “film noir musical” (quoting Martin Scorcese) directed by Raoul Walsh. Errol’s good buddy Alan is in the movie, too – one of his last movies.)



      • David DeWitt

        December 4, 2015 at 11:49 pm

        Not just a brilliant actress Ida Lapino was a great director, too, at a time when there were few women directors. One of my personal favorites, as well …