Lady Esther Presents Errol Flynn in Gentleman Jim

23 Nov

From vintage fashion to vintage cosmetics.

Almost completely forgotten today, (“The House of) Lady Esther” was one of the most popular cosmetic corporations in America during Errol’s Hollywood heydey. Here’s there story:…


And here’s the February 14, 1944, Lady Esther’s Screen Guild Players Presentation of Gentleman Jim, featuring Errol Flynn, Alexis Smith, Ward Bond and Grant Withers:…

— Tim


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  1. Penny Lane

    November 23, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    This post, for example, would make a wonderful addition to the Old Time Radio Shows category.

    • Gentleman Tim

      November 23, 2015 at 6:58 pm

      Please feel free to link this to your own post under that category or whatever category you wish, Penny Lane.

      • Penny Lane

        November 24, 2015 at 9:44 am

        As I cannot make posts here, Tim Reid, this is impossible for me, I am sorry. I also believe that it is not possible for people to change the categories of others’ posts.

        • Gentleman Tim

          November 24, 2015 at 10:34 am

          I did not ask or authorize you to change the categories of my posts, Penny Lane. I only suggested and authorized that you could include a link to my posts on your own new and original posts, if you ever wish.

          I do not understand why it is “impossible [for you] to make posts here”. What makes you say that?

          And why are you not using my official EFB screen name, as I do for you and all others, Penny Lane?

          • Penny Lane

            November 24, 2015 at 12:18 pm

            Then I got your comment wrong, Tim Reid, and I apologize. I did not understand what you meant by linking a post to categories.
            It seems that as a normal reader, I am not allowed to create my own posts. So I cannot link nor do anything else except leave polite comments.
            I thought that since you have used my full real name, you would not mind if I used yours as well.

            • Gentleman Tim

              November 24, 2015 at 2:53 pm

              I look forward to your polite comments, Penny Lane.

              I use your Penny Lane name because that’s the screen name you have identified. My screen name is Gentleman Tim and that’s what you should use. If I used Seargent Pepper as a screen name, then I would expect you to call me that. If you don’t want people to refer to you on the blog as Penny Lane, then I would recommend you choose a different screen name.

          • David DeWitt

            November 24, 2015 at 1:10 pm

            Gent and Penny, sorry for the confusion! As I’ve mentioned it would fill out the blog categories where many people do visit for their content if Author’s would, if appropriate, tick off as many categories for their posts as may fit. I’ve begun to go back thorough the postings to add categories, and Authors will see them added to as many posts as I can get to myself. Going forward, if we can add other categories to our postings it would be helpful …

            Your exchanges are getting personally argumentative. Be mindful of the comment rules, please. I have told you both about the Report Comment link.

  2. Don Jan

    November 23, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    Well done, GT. Full marks, ol´boy! Keep them coming! The more the better!

    • Gentleman Tim

      November 24, 2015 at 3:37 am

      Gracias & Top of the Mornin’ to Ya’, Don Jan. There’s a little of Gentleman Jim in all of us, and, since I am Gentleman Tim, there might be a wee bit in me too. Salud, Old Boy.


  3. David DeWitt

    November 23, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    I’d like to see more posts also published under other related categories so that readers searching them will find the wealth of information we have on the front page distributed to specific subject areas. It helps fill out the blog’s category tree, and makes it easier for readers.

    It’s a simple matter of checking off other categories where your post might fit before you publish.

    • Don Jan

      November 23, 2015 at 7:44 pm

      Perhaps the front page should always be for new entries of postings as per usual and copy them in the best fitting category also, it keeps the flow of new postings going plus nicely archived in the specific category, I personally like things simple rather than complicated. Keep posting original findings of Flynn first on the front page as we all wait for fresh news!

      • David DeWitt

        November 23, 2015 at 7:58 pm

        Yes, all new posts automatically go to the front page by doing nothing but hitting the Publish button. To also publish to a category, it’s as simple as ticking a box for other categories before you click Publish. Your post then appears in two or more places with no extra work.

        • Don Jan

          November 23, 2015 at 8:28 pm

          Aye, aye, Captain.

          • The Zaca

            November 24, 2015 at 12:26 am

            I still have not figured out how to post a beginning post but I will! Meanwhile another good find, Gentleman Tim, thanks for posting!

            • David DeWitt

              November 24, 2015 at 2:31 am

              On the Dashboard select Posts from the links on the left hand side. Click Add New, or use the “+New” drop down menu from the black WordPress toolbar at the top of the Dashboard page and select Post.

              The next page is Add New Post.

              Add your article Title.

              In the text area add your article post body, insert images and links. Your display name will automatically be added when the post is published. If your post fits into a second or third category check mark those categories. Do not select any category to publish to the front page alone. Just click Publish. If you see errors the Publish button becomes an Update button. Copy/paste if you don’t want to lose a long posting. Leaving the page before saving a draft or Publishing can erase all of your hard work. Contact me with any questions!

              Main Page is a category transferred to WordPress from our old blogging host. Main Page is ticked by default but is set up to work with the front page instead by a plugin.

            • Gentleman Tim

              November 24, 2015 at 4:16 am

              My pleasure. Thanks for enjoying it, T.Z.



  4. David DeWitt

    November 24, 2015 at 4:40 am

    Wallace Berry, former cabin boy on the Zaca says about the film Gentleman Jim:

    During our run south – that film was shown and Errol took great delight in discussing various aspects of it -and
    remarking of it, as one of his favorites  wb

    Thanks, Wallace!

    • Gentleman Tim

      November 24, 2015 at 5:40 am

      Thank you, Wallace!

      By the way, Wallace, I’ve been doing some research on the Zaca, some of it while recently in San Francisco and Los Angeles. I saw how instrumental you were in its history. Do you recall:

      1) Errol owning a 17-foot Higgins Sport Speedster, or something similar? If so, did it look like either of the ones described and depicted below?……


      2) Do you recall a fellow named Pat Patterson being associated with Zaca? If so, in what capacity? With both the Navy and Flynn? Did he help convert the IX-73 USS Zaca (mid-1943 image below) back to civilian use for Errol?


      • David DeWitt

        November 24, 2015 at 4:15 pm

        I have never seen this particular photo of the Zaca as a military vessel, nice!

        • Penny Lane

          November 24, 2015 at 7:16 pm

          Here’s another one with an interesting story about a guy who “learned” aboard Zaca. What a lucky guy!

          • David DeWitt

            November 24, 2015 at 11:48 pm

            Fascinating bit of history on this page and another view of the Zaca not seen before by me!

      • David DeWitt

        November 25, 2015 at 3:08 pm

        The Mail Bag brings a reply from Wallace Berry, Gentleman Tim:

        David, Pat Paterson had been on Zaca during its war service. Pat and Babe Lamerdin, Jack Geary and Eric Johnson had all been down in the So Pacific during WW2. They were the original crew that moved Zaca to Newport, and put her in the great condition she was on departure. My tie in was two fold – a Boston Blue nose schooner we owned and sailed on and being part of location/purchase of Zaca with Errol. At the time I was one of the founders of Sausalito yacht club. I was not a professional. I was still in high school.

        At the time Flynn, in Newport, suggested a guest crewman spot for me to France on the upcoming trip – that was in the framework of Pat, Babe, Jack all going. My dad approved my going at the time – because of them. At the Mulholland meeting – their salary request was disputed – the next morning on the ship Pat advised I had the ship. And so it stood until departure from Santa Monica.

        As to the “cabin Boy” bit – that cropped up with Nora about the time of Acapulco and lasted for about a day. The Hollywood gang had scampered off to LA and that left Bob, Bill, Vince (Hubbs man) and myself – save two or three Mexican crew hired there. We had the 17 Higgins runabout a nice little design and the 26 double ender powered with a little Grey engine. I remained aboard for a time doing light chores and spending time with the Pullen and Shoundoly families. The magazine, newspaper stuff created some reaction in my family (my Dad was KMAG in Korea, at the time) resulting in strong advice to bailout. My injury was also a cause for concern – that’s when I headed for Fort Sam Houston and Brooks hospital.

        I did not return to my senior year instead did the GED while in Letterman Presidio and from there was first mate on a large motor yacht owned by the man who ran Pacific Telephone – he fired me and sent me in a direction that put me in the stock market as the youngest trader (for awhile – soon overtaken) …

        Time to go, wb

        Wallace, thanks so much! We are honored that you take the time to reply …

        • Gentleman Tim

          November 25, 2015 at 3:42 pm

          WOW! How cool is that!!

          THANK YOU, Wallace!!!

          David, would you mind making Wallace’s reply it’s own post? This is some great history!