A little Quiz!

28 Jan

In which of Errol’s movies is an important private date of him of significance?
Happy guessing!

— Tina


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  1. Gentleman Tim

    January 29, 2016 at 6:33 am

    I’m not sure if you’re referring to a girlfriend type of date, or a calendar type of date, Tina. But, if you’re referring to the latter, I will say the date of December 7, 1941, in the movie Dive Bomber, which, quite amazingy, was the first date in Lieutenant Lee’s Navy Flight Log (though the movie was completed and in theaters months before the attack on Pearl Harbor!)


    • Tina

      January 29, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      Hi Tim;
      This is a very good guess but it is not the answer.
      Sorry for not stating that, yes, it is a calendar date.
      Try again!

  2. Tom Webb

    January 30, 2016 at 5:56 am

    Hi Tina, I think it is “Captain Blood,” when Errol is reading the pirates’ articles of confederation of buccaneers, when they are agreeing to the rules they will live by. Errol mentions the date of this meeting in the film as “”June 20, 168– I forget the exact year, but between 1685 and 1688, the period it takes place in. I always wondered at this in-joke, as Errol wasn’t yet a star, and it seemed a risky thing to change whatever date they had in the script. But maybe he figured correctly that no one would notice.

    • Tom Webb

      January 30, 2016 at 5:59 am

      He did a similar thing in “Dawn Patrol,” when he tells Morton Lowry, playing David Niven’s younger brother Donnie, that his– Courtney’s– father is professor of biology at Queen’s University in Belfast, which of course was true of Flynn’s own father, Theodore Flynn, who was a professor of biology there. You have to love those movie in-jokes.

      • Tina

        January 30, 2016 at 6:48 pm

        Hi Tom;
        You took the wind out of the sail as I intended this to be my next quiz.
        Courtney’s father – professor of biology at Queen’s University in Belfast.

        But while we are at it here is another quiz.
        In which movie did Errol name something, which existed in his private life?

      • Tina

        January 30, 2016 at 6:50 pm

        Hi Tom;
        It’s great to see you on the blog!
        That is wonderful – you got it alright! June 20, 1867
        I think only few people would notice that? Just real fans!
        I never read the book so I don’t know if it is in the book or if Errol used it out of what ever reason, but it is great.

        • Tom Webb

          February 4, 2016 at 1:47 pm

          Hi, Tina. Thanks! I’m really sorry, I shouldn’t have mentioned the “Dawn Patrol” in-joke. It is amazing watching both those scenes, and realizing what he’s saying. I had seen “Captain Blood” a number of times, and never noticed that date. Then, one time, it just jumped out at me, and I replayed the scene, to make sure I’d heard right. It’s nice having that in the movie!

    • Gentleman Tim

      January 30, 2016 at 6:13 am

      Flynntastic, Tom!!!

      From Captain Blood
      From the great script by Casey Robinson (who also wrote Son of Captain Blood for Sean)

      Based on the novel(s) by Rafael Sabatini:

      Peter Blood:

      “We, the undersigned, are men without a country. Outlaws in our own land and homeless outcasts in any other. Desperate men, we go to seek a desperate fortune. Therefore, we do, here and now, band ourselves into a brotherhood of buccaneers… to practice the trade of piracy on the high seas. We, the hunted, will now hunt!

      Therefore, to that end, we enter into the following Articles of Agreement:

      First: We pledge ourselves to be bound together as brothers in a life and death friendship, sharing alike in fortune and in trouble.

      Second Article: All monies and valuables which may come into our possession shall be lumped together into a common fund… and from this fund shall first be taken the money to fit, rig, and provision the ship. After that, the recompense each shall receive who is wounded is follows: for the loss of a right arm: six hundred pieces of eight; left arm: five hundred; for the loss of a right leg: five hundred; left leg: four hundred…

      If a man conceal any treasure captured or fail to place it in the general fund, he shall be marooned. Set ashore on a deserted isle, and there left with a bottle of water, a loaf of bread and a pistol with one load. If a man shall be drunk on duty he shall recieve the same fate.

      And if a man shall molest a woman captive against her will… he, too, shall receive the same punishment.

      These Articles entered into this 20TH DAY OF JUNE, in the year 1687.

      Now, men, you’ve heard the Agreement. It’s the world against us and us against the world!”

      • Gentleman Tim

        January 30, 2016 at 7:00 am

        If this date was used by Raphael Sabatini in any of his Captain Blood literature, I am not aware of it. It could be a (364 to 1) long shot, that Casey Robinson created it not knowing of Errol’s birthday.

        At ~ 2:21 in this video, Errol delivers the line, in his magnificent Articles of Agreement monologue. Does he make the date up? You be the judge!…

        Awesome quiz, Tina!!!! Thank you.


        • Tina

          January 30, 2016 at 7:03 pm

          Hi Tim;
          Wow – posting the whole address that is great.

          I think, in my humble opinion it was Errol’s idea to change the date to his date of birth as a date must have been in the script. Anybody who has the book would know.

          But while we are at it here is another quiz:

          In which movie did Errol name something, which existed in his private life?

          • Tom Webb

            February 4, 2016 at 1:54 pm

            Was it related to his boat, his dog, or somewhere he lived?

            • Tina

              February 4, 2016 at 5:58 pm

              Hi Tom and Tim;
              No it is not a boat or dog or somewhere he lived.
              It is living, it is a name, he owned it and he mentioned it in a movie, like his date of birth in Captain Blood and in Dawn Patrol his father’s profession.

      • Tom Webb

        February 4, 2016 at 1:52 pm

        Thanks, Tim. It is a great scene in itself, and having that date makes it even better. I guess the date wasn’t a big deal, but it does seem a little risky, if he did it on his own. One can imagine Mike Curtiz or Jack Warner watching the daily rushes, and having a fit if someone noticed the date change. But I’m sure it got by, as no one would think of it. Or maybe Flynn had become friends with one of the writers, and they Okayed it? I’m guessing when he did that scene in “Dawn Patrol,” with his star status at that time, it wouldn’t have been a problem. I remember someone put a list on… of movie inside jokes– some really great stuff.