Mail Bag! Errol Reichow, on Mr. Errol Flynn, his namesake!

18 Feb

The Mail Bag brought a real treat today, and there was more in store as I opened the subsequent emails from Mr. Errol Reichow. Here is his first email to me:

Salutations Mr. DeWitt,
If you would be so kind as to post this picture to the Errol Flynn blog along with anything else you see fit it would be appreciated. I send my favorite picture to you of my namesake because it is by the pool where I grew up and the house I still have which is my own Shangri la. Please share the post if you decide to toss it up for those who may find interest.
My father (Otto Reichow) always used to tell me why he named me Errol. Zo mit his sic german acsunt I vould hear  ” If you have half the life Flynn has had then you will have had a good life”. Errol set the bar high and left behind a blueprint as ones did before him so we follow, walk along, and continue ahead down the path we all must travel but chose to in so many different ways which make our lives truly unique. Yes, my heroes gowning up were Errol Flynn (namesake), John Wayne, Bruce Lee, and countless other icons that added a spring to my step and kept a sparkle in my eye because that’s what inspiration does.
One could easily go on for pages about the stories but we all have caught bits and pieces in the wind that fill our sails and take us down memory lane and then with the next tack we are faced with present day reality yet look unto the horizon for a better tomorrow and try to keep a true course. It is said that some people should never die and others should never be born but that just isn’t the way life is so keep the best alive in memories and forget the rest for that is the natural progression and key to perseverance. From what I have heard Errol liked to live on his terms and why not it was his life and better to live it your way than somebody else’s interpretation.
There will only be one Errol Flynn and this picture, by my father’s pool, captures it in the twilight of a supernova. Errol has his Vodka and cigarette in hand as he waves with a smile maybe thinking thanks for a great journey and happy to have done it my way sport. With all the pain one can suffer in life and endure the hardships it is good to know that a smile can always be found just around the corner. This was one of the last pictures of Errol in the land that made him and tried to break him known as Hollywood. My father took Beverly and Errol to the airport to catch a flight to Vancouver and that was the last my father and the world ever saw of Flynn, but the spirit lives on for those who wish to remember and we remember because we want to not because we have to – that is how Errol and we all should live our lives.
So long Sport and thank you for a great name.
Errol Reichow
But there was more! In the next email …
Again, the attached picture is better resolution and this card is from the final memorial service held for Errol Flynn at Forest Lawn Glendale October 19, 1959. I am sure you can crop and enlarge the quarters. If you feel it is worthy of a post please do so.
And finally these wonderful images!
Mr. DeWitt,
The attached picture is better resolution. I saw some old images of Flynn on your blog inquiring where these photos where taken, I believe the response was some hotel but I assure you it was from the home of my father Otto Reichow. The house is currently empty and is located at 1599 Sunset Plaza Dr in the Hills above West Hollywood. There are newspaper shots and various photos floating about from this location as a photographer had contacted my father and asked permission to come by and take some snaps. I have various shots my father saved and then others I see from time to time but felt compelled to clarify the location and mysterious gentleman to the right, my father.
Otto was also a pall bearer at Flynn’s funeral.
Errol, we can’t thank you enough for kindly sharing these extraordinary photos with us! It is such a rare and wonderful thing when somebody comes forward with images like this, and we all appreciate it so much! Your namesake looks like he is full of mischief, and has the expression on his face of someone looking about for the next source of a bit of fun …
Thanks again, Errol!


— David DeWitt


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  1. Maria

    February 19, 2016 at 12:08 am

    What a wonderful contribution you have made! Thank you very much.

  2. Gentleman Tim

    February 19, 2016 at 2:09 am

    What a sensationally generous and inspirational post., Errol! Thank you so much.

    By the way, did this home have a role in Rain Man, as the home of Charlie Babbitt?

    … And did Brad Pitt once live there (in real life), too??

    A Flynn, Cruise and Pitt connection. That would be something!!!



    • David DeWitt

      February 19, 2016 at 6:12 am

      Tim, Errol Reichow wants to reply to your comment:

      Greetings David,
      It is a pleasure to know that people still appreciate a glorious past which holds hope for a great future. I wish to respond to Sir Gentleman Tim’s acute reply on a Holy Trinity of Sorts. Yes, this was the playground for Flynn, my father, neighbor Sammy Davis Jr, and countless other name drop sakes. Yes, it was the location in Rainman which coincidently launched my career in locations and permitted me to raise a family. Lastly, this was the residence of Mr. Brad Pitt for some 2 + years prior to the making and release of “Interview with a Vampire” and “Legends of the Fall”. While many of the homes in this area now embrace a clean and sterile look I find it refreshing to hold onto the past in style and grace to walk along paths so rich in history that you find yourself pleading for the walls to talk.

      • Gentleman Tim

        February 20, 2016 at 7:54 am

        Wow, Errol, what a Location, Location, Location. Flynn, Cruise & Pitt – and all the other greats you reference. And so very cool it proved so helpful to your career in locations.

        Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

        btw, Errol, do you know if Tom and/or Brad knew (or now know) of the Flynn connection??


        Charlie Babbitt’s Apartment from “Rain Man”

  3. Bob Schaffer

    February 19, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    Errol: This is truly a great post. I wonder is the property a multifamily I noticed what appears to be 3 mailboxes in the last photo.Thanks David.

  4. twinarchers

    February 20, 2016 at 2:17 am

    Great stuff thanks.

  5. Tina

    March 7, 2016 at 2:19 am

    Thank you David for posting it and thank you very much Errol Reichow for sending this lovely story to us, which is very much appreciated.
    Here is the link where some pictures were questioned as to their location and now we know.

    Thank You

  6. shangheinz

    March 15, 2016 at 6:47 pm


    Drumroll for Errol! Thank you for sharing your never before seen photos with us blogheads. This is what this site is all about, if you have any news on our Hollywood hero let it all out. PS: Can it be that Pat Wymore had visited your father`s house too? That would be another brick in the wall…

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