Archive for March, 2016

Swann Song

18 Mar

A new article on My Favorite Year…

— Tim


How Irish was Errol?

17 Mar


— Tim


Mail Bag! Errol Flynn Stamps & Envelopes!

17 Mar

Gene Ingram, our member, wrote the following comment on the blog:

“Quite awhile back I had some dealings with an old gentleman that dealt in stamps and Errol had sent him a great number of 4 X 5 envelopes with his name printed on the back flap, in pencil on the front were several countries in Europe and South America inside were stamps from the 1940’s, the gentleman would then send them to Errol when he had collected a great number. I still have 27 of the envelopes and there are close to 100 stamps in them. The envelopes are the real deal, I don’t think anyone would go to the trouble of having them printed up , them collecting a bunch of WW II era stamps and filling them, and selling them for what I paid for them! I would add a picture but at 73, I am not that good at posting more than the printed word.”

I asked if he could get the photos to us, I’d love to see them, and he kindly sent me the following photos!





Thanks so much, Gene!

— David DeWitt



16 Mar

Errol-Flynn-2015 Both Warner Bros contract stars and good friends Errol Flynn and Alexis Smith were loaned out to MGM to star in different films in 1949: Flynn in, ”THAT FORSYTE WOMAN” and Alexis in, ”ANY NUMBER CAN PLAY”. While there they would meet in the commissary, They found few people would talk or say hello to them. They were surprised how cold and unfriendly MGM was VS. WB. They were glad when they had the opportunity to see each other while both were making a film there. Here is a candid photo of Flynn as Soames and Alexis as
Lon Kyng. The photo speaks for itself.

— Kevin Wedman


In should`ve been Flynn 8

16 Mar

Dear fellow Flynn fans,

here is one role Errol was practically sea- born for.

Heck, even Jack Warner had suggested our Hollywood hero for the role of the daring navigator 10 years prior to the 1951 version with Gregory Peck.

It is easy to envision our Hollywood hero as commander of the 7 seas and steering his career back on course.

Watch the whole movie here:…


— shangheinz


Cooper and the Captain’s Sword

16 Mar

Rock legend Alice Cooper mentioned that he had the sword of Captain Blood, himself, Errol Flynn – The same in fact, once used in the movie.

The worst part for me was the he mentioned that this was the same in which I’ve personally seen him using while performing in his many rock shows.  We all know that Alice is  deranged, or plays the part on stage, yet I somewhat think it must follow him throughout; why would anyone use this sword, once used by the legendary Errol Flynn portraying Captain Peter Blood, in the famous movie “Captain Blood” (1935)?

My question to Alice would be; was this the same/actual sword used in that famous scene in which he pierces through Levasseur (Basil Rathbone) on the rocky shore lines (Catalina Island) and kills him? Or was it a secondary sword (extra), prop maybe? This would make a big difference. If so, show me proof!

It bothers me to know that someone (Cooper) would be so ignoramusly like, to take such a chance in destroying something so iconic, one of a kind, which should be either in the hands of someone who really appreciates it and remembers that one of the greatest star was born using it on this beautiful film, and/or donated to the Smithsonian Institute, so everyone has a chance to appreciate it.

Unfortunately for myself, for reasons unknown, I never ask him as we crossed path along the way, for I too was in the same world, a performing musician of that same rock world. I can assure you this though, if ever I cross him again somewhere, I will put that question to him, and as any who care so, ask also if he would like to part with it, for I would love to have this in my collection, wouldn’t you?…………

— Sergio


We Welcome New Author Brenda Negri to The Errol Flynn Blog!

15 Mar

I am happy to announce that our own Brenda Negri is our newest Author on The Errol Flynn Blog! Brenda, we look forward to your posts!


— David DeWitt


Mail Bag! Ultimate Movie Rankings Errol Flynn Page!

14 Mar

From the Mail Bag!


Hey David….as we continue to get better information from the golden age of movies … we have been updating lots of stuff on our Errol Flynn page.  Over the years we have even changed our equations in calculating our movie scores … these changes have greatly improved many of Flynn’s movies.  You might find it interesting to see our new Flynn page.  Bruce Cogerson


Bruce, thanks so much! Magnificent work!

— David DeWitt


Huston we have a problem

14 Mar


Dear fellow Flynn fans,

here is a humorous account about that fightful night when the Baron squared off against the Huston.…

Not even Lady Livvie knew what the fuss was all about- if Errol got nasty and John saved the honour of his maid of the hour.

What we know for sure is, that both didn`t pull any punches and sealed a life long friendship sending each other to the hospital.

The bout turned bond and the motive may forever remain a mystery.

What is your educated guess?


— shangheinz


”OBJECTIVE BURMA” (1945) Dick Erdman interview on Errol Flynn.

13 Mar

OBJECTIVE BURMADick (Richard) Erdman (born on June 1, 1925)
”Actor Richard Erdman Remembers Errol Flynn, An Interview” (March, 2010).
Q: One of your most famous war films you made is ”Objective, Burma!” (1945).
A: Yes. That was one of the first really brutal war pictures; it broke a lot of ground. Raoul Walsh directed it.
Q; I like it because there’s not a lot of phony Hollywood drama crammed into it. It’s a very nuts-and-bolts procedural about infantry tactics and combat operations. You could almost run it for troops today as a training film.
A: I remember it was a miserable shoot. We did most of it during the summer up on that hill overlooking Warner Bros., and a swamp out in Pasadena on Lucky Baldwin’s old estate. We were out there, up to our necks in goddamn slime, carrying those guns through that swamp… it was awful. Two guys got killed on that shoot. One of them fell off a parallel, and another backed into—I can’t remember what—but it broke his spine and killed him.
Now Errol Flynn was a terrific guy; I liked him a lot. When that guy fell off the parallel, somebody said they should take his body to a hospital, but this unit manager we had—this son of a bitch—growled, “We’ll get this last shot, and take care of him when we go to lunch!” Errol said, very politely, “No, we stop shooting right now. Get that man to a hospital.” …and he walked off the set!
I remember the very first day, they brought us these awful lunches—powdered eggs and stewed tomatoes—just a shitty, awful lunch… and they served Errol the same thing! He took one look at that, and had it sent down to Jack Warner’s office, with a message: “We get decent food up here by two o’clock, or we stop shooting.” There was an actor named Frank Tang, who had a restaurant downtown called Tang’s. He said to Flynn, “You want Chinese food?” Thirty minutes later, they were unloading it for us. Flynn took the bill… and gave it to Warner!
Q;He took care of his men. Just like in the film. Thank you Mr. Erdman!

— Kevin Wedman

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