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Errol at Harvard

28 May

On the Radio – At the Science Center

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  1. rswilltell

    May 31, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    Tim and all concerned; Can anyone provide more than a single episode of Errol Flynn’s radio series ‘The Modern Adventures Of Casanova’? The one episode about the missing arms of the Venus de Milo statue is the only one produced so far? Thanks Ralph Schiller

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    • Gentleman Tim

      May 31, 2016 at 6:46 pm

      Excellent question, Ralph. I have not heard any and do not know what exists beyond the Venus de Milo broadcast, if anything at all. Perhaps the went missing with Miss de Milo’s arms. (Apologies for my lame attempt at disarming humor.)

      I believe David and Karl may be authorities on this topic, certainly not me. Whatever’s in store for future researchers I don’t know, but Digital Deli sure leaves me in a pickle with the “definitive” program it has served up. Hard to reconcile their very precise and comprehensive program listings with the possibility that only one show was ever produced and broadcast.

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      • rswilltell

        June 1, 2016 at 12:40 pm

        Tim; Thank you for providing this great find. I will read this closely. Yes it would indicate that 39 shows were produced. If yes then where are they? And why only the single episode surviving? These are not the only lost radio programs. Another aspect of Errol Flynn’s career shrouded with mystery! Ralph Schiller

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  2. Gentleman Tim

    June 1, 2016 at 11:29 am

    I’ve added above a transcription of Errol’s very Errolesque/Casanovan Opening for The Modern Adventures of Casanova.

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  3. David DeWitt

    June 1, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    The Modern Adventures of Casanova (Aka: The Missing Arm of Venus de Milo). May 22,1952. Mutual net.The descendent 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! 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. 25:25

    Karl Holmberg added elsewhere on the blog:

    A whole INTENDED (8-21 programs) series of “THE MODERN ADVENTURES OF CASANOVA” – circa 5/22/52 (based on information contained in a letter, with MGM letterhead, for sale on internet). Only one episode was made or has survived entitled “THE MISSING ARM OF VENUS DE MILO”. Also referred to as “JAMACIA” under University of Memphis radio archives. Flynn apparently headed for Europe sometime after recording of this program in NYC (in addition to 3 Toast of the Town appearances) where Crossed Swords, illness, and William Tell were to ultimately face him. And, given the events of the aforementioned, I do not believe that Flynn had the “inclination” to come back and complete the terms of his Casanova contract (dated 11/15/51) and record any additional programs.

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    • rswilltell

      June 2, 2016 at 1:23 pm

      Tim and David; For years I agreed with the research above that only a single, pilot or audition show was created for Errol Flynn’s ‘Modern Adventures Of Casanova’ radio series. Now Tim discovers this log that not only lists most of the shows but their airdates as well as plot description. Some of the episodes are even reviewed after the broadcast. The syndicated radio dramas of the 1950’s which showcased major film stars was old-time radio’s last stand to get back the audiences they lost to television. These ‘canned’ radio adventures were generally in the can before debuting on local stations. We may get lucky some day and find these lost adventures starring Errol Flynn and the storylines sound great. Ralph Schiller

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