Mail Bag! Errol Reichow for Gentleman Tim!

07 Jun

Something I have been wanting to post for one of your most devoted bloggers, Gentleman Tim. I am sure it will take a millisecond to identify the role and the picture but what fun that it is an autographed picture from one actor to another but more likely a friend to a friend.

There are two autographed pictures from Flynn to my father and they now bookend my bar on the top shelf as they once adorned the walls of my father’s house. You don’t need a spirit to watch over in so much as you need the spirit within to live with passion, with poise, and with an appetite that this may be the only chance you get so why not make the most of it, sound vaguely familiar? So, whatever lights that flame keep it burning bright as long as you can but if you ever feel the clouds are moving in look back as a reminder to those who have weathered the storms before you, set your compass, and chose a path that you believe in.

Unfortunately, it is not always wine. women, and song but what a wonderful world it would be if it was. Keep your eyes clear and ready for a fight but better a lover not a fighter yet if you do it right you can do both, and maybe even at the same time.
All the best me boy, ( I know I took that from someone else but come on it’s worth taking)

Errol Reichow


Thanks, Errol!

— David DeWitt


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  1. David DeWitt

    June 7, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    Copy sent to Rory Flynn!

  2. Gentleman Tim

    June 8, 2016 at 9:53 am

    What an Awesome photo and endorsement, Errol. Your Dad surely was a Great friend of Flynn, a bond Errol clearly recognized, enjoyed and benefitted from. This is visible in all the photos I’ve seen of your Dad with him – poolside at your home, out on the town in Hollywood, in Europe, and, very notably, at Forest Lawn, carrying Errol into eternity, when others had abandoned him.

    Thank you so very, very much, Errol.


    All the Best to Otto and his Boy Errol!!


  3. Sergio

    June 8, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    Grand picture! sure would love to have that in me collection – I love that movie, one of me top 5 films of Himself, and its a grand picture, t’is…
    Thanks for sharing Errol….

  4. Maria

    June 9, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    i found this photo quite by accident. It was taken on the Gentleman Jim set and includes Bruce Arnold, son of General ‘Hap” Arnold. I have not seen it before.Gentleman-Jim.jpg

    • David DeWitt

      June 10, 2016 at 12:03 am

      Maria, great find! Have not seen this before, either!

    • Gentleman Tim

      June 10, 2016 at 7:16 pm

      Terrific photo, Maria! Thank you.

      Hap Arnold was Huge in those days. A legend and icon of American military aviation, well known and liked in Hollywood. Your photo, of his son William “Bruce”, would have been taken in the summer of ’42, before his Senior Year at West Point. (Alan Hale’s outfit may lock down the exact scene being filmed at the time of Bruce’s visit.)

      I believe Bruce may have also been at Fort Myer, under George Patton, the day Errol rode the Roosevelt horse. I’ve also read that Hap Arnold knew Errol personally and used to show him new aircraft at March Field, not far east of LA.

      Bruce appears to be a very enthused fan of Flynn. The following year, he married Donald Douglas’s daughter, forever connecting those two pioneering aviation families. The family now has a vineyard and winery in Sonoma. We can toast their history with Flynn with one of their own bottles.…


  5. David DeWitt

    June 10, 2016 at 12:02 am

    Rory Flynn added the photo to her desktop on her Mac after she got this photo …

  6. Laura M.

    September 8, 2020 at 8:23 am

    I have a wonderful picture of Errol from a magazine that I bought on E-bay a while back. I would love so much to be able to share it with you all, but I just can’t figure out how to do it!! I’m so damn computer challenged! I have many, many pictures of Errol in my collection, but the one I’m speaking of I have never come across before. I guess you could say it’s a tad bit naughty, but then, so was Errol!!!
    Hope everyone is staying healthy and safe!!!! (Referring to the riots in case anyone has them as bad as we do in Portland)