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Archive for August, 2016

Live from the Big Easy

19 Aug

A photo of the former Old Absinthe Bar (Now Tony Moran Restaurant Bar) from the location of Errol’s Bourbon Street Fisticuffs of ’43;

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— Gentleman Tim

 

Conversation with author Peter Valenti

18 Aug

Peter (Valenti) and I last night had our first conversation to what I hope will be many to come in the near future. I found him to be very open and an inviting gentleman. It felt as if I’ve known Peter (as he wanted me to call him to that of Mr. Valenti – which I generally address someone I respect) directly for a very long time, although I, as thousands of others, would know him indirectly through his book, Errol Flynn: A Bio-bibliography (1984).

I hope I have also encourage him to become a participator/author on this web site as some of us are, by contributing what he knows about Flynn and there about.
As I know in doing a book of the caliber in which he wrote, much research has to take place; his data bank is vast as I found out quickly in our conversation. Though he mentioned many more facts have been found since publishing his book which could have been great tools in finding more info, but as we both said and agreed, there are some many more findings yet to be had, as our man Flynn was a wondering adventurer which lived the lifes of ten men in such a short time; there are many more stones to over turned in finding gold.

Also we both agreed as with many here do too, Flynn was a much better actor than that ever given credit for and as time moves on, this is being recognized little at a time – the snobs of old Hollywood’s motion pictures die off and with this the findingsthem finally give kudos to that of what they called, “Hollywood’s Bad Boy” , thus pushing him aside – his due will be, one day, and I hope I am around to see him get posthumously his Lifetime Achievement Award (keep fighting for it Rory we stand strong behind you)…

Well Peter if you happen to read this, I hope you share with us more Flynn adventures in the very near future. Looking forward to our soon meeting over drinks and talking about one of our favorite subjects; Errol Flynn!

— Sergio

 
 

Mailbag! New! Restored Version of Santa fe Trail!

17 Aug
Our chum Karl Holmberg writes in:

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People who positively review (on Amazon) don’t appear to be Flynnophiles, nor film buffs in general but…
 
STILL~ it ain’t cheap!

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— David DeWitt

 

“King’s Rhapsody” (1955) Flynn’s last with Anna Neagle

15 Aug

“King’s Rhapsody” was the second and last film that Errol Flynn had co-starred in with British Movie Queen Anna Neagle, the follow-up to their successful “Lilacs In The Spring” earlier that year in 1955. Neagle’s movie mogul husband Herbert Wilcox produced and directed this lavish production shot in the expensive CinemaScope process and filmed in beautiful EastmanColor with a cast of thousands. Unfortunately “King’s Rhapsody” is a misfire and an outright dud. Worst of all it’s boring.  Based on the beloved Ivor Novello West end musical about a fictional Balkan kingdom, Laurentia and it’s playboy Crown Prince and later King Ricki (Errol Flynn) who loves his mistress Marta (Anna Neagle) but is forced to marry the Princess Cristiane of Norseland (Flynn’s wife Patrice Wymore). In spite of the gorgeous Barcelona, Spain scenery capture by Wilcox’s cameras, movie audiences have to sit through one endless song after another including a boring six-minute ballet danced by Wymore, who has the best-looking legs in films with the possible exception of Cyd Charisse. When Errol Flynn is allowed to act, he delivers a powerful, dramatic performance as the star-crossed monarch destined to lose both his crown, his kingdom, and his son.  However Flynn is used as a handsome smiling prop as both Anna Neagle and Patrice Wymore constantly sing and dance around his character.  After the first few songs, Errol Flynn looks downright embarrassed which probably explains his bad behavior during the making of the film as reported by Anna Neagle herself in a TV interview. Unlike the charming, under-rated “Lilacs In The Spring”, “King’s Rhapsody” was a box office stinker in both Great Britain and the USA. Neagle’s cinema career was also mortally wounded by the film as she made only four more films before retiring. On a positive note, the “King’s Rhapsody” DVD sold on Amazon is a beautiful, pristine widescreen version of the film.  Ralph Schiller

— rswilltell

 
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Uncle Sam Needed Rubber for War

13 Aug

Errol & Olivia Help Out

Rubber for Boots

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— Gentleman Tim

 

30 Top Errol Flynn Films with Posters & Ratings!

13 Aug

Hey David….A friend of mine from London….did a Top 30 rated Errol Flynn You Tube video….figured you would enjoy it. Lots of great Flynn posters in the video.

Hope all is well!

Cogerson.

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Thanks so much!

— David DeWitt

 

The Evolution of Don Juan

12 Aug

Spanish Monk to Mozart, Mozart to Lord Byron, then on to Hollywood – Barrymore to Fairbanks to Flynn & Beyond:

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For French-speaking Fans of Flynn:

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Here, as the trailer accurately attests, is “The Man Who Will Forever Be the King of Adventurers”

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— Gentleman Tim

 

Did Errol Live Here (Too!)?

11 Aug

If so, when? When he first arrived in Hollywood, before he hit it big with Blood?

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Hollywood Landmarks: the 1929 Villa Bonita Building

Hollywood Landmarks: the 1929 Villa Bonita Building

— Gentleman Tim

 

Sailing with Senor Flynn — August 1937

10 Aug

August 5, 1937: LA Evening Herald Express, Harrison Carroll

Errol was the lad who said that no women, not even Lili Damita, was going to be allowed on his boat — and we were the sucker who printed it… Well, Lili must have changed his mind.

But quickly. The two of them are yachting at Catalina…Incidentally, Hollywood hears that Lili is home to stay…

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August 7, 1937: Peter Pry’s Notebook

Tennis shorts may walk in regiments on Hollywood, but they are strictly taboo in Ensenada. Errol Flynn made that embarrassing discovery a week ago, when he left his yacht, clad in the customary shorts, and strode into the little Mexican town. He wanted to send a telegram. On the main street, a gendarme in a blue coat, red trousers and gold braid, flagged Errol down. Argument ensued, Errol explained that his shorts were quite customary in Hollywood. But the minion of the law informed him that Ensenada’s morals could not be trifled with in such a manner.

Finally the copper pointed to a clothing store across the street and suggested that Flynn could settle the matter peacefully by making a purchase. Reluctantly, Errol bought a pair of trousers and donned them.

August 26, 1937: LA Evening Herald Express, Jimmy Starr

Errol Flynn isn’t sure , but he has a sneaking suspicion he’s been well ribbed. No sooner had he parked his boat near Todo Santos Island in Mexican waters than he was fined 200 pesos (about $50) for his failure to possess a deep sea fishing license.

The one thing that puzzles Errol is that the Mexican official had a new license already made out.

Here’s Errol a’sailing two months later:

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— Gentleman Tim

 

Manhattan Beach Mystery

08 Aug

Was Errol really ever Master of this recently-sold-for-$4M Manhattan Beach Manse? Or is this a Suburban Flynnian Myth? Anyone out there know?

“Originally built in 1934 and owned by Errol Flynn, this exquisite home exemplifies how a historic piece can be modernized while brilliantly maintaining the elemental setting of the beach. At 4,200 square feet, this spectacular home has three levels: the ground floor accommodates the living and dining rooms, kitchen and wine area; the mid-level features a billiard room, two bedrooms, and a playroom; and the third level hosts the master suite with a large entertainment deck area with fireplace and panoramic unobstructed ocean views.

A team of experts worked to modernize this home while keeping its history. In an effort to preserve the allure of the 1930?s and the Deco era, materials such as glass and stainless steel were used to magnify the appeal and charm that time period had to offer. No detail was neglected in the creation of this magnificent rejuvenation which epitomizes the charisma of the era in which its style was born.”

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— Gentleman Tim