Stuntmen, stand-ins and stooges V

15 Sep


Dear fellow Flynn fans,

with the long summer almost gone, I feel it`s time for a fall full of Flynnanigans.

One man that took a fall for Errol time and time again was Don Turner. He also doubled for Ronald Reagan, Gary Cooper and most of all George Brent. Having a special stock company contract at Warner Bros., he stood out for putting safety first when the gross majority of gutsy fall guys were out to prove their stuntmanlyhood with reckless behaviour. Taking it extra easy he retired at the height of his career to run a ranch with his wife in the Elysian Valley. Flynn`s “house business manager” eventually took over this role as you can read here:…
Don Turner came back from retirement to double none other than daredevilish- do it yourself action actor Burt Lancaster in “The flame and the arrow”, the film that actually can be viewed as the blueprint for Errol Flynn`s sadly missed “Wilhelm Tell”.


— shangheinz


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  1. rswilltell

    September 15, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    Heinz, we are happy that you are back. Thanks for honoring stuntman Don Turner! Ralph Schiller

    • shangheinz

      September 15, 2016 at 12:54 pm


      It is good to be back (in action), Rushstreet Ralph. Thanks to you and all other fellow Flynn fans here for meanwhile holding the fort, rather the port!

  2. Gentleman Tim

    September 16, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    Welcome back, miaheinz! It wasn’t the same here on the EFB without you. No stand-in could stand in for you. Only a stooge would try such a stunt.

    • shangheinz

      September 16, 2016 at 4:00 pm


      I am never far away from our Errolivingroom, Chieftain Tim. Great work so far. Looking forward to many more pow wows, hugh!

      • Gentleman Tim

        September 16, 2016 at 10:39 pm

        Yes, chiefpunningbull, Indians from all Nations loved Flynn …. though he did occasionally get scalped. At Little Big Horn by a Sioux of the Black Hills of South Dakota, and, much more savagely, by a ferociously fierce Shoo Shoo warrior up on Lookout Mountain in the Colorful Hills of Hollywoid: