A moust have

06 Jan


Dear fellow Flynn fans,

let`s just post here pics of Errolesque actors that wore the must have moustache at least for a while, trial & error.


— shangheinz


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  1. Gentleman Tim

    January 6, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    Here’s some Mustache Ado About Nothing, heinzster:…

    • shangheinz

      January 7, 2017 at 8:57 am


      A fine example that at times every body in Thinseltown had to have a moustache, Barberman Tim. Even that Cabot guy tried…

      • Gentleman Tim

        January 7, 2017 at 9:16 am

        Silly Cabot. Everyone knows whiskers were for Flynn. A tricky kid he was.

  2. Gentleman Tim

    January 7, 2017 at 7:05 am

    It just dawned on me, redbaronheinz, that we should pencil in these pals of Errol. Though no one topped the tonsorial sublimity of Flynn, these three expatriates of England gave it the old Hollywood try.


    • shangheinz

      January 7, 2017 at 9:13 am


      There was a time when facial hair had flair all around the world, Gentleman Tash. For that Cantinflas guy it even became sort of an international passeport.

      • Gentleman Tim

        January 7, 2017 at 9:50 am

        Cantinflas’s ‘stache just can’t fly, hermanoheinz. It could use around another eighty days.

        But here’s a mexican movie muchacho, the great Gilbert Roland, (with his wife and former radio co-star to Errol, Constant Bennett) constantly better lookin’ than his cinematic compadre and tin-can lookin’ fellow countryman, Cantinflas.


        • shangheinz

          January 7, 2017 at 11:39 am


          Eventually even comedians grew some moss on their upper lips. Looked great on a stag night out…

          • Gentleman Tim

            January 7, 2017 at 12:44 pm

            Silly Abbot.

            • shangheinz

              January 7, 2017 at 10:08 pm


              The third man with Flynn roots to spot a ‘stach like Cabot and Abbot- Trevor Howard.

            • shangheinz

              January 11, 2017 at 6:17 pm


              Silly is who silly does.

        • shangheinz

          January 8, 2017 at 1:02 pm


          Ay Caramba, Gentlemuchacho Tim. Ramon preceeded Roland. I wonder if the original Ben Hur was the reason why Barrymore called Errol Navarre…

  3. shangheinz

    January 8, 2017 at 12:55 pm


    One has to admit that able Gable guy wore it well.

  4. shangheinz

    January 8, 2017 at 1:07 pm


    Vincent Price with a magnificent moustache, but more of a flynnister look.

  5. David DeWitt

    January 8, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Kevin Kline seems to prefer the look for his next Broadway role, too. Fitting the part he will play, and older actor with his own wicked ways …


    • shangheinz

      January 9, 2017 at 8:55 am


      K.K., another great entertainer, who almost looks naked sans moustache. Even the grand Kelly became moustketeer sometime. Ty for the info, Witty Dave!

  6. Maria

    January 8, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    The Male Garbo-with-a mustache


    • Gentleman Tim

      January 9, 2017 at 6:38 am

      Nils Asther! A great addition, Maria! – with a fascinating connection to Errol, before he landed in LALALand.

      Was Errol in Abdul the Damned?

      An Abdul the Damned close-up from Tina. Thank you, Tina, for your superative work on this and so much other Errolian research!


      • shangheinz

        January 9, 2017 at 1:18 pm


        King Farouk was another beard bearer as well as a friend of Flynn`s (fridge). He is likely to have coined the term walrus moustache…
        Errol was to appear in Gregory Ratoff`s spoof of the ousted Egyptian monarch in “Abdullah the Great” aka Abdullah`s harem”.

      • Maria

        January 10, 2017 at 3:18 am

        Nils Asther also appeared with Lili LaLa Damita in “The Golden Butterfly” directed by Michael Curtiz….small world! No one can wear the moustache like Errol tho!

    • shangheinz

      January 9, 2017 at 8:45 am


      Thank you for your prolonging my shortlist of beautiful beardos, Maid Maria. I counter with a John Gilbert.

  7. Gentleman Tim

    January 9, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Further proof of the futile pursuit of the Flynnmeister’s heroically hirsute superiority. Little Richard’s pilosity in particular has too much velocity. Looks like he jumped back in the alley with long tall sally at least a few too many times.

    And the upper lip oddity below should have been deloused and demoused long ago, forever extinguished from Water’s World, and ours.



  8. Gentleman Tim

    January 17, 2017 at 12:35 am

    As you surely know sirhirsuteheinz, there are mousts to have and mousts to have not.

    Some truly make one blue. … Whistle along with Hoagy & Bacall:…


    • shangheinz

      January 19, 2017 at 3:50 pm


      Bogart with a beard is more eerie than the Bogeyman itself, Derringerman Tim. Many mustacho men we discussed here attended his funeral, including Jack Warner:…
      James Cagney spots some Robin Hood looks in the pic above. No beardmen in sight at his last ride.…

  9. Gentleman Tim

    January 17, 2017 at 4:06 am

    A one, a two, a three-fo-five

    A little bit of Louie, the Mambo man


    • shangheinz

      January 19, 2017 at 4:10 pm


      Mambo, Hoolah or Duckwalk- no problemo for Groucho, who did his shaving with a sponge.

  10. Gentleman Tim

    January 19, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    Magic John Calvert, before he sailed the Sea Fox aground, playing Errol Flynn:


    • shangheinz

      January 20, 2017 at 11:07 pm


      A sleigh of wand produces Warren Williams, “magnificent scoundrel of pre-code Hollywood”. His beard seems almost Dali- esque, but still provided him with many dalliances.

      • Gentleman Tim

        January 21, 2017 at 8:26 am

        Ah, yes, daliheinz, perry pre-code williams himself, who once costarred with the most famous corpse in hollywoo history:


        • shangheinz

          January 21, 2017 at 10:21 am


          Just call me Dahliaheinz, Policeman Tim. While that murder in Monte Carlo may never be solved, the case of Elizabeth Short is just about to. Speaking of mindboggeling spiral stairmurdercases here is another Warner Bro’ as addition to this moustache gallery: Irish lad George Brent.

          • Gentleman Tim

            January 22, 2017 at 1:41 pm

            oh, manrayheinz, hopefully the mystery of lizzy will be revealed shortly. meanwhile, also seventy years later, errol’s “thin and precise” moust remains a must option for discerning men:



            • shangheinz

              January 22, 2017 at 3:22 pm


              Many men mustered a moustache, Gentleman Thin, but few wore it as well as Errol. Academy Award winner Robert Donat was the number one contender. Fortunately for Flynn he declined the Cap Blood assignement. That’s why we are all here today:…

              • shangheinz

                January 26, 2017 at 6:15 pm


                Just to finish the forth Captain Blood Naysayer off: Brian Aherne, who eerily resembled Errol and who also did some radio recordings with him.

                • Gentleman Tim

                  May 8, 2018 at 10:17 am

                  And, sailed over on the same ship to the U.S., ssparisheinz, with Lili in first, Errol in a class of his own.

                  Thank the gods of cinema that Aherne took the roll in Sylvia Scarlett with Katherine Heartburn. That could have been the end of Errol


              • Gentleman Tim

                May 8, 2018 at 10:07 am

                Did Donat donate his ‘stache as well as his role, countofviennaheinz?


                The Man Who Would Not Be Blood

                • Gentleman Tim

                  May 12, 2018 at 10:53 am

                  While tributing the great Donat, The Count of Monte Cristo, we moust not forget Louis Haywood, who, in his Hollywood heyday, played The Son of Monte Cristo.


                  p.s. In her brunette era, Joan Bennett looks a bit like Hedy.

      • Gentleman Tim

        January 21, 2017 at 8:27 am

        Ah, yes, daliheinz, perry pre-code williams himself, who once costarred with the most famous corpse in hollywood history:


  11. shangheinz

    January 29, 2017 at 8:43 pm


    Dirk Bogarde in the film role of Errol’s buddy Paddy.

  12. Maria

    January 30, 2017 at 12:30 am

    and I will raise you a Tom Conway…

    • Maria

      January 30, 2017 at 12:46 am

      In case you were wondering what the connection Tom is with Errol:

      Tom Conway (brother of George Sanders)starred in The Falcon. I have copied from a website:

      “With his Bond-like resilience and devil-may-care banter, the debonair amateur sleuth known as the Falcon makes the viewer feel reassured and protected as he leads us down those mean streets in search of answers—and gorgeous dames.”

      “Conway’s work in the Falcon deserves the Errol Flynn Prize for Formulaic But Consistently Awesome Performances. I’d also award him the Ronald Colman Cup for Fine Moustaches. If anybody ever looked more badass holding a teacup, I’ve never seen it. It’s not difficult to understand how the Falcon series—which RKO initially planned on cancelling soon after Sanders left—actually grew more popular once Conway took it over.”

      • shangheinz

        January 30, 2017 at 1:49 pm


        Thanks for bringing my attention to The Falcon, Maid Maria. I can`t wait to see Tom Conway drinks his tea with a splayed out pinkie. Now I reraise you with Ronald Colman, whose whiskers stood up starring with Tiger Lil`.

  13. shangheinz

    February 6, 2017 at 10:53 pm


    A moust laugh- Jackie Gleason!

  14. shangheinz

    February 11, 2017 at 2:17 pm


    The pencil Thin Man- William Powell.

  15. shangheinz

    February 12, 2017 at 9:06 am


    Ty’s stache masked Zorro.

  16. shangheinz

    February 23, 2017 at 7:09 am


    Dr. Zhivago is a moust see and would have been a Flynn-tastic film.

  17. shangheinz

    October 26, 2017 at 8:55 am


    Brad sPitting image of Flynn.

    • Gentleman Tim

      October 27, 2017 at 10:25 am

      Here’s a swift and taylor-made reply to that, sirhirsuteheinz:

      Fearless Flynn she is not, but nonetheless, here’s her fearless self:


  18. shangheinz

    November 20, 2017 at 4:02 pm


    Yes he Kenneth. This is definitely no mouse-tache, but more of a hamster Sir Branagh is wearing as the new Poirot in “Murder on the Orient Express”.

  19. shangheinz

    December 12, 2017 at 8:39 am


    Tom Selleck, who was considered for the role of Errol in the TV movie “My wicked wicked ways” but lost out to Duncan Regehr, was another actor who wore his magnum moustache well.

  20. shangheinz

    December 14, 2017 at 1:04 pm


    John Carroll, former Zorro and fidel flynntimo facing Castro with Errol during the Cuban Revolution.

  21. shangheinz

    December 19, 2017 at 8:49 am


    Another hunk who moust have been baywatching Errol’s lifestyle closely:…

  22. shangheinz

    December 25, 2017 at 6:54 pm


    Timothy Dalton got the purr, the flair and the facial hair of Errol in his villainous role of Neville Sinclair in “The Rocketeer”. Even as a baddie he entchants the girlie. Unfortunately he also plays along the Higham hoax and buys into Flynn as an Alter Eagle of Nazi Germany. I wish this superb stage actor had been given the chance for a third assignment as James Bond in “Goldeneye” as originally planned.

  23. Gentleman Tim

    January 14, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    According to this, hispidheinz, bacteria and mustard gas helped pave the way for Flynn and all the pencil-thins. But it was all kicked downhill again come the Great Depession.…


  24. Gentleman Tim

    January 14, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    Oh, I wish I had a pencil-thin musache
    Then I could be anyone I wanted to be,
    Maybe suave Errol Flynn or the Sheik of Araby.


  25. Gentleman Tim

    January 31, 2018 at 11:10 pm

    In the Footsteps of Errol, here’s Austria’s “Turkish Delight” showing some Flynn.


    • shangheinz

      February 2, 2018 at 2:34 pm


      Sadly I missed Turban Bey by a hairline, when he died a few years back in Vienna. He resettled here after his Hollywood days and was very approachable for interviews. Austria honored him with a special stamp. There even is a documentary out called ” Chased by luck” about him, where he recalled Errol as enchanting and very kind and Lana Turner as mesmerizing and kind but of a different kind…

  26. shangheinz

    February 2, 2018 at 2:55 pm


    Sea Sparrow Johnny Depp was quite convincing as human train wreck on the Orient Express comlete with stach upper lip.

  27. shangheinz

    March 4, 2018 at 9:54 pm


    Here’s one that moust not get away. Cesar Romero, initially part of the Flynntourage during the Damita years. Also very friendly with Tyrone Power and most famous for raising the bar for all later comers as the original Joker in the Batman TV- series.

  28. shangheinz

    March 6, 2018 at 10:36 am


    For Walt “Call me Uncle” Disney a moustache was rather a mouse have than a must have. Still he gave Errol an idea of how to dress when starting out in Hollywood.

  29. shangheinz

    April 5, 2018 at 7:07 am


    Rival in love for that Forsyte woman and the original choice for that unflynnished film.

  30. Gentleman Tim

    April 7, 2018 at 10:54 am

    Dear Sir Shang,

    Inspired by the sedulity of this thrilling thread of yours, I have assiduously searched my ever-more-musty memories for evidence of who it was that first inspired our suitably hirsute Hollywood hero to wear a pencil-thin moustache.

    After diligent deliberation – using the tried and true investigative method of timeline analysis – Voila! I now know!

    First, it must be established that fearless thespian Flynn was essentially always hairless above the lip prior to Captain Blood. (Except, of course, in that Curious film in which he played the maniacal Mr. Moxie, when he wore that Magic Marker-thick monstrosity of a mustache, rather than a pencil-thin.)

    Next, we see him in Don’t Bet on Blondes, No stache there!


    Then, Blood. Barely more a ‘stache than Lady O Herself!


    • shangheinz

      April 8, 2018 at 7:15 pm


      Well Barberman Tim, back in those bygone silentmovie days in order to fill someone’s swashbuckler boots, a moustache was an almost must. Some sort of hereditary habit if you will.

  31. Gentleman Tim

    April 7, 2018 at 11:19 am

    But then, as can be seen in the link below, Flynn charged forward after Blood with his famous pencil-thin.…

    So, what happened between Blood and Charge? … Who with a(n) (in)famous mustache did Errol meet for the first time in between Blood and Charge??

    Three Clues: Lili was there. So was another famous foreign actress. It did not happen in the U.S., nor overseas.

    (This is all in humor, of course, Sir Shang, but historically accurate nonetheless.)


    • shangheinz

      April 8, 2018 at 7:21 pm


      My first choice was John Barrymore. Any good, Guessinggame Tim?

  32. Gentleman Tim

    April 8, 2018 at 12:44 am

    Many would say this circa-’35 moustache that Errol saw was much more a moust-not-have than a moust have.

  33. Gentleman Tim

    April 8, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    This (in)famous moustache that Errol saw for the first time in ’35 was connected to a woman with whom he allegedly once had an affair. He reportedly gave vague details of his brief, but memorable relationship with her, but did not include any mention of an affair in My Wicked Wicked Ways.

    They first met in late 1935. He later described her as exotically beautiful, with long dark hair, and piercing eyes. At their first meeting, she wore see-through clothing with nothing underneath.

    • shangheinz

      April 8, 2018 at 7:31 pm


      If Frida Kahlo is the woman you were refering to, Riveraman Tim, I beg to differ. She was wearing her moustache above her eyes!

  34. Gentleman Tim

    April 9, 2018 at 10:28 am

    Are you sure, Sir Shang? I think Tyrone P. may have loaned his unibrow to Senorita Frida, who, in turn, loaned her pencil-thin to Mr. Flynn. Then Kahlo trotted off with Trotsky. Maybe Breshnev was inspired by her too??


  35. Gentleman Tim

    April 24, 2018 at 4:55 am


  36. Gentleman Tim

    April 26, 2018 at 5:03 am

    Note to Professor Heinz:

    “[S]tudent nurses learning how to bandage the torso of a mannequin sporting an Errol Flynn-like moustache.”…

    • shangheinz

      April 26, 2018 at 12:56 pm


      The beard as benchmark put aspiring actors under duress, Gentleman Trim. Patrick Knowles was no exception and made for a formidable Flynn lookalike.

      • Gentleman Tim

        April 26, 2018 at 2:11 pm

        A good guy, friend to Errol, and actor, but Knowles was nolo contendere to Flynn – except for, as you punnily put it slangheinz, his moust-have moustache. Here’s a bit of his obit:

        “A moustache can make a difference. Without it, Patric Knowles was just another of Hollywood’s handsome British types, but with his upper lip decorated he was dapper, distinguished, roguish and dashing – just like Errol Flynn.”…

        And here’s Errol engaging in a touch of Patricide, for his buddy/brother having twice made moves on Errol’s girl, first in Charge, and then in Four’s a Crowd.


        • shangheinz

          April 26, 2018 at 3:11 pm


          This blog is quickly becoming the equivalent of the longest running theater play on London`s West- End: “The mousetrap” by Agatha Christie. Let`s therefore call this here “The Mousttrap”, shall we Gentleman Wiff?

          Pat was a class act, still I think David Niven would have been an ideal Will Scarlett. But we left another brother from an other mother and a different father out, when it comes to fury lipped Flynnalikes. Freddie McEvoy acted out in “Song of the desert”, even though he is more difficult to spot than Errol in “Lady from Shanghai”.

          • Gentleman Tim

            April 26, 2018 at 7:17 pm

            I agree with you, s.h., P.K. was moust definitely a class act, stache or no stache (grassy Knowles or no grassy Knowles.) E.F., however, did write to him in the Summer of ’40 or so to address two urgent matters. First and formoust, P.K.’s decision to train in Canada as an RAF pilot. Secondly, to (humorously) chastise him for taking towels from the Hotel del Coronado, compromising Errol’s good name there.



          • Gentleman Tim

            April 28, 2018 at 4:51 am

            There’s something about Matt’s moust, too, hypertrichyheinz.


            • shangheinz

              May 2, 2018 at 3:20 pm


              Moust ado about nothing, Goatee Tim, the slouch hat lacks sex appeal very much. Dodgeball City head honcho Ben Stiller shows how to wear it well.

  37. Gentleman Tim

    May 21, 2018 at 3:15 am



    • shangheinz

      May 21, 2018 at 4:16 pm


      Reggie was a wicked choice for Errol, especially when the role could easily have gone to Tom Selleck and Kevin Klein, ain’t that right Blogman Tim? I prolongue this facial hairy thread stating the importance of being Ernst. Bud that is, flying ace & private pilot, many marrying man, actor on „Murder in a private car“ ultimately going out with a blast showing Flynn a way out he wasn‘t willing to take.

  38. Gentleman Tim

    November 5, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    here’s a guy errol could have played exceptionally well, gunpowderheinz.


  39. Gentleman Tim

    November 13, 2018 at 11:03 pm


  40. shangheinz

    January 12, 2019 at 12:30 pm


    Hollywood Boulevard Bill was a designated Flynn heir. But then Holden took to the bottle (not a baby one at that) and exed himself out of competition. He wore a stache for a while. One can image this fine actor very well for “The Roots of Heaven” as Forsyth, the role eventually Errol took over.

  41. shangheinz

    May 21, 2019 at 4:41 am


    Bill Bakewell, actor and Lady Livvie’s laddie at some soirees.

  42. Gentleman Tim

    May 29, 2019 at 9:00 am

    hola, muchachoheinz. thanks to king karl we can remember to honor this distinguished guy to your moust-have list, now an A to Z list (with perhaps the most spectacular Z ever scripted)

  43. shangheinz

    September 11, 2019 at 4:29 pm…

    Dive bomber co- pilot Fred MacMurray stashed a mouse for some time. He had to shave it off though, before becoming Uncle Walt`s favourite human Disney character.

    • Gentleman Tim

      September 12, 2019 at 1:05 am

      dear doubleindemnityheinz,

      Fred MacMurray knew he was no Freddie McEvoy, never mind Errol Flynn. So, maybe he thought he growing a pencil thin would boost his sex appeal. It doesn’t appeared to have worked as well as it did for Flynn, though he did end up with three sons, Uncle Charlie, and a shaggy dog, living with him.

      Let’s ask Alexis:

      Alexis, who looked better, Errol Flynn or Fred MacMurray?

      Alexis’s answer here:…

    • Gentleman Tim

      September 12, 2019 at 1:29 am

      P.S. startrekheinz: have we lost in all this astromically-good space, the first intergalactic Robin Hood – and one with an English accent, no less! P.S. himself:…

  44. Gentleman Tim

    September 14, 2019 at 10:29 am

    Let us not forget Raul Julia, gothicheinz.

    Here he is with Thing giving all he has lending a hand:…

  45. Gentleman Tim

    October 5, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    Get a lode of John Loder in his pre-Lamarr days, frequencyhoppingheinz. On the day of their wedding, it is said, Hedy had the future Mr. Hedy Lamarr shave off his stash, forcing Warner Brothers to finish filming his parts in One More Tomorrow with a fauxstachio.…


  46. shangheinz

    October 10, 2019 at 9:07 pm…

    In Ava‘s book almost another Flynn: part time actor Paul Books.