Eighty Years Ago — 4/13/1937 — Queen Mary

13 Apr

Hollywood Citizen News
Elizabeth Yeaman
April 13, 1937

Errol Flynn cables Warners that he will sail aboard the Queen Mary Friday,
and will report as soon as possible
for his picture, The Perfect Specimen, with Miriam Hopkins.

Then he may exhibit his battle scars, if any, to back up his tales about seeing action on the Spanish front.…

— Gentleman Tim


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  1. Gentleman Tim

    April 14, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    As always, all credit and great thanks to Flynn Research Maestro Karl Holmberg for so graciously making these and so many other historic news articles available for us to enjoy. Muchas gracias, Karl!

  2. David DeWitt

    April 14, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Elsewhere on the blog you will find more photos of members including me who have visited the QM and wandered about to the spots where Flynn is seen photographed on the way to Spain to cover the Spanish Civil War. I was able to find his cabin which has been renumbered. It was thought destroyed by renovations but in fact was not and I found it exactly where it was shown on an original map to the cabins. Use the search bar to find those older posts …

    Flynn Queen Mary 1937

    • Gentleman Tim

      April 14, 2017 at 10:48 pm

      Thanks to you, David, my elder son and I got a glimpse of Flynn’s Queen Mary stateroom, and other locations he visited on the ship. Btw, his stateroom was very strategically located!…

      • David DeWitt

        April 14, 2017 at 11:26 pm

        Indeed it was! As soon as I saw where that little bar was located, I knew Errol had planned things well for himself!

        By the way some info comes in from a passing ship:

        Eighty years ago is 4/13/37…not 3/13/1937. On 4/13/1937 Flynn is in London with Lili. Your source may have not done the math, according to my passing signal flags.

        Lili Flynn Waterloo

        Leaving Ireland

        On the 4/14/1937 Flynn leaves Waterloo Station in London, without Lili, to board the Queen Mary. The pix of him jumping over the railing were taken a few days later, 4/18-19/1937. Not on 3/13/1937.

        On 3/13/1937, Flynn was in Belfast visiting his father at the University. The next closest pic of Flynn is him leaving Belfast on 3/18/1937 to travel back to Paris to meet Lili.

  3. Gentleman Tim

    April 15, 2017 at 2:42 am

    Thank you very much for original photos and info. The 3/13/37 date was an obvious typo (not a math error, of course), with the correct April 13, 1937, date identified immediately below Elizabeth Yeaman’s name. The April 13 date is what accompanies the news article from which I quote.

    David, please encourage and empower this ship always passing in the dark to fly his colors and pass along his information in the form of original posts. That would be so much better for all. Please have him become an author and post all of what he knows. That would benefit all of us so very much more.

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