Eighty Years Ago — 4/17/1937 — The Producers

18 Apr

Los Angeles Evening Herald Express – Jimmy Starr – April 17, 1937

Hollywood is full of producers. The actual producers of films seen on the country’s
screens are unknown to the movie fans. The producers of the films which are never
seen in theaters are world famous.

The latest Hollywood paradox involves the growing fad of 16mm motion pictures. Inspired
by the candid camera, to which many stars remain loyal, the movie star amateur has
progressed to the point where his 16mm productions show all the “production values” of
their own starring vehicles.

A dozen high ranking stars in Hollywood, among them Wallace Beery, Robert Montgomery,
Claudette Colbert and Errol Flynn have turned “producer,” showing their films to a small,
select group of friends. Flynn, by the way, took his movie camera to Spain with him. In
addition to filming over there he also goes in for natural history dramas, his prize being
the courtship of the tarantula.

Is that the tarantula in the background, lying on the boat deck above?

— Tim


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  1. Gentleman Tim

    April 18, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    Was Jimmy Starr referring to that allegedly merciless maneater,Tarantula la Damita?

    Female Tarantulas Cannibalize Mates Because They Can


  2. David DeWitt

    April 18, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    Here are some other photos from this March 1939 trip with Lili Damita:




  3. shangheinz

    April 20, 2017 at 7:47 pm


    I hope some day someone comes up with those intimate 16mm films, Cameraman Tim.
    Just like Witty Dave with those rare pics. Thanks.

    • Gentleman Tim

      April 21, 2017 at 3:12 am

      Great find, sherlock! That would be wonderful!

      Pray Tell. I wonder what Roddy MacDowell had from and of Errol.…

      It’s said, too, like there may have been some film of the Flynnman (and Maid Marion) taken by dear old rathbone. That, too, would be bazinating to see, too.

      Errol Flynn’s home movies?

      • shangheinz

        April 21, 2017 at 11:11 am


        Roddy didn`t do so well when he was hoovercrafted. It sure is a tale to Tell.