Before Blood

06 Jun

For what film was Errol tested that, if he had landed the role, would have been his first Hollywood starring role?

– He was considered for it before he was chosen for Captain Blood.

– It was based on a famous book.

– Though the story was a disaster, the movie was a success.

– Though it was fictional, it was based on real events.

– It would have been his first role with Alan Hale.

– It would have been his first role with Basil Rathbone.

– There were swords in the movie, but Errol would have never dueled against Basil with any of them.

– Russell Crowe played a somewhat similar role once.

– Kirk Douglas played a somewhat similar role once.

– Errol would have got religion in his role.

– Years later, he visited the location that was the setting of the film.

— Tim


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  1. Bob Schaffer

    June 6, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    I believe it was The last days of Pompeii. In Errols book he talks about the profound effect his experience visiting Pompeii had. I believe he said a dog snarling at his plight affected him too.

    • Gentleman Tim

      June 6, 2017 at 1:19 pm

      Spectacular, Bob. I know how exceptionally good you are at these quizzes, but I’m always still amazed at how quickly you can answer them.

      Here’s a couple of TCM clips with Marcus, the character Errol was tested for. And one with Baz in a 1970’s Studio 54 hairdo.

      Looks to me like Flynn could have been quite good in this.…


    • Gentleman Tim

      June 6, 2017 at 1:39 pm

      Lloyd Pantages – Los Angeles Examiner – June 8, 1935

      Errol Flynn, Warner’s about-to-be Irish screen sensation (if they ever give him a good role) has been done up in bolomania for the last couple of days testing for John Beal’s role in The Last Days of Pompeii. The reason for Mr. B’s withdrawal publicly is that he’s supposed to be ill, but actually he doesn’t like the way RKO keeps slipping him second leads.

    • Tony

      June 7, 2017 at 2:00 am

      Wow Mr. Schaffer, you are good!

  2. Bob Schaffer

    June 6, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Thanks for the compliment however I had a distinct advantage. I am a movie buff of 30s,40s,and 50s. I own the dvd. I am a dog lover and Errols telling of his experience with the canine snarling at his tormentor affected me.