The Hearst heist

17 Jun

Dear fellow Flynn fans,

we were searching high and low, down and out all over the Lady from Shanghai for a fleeting Flynn:…
Can it be we were denied another escapist Errol at William Randolph Hearst`s Circus Birthday Party?
The obscured fella in the back passing by the massive mogul`s table with Gable has an utmost resemblance with the fabulous Gentleman Jim.
Your educted guesses are very welcome.

The game is aflynn,

— shangheinz


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  1. Gentleman Tim

    June 18, 2017 at 11:37 pm

    Good eye, zircusheinz! Sure looks possible!

    We know that Flynn and Niv were both there, both dressed as the lowest of circus workers, the poor souls on the “shovel brigade” tasked with cleaning up after the circus elephant, i.e. W.R. Perhaps, however, Errol had an alternate outfit.

    Using your superb technical skills, can you see if this mystery man’s left ear matches Errol’s?



    • shangheinz

      June 20, 2017 at 9:09 am


      It`s either Errol`s ear or Niv`s neck that can steer us clear here, Castleman Tim.

      • shangheinz

        June 29, 2017 at 3:04 pm


        The heist is heating up if we take Niv`s backhead hairline into account, Gentlemag Tim. I wonder if LIFE Magazine ran a piece on the party with a Flynniv photo in it?

        • Gentleman Tim

          June 30, 2017 at 9:57 am

          Well, heistheinz, I think you correctly pegged that figure and walk as being very much like Flynn. For me, it’s only the ear that appears off. Personally, I don’t see Nivin stridin’ with that particular brand of athletic aplomb or swagger.

          Perhaps it is Flynn, and if so, he’s likely to be running after and/or from some PYT. Perhaps even M.D.’s “neice”, Patricia, who had a San Simeon-sized crush of Errol. Indeed, they’re even writing new musicals about her lust for EF.

          Altarena’s new Alternative Season plays go back in time for inspiration

          According to my Hearst Caste tour guide two or so years ago, Errol was the only guest ever known to violate every one of Hearst House rules. Dorothy Parker apparently did an outstanding job of getting kicked out of the Castle, too.

          • Gentleman Tim

            July 9, 2017 at 5:51 pm

            Hola, hidingheinz, here’s more on Errol and the fool on the hill, starring Divas Davies & Davis,and the Dagwoods.



            • shangheinz

              July 11, 2017 at 10:16 am


              The operetta should feature a disguised Davis as Redbeard as well as Flynn friend and Gentleman Jim co-star John Loder (aka Mr. Hedy Lamarr), who according to his own indiscretion went the whole nine yards with Marion Davies on the rugs of San Simeon. Could it be that Errol took the fall for it, Castleman Tim?

              • Tony

                July 12, 2017 at 12:35 am

                shangheinz, I can’t get over how you and Tim know all this obscure stuff!

                • Gentleman Tim

                  July 12, 2017 at 1:21 am

                  Flynn’s the gift that keeps on giving, Tony!


                • shangheinz

                  July 12, 2017 at 8:44 pm


                  “It’s not what they say about you, it’s what they whisper…” Errol provides us with spicey stories up to this day and Gentlechef Tim serves us a new “Dish of Day” every day. Thanks for the kudos, A-Tone!

              • Gentleman Tim

                July 12, 2017 at 1:14 am

                The plot thickens, hirsuteheinz, as has Bette’s beard in her suit of pseudo-pirate stripes. Davies Dagwood daughter enters stage right, with no apparent stage fright.



                • Tony

                  July 12, 2017 at 1:56 am

                  From the sfcv web sight: “Patricia craves the narcissistic movie star Errol Flynn, who has been invited along with his current squeeze, Bette Davis”.

                  How many things are wrong with that sentence?

                  1, I never picked up on Flynn being narcissistic. Concerned about his appearance yes, but not narcissistic at all. 2, And if he ever wanted to “squeeze” Bette Davis it was with his fingers around her neck.

                  Ok, so this is obviously a farce. But it puts forth an image of Flynn that has not the slightest basis in fact, and could add to the many misconceptions that are out there about him.

                  On the plus side, that picture of Kim Long as Bette Davis is a sure cure for the public embarrassment a fellow might get during his first visit to a nude beach.

                  • Gentleman Tim

                    July 12, 2017 at 3:30 am

                    Well, Tony, at least they got Errol and his wardrobe perfect.

                    Poor Errol. Working for Warners could be hell.


                    • Tony

                      July 12, 2017 at 1:31 pm

                      Tim, the link you posted isn’t working for me. It could just be my computer, but it may be the link. Just letting you know so you can check the link if you think there’s a problem.


                • shangheinz

                  July 12, 2017 at 8:52 pm


                  For the sake of sale, I expect a stage fight close to a Ballroom Brawl between Bit__slap Bette and The Earl of __sex. In real life though those two primadonnas were merely fencing cheek to cheek, Don’t you think Gentleump Tim?

                  • Gentleman Tim

                    July 13, 2017 at 12:46 am

                    Buona Sera, Mr. Campbell. I don’t want to be catty, so I’ll just say I believe Errol and Arno enjoyed Bette equally.


  2. shangheinz

    June 1, 2018 at 8:46 am

    Let me add a new chapter to the Flynn- Hearst escapology:

    “There was nothing quite like dinner at St. Donat’s,” wrote Enfys McMurry, the Welsh-born author of “Hearst’s Other Castle” who now lives in Iowa. When the household staff of 40 was too small, waiters and butlers were recruited from Claridge’s and the Savoy in London. Guests included Winston Churchill, Welsh politician David Lloyd George, Bob Hope, Errol Flynn, Charlie Chaplin, Maurice Chevalier, Clark Gable and George Bernard Shaw. Joseph P. Kennedy, who was the American ambassador to Great Britain, visited with his wife, Rose, and their nine children, including a young JFK, who frolicked in the pool!

    Despite spending cartfuls of money on renovations, Hearst only visited the St. Donat’s estate five times. But he is surely remembered in the nearby villages. Not saddled by British convention, his was not a “Downton Abbey” existence. Rumors spread quickly in nearby villages of wild parties, public intoxication, nude swimming and sexual license, wrote McMurry. Today it remains controversial is any of that involved Hearst himself, except for his devoted, and public, affair with Davies. “We always had a good time at St. Donat’s,” wrote Davies in her autobiography.

    Seems whenever Flynn was in the fun would begin.

    • Gentleman Tim

      June 1, 2018 at 9:54 am

      Yes, indeed, st.shangheinz, I imagine Flynnie joined in on the ‘sinning’ at St. Donat’s, diving in the Lake with WR’s daughter, I mean Marion’s neice. … Wouldn’t be surprised if he also “warmed his feet”, played “hide the hot dog”, and did some “pole vaulting” with a royalette or three, a ‘la Annie Sheridan.…

      Here’s the second Patricia Hearst. Patricia Lake waa the first.


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