Errol Flynn – The Great White Hope of Hollywood

03 Jul

July 3, 1938

Los Angeles Examiner – by Dorothy Manners

Errol Flynn: White Hope of Color Writers

Errol Flynn may be a bit of a problem child to Warner Brothers, but he’s the white hope of the “color” writes for magazines and newspapers, who’ll take their movie heroes with a dash of excitement every time.

The same reasons that turn the hair on Errol’s bosses gray are the very ones that make him the pet of the scribes. No one ever seems to know where the dashing Flynn is going to be at any given time.

Hollywood used to be filled with gay adventuresome blades like Flynn in the “good old days.” Remember when John Gilbert and Great Garbo used to stage an “elopement” almost every weekend – and there was also the memorable occasion when John walked into the Beverly Hills police station and told the amazed captain he wanted to stay there for the night!

Wally Reid used to make Hollywood Boulevard sizzle as he tore by in his bright blue sportster with the top down, his blaring automoble horn heard for miles.

Rudy Valentino used to overwhelm lovely strange ladies by inviting them to tangle with him. After the dance was over, he would bow politely, escort them to their tables, and they might never see him again except on the screen! But what an adventure to write home about!

The present-day movie star has changed. Careers have been put above the excitement of being devil-may-care personalities playing for the crowds. Dignity has set in, in large doses.

Only Errol Flynn remains, a last remaining adventurer in a colony of actors who seldom do the unexpected anymore.

— Gentleman Tim


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  1. Tony

    July 3, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    What a great article Tim! It was a real joy to read.

    How do you come up with these? How you uncovered the mystery of the questionable “Mrs. Barbara Evens” in an earlier post still amazes me. Do you secretly have a staff of researchers working around the clock?

    • Gentleman Tim

      July 3, 2017 at 7:12 pm

      Thanks Tony, but all credit goes to Karl Holmberg for these wondrous old LA and Hollywood news articles I am honored to post.

      This one really captures the essence of the excitement Errol generated, didn’t it. To this day, he has no match.

      P.S. Dorothy Manners was a looker in her day!


    • Karl

      July 3, 2017 at 9:29 pm

      As WC Fields once said, Tony… “Don’t let the posey fool you”…

      “Gentleman” Tim is more than that… he’s extraordinarily GENEROUS, and most HUMBLE as well!

      The stuff he comes up with (and ESPECIALLY it’s interpretation) is ALL ON HIS OWN, is not only original… but positively divine!

      I haven’t met the likes of which since I sat down to dinner with the man himself (Lincoln Hurst) and silently… drank it all in!

      And Thomas McNulty… is OF this league of EXCELLENCE… as is our noble leader… WHO MADE IT ALL POSSIBLE, one David DeWitt!

      Thank you Tony, for allowing me to give the credit where it is REALLY due!

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