Thank Our Plucky Stars

13 Jul…

    Magnificent, Flynn! Magnificent!

    What other non-singing, non-dancing star but Errol could have pulled off anything as clever and fun as this? It’s no wonder he was so phenomenally popular.

    — Tim


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  1. Philip

    July 13, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Sublime and effortless. Warner should have mined this side of Errol’s talent

  2. The Zaca

    July 13, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    This entire film is a delight including Bogart’s scene, Ann Sheridan’s and many more. Definite must own, Thank Your Lucky Stars can be bought in a triple package along with Hollywood Canteen and This Is The Army. Get it now! :)

    • Tony

      July 14, 2017 at 1:26 am

      In this clip, Errol comes across as doing the scene with full confidence, and without reserve or sense of embarrassment. That says a lot for him as a master entertainer, and as a man. You can’t be an good entertainer if you’re afraid of humiliating yourself while acting silly as part of a performance. And to act silly as part of a performance, without the fear of humiliating yourself, you have to be confident in the sense of who you are. You have to be comfortable in your own skin.

      That he could hold it together for such a performance, especially after the emotional trauma he suffered early in 1943, is a testament to this very amazing man. Again, I don’t know how he did it.

      • Sergio

        July 14, 2017 at 11:16 am

        Tony my dear chap – I think the answer you are searching for is called; Alcohol. Yes this medicine can make a mountain of a man even if he is a mouse,though I am not insinuating Our Man Flynn was a mouse, far from it as we know him. Yet alcohol does gravitate a person to higher extremes he/she would have had some reservation for prior, especailly when he would have been surrounded by his peers on this picture – and yet Flynn could handle that medicine better than anyone while still performing….

        • Tony

          July 14, 2017 at 12:42 pm

          Sergio, I didn’t think of that. You may be right about the alcohol removing inhibitions. Although I’m not sure if booze would allow a person to sing and dance, and hit their mark with such aplomb. But maybe a little booze could even help with such a performance, I guess. However, since I have no idea if Mr. Flynn was using alcohol, or anything else, to help his performance at that time, I won’t speculate.

          What I am certain of is that Errol was very good at going against type and doing comedy.

          In a way, the same is true of Marilyn Monroe. There, was a very sexy woman, who’s appearance suggested anything but a clown type role. And yet her comedic talent was as masterful as her ability to play dramatic parts. She was very good in both.

          Flynn was a leading man and pretty boy type from the very start.. Yet his few minutes doing comedy on screen in the 1935 movie Don’t Bet On Blonds stole the show. It went against type, but it worked. Carry Grant had similar talents for both comedy and drama. It’s too bad Flynn didn’t do more comedy in his movies.

          • Sergio

            July 17, 2017 at 8:30 pm

            I could not agreed ore Tony – He was a natural comedian. when in looking back in his life he was always somewhat of joker or sorts; prankster on the sets to other actors – or when he was in school, whenever he went. So he was a clown, comical sort of fellow, I surmise Deirdre would back that up in how would be that sort of dad around the house with children, etc. So it was sort of natural for him to do so in movies, and as t=you mention; “It’s too bad Flynn didn’t do more comedy in his movies”…. We can thank JW for that. He wanted to keep him sowed up in swords and tights…
            As far as singer, although he done it a couple of times; the other was in Montana (1950 ), I could be wrong but he don’t seem to comfortable or natural, at least to me.. Yet I will accept anything he did, and like it all, some better than others, but I like them all!!!

            • Dragonette

              July 19, 2017 at 3:36 am

              Yes, a natural comedian. I’ve just listened to his “Allergic to Ladies” radio broadcast, very well played and very amusing! Interesting to note that he never lost his Aussie accent.