A Question! Who is that Dog with Errol Flynn?

26 Jul


Going over stuff for 1943, and looking over a shoot at Mulholland with Errol and his artwork during the week of July 20th, before Errol left for Mexico. In a few of the pix Flynn is outside with a doberman pinscher.

My question: Is that Errol’s dog? … or was it Buster’s dog? … and regardless, what was the dog’s name?

Even Matzen’s book, which has a couple of pix of the dog, never mentions his name …

— David DeWitt


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  1. The Zaca

    July 27, 2017 at 1:42 am

    Errol owned a pack of Rhodesian Ridgebacks at one point, and ran quite the menagerie there of animals. No telling if this was his Dobie, or the photographer’s, or ???? I have wondered about the dog too. Wonder if he was just a “photo prop”.

  2. Gentleman Tim

    July 27, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    Excellent questions, David. I wonder if Steve Hayes ever saw or knows anything about any Dobermans up at Mulholland?


    • David DeWitt

      July 28, 2017 at 2:29 pm

      I think Steve was up there much later, around the period of “the Geek” …

  3. Tony

    July 27, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    These pictures were taken by Bert Six.

    The seller of this (…) vintage photo describes it as “original 7.5″X9″ photo taken at his home with his doberman pinscher dog by photographer Bert Six. – There is the photographer’s stamp and snipe on the back”. I don’t know if the seller knows for a fact that the dog belonged to EF, or if it was an assumption on his part.…

    This next page has pictures and names for four of EFs dogs. But I don’t think I see a doberman.…

    • Karl

      July 28, 2017 at 10:35 pm

      Hey Tony-

      First time I am EVER sharing this… was waiting for just the right climate.

      Back in the day, I visited the FDR Presidential Library, and down in the basement was a “Gift Room” devoted to just that – gifts that he and Eleanor received from the mighty and not so… and the attached is one of those items on display.

      Fala (FDR’s Scotty) received this card (along with a steak, which of course did not survive to the present) from a unique “assemblage of senders”- the DOGS belonging to Warner Brothers’ stars.

      I asked Lincoln Hurst at the time and he thought this was one INDEPENDENT of the canines and their owners knowledge and speculated it might have come from the publicity department. He proved to ultimately be right about this…

      I did some further FLYNNSTIGATION, and confirmed that Bogie and Bette’s dogs went by these names, but as for the others I was unable to find out ANYTHING.In particular, Flynn’s reputed dog’s name was one I had NEVER encountered. What to do… but, wait a minute… there was one of these owners STILL ALIVE (back then), the UNDER APPRECIATED Joan Leslie. I wrote her, sending along a copy of this and to my GREAT DELIGHT, she wrote back a personal note, along with a then current photo with her dog. Her then dog’s name was named “Mike”, short for “Microphone”, and as for the Flynn’s or the others… she didn’t know…

      So, I offer up this candidate’s name as a possible… solution?

      • Karl

        July 28, 2017 at 10:43 pm

        I neglected to mention that this “card” supposedly dates September, 1942…

        • Tony

          July 29, 2017 at 12:27 am

          Karl, it’s amazing that you remembered your long ago visit to the FDR Presidential Library and came up with this hidden piece of the puzzle, and documentation, just when it was needed! I’m beginning to think that the folks on this blog can find anything by putting together their intelligence and life experience.

  4. Gentleman Tim

    July 28, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    This info on Fala is fascinating, Karl! Thank you so much for sharing it. And thank you to ultra-lovely Joan Leslie, too!

    FDR loved Fala, and Fala never failed FDR.

    Regarding “Tiptongue”, I wonder – especially because we’ve never heard this name before – if that is possibly the studio author’s way of saying he can’t remember the name of Errol’s (primary) dog at that time (Moody?)


    • Karl

      July 29, 2017 at 12:09 am

      One of FDR (and Falla’s, by proxy) FINEST moments!

  5. Karl

    July 29, 2017 at 12:04 am

    Sorry to be posting all these after thoughts but… here’s more…

    The card and gift was in recognition of National Dog Week:

    “Held the last week of September, National Dog Week dates back to the late 1920s or early 1930s, although it is unclear exactly when and where it began.”


  6. Karl

    July 29, 2017 at 1:26 am

    That is one HELL of an EXCELLENT explication, as in~ “on the tip of his … ” but (the publicist?) had to make the deadline for not only National Dog Week but expiration date on the meat as well!

    And Tony, you are right… this is one hell of a team of players and this fellow Tim is definitely, one of the ALL TIME GREATEST hitters in the Flynn league… along with MANY OTHER of his teammates!

  7. Gentleman Tim

    July 29, 2017 at 3:31 am

    Dogs best friends:

    Flynn(s) and fellow film star dog lovers at a Beverly Hills Hilton Tailwagger Club party. (Not to be confused with the Hollywood Tailchasers Club.)

    [Sorry, we cannot use Getty images! Admin.]


  8. Tony

    July 29, 2017 at 3:32 am

    Mr. Bert Six, the man who took the pictures of Errol and the doberman, was a photographer for WB.