Seventy Years Ago Safari

24 Nov

Seventy years ago – during, prior to, and following the Thanksgiving holidays of 1947 – Errol was planning a major hunting expedition.

With what other person did Errol plan this safari, and in what country was it to take place??

¤ They planned to include about thirty (30) people.

¤ It was planned to last for about two months.

¤ They planned to record, ship, and broadcast clips of the expedition.

¤ It would involve big game hunting.

¤ The safari was to begin immediately after completion of The Adventures of Don Juan.

¤ It never happened.

— Tim


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  1. Gentleman Tim

    November 24, 2017 at 5:05 am

    ¤ Errol’s planning and hunting partner was a foreigner.

    ¤ He once acted in a movie with Errol.

    ¤ The hunting expedition was to have taken
    place on a continent beginning wih an ‘A’.

  2. Gentleman Tim

    November 24, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    Errol’s hunting partner on this proposed safari was also in the movie featured in the video below, which, coincidently, was set on the same continent where their expedition waa planned to be.…

  3. Gentleman Tim

    November 24, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    ¤ The country’s currency was in shillings.

    ¤ The hunting partner was one of the world’s biggest bon vivants.

  4. Karl

    November 25, 2017 at 4:02 am

    And a Happy Thanksgiving to you and the crew!

    For those of us, still recovering from the usual condition from the aforementioned celebration AND, with a borrowing of a word, partly…

    we have the following:

    THANK Your Lucky Stars,

    we are NOT in Tanzania

    (mostly cloudy with a temperature range of 59-76… and prime weather for a BAD sunburn)

    bon vivanting with a fellow named McAvoy, Frederick Joseph.

    Another tough and tricky one to be sure… of which I am not entirely!

    • Gentleman Tim

      November 25, 2017 at 6:44 pm

      As swells in Swahili used to say, King Karl:

      Nzuri risasi, Bwana! Nzuri risasi!

      I thought The Desert Song might sway some toward Bwana Bruce Cabot, but my sight was clearly off! The scope of talent here on the EFB is astronomical, even afronomical.

      Plans were for these two Awesome Aussies to fly into Nairobi, which would have put them in shooting distance of both the Serengeti and Kenya’s own historic hunting grounds.

      Interestingly, only a few years later, Big Bwana Flynn was wanted back in Nairobi for filming of King Solomon’s Mines, where he surely would have scored a trophy ”
      for trailblazing filming of the first Lost World Genre book ever, with the adorable Deborah Kerr.

      Here are the Big Five the Big Two were likely going to hunt, Bwana Karl – excluding, of course, their usual and primary prey, who were also often hunting them.


      Here is the Tanzanian Devil hunting another wild five, or is it vice versa?…

  5. shangheinz

    November 25, 2017 at 1:17 pm


    Errol and McEvoy Knievel would have visited Happy Valley, the old elephant stomping grounds and burial site of the Earl of Erroll. Due to delays while filming TAODJ, Suicide Freddie went on his own. I am still anxious to learn more about this trophyhunting topic, Gentleman Tusk.

    • Gentleman Tim

      November 25, 2017 at 7:06 pm

      Wow, from the look of things, Happy Valley sure was a horny hamlet, huntingheinz! Appears there was a lot of White Mischief on the Dark Contintent back in the days (and nights) of Errol and Erroll. Me suspects Serengeti Freddie was ready for some of it himself – maybe even with a
      Happy Valley Heiress, Countess, Temptress, and Alleged Murderess, the Alluring Lady Alice of Malice herself!…


      • Gentleman Tim

        November 26, 2017 at 12:15 am

        I don’t know much else about this missedadventure shangheinz. Thank you for adding the postscript of Big Mac’s Flynnless visit I did not know he left for Happy Valley without Errol, though I’m not a bit surprised after learning there were weathy heiresses down Kenya way.

        As you know as well as anyone else on Earth, Time Magazine summarized Suicide Freddie this way:

        “At the Stork Club, in Paris, on the Riviera and in London’s West End, everybody who was anybody knew Freddy McEvoy. Born to obscurity, the tall, handsome, 44-year-old Australian had the gift of making friends, news, money, and marrying heiresses. His feats of derring-do on the high seas, in the game-filled jungles of Africa and on the icy ski runs of Switzerland gave the international set a vicarious sense of adventure, and earned him the nickname Suicide Freddy.”

        It’s a good bet the two of them did some big dame hunting in Monte Carlo, too.