White House matinee idol

22 Feb

Dear fellow Flynn fans,

although absent in this picture of the Who’s Who of Hollywood on the lawn of the US presidential palace, Errol did attend often. Even after his untimely death. How? Both presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronnie Reagan loved to show movies to a selected collection of guests. And Flynn was there in spirit as well as on the screen. Drumroll please, once you scroll down the lists and see their choice of favourite films here:…


— shangheinz


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  1. Karl

    February 22, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    FASCINATING find Herr Heinz!

    If true, that Reagan never watched Star Wars is a REVELATION! I see that he also did watch King’s Row (considered it his best), Santa Fe Trail (along with another FAMOUS player), and even Hell Cats of the Navy- the fateful film where he met his future wife.

    But I MUST point out that this list missed one.

    I remembered Reagan mentioning in his diary one “special” screening, and QUITE the complement, I’m thinking:

    November 20, 1983- “Nancy left this morning for Phoenix. I wont see her til Wed. at the ranch. I’m lonesome already. I even watched an Errol Flynn movie—“Robin Hood” this afternoon.”

    • shangheinz

      February 26, 2018 at 10:02 am


      Intriguing info, King Karl, that RR engaged on a flynntastic voyage, which chased his cowblues away. TAORH is my fav film of all times too! Infact the future prez would have fitted in fine in Errol`s cast of merry men. Too sad the pronounced sequel never saw the light of screen.

  2. Gentleman Tim

    February 22, 2018 at 10:44 pm

    Yes, Herr Heinz, fascinating!

    I’m triple checking to see if Ronnie ever snuck in a look at him and Jane Wyman in Tugboat Annie Sails Again … Perhaps when Nancy was on one of her trips west. By the time she got to Phoenix, he could have also watched Desperate Journey (or Knute Rockne again.)



    And thank you King Karl! Now I know where Ronald got that idea of cutting taxes – from watching Errol Flynn in Robin Hood! Good job, Errol!

    • shangheinz

      February 26, 2018 at 9:52 am


      Very welcome, Firstbaseman Tim. After starting out in broadcasting and recreating baseball games of the Chicago Cubs, Knut Reagan got a call up to Catalina Island to MC some festivities there. The Wrigley Connection worked out well for him and soon Hollywood was calling. The rest is Flynnstory.

  3. Karl

    February 23, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    A most provocative posit Lord Tim. Tis true that he was devastated by their break up but supposedly remained on friendly terms and she attended the burial service.

    Your “find” of an obscure movie title was GREAT sleuthing. Others as a “couple” were: Brother Rat, Brother Rat and Baby, An Angel from Texas (last of the Brother Rat series), Alice in Movieland (short), and in separate cameos It’s a Great Feeling.

    And while none of these made the list either, perhaps a more careful perusal of the diaries (…) on “bachelor nights”…

  4. Paula

    February 23, 2018 at 10:46 pm

    I just got this book in the mail. Of course I’ll let you know if there’s anything in it about Our Man Flynn, which I am sure there will be![img][/img]

    • Gentleman Tim

      February 24, 2018 at 3:02 am

      Awesome, Paula!

      Btw, Johnny Belinda is just beginning on TCM!

      • Gentleman Tim

        February 24, 2018 at 3:19 am

        “She was tall, slender and blond when she and Reagan met. He was tall, dark and handsome. They were both under contract at Warner Brothers, starring in the 1938 comedy Brother Rat. Soon they were Hollywood’s Golden Couple, said Edward Z. Epstein, who co-wrote a Wyman biography.”

        “They were on all the fan-magazine covers,” Epstein said. “He was in his Army uniform and she was in her Hollywood get-up, a fur stole and a smile. That’s how they went to the premieres. They were the perfect couple.”


    • shangheinz

      February 26, 2018 at 10:15 am

      Hey hey Paula, I can`t wait. Here`s more on the other commanders in chiefs` movies nights in:…

      • Karl

        February 26, 2018 at 2:33 pm

        Master of COMMANDERS Heinz!

        This was ONE fascinating read… as the article makes the point:

        “Not everyone is comfortable watching movies with the President…“Everything you watch in there is uncomfortable. It’s like watching a movie with your parents times ten.”

        Two “breaking” stories (in the sense of the silent awkwardness in the immediate aftermath) of the Bushes showing their dry and ironical wit on separate viewing occasions:

        President Bush broke the tension for “Casino Royale”: “Not exactly the most intellectual movie ever, but not bad.”

        (And) Mrs. Bush broke the ice for “Margot At The Wedding: “Well, that was just a good, wholesome American family film.”

  5. Paula

    February 26, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    That’s a great article, thanks for sharing, shangheinz!

  6. Gentleman Tim

    February 27, 2018 at 7:00 am

    Here, here, Herr Heinz. One big omission, however, is whether Tricky Dick and Bebe ever watched Deep Throat. Not for thrills, of course, but for clues as to who was blowing the whistle on them to Woodward & Bernstein. … If they did, Bebe, being quite the swinger around Miami it’s been said, would have surely known Sepy’s home in Coconut Grove, and. also of his Flynnship with Errol. This one would have had to been viewed at the Winter White House, at Bebe’s beach house on east Key Biscayne.; it was much, much too hot for the West Wing.…