The Big Boodle! In Hell Hot Havana!

14 Aug


1957 Crime drama noir style film starring Errol Flynn, Pedro Armendáriz, Rossana Rory, and Gia Scala, set and filmed on location in Cuba. Once Errol’s grittier performances, at times a bit disjointed, in his reactions, is nonetheless fascinating for its locale. Flynn spent a lot of time in Cuba and some of it is controversial. Here are a few shots towards the ending of the film filmed on the famous El Morro Castle. And a shot of this location as it today, in 2018.

The shots above were made at this location and below we see the same location as it looks today in 2018.

— David DeWitt


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  1. Gentleman Tim

    August 14, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    Flynntastico, Davido! Muchas gracias.…

    • David DeWitt

      August 14, 2018 at 10:46 pm

      You are welcome, Gentleman Tim! I do love this movie for many reasons, chief among them the locales … The restaurants by water with El Morro in the background are sadly no more!

      Big Boodle Cafe

      Cafe Gone

  2. Karl

    August 14, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    Ahoy Gentleman Tim~

    Glad to see you back if only in passing…

    Back in ANOTHER day, there was an EQUALLY prolific poster, and one of his particular focuses was REVIEWS.

    As it is hard to get ahold of him of late, I will take the liberty of posting one of his MANY efforts, from 2005, and hope you find it as ILLUMINATING as it was back when……

    • David DeWitt

      August 14, 2018 at 10:47 pm

      Thanks to you, and Ralph, for the pdf description of TBB …
      excellent on both your parts!

    • Gentleman Tim

      August 15, 2018 at 12:57 am

      WOW, Ralph is one magnificent writer and reviewer!! So informative, insightful, and fun!!! Muy muy bien, Raphael! Y muchas gracias, Senor Karlo!

      “Poor Errol” with all those “gooda lookin’ women”.


  3. Gentleman Tim

    August 15, 2018 at 1:07 am

    Here’s a very interesting scene, with some very scrappy script.…


    • David DeWitt

      August 15, 2018 at 1:38 am

      We have some odd facial expressions from Errol during this scene, and I cannot put my finger on why. I do not know what he is reacting to, exactly. They are presenting themselves to whoever might see them together but I cannot understand some of his reactions … the rest of the film is fine, no quirks, like this!

    • Karl

      August 15, 2018 at 1:44 am

      Did NOT mean to distract… just thought I could give a small assist to yours and David’s efforts… please get back to the matter at hand… your TED talk!!!

      • Gentleman Tim

        August 15, 2018 at 6:05 am

        A Big Boston Cheers to you, King Karl!


  4. Paula

    August 15, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    Is it possible this has shown on TCM? I feel like I may have seen it, but need to again. I mean…Flynn in a noir

    • David DeWitt

      August 15, 2018 at 5:23 pm

      It has been shown many times on US television over the years, usually late at night or on TCM. You can sometimes buy a copy from eBay or other vintage film sites around the internet.

  5. rswilltell

    August 16, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    Thank-You Karl for putting an old movie review of “The Big Boodle” that I had posted at the old Zaca website! The film is available on DVD from MGM-UA via…
    Thanks to david for sharing this under-rated gem with everyone here. Ralph Schiller