The Case of the Curious Pneumonia

07 Oct


Los Angeles Examiner – Louella Parsons, October 4, 1938

Errol Flynn heard yesterday for the first time that he had pneumonia when he was so critically ill last week. So remarkable was his recovery that he is expected to go home today, and Lili Damita will sail Thursday on the Queen Mary. Errol’s doctors have ordered him to rest for two weeks, after which he is to report to Warner studio for Dodge City.

Don’t say “That’s where we came in,” for Hal Wallis really tried to borrow Ronald Coleman and Cary Grant for the remittance man who goes western. But when neither English accent was available, he went back to the original idea of putting Flynn in the role, postponing The Sea Hawk until early next year. Michael Curtiz, the director, who always favored Flynn, was rejoicing yesterday, for both Flynn and Olivia de Havilland were in Robin Hood Curtiz’ biggest hit.

Dodge City could-have-been cowboys, Coleman and Cary:

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Los Angeles Evening Herald Express – Harrison Carroll
October 5, 1938

Errol Flynn went from the hospital to Edmund Goulding’s house at Palm Springs. He wanted to take a trip to Mexico City, but doctors vetoed it.…
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Los Angeles Evening Herald Express – Jimmy Starr
October 10, 1938

Lili Damita shushed those Paris divorce rumors by nixing her trip to Gay Paree with the Jack Warners and flying back to hubby Errol Flynn in Palm Springs.

Here they are in Palm Springs:

— Tim


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  1. Gentleman Tim

    October 7, 2018 at 11:40 pm

    Errol’s Assidiuous Attention Eight Years Ago This Week:…


  2. David DeWitt

    October 10, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    Here is another shot of the photo above with a different date. April 12, 1935 at the Hotel Mirador in Palm Springs. I did find the site where it is listed as 1938, as well, by the Palm Springs Historical Society.


    • Gentleman Tim

      October 10, 2018 at 10:00 pm

      Thanks, David. I (too) believe these photos were taken ’35 at at the El Mirador. Errol looks younger than he did in ’38, and, I think, much happier with Lili than he would have at the particular time of their marriage reported in the news articles. Thanks very much for providing the facts, photo, and great news article!