Clubbing with Cubby and Cousin*

08 Dec

Reported on December 9, 1938
Eighty Years Ago Today

By Ella Wickersham

After many false alarms, Franchot Tone actually entrained yesterday morning for New York.

Just prior to one of his “departures,” Pat DiCicco tossed a farewell stag party for him that started with cocktails at Pat’s valley home and then carried on to Club 17, where Franchot’s friends, Joe Frisco and Pat Rooney III, put on a special show for him.

The reveling stags were Errol Flynn, Bruce Cabot, Henry Fonda, Johnny Meyers, Mischa Auer, Bud Ernst, George Peabody Jr. and Cubby Broccoli.…

Note the secret passageway.

* DiCicco and Broccoli were cousins, purportedly connected to Lucky Luciano.

— Gentleman Tim


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  1. shangheinz

    December 12, 2018 at 4:58 pm


    Vitamin Tim, you keep this blog happy`n`healthy with your daily dose of fresh Flynn facts. Bond mover and shaker Cubby Broccoli and Errol met on more than one occasion via his cousin Pat diCicco. Married to Gloria Blondell he ran an actors`agency in Hollywood. His nick name derives from either the Merwyn Bogue character Ish Kabbible (rather pseudo jiddish for “Ka bissel” = “not the tinniest bit” as an answer to “Should I worry…!?”), to mobster lingo, where a cubbie is a roll of greenbacks or simply the small form of cabbage. Take your toothpick…

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