On the second day of Christmas …

26 Dec

DECEMBER 26, 1939


Errol Flynn and Guinn Williams sent Orson Welles a Christmas gift – a ham with a beard on it.

— Tim


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  1. Gentleman Tim

    December 26, 2018 at 8:02 am

    It was very rare to see normal American men (or women) wear beards in the 1930s or 40s. … Orson was way ahead of his time.……

  2. David DeWitt

    December 26, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    It might be that he felt European, or international, a man of world, as he should have!

    • Gentleman Tim

      December 29, 2018 at 8:53 am

      Maybe so, David, but I believe it was rare for even European men (and women) too at hat particular (post safety razor) time, except for bohemians, some academics, et al. Perhaps Orson was channeling the earlier-era magician in him.

      In any case, Flynn and Gwinn sure had a lot of gall lampooning Orson. After all, Errol himself was seen a time or two with Wellesian-like whiskers.


      • Gentleman Tim

        December 29, 2018 at 9:08 am


        On at least one occasion, he was seen sporting even more outrageous facial hair.



  3. Gentleman Tim

    December 29, 2018 at 9:24 am

    As confirmed by this earlier article, Errol was relentless:

    December 23, 1939

    Sidney Skolsky Presents
    – Gag Feud of the Week –

    Errol Flynn, Big Boy Williams, and Bud Ernst, all wearing false
    whiskers, made a tour of the town last night, looking for Orson Welles.
    They wanted to have a beard pulling contest with him.