Who Tops Errol?

22 Jun

Born in Tasmania 110 years ago, Errol Flynn is still phenomenally famous and popular around the globe. Indeed, he may be the most internationally famous and popular Australian of all time.

If not, who tops him?

— Tim


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  1. David DeWitt

    June 22, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    Hah! NOBODY!!!!!

    • Gentleman Tim

      June 23, 2019 at 8:40 am

      Congratulations, Mate! That’s two quiz victories in a row!!

      Could that be Errol applauding you in the front row, David?

  2. Karl

    June 24, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Well, of course, Errol may not always felt that way himself!

    Witness his experience of various projects where he felt HE delivered but the appreciation was NOT returned: Uncertain Glory, Objective Burma, Escape Me Never *, That Forsythe Woman, William Tell- to name a particular few.

    Just imagine how “invested” he was in each of these projects for different reasons and…

    I was reminded of a passage from “The Complete Films of Broderick Crawford”- lovingly created by one of our REAL authors, Ralph Schiller. In his exhaustive look into the movie career of Crawford, Schiller highlighted what he felt to be the OTHER great, but unheralded performance (All the King’s Men and an Oscar being his MOST notable) in Brod’s film canon: “Square of Violence”.

    And he parallels how Crawford must have felt through another’s words as to its reception… and I offer this thought also as a parallel to still ANOTHER’S experience:

    “Rod Steiger gave the performance of a career in a box office flop W C Fields and Me (1976), and bitterly said:

    ‘I felt like I hit a home run in an empty stadium.’ ”

    * We have a particular “report” from a video memorializing by Vince Sherman.

    (The background of his becoming director was that he was chosen by Flynn over Walsh. Further, that this was to be another career ambition of Flynn’s fulfilled- to reprise a role played by John Barrymore: Don Juan, 1926. A still more interesting aside is that this was the 3rd version of the Don Juan story (Douglas Fairbanks Sr’s The Private Life of Don Juan, 1934 being the second).

    Things were supposedly going GREAT on the set of The Adventures of Don Juan, until… the review of Escape Me Never came out- things IMMEDIATELY went south from there!

    • shangheinz

      June 25, 2019 at 3:40 pm

      Jean Negulesco originally was to helm the direction of Donnie J. He got demoted because of his idea on how to reinvent Errol on screen. Well, the rest is Hollywood Flynnstory..

    • rswilltell

      June 28, 2019 at 7:22 pm

      Thank-you Karl for those kind words. On ‘Escape me Never’ (1947) the critics were wrong. Errol Flynn is not the hero of the film. That role is played by Gig Young. Flynn’s character is a selfish and heartless sexual cad. In the scene where his brother, played by Young, beats the daylights out of him, the audience is rooting against Flynn because his character let his own child die. Some films and performances are truly ahead of their time. Ralph Schiller