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Jack Marino’s Homage to Mulholland Farm, and Errol Flynn!

28 Dec

Our dear friend, and fellow blog member, Jack Marino, sends us three photos of his remodeled livingroom today at his beautiful home somewhere below the Hollywood hills in Los Angeles and there is something familiar about what he has done for all Flynn aficionados … it is a “time machined experience” as my good friend Dennis Mullen would say … Jack’s wife Louise loves the idea and is pleased with the results including the authentic green paint Jack added as a reminder of one of the other rooms in Flynn’s famous Mulholland Farm home that Jack visited often when it was abandoned for several years before it was torn down. Jack, his friend author Tony Thomas and Deirdre Flynn were there the day the home was torn down and Jack contributed rare photos from the Jack Marino Collection to the book ERROL FLYNN SLEPT HERE by Robert Matzen and Michael Mazzone. The livingroom of Mulholland Farm always fascinated Jack and he wondered what it would have been like to see it filled with furniture during his many visits to the house as he wandered the empty rooms showing the house to his visitors who made the pilgrimage to the property with him. Today, he finished a homage to Flynn’s storied home by recreating the basic design elements that were in Flynn’s comfortable livingroom. Jack’s space is not as large as Flynn’s but he made the most of the space he has which by most standards isn’t small …

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Jack tells me that his table was made to fit against the same kind of  wide windows that Flynn had facing the back yard and pool area of his home. Jack’s windows face his front yard but the amount of sun is the same. Jack’s table was made two feet wide to fit in the space in proportion to the furniture and he believes Flynn’s table was at least three feet wide. While everything in the room is not identical, Jack says, the placement is the same and the feeling you have walking into this room is the same he remembers from being in Errol’s livingroom and closing his eyes to imagine the furniture being there all of those years ago …  a table sized radio for the far corner of the room (looking toward the open front door in Jack’s photo above) would top off the whole recreation I think, Jack! I can’t wait to stop by and sit in that comfortable livingroom with you over a cup of Dennis Mullen’s Zaca Tea …

Well done, old boy …

Here is an UPDATE (December 2019): Jack added a bookshelf to the room with the same shelving that Errol had to the room and it has been in place for about a year and a half …

 

— David DeWitt

 

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  1. Gentleman Tim

    March 22, 2016 at 5:15 am

    Wow, Jack! That is Awesome!! What a Tremendous Idea, and to Actually Pull it Off is Even More Amazing – a Real Tribute to Both Your Unique Creativity and Your Ability to Get Great Things Done!!!!

    You Earned a Big Shout Out from Errol for this One!

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    Well Done, Jack Marino!

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  2. rswilltell

    March 22, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    I love the artwork on Jack’s walls. This is a wonderful, cozy, warm room! Ralph Schiller

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  3. timerider

    March 22, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    rs took the words right out of my mouth! Although I like the openness of Errol’s rooms and the abundant amount of light thereof, I really like the “Cosy” “Warm” feeling I get from Jack’s home. As much as I would love to have a home and property as Errol once had, I have been on the go all my life and the Sirocco would fit me well. Docking it down in the Baja where friends of mine are docked for the winter. Jack must get a good feeling there as if Errol would walk into the room at any given moment.

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  4. David DeWitt

    March 22, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    I can imagine the warmth of the fireplace, an old time radio show playing, laughter from another room, Jack sitting in his bathrobe with a pair of white and brown leather loafers on his feet, perhaps a Havana cigar in his hand as he rests comfortably by the open flames listening to the show. A smile crosses his lips listening intently remembering some far away place he knew when the world was young and he lived life like the wind …

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  5. Gentleman Tim

    March 22, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    Your Awesome, Jack. Thanks for welcoming us into your Flynnsational living room.

    You’re a great guy.

    P.S, Can you post up a photo of you up at Mulholland. Also, did you film up at Mulholland for part of Forgotten Heroes?!

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    • David DeWitt

      March 22, 2016 at 11:18 pm

      Here is a pic of Jack back in the day after the Mulholland Farm house was torn down. Mulholland House – May of 1988 Tony Thomas, Jack Marino & Steve Florentine in front of what is remaining of the fireplace in Errol Flynn’s main living room. This photo appears on Jack’s website www.warriorfilmmakers.com…

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    • David DeWitt

      March 23, 2016 at 12:02 am

      Jack, thanks for sharing these amazing photos with us!

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    • Jack Marino

      March 23, 2016 at 12:03 am

      Hi Tim,
      Thanks for the nice comments by you, Dave and everyone that have posted about our living room. When we first walked into the house I started laughing because is was a smaller version to ‘THE FLYNNS” and I knew then I had to try to create a his living room as best as I could.

      I got the table made from the Bert Six photos, I sent to an Amish furniture maker I met through a friend of mine. The table is all handmade out of white oak.

      I still have to block off that last open archway and add the shelves that Errol had under the Gaugin painting. I am planning on putting the shelves under the painting of the USS Constitution. All the photos and items on display are things my wife and I collected throughout the years.

      THANK YOU ALL FOR THE NICE COMMENTS !!

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      • shangheinz

        March 24, 2016 at 8:11 pm

        Hi Captain Jack, now I know why you can`t afford any socks in that white and black swashbuckling shoes of yours. You spent all your money on flynniture! That living room sure got flair. I miss the bar though, is there one?

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      • The Zaca

        March 25, 2016 at 1:11 am

        Kudos to you Jack! Wonderful….enjoyed the photos so much!

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  6. twinarchers

    March 22, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    Yes I agree with everyone else. It is a very nice space and I like the green color. Everything is decorated to perfection and I like the masks on the wall because I collect them. I can only imagine how long this took to finish. Thumbs up sport!

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    • tassie devil

      March 25, 2016 at 3:48 am

      All I can say is unreal. I can see all the love and attention to detail that has gone into this work of art. Love you . God Bless. Genene and Steve

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