Stuntmen, stand-ins and stooges VII

02 Mar

Dear fellow Flynn fans,

the most gentlemanly stuntman of Errol was Patrick “Paddy” Crean. He doubled him in “The Master of Ballantrae” and “Against all flags”. An accomplished actor in his own right later in life with roles in “War and Peace” alongside Henry Fonda and Audrey Hepburn and  in “The naked Maya” with Ava Gardner, he is mostly remembered for his superb swordmanship. Until today a flagship workshop called “the Paddy Crean” is held in his honour in Canada. He reminisced about about Flynn fondly in his hard to find autobiography “More Champagne Darling” and gives quite an insight into the ill fated adventure (film) “The Story of William Tell”, where he was to appear as partisan pesant. The song in the end of the clip is most pleasant  for this class act choreographer naming both our Hollywood hero as well as this class act irish paesano.



— shangheinz


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  1. Gentleman Tim

    March 3, 2020 at 5:53 am

    A big salute to this and all your superb stuntmen, stand-in, and stooges, swordmasterheinz.

    this is for you, shang……

    • shangheinz

      March 4, 2020 at 8:07 am…

      Errol attracted the greatest characters, Engarde Tim. They were charmers, pranksters and fighters. That‘s the common denominator of all Flynnmates.