A Mom and Pop Story — Starring Olivia de Havilland

22 Apr

April 22, 1938

Harrison Carroll

In Belfast, Olivia de Havilland spent a day with Errol Flynn’s parents. His father, a professor of biology at Queen’s University, still isn’t sold on Flynn’s acting career. He told Olivia he wishes that Errol would give up the cinema, return to Ireland, and take up a more serious profession.

Warners would be satisfied if he would even get off his yacht and return to Hollywood.

What was Professor Flynn thinking? Did the distinguished zoologist not study the biology of homo sapiens in addition to marsupials? What red-blooded Aussie human male in his right mind could ever quit this? Certainly not Virile Errol Flynn!

Making movies with Olivia was a very gracious thing.

And a very passionate thing.

Errol was right, and right on time, not to miss that train!

— Tim


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  1. barb

    April 22, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    Uh, I don’t think that’s Flynn in the bottom photo. That looks like Patric Knowles, and that hat also doesn’t match Flynn’s.

  2. R.H

    April 23, 2020 at 9:15 am

    Spot on barb, that is indeed Patric Knowles

  3. Gentleman Tim

    April 23, 2020 at 10:06 am…

    Absolutely! I was wondering how many would (first, actually read all the way to the bottom of the post!) and then recognize this Hollywood hype/journalistic flim-flam!!

    (Which, of course, allegorically begs the question: Did Errol, in fact, miss the ODL train. Ultimately, he did, of course.)

    Congrats barb and R.H.!! Couldn’t get a curve ball by you guys!!

    Check out the similarities of these two pipe smokers:

    Flyin’ Flynn – October 1937