Producer? Movie? Role? Actor?

26 Jul

In the mid-1940s, a very famous personality and friend of Errol produced a movie in which he wanted Errol to play a key role. Errol, however, did not appear in the film, thus providing a very big break for the person who did play the role and went on to become a star.

Who was the producer? What was the movie? What was the role? Who played the role?

— Tim


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  1. Gentleman Tim

    July 26, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    The producer was also an Academy Award Winning actor.

    The actor who played the role in question went on to star in predominantly Westerns.

    1892 was the relevant year depicted in the film.

  2. barb

    July 26, 2020 at 11:32 pm

    Absolutely no idea. More clues, please?

    • Gentleman Tim

      July 27, 2020 at 12:29 am

      Yes indeed barb. Nearly impossible to solve with previous clues! (I held off on posting earlier out of respect for the news about Olivia.)

      So, here are several more:

      1. Errol had played the role once before.

      2. The producer was also a singer

      3. Rory’s involved

      4. The following song has a connection to the producer: in fact, it was originally named after him:…

  3. Ralph Schiller

    July 27, 2020 at 2:07 am

    Tim. Wild guess but I say Randolph Scott.

    • Gentleman Tim

      July 27, 2020 at 3:31 am

      Not a bad guess for the actor who got his big break, Ralph, as he was The Texan, and he was a bit randy. When his wife sued him for divorce, she claimed he had 79 adulterous affairs. He denied that, claiming he had more than twice that.

      P.S. The producer’s name rhymes with sing, as in Sing, Sing, Sing

      P.S. 2 Rory’s real first name was Francis

      P.S. 3 His role was a topless one.

      P.S. 4 Errol had played the same part about three years earlier.

  4. Claudia

    July 27, 2020 at 10:09 am

    Tim, you might be talking about Rory Calhoun in „The Great John L“ where he played „Gentleman Jim“ Corbett, one of Errol‘s favourite parts (mine, too, and not because of the topless role ;-) ).

    Just how do you always come up with these fabulous quizzes? They are so much fun!

    • Gentleman Tim

      July 27, 2020 at 11:06 am

      Oh, thank YOU, Claudia, and all the quiz players! That is indeed correct! It was Bing’s first production, and he wanted Errol to play the cameo but key role of Gentleman Jim – as any person in their right mind would!

      Rory (Calhoun, that is) was no Flynn, but, IMHO, he did an excellent job. It was his first big break. … He also was escorting Lana Turner around town at that time, which was also quite an achievement!…

  5. barb

    July 27, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    Another fun quiz, Tim .. and great job, Claudia!

  6. Gentleman Tim

    July 27, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    The original title of “Sing, Sing, Sing” was “Sing, Bing, Sing” not Bing, Bing, Bing,…

    • barb

      July 27, 2020 at 5:26 pm

      I tried to dig up whom the song originally was named after and drew a blank. You’re the master, Tim!

      • Gentleman Tim

        July 27, 2020 at 5:43 pm

        Yes, barb, it was originally “Sing, Bing, Sing”.

        Too bad it wasn’t “Bing, Bing, Bing”. If it had been, this would have been the perfect promo photo!!!…

  7. Ralph Schiller

    July 27, 2020 at 6:05 pm

    Thanks Tim and thanks Claudia. I always liked Rory Calhoun as an actor and The Great John L was a superb film. I once spoke with actor Paul Picerni who worked with Errrol Flynn in Mara Maru (1952). I told him that I just saw him in a film with Rory Calhoun, and Mr. Picerni said he was easily one of the nicest guys in Hiollywood.

  8. Gentleman Tim

    August 1, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    Thank you, Tina! It’s also an excellent answer. I guess the only thing that differentiates it from Bing and The Great John L. is that Errol had previously played the role of Gentleman Jim.

    Here’s The Great Gentleman Kim himself:…