A Flynn Farm Call for Hoppers and Cockatoos

08 Aug

August 9, 1939

The Wireless Weekly

Errol Flynn Wants Australian Pets
Cockatoos and Wallabies For Hollywood Home

Hollywood, the land of milk and honey, the home of plenty. Just everything in the world can be purchased there — except a pair of wallabies and a pair of those good old Australian cockatoos.

Errol Flynn, dashing Australian star, lately seen here in “Dodge City,” has been rushing round lately building and furnishing his new home, which now seems to be complete — but still not to the satisfaction of Errol.

In a letter to Sydney, Errol states that, while his home is all that could be desired, it misses out on just two things, and those things – shades of Australia! — are wallabies and cockatoos.

One would expect Mr. Flynn to favor perhaps a lion cub or a polar bear. But no; a pair of hoppers are his prime interest, with a pair of old yellow crests as second favorite.

Last week, Dorothy Flukes, of the Warner Bros.’ Australian office, told country listeners of the interest the Flynns are taking in their lovely new home, and she went on to give a few highlights of Errol’s life since reaching Hollywood.

Can Anybody Oblige?

Pearl fishing, prospecting, island trading, and even a little black-birding all supplied the earlier background for this colorful character.

If anybody has a pair of wallabies or cockatoos, or even one of these animals or birds that they would like to send to Mr. and Mrs. Flynn as a present for their new home, then a line to Miss Flukes, care of Warner Bros. Pictures, Sydney, will take care of everything.

Miss Flukes will arrange for cartage, transport, customs, feeding, etc., and at the same time arrange for Errol Flynn and his beautiful wife (Lili Damita) to send to the giver a personal letter of thanks and a photograph of the pets in their new home.

— Tim


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  1. barb

    August 9, 2020 at 2:32 am

    Awwww, come on, who wouldn’t want a couple of adorable ‘roos hopping around their backyard?!? Cockatoos, on the other hand, tend to be pretty noisy.

    • Gentleman Tim

      August 9, 2020 at 3:46 am

      I’m sure you’re right, barb, but can you imagine the fun Errol would have had with these guys up on the Farm! Under the Baron’s tutelage, these guys would have would have been the life of already Flynntastically lively parties!

    • Gentleman Tim

      August 9, 2020 at 3:53 am

      Here’s a “hopper” up in the Hills at the Flynn Farm! Errol looks AUfully happy


      • barb

        August 9, 2020 at 2:29 pm

        How on earth did Flynn have a kangaroo? What a blast but, seriously, how could that happen? Fabulous photo.

        I rest my case on the cockatoo, Tim. :-) But also cute.