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Dr. Guido to the Rescue

04 Sep

September 4, 1953

Errol Flynn Stricken by Arthritis

VENICE, Italy *

Errol Flynn, swashbuckling star of dozens of films, is suffering from spinal arthritis, his physician Dr. Guido Cassone, said today. The doctor sped to Flynn’s hotel through the canals of Venice when the 44-year-old actor complained of severe pains in his back.

Dr. Cassone said Flynn was afflicted with a type of arthritis brought on by the dampness of this city of canals. He said the condition resulted from a fall about four years ago.

OR, was Errol actually kicked in the spine, resulting in a much more serious injury and condition than reported in the international news?

* This was during the 1953 Venice International Film Festival.

— Gentleman Tim

 

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  1. Selene Hutchison-Zuffi

    September 4, 2020 at 7:10 pm

    He was injured during a dance. I found the article in which the accident is explained. He was tossed to the ground and he hit his back resulting in him collapsing in pain. He was bedridden for 4 days. Meyer goes as far as saying he was actually paralyzed for a few hours.

     
    • Gentleman Tim

      September 4, 2020 at 8:18 pm

      Great find, Selene! Please provide a copy, link, or transcription, of the article you found. Thank you.

       
      • Selene Hutchison-Zuffi

        September 5, 2020 at 12:46 am

        I have to scavenge in my repertoire. Might take a while. Bit I will look

         
        • Gentleman Tim

          September 5, 2020 at 12:57 am

          Thank you, Selene.

           
 
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