Oh Boy! Quiz

28 Oct

End of October, 1935:
“Errol Flynn and ______ _______ are both being
considered for the leads in The Sea Hawk.”

He was in three Hollywood films with Errol.

Oh Boy!

— Tim


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    October 28, 2020 at 8:35 pm

    Could it possibly be Patrick Knowles?–A. R.

  2. Gentleman Tim

    October 28, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    No to Knowles, but very good guess, A.R.

    Our mystery man was the same height as Pat, 6’2″, but about 9 years older. (P.K. was born on 11-11-11) He was also an excellent collegiate athlete before his days in Hollywood.

  3. Gentleman Tim

    October 28, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    It was almost the Bad Boy and the Bad Guy in The Sea Hawk.…

  4. Gentleman Tim

    October 28, 2020 at 10:29 pm

    Before he was in Warner Brothers movies, he was in a Marx Brothers movie.


  5. Gentleman Tim

    October 28, 2020 at 11:51 pm

    He played the heavy many films, appearing in major movies with with Hollywood heavyweights like Bogart, Fonda, Edward G., Maureen O’Hara, Jimmy Stewart, Ingrid Bergman, Lana Turner, Spencer Tracy, et al.

    Later in his career he lived the dream of acting with this exquisitely beautiful woman:


    • barb

      October 29, 2020 at 12:16 am

      In watching your clip of the Allan Sherman song, actor Barton MacLane is mentioned and shown. That fits with most of your clues, but I can’t find any connection with your original clue about The Sea Hawk. Basil Rathbone appears in the clip as Sherlock Holmes, and I vaguely remember reading eons ago that he’d been considered for Lord Wolfingham, but he doesn’t fit a lot of your clues.

      • Gentleman Tim

        October 29, 2020 at 2:04 am

        barb- as one who spent many days and nights on Cocoa Beach during the days of Apollo, I proudly present you the very first Barbara Eden Barton MacLane Magic Bottle for Barb. (Quite appropriately for old Cocoa Beach, that’s a lot of Bars!)


        P.S. I will post the 1935 news article a bit later tonight. Unable to do so at this time.

      • Gentleman Tim

        October 29, 2020 at 3:29 am

        October 28, 1935

        Elizabeth Yeaman
        Hollywood Citizen News

        It is admitted at Warners that work is being done on a new script for The Sea Hawk, silent picture in which Milton Sills was starred and which was directed by Frank Lloyd. But the studio denies that the picture is being planned to follow in the wake of the Mutiny on the Bounty, the two-hour-and-15-minute drama recently completed at MGM after twelve months of labor. Warners point out that they have their own marine precedents established for follow-up picture, and the one they are most enthusiastic about is Captain Blood, now nearing completion after 14 weeks in production. Errol Flynn and Barton MacLane are both being considered for the leads in The Sea Hawk.

  6. Gentleman Tim

    October 29, 2020 at 4:31 am

    Prince and the Pauper


    Silver River…

    • barb

      October 29, 2020 at 5:17 pm

      Another interesting find, Tim! This is the first I’ve seen of his being mentioned in connection to Sea Hawk. Any idea what role he was considered for .. Wolfingham?

  7. Gentleman Tim

    October 29, 2020 at 5:52 pm

    Excellent question, barb! I believe that in 1935 Warners was intending to remain relatively faithful to Sabatini’s novel(s) and/or their silent Sea Hawk hit of 1924, which made a lot of noise at the box office. …If so, I suppose Barton MacLane was being considered for the spectacularly notorious, lovable-rogue role Wallace Beery played.

    Warners, however, changed The Sea Hawk dramatically (literally and figuratively) subsequent to Hitler’s aggression in Europe, with Elizabethan-era Spain became a proxy for the Nazis.

    Here’s how Barton looked n The Spanish Main many years later: Very Wally Beeryish:


    And his Wallace Beery as Captain Jasper Leigh in The Sea Hawk. No Wolfington and no Thorpe, not in Sabatinii’s book, nor in the silent feature of 1924.


    • barb

      October 29, 2020 at 7:11 pm

      Excellent point, as usual, Tim.