Archive for November, 2020


30 Nov

In late November 1934 a leading Hollywood writer reported that the new Irish actor, Errol Flynn, somewhat resembled another Hollywood actor, only younger. Who was the actor they referred to?

— Tim


U.S.S. Sirocco?

30 Nov

November 28, 1940

Jimmy Starr

Errol Flynn has offered his boat, the Sirocco, to the United States Navy and promises to maintain the running expenses (about $50 per day.) A nice gesture which Uncle Sam probably will accept.

— Tim


Happy Tanksgiveen Fleen!

29 Nov

Thanksgiving, 1938

Errol Flynn’s Thanksgiving present from Lili Damita was a long distance call from Paris. It was collect and cost him $73.*

Here’s Lili hosting a cocktail party at the Hotel Plaza Athénée in Paris, November 1938. Her guests include Ann Warner, Marlene Dietrich, Anderson Lawler, and Vera Matzouki.

* $73 in 1938 = $1348.11 in 2020

— Tim


Errol Flynn and Gia Scala

27 Nov

I have just read the outstanding biography “Gia Scala: The First Gia”, as told by her younger sister Tina Scala to author Sterling Saint James. This is a compelling, haunting, page-turning book with many shocking revelations of behind-the-scenes Hollywood, which was already in decadent decline. Gia Scala quickly became a top film star and co-starred in major studio productions opposite Robert Mitchum, Glenn Ford, Gregory Peck, George Sanders, Anthony Quinn, David Niven, Rock Hudson, Richard Widmark, and even Doris Day.  So why did she suddenly drop out at the box office peak of her career?  The death of this accomplished dramatic actress in 1972 at age 38and still a ravishing beauty,  was labeled by the film industry and law enforcement as a ‘suicide’. However just like the death of George Reeves it was anything but.  Yes Gia Scala co-starred with Errol Flynn in the under-rate ‘film noir’ “The Big Boodle” (1957) and the authors tell a surprisingly wonderful story about Errol Flynn, who came to Gia’s and Tina’s rescue when they needed a guardian angel.

— Ralph Schiller


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Bravo, Errol and Raoul!!!! — A Knockout

27 Nov

November 26, 1942

New York Times

The robust glamour of the early days of prize-fighting, when the burly, muscle-bound practitioners of bareknuckle mayhem slugged, kicked, bit and clawed one another into submission under the guise of sport, has been recreated in most of its gory glory in “Gentleman Jim,” which opened last evening at the Strand. Though it is primarily a fight-fan’s delight, this lusty Warner Brothers film biography of the life and times of James J. Corbett, who danced his way to fistic immortality and introduced a note of refinement into the fight game, has Errol Flynn in the title role and enough other good qualities as an entertainment to make it a satisfying show for anybody’s money.

For here is not only the story of a great and colorful ring personality but a vividly illustrated album of a once outlawed sport at which the spectator was wont to keep one eye on the gladiators, the other peeled for the raiding police. With Raoul Walsh pulling the directorial reins, the action is sharply pointed most of the way, particularly in the fight sequences. Naturally the highpoint of the drama is Corbett’s historic meeting with the mighty John L. Sullivan at New Orleans on Sept. 7, 1892. If the original battle was as good as that served up by the Warners, then it surely must have been a corker. And it is on this triumphant note of Corbett’s remarkable ring career as a scientific boxer and the first heavyweight champion under the present Marquis of Queensberry rules that the film ends.

In recounting Corbett’s professional career, “Gentleman Jim” sticks as close as practicable to the facts, though the principal’s brashness as a youngster around San Francisco’s Olympic Club is accented almost to the point of boorishness. With pardonable, if not commendable, dramatic license, the scenarists have drawn a picture of the Corbett family life that looks rather spurious, especially Alan Hale’s characterization of the elder Corbett as a garrulous old duffer. But if this tale doesn’t always follow the letter of the record in this respect, it at least has a warm, earthy spirit.

Though the Warners probably have their own ideas about the matter, it struck this observer that they overlooked a natural bit of camera business by omitting the first encounter between Corbett and Sullivan in the old San Francisco Opera House, when they went four one-minute exhibition rounds dressed in formal attire. Errol Flynn is to the manner drawn as the impeccable Gentleman Jim, and Ward Bond has the richest role of his long and serviceable career as the blustering Sullivan, whose boast was that he “could lick any man in creation.” Alexis Smith carries the romantic interest very entertainingly, and lesser roles are engagingly played by William Frawley, Rhys Williams, Arthur Shields, Jack Carson, John Loder, Minor Watson and Wallis Clark. “Gentleman Jim” definitely packs an entertaining punch.

GENTLEMAN JIM, screen play by Vincent Lawrence and Horace McCoy, based upon the life of James J. Corbett; directed by Raoul Walsh; produced by Robert Buckner for Warner Brothers. Gentleman Jim Corbett . . . . . Errol Flynn; Victoria (Vicki) Ware . . . . . Alexis Smith; Walter Lowrie . . . . . Jack Carson; Pat Corbett . . . . . Alan Hale: Carleton De Witt . . . . . John Loder; Ma Corbett . . . . . Dorothy Vaughan; Delaney . . . . . William Frawley; Buck Ware . . . . . Minor Watson; John L. Sullivan . . . . . Ward Bond; Harry Watson . . . . . Rhys Williams; Father Burke . . . . . Arthur Shields; George Corbett . . . . . James Flavin; Harry Corbett . . . . . Pat Flaherty; Judge Geary . . . . . Wallis Clark; Mary Corbett . . . . . Marilyn Phillips; Jack Burke . . . . . Art Foster; Charles Crocker . . . . . Harry Crocker; Leland Stanford . . . . . Frank Mayo; Huntington . . . . . Henry O’Hara; Sutro . . . . . Fred Kelsey

A version of this article appears in print on Nov. 26, 1942 of the National edition with the headline: At the Strand.

— Tim


Have an Errol Flynn Thanksgiving 2020 ….

26 Nov

Thanks, Karl Holmberg …

— David DeWitt


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Did They French Kiss Seventy Years Ago?

25 Nov

Oui Oui? Ou Non Non?

November 25, 1950

The Mail – Adelaide, South Australia

November 14, 1950

The Argus – Melbourne, Victoria

* Danielle Dervin may not have been her true name. Her true name may have been Danielle Duvivier.

— Tim


A New Type of Hollywood Hero … Errol Flynn!

24 Nov

This is from the Dayton Daily News, Nov. 24, 1935. The first pic is an overall of the entire page, but unfortunately is not legible due to the limited size of the copy here, as well as the quality of the paper. But added is the blow-up of Flynn. Those who have access to…, or a similar site, can read the read the content …

— David DeWitt


Allergic to Ladies ——— Danny Clarke Acquitted!

23 Nov

November 24, 1942

The Screen Theater Guild

Errol Flynn – Nan Grey – Alan Hale – Jane Wyman

— Tim


Just the Facts

23 Nov

November 20, 1942

Minneapolis Star Journal

FBI Jails Boy in Extortion
13-Year-Old Asked $10,000 of Flynn


A $10,000 extortion plot against actor Errol Flynn was attributed to a 13-year-old San Bernardino schoolboy last night by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The FBI said young Billy Seamster had sent a note to the actor, now awaiting trial on statutory charges, demanding the money on pain of death. The lad was arrested, said agent Richard B. Hood, in San Bernardino where he had directed the money to be sent. Hood said the note, received by Flynn Nov. 11 at his Beverly Hills home, read: “If you value your life and career, send a small package containing $10,000 in currency to the Otto Malt Shop. Your phone has been tapped. Don’t call police. You will be killed if you don’t comply.” It was signed “Jack Gilstrom.” The lad was released to his parents while the United States attorney’s office studies possible further action.

— Tim