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The Long and Winding Road to Mulholland Farm

14 May

May 15, 1939

Harrison Carroll
Evening Herald Express

Racking his brain over what to do with eight loose acres up on Mulholland Drive, overlooking the San Fernando Valley, Errol Flynn hit on an interesting idea. He will turn his property into a fancy rest camp, with eight guest cabins, three tennis courts and a dozen riding nags available for the nearby Hollywood folk in search of quick relaxation.

Flynn plans to spend a lot of money on the project. Chances are that Bud Ernst, one of his close pals, will manage the place, which will be open to the public.

Beautiful but Dangerous Mulholland Drive…

— Gentleman Tim

 

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  1. Jack Marino

    May 18, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    Tim, the writer of this article got it all wrong. Flynn built the main house in 41-42 he added the ‘observatory wing in 46. There are no guest houses on the property. There was a ‘Casino’ which looked like the inside of his main living room. That was his man cave to hang out, gamble, play cards have cock fights, which was illegal and hang out with other movie people. There was another building that was next to the Casino which was the stable for horse and there was an apt on the second floor for the grounds keeper. Flynn had only one tennis court on his property. The grounds he let grow wild California brush. He had to keep the growth down in case of wild fires the grounds were not manicured.

    The last owner manicured the last of the 3.5 acres that were left. He planted sod everywhere and at the bottom of the hill were I shot the opening of my movie, he made a traditional Japanese garden. I was up there for over a year and photograph the entire place. You can see some of my photos in the book, Errol Flynn SLEPT HERE. So any info you read in these old newspapers are all rubbish and people who think their Flynn authorities, get their info from old newspapers and they based their opinion on the same nonsense we have in our news today. I was up there for just about a year, almost weekly and I was there with it was torn down. Errol never built guest houses on his ten acre estate. – Jack Marino

     
    • Gentleman Tim

      May 19, 2021 at 11:43 am

      WOW, Jack, what great authoritative first-hand info on the Farm!!! Thank you!

      P.S. I hope everyone knows that when I post these historic news articles, I am not attesting to the accuracy of their content. I find their interest and value mostly in the fact of how the public was being informed regarding Errol.