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Archive for August, 2021

Who is Errol’s Friend?

30 Aug

Nice Candid from Northern Persuit!

— David DeWitt

 
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Nice Colorized Photos of Errol Flynn

30 Aug

— David DeWitt

 
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Living according to Sean

21 Aug

Dear Flynnmates,

here are some photos of Sean Flynn`s Paris apartment courtesy of PARIS MATCH Magazine.

It was kept intact by his mother Lili Damita, long after he went missing in Vietnam, in hope he might return.

Its interior shows his old man`s lust for adventure as well as his mom`s knack for flair.

A miniature Zaca can be spotted sitting atop the book shelves and a how-to-become-a-photographer manual resides prominently on the kitchen table.

This time capsule`s address was Champs Elysees No. 77.

Enjoy,

— shangheinz

 

Mail Bag! Lorraine Issa with her friend … Errol Flynn!

09 Aug

Special thanks to Suzanne Issa who sends this wonderful candid of her mother Lorraine Issa in Kingston, Jamaica with her friend … Errol Flynn!

 

— David DeWitt

 
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Nice Color Shot of The Zaca …

09 Aug

— David DeWitt

 
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The Dawn Patrol at The Carolina Theatre!

09 Aug

The Carolina Theatre, 1938 advertising Errol Flynn staring in “The Dawn Patrol.” You can see this photograph at the Regional History Museum downtown Spartanburg! #spartanburghistory #southcarolinahistory #errolflynn #theatrehistory The Regional History Museum is open Tuesday – Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday 11am-4pm.

— David DeWitt

 

Flynn`s footsteps- in the Will Tell town of Courmayeur

08 Aug

Dear Flynnmates,

brace yourselves, we may not have seen the last of Errol Flynn.

When I embarked via Berchtesgaden to the Italian town of Courmayeur, where in 1953 our Hollywood hero sadly missed the apple shot, I was determined to add at least one more chapter to that half full filled dream movie called “The Story of William Tell”.

Lying at the foot of the Mont Blanc massif, Courmayeur greeted me with sunshine (a rarity, even in summer).

Weather also had been a factor back in the day, when first time director Jack Cardiff constantly had to cleanse his lense for a clear shot at the “Dente del Gigante” as seen above.

Courmayeur after and most of all is a skiing resort.

And a splendid one at that with its historic houses, clear air and the innate Italian art of fine wining and dining.

One can easily see through the decision to make it a film location.

Even as a stand-in for a Swiss town in an ancient epic of a heroic father-archer battling an Austrian army almost all by himself.

Walking about you can spot the buildings Academy winning art director Nino Novarese very probably used as an inspiration for that village he built from scratch.

It was this construction made with real stones, that consumed the lion share of production costs.

Above is the exact spot where Little Altdorf once stood complete with church.

And below is the river where Errol battled his buddy-turned-real-life-nemesis Bruce Cabot in one of the few finished scenes.

Stunt man Jock Easton, who could pack a punch, had to take the plunge.

I figured this nearby mountain side would have been the perfect place for the avalanche that was to be set off for the grand finale:

The Monte Bianco Hotel, once shelter for cast and crew, now is an apartment complex.

It was there where Mrs. Waltraut Haas and the wife of actor Dave Crowely, Pat, rescued their stuff over the balcony when bailiffs were seizing all private belongings for back payment.

Finally it was time to sit down for a chat with Signor Leo, a former race car driver, who as a kid witnessed the filming of Flynn in person.

He told me a typical Errol-like episode, how the horses for a big battle scene in the streets were fed sparkling wine to keep going.

And then he really popped the corks- metaphorically speaking.

Some of the missing Tell reels still lie dormant in an attic of a local alpine hut and wait for restoration; if they can be processed, they will be released at a future special event for all the world to see.

Enjoy,

— shangheinz

 
 
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