Play Me Again Sam

23 Oct

Dear Flynnstones,

in the vast universe of cinematic what-ifs and whatnots this picture of our man Flynn stands out.

You see him conversing with Austro-Hungarian hotshot producer Sam Spiegel, also known as S.P. Eagle around Hollywood, with Pat Wymore looking on.

Spiegel‘s work of course included “African Queen“, “On the Waterfront“ and “Bridge on the River Kwai“.

These films were made while Errol was still around and all of them were critically acclaimed.

Each of em either founded, cemented or resurrected the careers of the respective lead actors.

It’s such a pity the two players didn‘t get together for a “spiel“.

The most Flynn-like role Sam S. ever produced went to Peter O’Toole, when “Lawrence of Arabia“ saw the light of the desert day in 1962.

It almost got the alternate title of „Charge of the Camel Brigade“.



— shangheinz


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  1. Ralph Schiller

    October 25, 2022 at 5:48 pm

    Heinz; Speigal was a great film producer and it is our loss that Errol Flynn never made a motion picture with him. Flynn would have been badly miscast in “On The Waterfront” but he would been wonderful in “The African Queen”. In “The Bridge Over The River Kwai” Flynn would have given the performance of his life playing the martinet British Colonel who led the British prisoners of war to folly.

    • shangheinz

      October 26, 2022 at 10:48 am


      Right Ralph. Thank goodness Devyll Zanuck put Flynn in two productions in later years, where cast, directors and story were top notch.

      • Ralph Schiller

        October 26, 2022 at 6:16 pm

        Right Heinz, and also Jack Warner who gave Errol Flynn the plum role of John Barrymore in “Too Much, Too Soon” (1958).

        • shangheinz

          October 27, 2022 at 6:24 pm


          Back in Hollywood Errol thrived. He lacked the discipline, knowledge and luck to produce his own films. Unfortunately the Wilcox-Neagle tandem cost him some of his best years.

  2. shangheinz

    November 5, 2022 at 3:33 am

    Newbulletin just in: the mustachioed man is not Sam! It is King Farouk!! Nah, renowned author Ro Flo let me know Errol on the picture is in the company of John Mills, host of Les Ambassadeurs Club of London. Which brought me here:…

    • shangheinz

      November 23, 2022 at 3:03 pm


      From that perspective it is David Niven! Nah, even though they all knew each other:…