The Old Sport and the Sea

23 Nov

Dear Flynnstones,

the A-list of anglers anchored at the Cabo Blanco Fishing Club situated at the Peruvian Pacific Coast more than 1000 miles north of its capital Lima.

Amongst them were the prime actors of their time, the likes of Humphrey Bogart, John Wayne, Bob Hope, Gregory Peck and Errol Flynn.

Membership fees of 10.000$ a year kept the club, which also ran a hotel, a bar as well as a restaurant, extremely exclusive.

This elusive hideaway became one of Ernest Hemingway‘s favorite haunts. The Chicagoean writer of writers loved this deep sea fishing paradise, where the biggest of marlins (black ones) went straight to heaven, mucho! Don Ernesto even caught the Nobel Prize there. Due to his poor health at the time after two plane crashes in Africa, he was unable to haul in the mega marlin he already had hooked. Sometimes you win, when you lose.

Years later Papa came back to supervise the filming of “The Old Man and the Sea‘ in person. Folklore has it, he can be seen in some scenes,



— shangheinz


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  1. Ralph Schiller

    November 23, 2022 at 9:23 pm

    Hemmingway Heinz; You are referring to the masterpiece film version of “The Old Man And The Sea” (1958) starring the immortal Spencer Tracy in the starring role. Warner Brothers released it to great success.

    • Karl

      November 23, 2022 at 10:43 pm

      Hey Rushstreet… (and the inexhaustible and ever interesting associations of interconnectedness) Heinz!

      Someone was kind enuff to give me a copy of the aforementioned recently, and~ not only is Papa present , but “Momma” (as in Mrs. H) is there as well… BOTH right at the end!

      • shangheinz

        November 24, 2022 at 7:07 am


        KK, momma was the old man‘s pillar, the Pilar his true love.

        • Karl

          November 26, 2022 at 11:15 am

          Then again, there is a homily, Heinz (or Homily Heinz, as you prefer) from yet another of Hemingway-ian persuasion:

          Pilar : Look I am ugly. Yet one can have a feeling here

          [points to her heart]

          Pilar : that blinds a man while he loves you. He thinks you are beautiful. And one day for no reason at all he sees you ugly as you really are. And he is not blind anymore. Then you see yourself as ugly as he sees you – and you lose your man and your feeling. Then one day the feeling, that idiotic feeling that you are beautiful, grows inside you again and another man sees you and thinks you are beautiful and it’s all to do over again. Now I’m past it. But it still might come again.”

          ~For Whom The Bell Tolls

          (Ouch and optimistic… BOTH!)

          • shangheinz

            November 27, 2022 at 5:31 pm

            Lovely quote, Karl, about eternal hope and that crazy little thing called love. Hemingway had his way with words and few equals in that regard. He once said he drank to make people around him more interesting. Well, he drank a lot.…

    • shangheinz

      November 24, 2022 at 7:02 am

      Remmington Ralph, TOMATS was a big catch for WB. One of the lost EF movies, for Errol would have been perfect in the role. Here is the audio from another Flynnalike:…