Meeting the Prez

17 May

Dear Flynnstones,

this rare pic shows Errol meeting Ronald Reagan, who before becoming a B-movie star, started out as a radio commentator. We all know where he ended up.

Both look like at a casting for “Casablanca“. Neither got the part, and so didn’t Hedy Lamarr. What a classic that could have been.

They probably are promoting one of their movies. RR was reminiscing quite often about the good times they had together on the Warner Bros lot. He proudly pointed out towards another Flynnmate, Paul McWilliams (from Objective Burma), that he was not in one, but in two movies with Errol. Paul and the Prez shared the same birthday and his gift card had contained a photo of their respective co-star.



— shangheinz


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  1. Ralph Schiller

    May 17, 2023 at 7:52 pm

    Actually both Errol Flynn and Ronald Reagan were also in a third film “It’s A Great Feeling” (1949) but had no scenes together.

    • shangheinz

      May 18, 2023 at 8:34 am


      Ralph, PRR forgot a lot of things. Presidency has its privileges. Here is a family photo with Jerry Giesler and Dino. History has a tendency to reveal itself over time. I can‘t wait:…

      • Ralph Schiller

        May 18, 2023 at 6:28 pm

        Heinz in the back row from the left is George Burns, Jerry Giesler, Ronald Reagan, and Pat O’ Brien. In the front row, I only recognize Dean Martin on the far left, and George Raft (minus his hairpiece) in the center. If anyone knows the other three men in the front row let us know!

        • shangheinz

          May 18, 2023 at 10:02 pm

          The remaining three friars are Dore Schary, Harry Einstein and Jesse Lasky.

  2. shangheinz

    May 22, 2023 at 3:05 pm

    Ro Flo just let me know that the photo was taken on Jan. 25, 1939 in Arlington, while Ro Rea was in Hollywood filming “Hell’s Kitchen.