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From Benny not a Penny

12 Jun

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Dear Flynnstones,

look what I refound amongst the material I have gathered over the years on Errol‘s half finished William Tell film- an appearance on the BBC Show “In Town tonight“ from November 1953.

I remember a conversation with this blog‘s own Inga, when she posted a list of all Flynn radio outings. I said I thought that it was a TV  show, because I had seen a clip from it. Matter of factly it may have been both. Despite being broadcast only into the ether, Robin Hood hawking for £ 50.000 in order to become Will Tell was too interesting to not put on camera also.

By the end of the year, he would have the money (not from United Artists boss Arthur B. Krim, not from Brother Warner), spend it elsewhere and move to England to do three movies there.

Instead resuming Tell with a different script & director two years later, it became apparent that the scenes already in the cans would stick out like an arrow from a head. Reshooting was not an option. The apple shot had been missed.

Enjoy,

 

— shangheinz

 

Death of a Cameraman

27 May

Dear Flynnstones,

amongst the myriad of myths surrounding the sinister shooting of “The Lady from Shanghai“, one also concerns our Errol.

No, not the one about his clandestine cameo. I think  we settled the score once and for all here:

Lord from Shanghai- Errol after all?

It is about Flynn turning Wolf Larsen and wanting to give a young dead cameraman a sea burial.

Read all about it: www.aenigma-images.com…

Despite the heat, coolness prevailed.

Enjoy,

 

 

 

 

— shangheinz

 

Into Dodge

18 May

Dear Flynnstones,

above you see Errol and his buddy Air Bud Ernst leaving for the grand premiere of Dodge City.

The line up of this star studded extravaganza was impressive.

It even featured a special event what looks like a (shotgun?) wedding.


A pierced penny for who can spot the Duke in this picture.

Enjoy,

— shangheinz

 

Wanted: Errol Flynn

18 May

Dear Flynnstones,

our man Flynn was a catch for Jack Warner in many ways.

Enjoy,

 

— shangheinz

 

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.

Enjoy,

 

— shangheinz

 

His Name iz Curtiz. Michael Curtiz.

16 May

Dear Flynnstones,

the Filmarchiv Austria is showing a retrospective of director Michael Curtiz, née Kertesz, during the months of May and June.

Very appropriately it takes place in one of the oldest and most beautiful venues of movie theatres in Vienna- the METRO KINO.

What makes this event so special for every Flynnophile is, not only will the obvious choices of his best works like “The Adventures of Robin Hood“, “Dodge City“ and “Captain Blood“ be presented, but also the early silent flicks starring Lili Damita are shown on the big screen.

It will be my privilege to lip read to you impressions of little Tiger Lil’ in movies like “Fiaker No. 13“ (Horse Carriage No. 13) and “Das Spielzeug von Paris“ (The Toy of Paris). I expect them to fully convey the divaesque quality, which made Errol think: “That is the star I am going to marry..“

Also in program are “Sodom und Gomorrah“, the monumental movie that got Curt to Hollywood, “The Sea Wolf“, a film tailor made for Flynn, but realized with Edward G. Robinson instead and the inevitable classic “Casablanca“ with local boy Paul Henreid second to the right.

“Mildred Pierce“ (Joan Crawford), “King Creole“ (Elvis Presley), “Yankee Doodle Dandy“ (James Cagney), “Young Man with a Horn“ (Kirk Douglas) and “Angles with Dirty Faces“ (Humphrey Bogart) amongst others round up an intriguing selection of an outstanding oeuvre.

One could say, the Hungarian Hun has come home.

Welcome to Viennawood, my laddies,

 

 

 

 

— shangheinz

 

Lock, Stock and Errol

15 May

Dear Flynnstones,

“If the lock doesn’t click, you must acquit.“

Enjoy,

 

 

— shangheinz

 

In the Den of Cap‘n Don

12 May

Dear Flynnstones,

Errol attracted the most colorful characters. Don Dickerman, being one of them, came in Technicolor. He thought of himself, dressed and behaved like a pirate.

In addition he opened several nightclubs in various cities called “Pirate‘s Den“.

Flynn fronted Don the money for the outlet in LA along with several other celebrities.

The den had a pen to put damsels in distress. Once a beautiful piratess had been captured and put behind the makeshift bars, she had one way to escape- scream as loud as she could. That would set her free and even get her a screaming diploma.

The Den took a dive, when one of the true life buccaneer waiters overcharged a highschool kid. The club never recovered from billhauling and from then on had the reputation of a real cutthroat venue.

Don though would be rewarded for his constant cultural appropriation with a role of a…in “The Sea Hawk“

Enjoy,

 

 

— shangheinz

 

Baby Bevy

17 Apr

Dear Flynnstones,

read episode 1 of the Chronicles of Aadlandia. It’s about an uncle entering the family closet looking for a skeleton. Instead he re-emerges with a wooden leg: www.chronline.com…

Enjoy,

— shangheinz

 

Flingin’ Like Flynn

16 Apr

Dear Flynnstones,

here is one of the earliest conquests of Errol: www.pressreader.com…

Enjoy,

— shangheinz