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Tibby or No Tibby: Arno was at it Again – June 8, 1939

08 Jun

Tibby of Elizabette dared turn her back on Arno of Essex?

June 8, 1939

Behind the Makeup

Erskine Johnson
Los Angeles Times

Errol Flynn’s Schnauzer (Arno) chasing Bette Davis’s Scotty (Tibby) around the Warner Studio Cafe…

Errol himself was known to have done some chasing around the WB Cafe … but never after dogs

Bette Davis Eyes appeared wary of Arno in a previous caninical encounter.

Good doggie, Arno

— Tim


Flynn’s Fancy Rest Camp

15 May

May 15, 1939

Harrison Carroll

Evening Herald Express

Racking his brain over what to do with eight loose acres up on Mulholland Drive, overlooking San Fernando Valley, Errol Flynn hit on an interesting idea. He will turn his property into a fancy rest camp, with eight guest cabins, three tennis courts and a dozen riding nags available for the nearby Hollywood folk in search of quick relaxation.

Flynn plans to spend a lot of money on the project. Chances are that Bud Ernst, one of his close pals, will manage the place, which will be open to the public.

How Mulholland Scenic Road aka Mulholland Skyline Drive aka Mulholland Boulevard aka Mulholland Highway aka (finally) Mulholland Drive ultimately paved the way for Mulholland Farm.

Mulholland Drive was an Engineering Masterwork by Dewitt Raeburn

Errol pioneered the building of homes along Mulholland Drive. The area does have a prior historic significance, however, in that it was once owned by James B. Lankershim, one of the most notable land owners in the history of Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. Subsequent to Lankershim, the land was co-owned by Harry Chandler, publisher of the Los Angeles Times, who held title to more private real estate than any other person in the U.S..

— Tim


Young Errol’s Pleasures in Old Hong Hong

08 May

Happy Valley is where one could find Errol most every day in Hong Kong. “But those horrible little ponies wouldn’t behave,” as he put it in My Wicked, Wicked Ways. Originally opened in 1850 primarily for the British ex patriates, is today one of the premier horse race courses in the world.

When he wasn’t betting the ponies, it was a wicked good bet he was in the Hong Kong’s legendary red light district, where it was he and his companions that likely wouldn’t behave. In 1930, Hong Kong had 200 legal brothels with over 7,000 licensed prostitutes. Prostitution was outlawed, however, shortly after Errol’s visit. (Just a coincidence.) Below are Siu Sheung Fei and Fa Yuk Lan of the Tsui Lok Brothel in Hong Kong.

— Tim


A Kiwi in Hollywood Hog Heaven

20 Apr

April 20, 1936

Harrison Carroll

Evening Herald Express

Errol Flynn and Lili Damita don’t intend to live all the time on the ranch where he expects to raise hogs. They are building a house -n the Laurel Canyon district. One of the most unusual houses in Hollywood, too, for it will be modeled after Flynn’s ancestral home in Belfast. Incidentally, did you know that Errol was not born in Ireland? It was New Zealand while his father and mother were on a scientific expedition.

— Tim


‘Flynn Flying Through the Air’ – Errol’s Empty Horse

01 Apr

March 31, 1936

Harrison Carroll
Evening Herald Express

Since Saturday, Warners is beseeching Errol Flynn to stay off horses except when the cameras are actually turning for The Charge of the Light Brigade. The Irish actor, not so long out of the hospital for an appendicitis operation, got the idea of practicing jumps for the picture. He went to a riding academy in the valley and was doing very nicely until the horse balked at a four-foot barrier and sent Flynn flying through the air. Landing, he missed a large rock by about an inch. The studio, which had 250 men ready to start to Lone Pine on location the next day, practically did a nipup when the news got around.

— Tim


Up the Sepik with Young Captain Flynn

14 Mar

March 13, 1936

Harrison Carroll
Evening Herald Express

The most dramatic movie premier of 1936 took place not in Hollywood or in New York, but in Belfast Ireland when Captain Blood opened there the other day with Errol Flynn’s father and mother in attendance. They hadn’t seen him since 1932 and, suddenly, there he was on the screen, their turned into a movie star.

Reporting the incident, the Belfast papers also carried an interview with R. L. Simpson, who adventured with Flynn to New Guinea. He told a story about the actor that not even the studio knew.

Seems that a motion picture troupe hired Flynn to take them in a 20-ton schooner up the unexplored Sepik River, a stream infested with crocadiles and transversing jungles crawling with hostile natives. Sure enough, the troupe was ambushed and five of the police escorts were struck by poisoned arrows. Flynn and the crew were able to repel the attack with rifle fire and to get the troupe back to civilization.

Superb video featuring multifarious primitive tribes and exotic cultures Flynn may have crossed paths with, if not crossed swords with, in Papua New Guinea – headhunters and cannibals included:

— Tim


Doggone, Arno’s Gone!

21 Dec

December 22, 1939


Police and humane society officers, as well as Tailwagger Foundation officials, today we’re investigating the latest case of “dognapping” in Hollywood.

Latest victim of the racket that has spread on so widely is Arno, a German Schnauzer belonging to Errol Flynn, film star.

Arno was lured into a black sedan just outside the gates of Warner Brothers Burbank studio yesterday.
Eldon Crowninshield, an electrician, saw the dog, which is well known on the movie lot, enter the car, but thought nothing more of it until Flynn reported to studio police that his dog was missing.

The Swashbuckler’s “Heart Dog”

The Swashbuckler’s Dog

— Tim


“First Time as an Adult”

14 Sep

And as a goat, I presume (a non-horny goat, no less)

Featuring Sean Flynn/Directed by Steve Latshaw

Very funny stuff! Great job Sean & Steve.…

— Tim


Baron in the Borscht Belt

20 Aug

Grossinger’s “Waldorf of the Catskills”……

Paul Grossinger was also the man who conceived and arranged the matchless Flynn’s famous tennis match in Manhattan, at the legendary Park Avenue Armory, on February 1, 1945. Based on Farmers’ Almanac historical records, I ,believe it was on the low to mid 20° that day in New York, therefore explaining Errol’s coat. (I was in that Armory during a couple of winters in the mid-70s, and can attest that the area where Errol played tennis was damp, drafty and cold.)…

— Tim


Who had Errol’s Ear?

15 Jul

Questions, not a quiz.

Anyone know the story behind this photo – location, approximate date, name, the species of Errol’s companion, where one can find that shirt, etc. ????

— Tim

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