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Errol Flynn, Ready for Anything!

16 Dec

— David DeWitt

 

Errol Flynn and Rita Hayworth!

16 Dec

— David DeWitt

 

Errol Flynn with Ward Bond!

16 Dec

— David DeWitt

 

Flyin’ Like Flynns

02 Jun

Three weeks after the world premier of The Adventures of Robin Hood on May 14, 1938, Errol and Lili fly on Western Air Express.

Photo published in the Los Angeles Herald Examiner on June 2, 1938.

— Tim

 

In Memory of Sean

31 May

Errol lost his wonderful son, Sean, to the Vietnam War. This is in memory of Sean and to his magnificently brave service as a war correspondent.

Vietnam News Report by Sean

Last Known Footage of Sean

Jackie Coogan PSA for Sean

— Tim

 

Tributes to the Troops

31 May

Memorial Day, 2021

Because of poor health, Errol’s multiple attempts to serve in uniform were not accepted by the Armed Forces, so he supported America and the Allies in numerous other ways, beginning with his anti-Nazi tour of South America, his numerous appearances for the Red Cross and on war bond tours, and his anti-Axis war films – from Sea Hawk to Objective Burma.

Errol also supported the troops and Allies very significantly as a star on USO tours, including north to Alaska in WWII, and west to Korea during the Korean War.

North to Alaska, 1943

West to Korea, 1953

— Tim

 

An A to Z List of Potential Libations for the 2021 Global Toast to Errol 🍸🍺🍹🍮🥃🍾

29 May

Based on drinks and beverages Errol is known to have drank, believed to have drank, likely drank, rumored to have drank, and has had created and named in tribute to him, here is an A through Z list of possible libations for the June 20, 2021 Global Birthday Toast to Errol<a

Almost 21 days away

First Announcement of the 2021 Global Birthday Toast to Errol

Absinthe – in Europe and New Orleans

Bacardi – in Cuba and elsewhere

Bavarian Beer – in Germany

Bloody Mary – the drink he introduced at the Smokehouse in LA

Bourbon – during Desperate Journey (the movie, not the marriage to Lili)

Brandy and Soda – a favored drink in New Guinea during his days there

British Beers from his days in Britain and at the Cock'n Bull in LA

Bundaberg Beer – in Australia and New Guinea

Bundy (Bundaberg Rum) – in Australia and New Guinea

Captain's Blood – a daiquiri created in tribute to Errol

Cascade Brewery Beer – from Tasmania, per tassiedevil (Steve & Genene)

Champagne – throughout his celebrity years, and a la Olivia's annual birthday toast to Errol

Chianti – drank at various locations and occasions

Coca-Cola

Coffee – throughout adulthood

Courvoisier cognac – during years of celebrity

Cuba Libre – from his first visits to Cuba in the mid-Thirties

Cuba Story – a drink created for Errol by Dennis Mullen

Daiquiri – during his visits to Havana, a la El Floridita

Dry Martini – throughout years of celebrity

Errol Flynn's Pick-Me-Up – a drink named after him

Fine French Wines – brought with him to locations without, per Difford's Guide for Discriminating Drinkers

Gin, bathtub-style – a la Errol at the Roosevelt Hotel

Gin – in many drinks, with mixes from tonic to O.J., sometimes with a splash of Squirt

Guinness Stout – in Britain and Ireland and elsewhere

Hennessy Cognac – a likely Flynn cognac

Herradura – the tequila owned by his friend Bing Crosby

Italian Wines – during his days in Italy and filming of William Tell (with sardines), et al

Irish Beers – from his days in Ireland and Britain

Irish whiskeys

Jack Rose – at the 21 Club (and maybe the Mocombo)

Jamaican Reef – created for Errol Dennis Mullen

Johnnie Walker – per Difford's Guide for Discriminating Drinkers

Kentucky whiskey – straight, in a Mint Julep, or in a Kentucky Coffee

Louis XIII Cognac – a possible Flynn cognac

Maid Marian – created and bottled by Chesterfield Whisky

Mai Tai – see the "Q.B. Cooler" below

Mojito – a la Bodeguita del Medio

Moselle – a la 21 Club

Moscow Mule – a la the Cock 'n Bull in LA

Napolean Cognac – a likely Flynn cognac

Navy Grog – in tribute to Errol's In the Wake of the Bounty

Old Fashioned – a likely cocktail for Errol throughout adulthood

Pi Yi – a la Don the Beachcomber, LA

Q.B. Cooler – predecessor of the Mai Tai, created by tiki-drink pioneer, Donn Beach

Queen Elizabeth

Queen’s Pineapple Punch – a la Don the Beachcomber’s, LA

Remy Martin

Robin Hood cocktail

Rum and Coca-Cola – a la Caribbean, California and Courmayeur, et al

Sangria – a la Errol’s days in Spain

Sangro de Cristo

Sazerac – a la New Orleans

Scotch

Tasmanian Devil

Tea – throughout his life, sometimes with orange blossom honey

Tequilas – during his days in Mexico

The Errol Flynn – created by Errol, resurrected a la Petronella Wyatt

The Martini Special – a la Fabio Delgado Fuentes

The Tasmanian – a la Dennis Mullen

The Vancouver – a la Sylvia Hotel, Vancouver

U.S. Bar Beers – a la Boardner’s in LA and many other locations in. U.S.

Various Vodkas – straight, with tonic, with O.J., inter alia

Vicious Virgin – a la Don the Beachcomber

Veuve Clicquot

Vodka with Red Pepper – a la The Hotel Savoy’s American Bar in London

Water – both sparkling and natural

Whiskey Sour – a likely for Errol throughout adulthood

XXXX Gold beer- from Queensland and Tasmania

York Gin – Old Tom and Outlaw

Zombie – a la Don the Beachcomber

Zubrowka Polish Vodka

— Tim

 

Backstabbing Bruce Sues Errol

25 May


May 25, 1955

New York Times

Cabot Sues Errol Flynn

In May 1955 Bruce Cabot sued Flynn in a London court alleging an unpaid salary of £17,357 ($48,599.60) saying he had been promised four weeks’ work on the film but did not get it.

Cabot knew well of Errol’s dire financial circumstances, but sued him anyhow – kicking hi8m while he was down, despite nearly twenty years of friendship, or, rather, mooching off Errol.

— Tim

 

Four Score Years Ago — Errol Goes A Partying — —Part 3

25 May

Three weeks or so after the birth of Sean on May 31 …

June 18, 1941

Hollywood Citizens News

Father’s Day Inspire Family Dinner Party

Father’s Day found Julie Bishop, Warner Brothers actress, entertaining her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Will Brown, for the evening st Bill Jordan’s Bar of Music.

Other notables glimpsed were Vaughn Paul and his bride, Deanna Durbin. Mr. and Mrs. Bob Howard (Andrea Leeds), Wayne Morris and Patricia Stewart, Carole Landis and Kenny Morgan, Wynn Rocamora, Ida Koverman, and Nils Asther, Joe Pasternak and Johnny Hyde. Mr. and Mrs. Milton Bren, Mitzi Green and Whitney Wear, Errol Flynn and Hardie Albright.

Julie Bishop

Bill Jordan’s Bar of Music, Home of Dueling Pianos

— Tim

 

Four Score Years Ago – Errol Goes A Partying — —Part 2

24 May

April 30, 1941

Hollywood Citizen News

Frolicsome Guests Enjoy Poolside

Custard pies, Keystone Kops, and a carefree spirit reigned Sunday when Milton Berle played host to 400 picture friends at his Mack Sennett bathing party at the Beverly Hills Hotel Sand and Pool Club.

Dressing in a bathing suit of the 1900s, Mr. Berle saw to it that his guests had the time of his life.

Custard pies throwing was judged by the guest of honor, Mack Sennett. On the throwing end were Misses Judy Garland, Joan Davis, Ann Miller, Bonita Granville, Patti McCarty, Carole Landis, and Linda Darnell. At the receiving end of their deadly aim were the host and Buster Keaton, Errol Flynn, Billy Gilbert, Parkyarkarkus, and Laird Cregar.

When the Keystone Kops, Dave Rose, Eddie Cronjagger, and Charles Hall, tried to “break up” the battle, they met with furious bombardment themselves.

Ping pong, tennis, badminton, and a variety show with clowns, dancing and comedy diving kept the party at top speed.

The famous Beverly Hills Hotel pool was very briefly known as the “Sand and Pool Club”.

— Tim

 
 
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