Archive for the ‘Behind the Scenes’ Category

The Honeymoon’s Over —— 1, 2, 3 – Kick

30 Jun

Only two days after their “Slight Misunderstanding”, Errol was out on the town at the Cubanola, a nightclub that opened that very month, at the height of Hollywood’s conga craze.*

June 30, 1938

Harrison Carroll
Evening Herald Express

Errol Flynn, sans Lili Damita, was having a fine time at the Cubanola…

* Here’s Senor Fleen two years later getting his kicks at the La Conga Club in Manhattan with model Patricia Byrnes in a conga line led by a young Desi Arnaz.

— Gentleman Tim


“A Slight Misunderstanding”

29 Jun

June 28, 1938

Evening Herald Express


Errol Flynn and his wife, Lili Damita, explained today it was a “slight misunderstanding” that sent Lili running half the length of an airport runway chasing him and a transport plane.

The Irish actor, so-called “glamour boy” of the movies, needed to grow a beard for a picture, it seems, and decided to be alone while he did it. He went to San Diego, for two days but neglected to tell his wife. She was waiting at Union Air Terminal when he flew in.

Everybody got out of the plane but Flynn. He saw the flash in Lili’s dark eyes and an angry foot-tapping. Waving the pilots to go ahead, he ducked down in the seat while the plane taxied toward a hangar.

Lili burst through the gate and pattered down the runway at a dead run, clothes fluttering in the propeller’s breeze, an angry airport guard chasing after her.

“Come on, come out, honey,” she cried. Flynn looked out and shook his head. The airport guard ordered Lili off the field. She started off and then the plane started again, and away she went after it.

An airport car and two more guards caught up with Lili and bundled her out the gates.

Flynn popped in to studio car and sped off.

A studio spokesman said that both are happily at home and Flynn had explained away a “slight understanding.”

Union Air Terminal is now known as “Hollywood Burbank Airport”. It’s been said that “Union Air Terminal was always a better place to see movie stars that any place in Hollywood.”

— Gentleman Tim


Seventy Years Ago Quiz — June 27

26 Jun

Errol wrote this person a letter seventy years ago tomorrow, June 27.

Before Errol employed him or her, this man below employed him or her:

One of the two stars doing the heavenly dancing in this film clip also has a connection to our mystery man or woman:


It was one of these two people:

Errol wrote on stationary from this motel:

— Gentleman Tim


Errol’s 32nd Birthday Party — Hadler Had it Coming?

26 Jun

June 26, 1942

Los Angeles Times

— Gentleman Tim


June 25, 1876 – “a la Errol”

25 Jun

“a la Errol Flynn”

“There is a fascination with the battle unlike interest in any other historical event that comes to mind,” Scott said, standing on a spot overlooking the treeless ground where 250 white stones are scattered up and down the ridges marking where each soldier fell.

Indeed, the battle of the Little Big Horn has moved Hollywood to produce 41 movies featuring Custer`s Last Stand, including ”They Died With Their Boots On,” in which Errol Flynn played Custer bravely fighting to the death, bullets spent, waving his saber as hordes of Indians finally overran his men. ”Perhaps the most amazing thing that our research last year and this year indicates is that there really was a last stand and that it was just where they put the marker,” Scott said.

He said bullets, bones, arrowheads and other items recovered by the archeologists show that the stand took place at the top of ”Custer Hill,”

where an obelisk and 50 white stones are supposed to mark where the vastly superior force of Indians finally overcame the last defenders of the 7th Cavalry.

Scott said the National Park Service will publish the archeological findings of his study in late June or early July.

About 300 other books have been written about the battle as well as hundreds of academic papers, many of which seek to dispel ”myths” about the world-famous battle, Scott said.

Many authors of Custer literature have singled out the picture of a hilltop last stand as one of the major myths of the Custer legend. But, Scott said, the current research has used sophisticated computer analysis and other techniques to ”essentially confirm that there was indeed a last stand” a la Errol Flynn.”

He Died with His Boots On

— Gentleman Tim


Captain Blood Honeymoon — June, 1935

23 Jun

June 20, 1935

Yuma Nuptials
Los Angeles Examiner

To Judge Earl A. Freeman, the marrying judge of Yuma, Ariz., it was just another wedding yesterday when he married Lili Damita, vivacious French actress, and Errol Flynn, Irish actor.

But to the eloping, excited young couple it was the thrilling finale of a romantic trail started six months ago when they met and fell in love on a New York bound ocean liner.

June 21, 1935

Harrison Carroll
Evening Herald Express

Honeymooners Lily Damita and Errol Flynn showed up at the Trocadero only a few hours after their marriage in Yuma and got a royal reception from the stay-up-laters.

June 22, 1935

Louella O. Parsons
Los Angeles Examiner

Lili Damita and Errol Flynn entertaining twelve of their intimates at a wedding dinner.

June 23, 1935

Flim Flam with Sidney Skolsky
Hollywood Citizen News

Lily Damita has told intimates that the reason she got married is that she wants a baby.

June 24, 1935

Reine Davies
Hollywood Parade

Lily Damita and Errol Flynn’s honeymoon house atop Lookout Mountain was the “location” for high revelry last Thursday night, when the entertained at a formal dinner, not only to celebrate their marriage the previous day, but Errol’s birthday as well.

The vivacious Lili had the attractive home bounding with valley lilies, white roses and gardenias, and the party was high-spotted when the butler, with befitting fanfare, brought on a huge wedding cake, followed by another for Errol.

Those who wished the Frenchy Lili and her Irish husband great happiness were Dolores Del Rio and Cedric Gibbons, the Countess de Maigret, Peggy Fears, George Cukor, Al Kaufman, Lloyd Pantages, Rene Hubert, and those hospitable romancers, Lyda Roberti and Bud Ernst.

To carry on the celebrating, Al Kaufman later took the entire party to the Miramar Hotel, where they greeted “Colonel” Gus Arnheim, and danced to his very danceable music.

June 25, 1935

Louella O. Parsons
Los Angeles Examiner

Lili Damita and her bridegroom, Errol Flynn, who have been much entertained since their trip to Yuma, are being given a dinner by Dolores Del Rio Wednesday.

June 26, 1935

Louella O. Parsons
Los Angeles Examiner

Keep your eye on Errol Flynn,the publicity he received when he married Lili Damita didn’t do him any harm and Warners are now getting ready to give him a break.

June 27, 1935

Hollywood Citizen News

Tests for Captain Blood will be no make-shift. So anxious is director Michael Curtiz to have everything right for the selection of the cast, that he has persuaded the studio to construct realistic sets for various scenes in the script from which tests can be made. One of the sets constructed for testing purposes only is a South Seas island locale. Robert Barratt is being tested for the important role of the French pirate. And Errol Flynn is again being given more elaborate tests for the title role.

June 28, 1935

Harrison Carroll
Evening Herald Express

Lili Damita’s new groom, Errol Flynn, is versatile to no end. In addition to acting for Warner pictures (he has a good chance for the lead in Captain Blood) the young Irishman is writing a book about his experiences in the interior of New Guinea.

And he’s an ace at tennis, too, which is Hollywood’s favorite game.

June 29, 1935

Warner Bros. Begin Intricate Tests for Captain Blood, Raphael Sabatini’s swashbuckling novel of adventure on the Spanish Main. The film will enter actual production a month hence as one of Warner Brothers most tremendous screen undertakings.

Scores of actors have passed before the all-seeing eye of the testing cameras.

Errol Flynn is receiving the most careful consideration for the romantic role of Captain Peter Blood.

June 30, 1935

Bridal Toasts Delay Dinner for Newlyweds

So hearty and sincere was the toasting to wish enduring happiness for the newkyweds, Lili Damita and Errol Flynn, that it was 10 o’clock before the party went into dinner last Wednesday night, when Dolores Del Rio and Cedric Gibbons entertained for the couple at a formal dinner party.

Lili wore a printed evening gown of corn yellow. And with her exquisite ruby ring as her only adornment, Dolores’ dark beauty was strikingly effective in a white crepe gown of Grecian lines.

— Gentleman Tim



22 Jun


Cheers to All Who Toasted Errol on his 111th!!!


I am not able to name all those who deserve praise for their participation, but here are some key Flynnmates we can thank here, alphabetically by first name



Andy Hill from Chico, “Home of Sherwood Forest”
– Whiskey

A.R. – Cognac

‘B’ from Chicago

Bob Searles from Boston
Toasted from Cape Cod with a Cape Codder

Cathleen Schutz and Husband
G&T’s from North Haledon, New Jersey

Claudia from Germany
Champagne in Bavaria

Debby Phielix from Dordrect, Netherlands
Vodka and Cola

Jack ‘Mulholland Man’ Marino
From just north of Mulholland

Jose Garcia from Albecete, Spain
Toasted with La Mancha wine, a la Errol in ’37

King David from Myrtle Beach
CEO of the EFB

King Karl Holmberg
A Jack Rose from Upstate New York

Linda from New York
From Manhattan with a Jack Rose

Mitchell K. Green from Atlantla
Will “lift a libation”

Paul Harrison from Manchester, UK
formerly from Laguna Beach, USA
A G&T from Manchester

Ralph Schiller from outside Chicago

Selene Hutchison-Zuffi
From Kentucky – White Zinfandel

shangheinz – Flynn’s Main Man in Europe
A Will Tell from Vienna.

Steven Springer from Silver Spring, Maryland
Steve and his wife met online because of their
shared love of Errol and his films! He proposed on June 20, 1996

Steve & Genene (tassie devil)
From Hobart, Tasmania
Toasted with a G&T and Cascade beer

Tina Nyary
18-year-old Glenfiddich Malt Whiskey
Once poolside in the afternoon, once in the evening!!

Tita Lopez
Tequila in Tijuana

— Gentleman Tim


Toasting Errol’s 111th Birthday at the Very Wooden Bar He Drank at in the 1930s

22 Jun

June 20, 2020, at the Old Arcade Tap Room in Delray Beach, Florida

Conveniently if not coincidentally, the Happy Birthday lights were there when we arrived to toast!…

The Baron in Boca

— Gentleman Tim


How do you say no in Mexico?

18 Jun

June 17, 1938

Jimmy Starr
Evening Herald Express

Not so many months ago Booker McClay was Errol Flynn’s stand-in. Then one day word came that Booker had inherited more than three million dollars.* He quit his job, went into picture producing in Mexico. Yesterday he offered his former boss a fabulous salary to star in one production. Errol’s taking up the deal with Jack Warner, who will probably say “nix.”

* His inheritance included Texas and Oklahoma oil properties from his grandfather.

— Gentleman Tim


A Day in the Life of Arno and Errol — June 16, 1938

16 Jun

June 16, 1938

Harrison Carroll

Evening Herald Express

Errol Flynn’s dog, Arno, is barred off The Sisters set. Flynn has been training him as a protector and, when Bette Davis had to make a pass at Errol in a scene, the dog lunged at her, bit her leg and chased Bette up on a chair.

June 16, 1938

Jimmy Starr

Evening Herald Express

Errol Flynn’s getting rid of part of his private navy. Once the proud possessor of a fleet of five boats, Errol now has but three. Poor boy!

— Gentleman Tim