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On the Set of the Edge

27 Sep

September 26, 1942


Harrison Carroll
Evening Herald Express

LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION!

Out at Warners, on the Edge of Darkness set, they are shooting another war story. The scene is a church in occupied Norway. But the villagers are not listening to a sermon. They are hearing reports of Nazi terrorism.

Up on the pulpit is the minister, Richard Fraser. In the congregation are Walter Huston, Ann Sheridan, Errol Flynn, Monte Blue and most of the cast of the picture.

Edge of Darkness is heavy drama. When director Lewis Milestone gets shot, however, the players relax, sit around the set and converse in ordinary Hollywood manner.

Today Ann Sheridan is jittery because she is trying to cut down on cigarettes. She’s allowing herself one every hour, on the hour.

Smokin’ Annie, “on the hour” with Errol, between nicotine fits on the set of the Edge:

Looks like Annie was well off the wagon after the war, smoking away as the notorious Nora Prentiss:

— Gentleman Tim

 

Not Bad At All!

25 Sep

September 25, 1942

Louella O. Parsons
Los Angeles Times

A barbershop quartet, consisting of Errol Flynn, Ann Sheridan, Nancy Coleman and Monte Blue, have offered their services to the victory committee. Maybe it’s not as bad as it sounds.




Monte Blue and Lupe Velez. La Tigre Rosa may be telling the Silent star to remain silent, or, perhaps, that she’s not going to do that trick Errol told him about.


Nancy Coleman – From a LIFE Magazine Cover Photo of her..
EFB Fun Fact: Nancy graduated from the same high school as our own David D!


And, last but definitely not least, Awesome Annie Sheridan, a very lucky star friend of Errol’s.

Singers aren’t born, they’re made.

— Gentleman Tim

 

The Freedom Bonds Act of 2001

11 Sep

In September of 1942, as a reward for the town of Libertyville, Illinois’ record-breaking war bond sales in 1942, the town’s Liberty Theater was chosen to be the location of the world premiere of Errol’s first of five World War II films, “Desperate Journey”, which, much more notably now than then also starred Ronald Reagan. Far more notably at the time was the fact that Jimmy Cagney hosted the event.

This historic event of September 1942 was cited in the Freedom Bonds Act Hearings of 2001 U.S. Congressional Hearings of 2001, as follows:

From the Congressional Record (Bound Edition), Volume 147 (2001), Part 14][Pages 20376-20379]

FREEDOM BONDS ACT OF 2001

Mr. Speaker, I move to suspend the rules and pass the bill (H.R. 2899) to authorize the Secretary of the Treasury to issue War Bonds in support of recovery and response efforts relating to the September 11, 2001 hijackings and attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center, and for other purposes, as amended.

The Clerk read as follows:

H.R. 2899

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the “Freedom Bonds Act of 2001”.

SEC. 2. ISSUANCE OF FREEDOM BONDS.

Section 3105 of title 31, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

“Freedom Bonds.–The Secretary may designate one or more series of bonds or certificates (or any portion thereof) issued under this section as `Freedom Bonds’ in response to the acts of terrorism perpetrated against the United States on September 11, 2001.”

Mr. KIRK of Illinois:

Mr. Speaker, I want to rise in strong support of H.R. 2899, the Freedom Bonds Act of 2001. This legislation draws upon the heritage of our greatest generation. During World War II, war bonds were one important way that every American could help make sure that our men and women in uniform had what they needed for victory. My own district is home to Libertyville, Illinois. Libertyville sold more war bonds per capita than any other city in America. Libertyville oversubscribed every bond quota assigned, and this achievement led to a unique honor.

In the fall of 1942, a young sailor reported for duty at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center. Like the 3 million Americans who entered the Navy there, James Cagney trained for war. On September 10, 1942, he was able to leave the base and paid a unique honor to Libertyville’s war bond drive by opening a major Hollywood movie there, Desperate Journey. Desperate Journey was a war thriller starring Errol Flynn and Ronald Reagan and it opened at the Libertyville Theater. Tickets went for a $25 war bond, and the evening was a smashing success, raising $110,000 for the war effort.

Mr. Speaker, in these tough times after September 11, we return to our values in tested ways to support our country and the cause of freedom. This legislation recalls that spirit of Libertyville to enlist the help of every American in our cause against terrorism. I would hope that this legislation receives quick action and that Libertyville can help launch our State’s freedom bond effort.

— Gentleman Tim

 

Sadly, Olivia de Havilland has Passed Aged 104 …

26 Jul

Olivia de Havilland, ‘Gone With the Wind’ Star, Dies at 104

— David DeWitt

 

The New Faces

20 Jul

See the New Faces Below

July 20, 1935

The Snooper
LA Evening Herald Express

Not long after talking pictures had brought an influx of the world’s most famous actors to Hollywood, farsighted executives of the film industry began to speculate, “This is all very well, so long as we can raid the stage for talents, but where are we going to get the new faces? What will happen when the Broadway well runs dry?

Well several years have elapsed now since these gentlemen were heard muttering their dire forebodings, and subsequent developments have proved rather conclusively that Hollywood need have no fear about a dearth of fresh personalities to intrigue the admiration of moviegoers.

Seemingly, the well of new talent never runs dry.

Only the other day, audiences acclaimed a startling new personality, Louise Rainer, who flashed before them as William Powell’s leading woman in Escapade. She came from the continent.

Errol Flynn and Olivia De Havilland, who won two of the year’s sweetest acting plums –the romantic leads in the spectacular Captain Blood — were nonentities as far as Hollywood was concerned less than a year ago. Then Miss De Havilland, a seventeen-year-old high school girl from a small village in Northern California, won the big role of Hermia in Max Reinhardt’s Bowl production of “A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream,” and a new screen star was born. Flynn, a handsome, athletic, adventurous Irishman made his debut in an English film, and instantly was spotted by Irving Asher, a Warner executive, and shipped to California under contract. Now he wins the biggest male role of the year, outside of Anthony Adverse, as a swashbuckling Captain Blood.

Last But Definitely Not Least!

— Gentleman Tim

 

The Show Must Go On — But with Whom??

16 Jul

Which of these two terrors would you pick for Errol- Bette or Tallulah??

July 16, 1936

Louella O. Parsons
Los Angeles Examiner

The witty, inimitable Tallulah Bankhead of Broadway and points West, is being tested like mad over at Warner Brothers Studio for the leading feminine role in Another Dawn, the film in which Errol (Captain Blood) Flynn is the hero. In fact, Tallulah is probably signed at this very minute.

This is the role originally slated for Bette Davis before she decided “to take a walk.” However, there is nothing but the friendliest of feelings at the Warner Brothers Studio toward Bette, and if she chooses to return she’ll find the door wide open and a big Warner welcome on the mat. But the show must go on with or without Bette.

Bette Before Another Dawn

Tallulah Before Another Dawn

O-Kay then, at the end of the day, who was in Another Dawn?

— Gentleman Tim

 

From Florida for Olivia

01 Jul

à votre santé et bon anniversaire de Highland Beach, Florida

— Gentleman Tim

 

To the Immortal Olivia

01 Jul

A Global Toast to Olivia de Havilland on her One Hundred and Fourth Birthday, July 1, 2020

Four for Olivia on Her 104!!!!

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One from Errol Flynn Blog Author, Tina Nyary (aka Bariebel)

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— Gentleman Tim

 

Global Toast to Olivia De Havilland on Her 104th Birthday — 3 Days Away — Wednesday, July 1, 2020

28 Jun

Watching you all these years has been a most gracious thing, Olivia. Happy Birthday!

— Gentleman Tim

 

No Highballs, Jingle Bells or Rah-Rah

13 Jun

But it was a Really Big Shew Nonetheless

June 13, 1939

Ed Sullivan

Hollywood Citizen News

Director Mike Curtiz, one of the best on the Warner lot, has a bad memory for names….He calls John Garfield “Group Theater”….Claude Rains, to Curtiz, always is “Mister Theater Guild”….Wayne Morris is “Bank Night”….Olivia de Havilland is “Baby”….In Elizabeth and Essex, Curtiz became impatient with a love scene that Errol Flynn and Bette Davis were doing, and stopped the action….”Remember always,” he explained, that this is a 17th Century love story without the highballs, jingle bells and rah-rah”….

— Gentleman Tim