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The Fighting O’Flynn

18 Mar

While it’s still St. Patrick’s Day (in some parts of the world) …

Was The Fighting O’Flynn part satire of Errol Flynn?

Lobby Card:…

— Gentleman Tim


Looks Like a New Team

08 Mar

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— Gentleman Tim


White Rajah, Wrong Times

07 Mar

March 7, 1939

Hollywood Citizens News

Errol Flynn’s four assignments, in order of their production, will be The White Rajah, written by him; The Sea Hawk, The Knight and the Lady, with Bette Davis, and Don Juan. Each will be a $2,000,000 film.

Errol’s White Rajah contract with Warners:

Another swing and a miss in ’47”

— Gentleman Tim


The Valley of Death

06 Mar

March 5, 1936

Harrison Carrol
LA Evening Herald Express

Movie location scouts have found a replica of Tennyson’s famous near Chatsworth, Cal., and the scene will shortly become one of Hollywood’s biggest sets. The picture, of course, is The Charge of the Light Brigade. Warner Bros had to find a valley floor big enough for the operations of 300 infantry and of 690 calvarymen. Tennyson’s poem had only 600 calvarymen in the charge, but studio research depts. are more accurate than poets and they have determined that 690 calvarymen actually stormed the Russian fortifications.

These fortifications, to be erected upon the top of the hills forming one wall of the valley, are to be on a grand scale. No miniatures for this battle scene, which, if you remember, finds the English the French and the Turks pitted against the armies of the czar.

Looking toward an English market for this Crimean War special, Warners is out to get a British cast to support Irish-born Errol Flynn in his second screen appearance. They have cabled Irving Asher to test the best available young actors in London for the role of Flynn’s younger brother.

“The Battle of Balaclava is one of the most famous battles of all time, despite being a comparatively minor engagement in the Crimean War. The futile heroics of the soldiers who fought there may have gone relatively unnoticed if not for a picture and a poem.”

“The battle itself is fraught with anecdotes and personalities that combine to make legend. The events of October 25th, 1854 evolve like the episodes of a Greek tragedy, with the fate of the soldiers hinging on the acts of a handful of characters.”

Battle of Balaclava – Poems, Pictures, and Immortality

— Gentleman Tim


Not Errol!?

23 Feb

In 1945, one of Errol’s favorite leading ladies confided in Dolores Moran that the greatest lovemaker she ever had was not Errol Flynn, but, rather, another Hollywood celebrity.

Who was the leading lady?

Who was the purported superior lovemaker?

What were the circumstances of that hard-to-believe revelation?

Clues to Use

It was whispered into Miss Moran’s ear in the leading lady’s studio dressing room (dressing room no. 7) during the filming of a Warner Brothers movie.

There’s a good chance Raoul Walsh was there also, and almost certainly he knew what was whispered, though unlikely he actually heard it.

Errol traveled many thousands of miles with this alleged lovemaking competitor, prior to and subsequent to this dubious disclosure.


— Gentleman Tim


Sorry Margaret

22 Feb

February 22, 1935

Jimmy Starr
Evening Herald Express

Margaret Lindsay’s heavily bandaged wrist, a badly wrenched shoulder, and several black and blue marks all the cause of an overly-enthusiastic newcomer to the screen, handsome Errol Flynn, Irish actor, brought here from England by Warner Brothers.

When Mr. Flynn was cast in a small role in The Case of the Curious Bride, his first scene was with Miss Lindsay. He was to grab here and fake a terrible struggle. Mr. Flynn, ex-gold miner of New Guinea, pearl-fisher of the South Seas and boxer in the Olympic Games of 1928, suddenly became much too realistic in his handling of the fair heroine.

Director Michael Curtiz, enjoying the excitement of the splendid struggle, was too engrossed in getting action in his pifture to stop the rough treatment of his star. At the finish of the scene, however, Maggie was rushed to the studio hospital, where she was treated for severe bruises and her sprained wrist.

It is needless to say that Mr. Flynn has been warned to curb his “realism” in the future.

February 23, 1935

By Peter Pry
Behold Them Minus Hokum
Hollywood Citizens News

Errol Flynn, the he-man Irish actor under contract to Warners who previously was an Olympic Games boxer, does not entirely realize his strength. For a scene in The Case of the Curious Bride he was told to grab Margaret Lindsay by the wrist and throw her across the room. He did as he was told. Margaret landed 12 feet away. Her hand and arm began to swell with alarming speed. First aidcarrived and the swelling members were taped up. But director Michael Cuttiz said it was a wonderful scene.

— Gentleman Tim


Warner Downtown Theatre, Los Angeles, Robin Hood! 1938!

20 Feb

Warner Downtown Theatre, 1938 featuring Robin Hood …

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2020, location of Warner Downtown Theatre, Los Angeles, 1938 …

— David DeWitt


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The Light Brigade Rides Again/Making of the Charge

02 Jan

“The Light Brigade Rides Again”

“The Making of the Charge of the Light Brigade”

— Gentleman Tim


Charge at the Electric

02 Jan

110 years ago – on December 27, 1909 – the “Electric Cinema” was born in Birmingham, England. 38 years later. it was enlarged with an uptairs gallery to 399-seats and renamed the Tatler News Theater, featuring Errol Flynn in Charge of the Light Brigade. It is the oldest working cinema in the UK.…

(Please pay no attention to the oddball in uniform at the very end of this video. He apparently was not permitted to attend the premier.)

— Gentleman Tim


In The Irishman

29 Nov

In the new movie,The Irishman, Robert DeNiro uses Errol’s name in connection to one of the following Joes. Which Joe is it? Gallo, Kennedy, Columbo, DIMaggio, Namath, or Stalin? What did DeNiro say about this Joe?

— Gentleman Tim