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The Old Sport and the Sea

23 Nov

Dear Flynnstones,

the A-list of anglers anchored at the Cabo Blanco Fishing Club situated at the Peruvian Pacific Coast more than 1000 miles north of its capital Lima.

Amongst them were the prime actors of their time, the likes of Humphrey Bogart, John Wayne, Bob Hope, Gregory Peck and Errol Flynn.

Membership fees of 10.000$ a year kept the club, which also ran a hotel, a bar as well as a restaurant, extremely exclusive.

This elusive hideaway became one of Ernest Hemingway‘s favorite haunts. The Chicagoean writer of writers loved this deep sea fishing paradise, where the biggest of marlins (black ones) went straight to heaven, mucho! Don Ernesto even caught the Nobel Prize there. Due to his poor health at the time after two plane crashes in Africa, he was unable to haul in the mega marlin he already had hooked. Sometimes you win, when you lose.

Years later Papa came back to supervise the filming of “The Old Man and the Sea‘ in person. Folklore has it, he can be seen in some scenes,

Enjoy,

 

— shangheinz

 

Tap Fence

20 Nov


Dear Flynnstones,

even while crossing swords the tandem of Errolivia was a congenial duo. Much like Ginger and Fred the ballet of Blood looks beautiful.

Enjoy,

 

 

— shangheinz

 

Evviva La Diva

18 Nov

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Flynnstones,

Tiger Lil started her way to film world and Flynn fame via Vienna: www.theerrolflynnblog.com…

The historic photographic studio MENASSE helped pave this catwalk (www.theerrolflynnblog.com…) to Hollywood with a series of collector postcards.

The motives varied from Orientalistic ornament

to Ingénue Deluxe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

to Good Sport Tomboy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

to White Rajahresse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy,

 

— shangheinz

 

Play Me Again Sam

23 Oct

Dear Flynnstones,

in the vast universe of cinematic what-ifs and whatnots this picture of our man Flynn stands out.

You see him conversing with Austro-Hungarian hotshot producer Sam Spiegel, also known as S.P. Eagle around Hollywood, with Pat Wymore looking on.

Spiegel‘s work of course included “African Queen“, “On the Waterfront“ and “Bridge on the River Kwai“.

These films were made while Errol was still around and all of them were critically acclaimed.

Each of em either founded, cemented or resurrected the careers of the respective lead actors.

It’s such a pity the two players didn‘t get together for a “spiel“.

The most Flynn-like role Sam S. ever produced went to Peter O’Toole, when “Lawrence of Arabia“ saw the light of the desert day in 1962.

It almost got the alternate title of „Charge of the Camel Brigade“.

Nah,

 

— shangheinz

 

Liv and Niv plus some Div‘

19 Oct

Dear Flynnstones,

Enjoy,

— shangheinz

 

From Aussie to Actor

14 Oct

 

Dear Flynnstones,

when the Australian photo model George Lazenby got the call up to follow Sean Connery as 007, he expressed an interesting take on acting in an early interview.

“What about your Australian accent- do you think there‘ll be any problems as far as international filmgoers are concerned?“

“No, I don‘t think so. I saw a film recently with Errol Flynn, and he still had traces of an Australian accent, and he was accepted. I think if you do what you feel and be natural, people accept you as a person. If you try and be an actor, which I am not trying to be, they may not accept me, because I am not an actor, if you know what I mean…“

Enjoy,

— shangheinz

 

Let‘s Get Ready to Mocambo

08 Oct

Dear Flynnstones,

the Mocambo tops the list of nightclub brawls during the era of Errol.
But Flynn fisticuffs involved only an open hand, an egg and a no show by our Hollywood hero: jhgraham.com…

Enjoy,

 

 

— shangheinz

 

Dancing Cheek to Cheek

06 Oct

Dear Flynnstones,

before the slap there was the bump.

Enjoy,

— shangheinz

 

Glamour of Garmisch

02 Oct

Dear Flynnstones,

Errol visited the town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen in April of 1953 tongueincheekishly claiming to be looking for a yodeling teacher for his next movie „William Tell“. He was accompanied by his new wing man, the former RAF pilot Barry Mahon and Nato De Angelis, a small part time Italian film producer.

At night they all went to the open air nightclub, the legendary Casa Carioca. Built by the AFRC (American Forces Recreation Center), it opened in March of 1946 and boasted a Mauritanean architecture centered around a year round open ice rink, where nightly revues with up to 40 performers on skates took place.

Once the skaters were done with their show, a tractor pulled in a wooden dancefloor putting it on top of the ice.

Lobster tails, steaks and hamburgers were on the menu, initially for Americans only. But not because the American army held a grudge against Germans, but because German customs shut out their locals from this tax free heaven. The staff from local stock rapidly found their way around to good food and drinks nonetheless. The waiters were instructed to pour the left over cocktails in a bucket attached to a long tube which collected the high octane alcoholics on the other side. The Long Island Iced Tea may have originated right there and then.

Unfortunately the venue burned down to the ground for reasons unknown on November 5 of 1970 and was restructured into a bowling alley and a movie theatre complex.

Enjoy,

 

— shangheinz

 

São Paolo Summit

01 Oct

Dear Flynnstones,

when two barflies with bowties met in Brazil, they surely had a swell time.

therake.com…

Enjoy,

— shangheinz

 
 
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