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The Dawn Patrol at The Carolina Theatre!

09 Aug

The Carolina Theatre, 1938 advertising Errol Flynn staring in “The Dawn Patrol.” You can see this photograph at the Regional History Museum downtown Spartanburg! #spartanburghistory #southcarolinahistory #errolflynn #theatrehistory The Regional History Museum is open Tuesday – Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday 11am-4pm.

— David DeWitt

 

Mail Bag! Marvelous Kirt Doke Errol Flynn Paintings!

31 Jul

Rory Flynn received an email from Kirk Doke and he has kindly allowed us to publish it here on the blog:

Dear Rory,

Congratulations on the publication your new book.  I purchased a copy of The Baron a couple of years ago and I enjoyed reading it very, very much.  Thank you for all of the hard work that you have conducted on your father’s behalf.  All Flynn fans are deeply indebted to you for your remarkable passion.

I read on the EF blog today that the Decker portrait of Errol Flynn was recently restored.  That is great news and I hope you enjoy the work very much.  Your father’s interest in art has always fascinated me.

Please find attached images of Errol Flynn that I have painted.  I am contacting you via a secure educational email system and this is not a solicitation.

For the last 35 years I have taught and exhibited art.  Before academia called, I was fortunate to work for a year in a movie memorabilia store in Greenwich Village.  It was there that I started collecting Errol Flynn items.

Five years ago, I retired from full time teaching and transitioned to part time, which now allows me more time to paint.  My goal is to produce a couple EF paintings per year, with ten now being close to exhibition form.  I enjoy touching them up now and then.

The main focus has been the swashbuckling movies and I am moving into the war and westerns next. The works are painted in acrylic on canvas and all paintings are 30″ x 48.”

I wish to keep the series intact, and they will not be offered commercially.

In a few years I will be contacting regional art centers and museums to exhibit a retrospective of my career and I plan to exhibit them at that time.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope you enjoy my work.

Very Best,

Kirt G. Doke
M.A., M.A., M.F.A.
Adjunct Professor Art
Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College

Mt. Pleasant, MI


 

— David DeWitt

 

Rory Flynn Restores John Decker Portrait!

28 Jul

Rory Flynn, daughter of Errol Flynn announces on the blog today that she has fully restored the famous John Decker portrait of her father:

During my childhood this portrait always hung at Mulholland Farm in my father’s den … the artist was John Decker most famous for his portraits and characterizations of Hollywood celebrities Katherine Hepburn, Buster Keaton, John Barrymore, Jimmy Durante and others as historical figures.

He was quite well-known, and a friend of my father who invested in an art gallery with him in Hollywood, and I think he painted this in 1947… many years later, another wife later, the portrait was taken to Jamaica where it remained for about 25 years when it was almost completely destroyed in a hurricane.

The water damage was horrible.

My stepmother relocated it to the basement where it sat all these years until I was able to retrieve it after her death. I handed it over to the art curator John Short and John Hamm who run the North Carolina Gallery of Fine Art where it was beautifully and miraculously restored to its former condition with almost exactly the same frame that my father had made for it.

I am thrilled and excited to have this hanging in my home and I can’t thank these gentlemen enough for the year that it took for them to restore it …

 

Rory Flynn with Curator John Short

Click image to enlarge

… thanks, Rory!


“North Carolina Gallery of Fine Art specializes in 19th, 20th and 21st century museum quality art. Our special exhibit is the “Face of Lincoln” bronze sculpture by Robert Merrell Gage (American 1892-1981). The gallery also provides art restoration services for paintings and frames, art appraisals and the professional curation of small private and business art collections”

ncgfa.com…

— David DeWitt

 

Errol Flynn Would Lead the Charge!

15 Jul

This week we are seeing the beginning of the end of Castro’s commie paradise. Castro betrayed Errol Flynn, Steve Hayes, the Cuban people and the entire world when he fought for freedom for his people and than after Errol passed away he went into the arms of the mother of all commie paradises the USSR.

If Errol was alive today he would be marching with the Cuban people in Cuba and his name would be validation for the people there to demand freedom after 60 years of total misery. A good friend of ours is in Little Havana and made me aware of all this history making events. This is an incredible event for all of us that love freedom.

Errol Flynn went to Cuba for the Hearst papers to tell the world what Castro was doing to overthrow a military dictator backed up by the American Mafia and our own CIA. After 60 years of Castros dictatorship of total communism. The people of Cuba are fed up and now have taken to the streets.

A lot of Cuban Americans like Andy Garcia are calling for the complete fall of the Castro government and the establishment of Republic style freedom. If Errol Flynn was alive he would be standing with Andy Garcia demanding the same thing, I believe Errol would find a way to get to Cuba and be with the Cuban people in person.

Viva Errol, Cuban Freedom!

Little Havana

— Jack Marino

 

Dennis Mullen & the Ghosts of Titchfield

03 Jul

My late friend Dennis Mullen What is a very unique person. He was a writer and an entrepreneur and definitely an adventure or in the spirit of Errol Flynn. He created a website he called in search of Errol Flynn and produced a wonderful blend of specialties he called Zaca Tea. He travel to Jamaica and explored the remains of the The Titchfield hotel which everyone told him would be impossible to achieve. The property was part of the military grounds and no one could ever get access. But they didn’t count on the charm of Dennis Mullen. He made friends with somebody at the base and they trusted Errol Flynn and the blog beside one of the pools where Errol and Errol Conrad sat so many years ago. He was beside Pat Waymore at her 84th birthday. He explored Navy Island. He even discovered a copy of my wicked wicked ways dedicated to Flynn‘s parents and facilitated its sale. He made Sand dial necklaces from the sand at Navy Island. He sent one of these to Rory Flynn and I saw her charmed and delighted eyes when she opened it. He loved the Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee! I miss my dear friend …

 

 

— David DeWitt

 

Errol Flynn’s Floating Casino!

26 Jun

Does anyone know I this project was ever accomplished?

 

— Selene Hutchison-Zuffi

 

At the Jerico public Hall Tasmania

23 Jun

Friday, June 18
2:00 PM – Great Performers: Errol Flynn the Swashbuckler with Marc Courtade

Errol Flynn was considered the natural successor to Douglas Fairbanks, achieving worldwide fame during the golden age of Hollywood. Tall, athletic, and exceptionally handsome, Flynn was best known for his romantic swashbuckler roles, most often in partnership with Oliva de Havilland. Flynn’s films remain popular and audiences are still captivated by his good looks and charisma on screen. He remains a true movie star. So sorry for the lateness of this piece only just found it myself. So exciting after all these years they still celebrate Errol at the hall he on
ce hid a bottle of whisky…. Genene.

 

 

— tassie devil

 

I said …

19 Jun

Tell everybody in the States it is my BIRTHDAY tomorrow!

— David DeWitt

 
 

Flynn, by a Knockout! Perfect Specimen!

10 Jun

Flynn’s opponent later became a personal assistant in Hollywood to Daryl Zanuck …

DAILY ADVERTISER NSW

Friday 16 December 1938Page 6

Tasmanlan-born film star, knocked out Captain Aidan Roark, the international polo player. A brawl occurred at a cocktail party at the home of socially prominent Mrs Jock Whitney. Spectators say that
after the knockout a friend of Roark’s rushed forward and punched Flynn in the jaw, loosening a tooth. Flynn is 6ft 2in in height, and weighs 12st 12lb. He was discovered by Mr. Charles
Chauvel, and his first screen appearance was as Fletcher Christian in the Australian production, ‘In the Wake of the Bounty.’ The last two films in which Australia has seen him were the Hollywood productions of ‘The Perfect Specimen’ and ‘Robin Hood.’ Captain Roark’s height and weight are
not on record locally. A Captain Roark played No. 3 at polo for England against the United States in 1927 and again in 1930.

The Perfect Specimen

The Lux Radio Theatre. January 2, 1939. CBS net. “The Perfect Speciman”. Sponsored by: Lux Soap. A multi-millionaire bred to be “a perfect speciman,” takes off to be his own man and avoid his dominating grandmother. Dr. Floyd L. Ruch, an associate professor of psychology is interviewed. Joan Blondell has trouble reading her script during the post-story interview.

Errol Flynn, Joan Blondell, May Robson, Cecil B. DeMille, Lou Merrill (performer, commercial spokesman), Frank Nelson (performer, program opening announcer), Byron K. Foulger, Lindsay MacHarrie, Alma Lloyd, Clem Bevins, Eddie Waller (doubles), Ross Forrester, Gay Seabrook, Billy Bletcher, Bob Burleson (doubles), Earle Ross (doubles), Lou Fulton, Edward Marr (doubles), Louis Silvers (music director), Samuel Hopkins Adams (author), Melville Ruick (announcer), Norman Reilly Raine (screenwriter), Lawrence Riley (screenwriter), Brewster Morse (screenwriter), Fritz Falkenstein (screenwriter), Caroline Frasher, Raoul DeLeon, Gil Patric, David Kerman, Margaret Brayton, Floyd L. Ruch (intermission guest), Frank Woodruff (director), George Wells (adaptor), Charlie Forsyth (sound effects). 59:37.

“A constable in the New Guinea police at 17, an overseer of a copra plantation, then collumnist for a Sydney Australian newspaper, master of a trading boat, gold prospector, memner of the Australian Boxing Team in the 1928 Olympics- he’s never stopped roving.” Dawn Patrol has just been released. Flynn planning trip to Cat Cay in Bahamas for giant tuna fishing in the early spring. He also plans to sail Sirocco II in the annual race from California to Hawaii in the summer.

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— David DeWitt

 

Flynn’s Last Fling …

08 Jun

Near the end of his life, Hollywood’s greatest swashbuckler embarked on one final adventure-the Cuban revolution
By Gaspar González | From Tom Selleck, Nov/Dec 2007 Click the image for the full story …

 

— David DeWitt

 
 
 
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