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Mail Bag! Flowers for Flynn’s Birthday! June 20, 1909 … in 2021!

20 Jun

Thanks Selene …

— David DeWitt


Mail Bag! Reagan, Flynn and Wayne?

15 May

Our Portugal based friend Audie spotted this and send it along …

Here’s the nearest that John Wayne and Ronald Reagan came to acting in the same feature film. (Sadly, not all that close):

Olivia, Flynn and a future President (as George Custer).

In April, 1940, Warner Bros. set up the semi-Western Santa Fe Trail as a vehicle for Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland. The plot followed the exploits of army officers J.E.B. Stuart and George Armstrong Custer after their graduation from West Point.

As per usual, the brothers Warner were free and easy with facts, given that Stuart graduated from the academy in 1854 and Custer matriculated in 1861, and the two men didn’t know one another. The Hollywood rationale? “Come on, already! This is a movie! At least both of them graduated from the Point!”

Duke Wayne, now in the A-list category thanks to Stagecoach and Dark Command, was approached by Warners to play the George Custer role. Wayne, however, turned up his nose at the part, having no desire to play second banana to Flynn (then Warner Bros.’s biggest star), even though the flick was a big-budget epic.

Undaunted, Warners cast contract player Dennis Morgan as Custer, but Denny fell out due to a scheduling conflict. At which point, up-and-comer Ronald Reagan, fresh from his triumph as George Gipp in Knute Rockne, All American, was hurriedly awarded the role.

Mr. Reagan, aware he was a last-minute replacement, later recalled how a frazzled studio tailor rushed into his dressing room to refit a Santa Fe Trail cavalry costume:

It occurred to me then that it would be just as easy someday to throw my clothes in a corner and hang some other actor’s in their place. …

If John Wayne had been less finicky about the parts he accepted, the “other actor” in Santa Fe Trail would have been the Big Cowboy and not Ronald Reagan portraying George A. Custer.

This is as close as the two ever got to acting in the same film: they were both offered the same part.

Postscript: “SFT” was a highly profitable film that boosted Reagan’s career. It fell into the Public Domain when United Artists Television neglected to renew the copyright.




— David DeWitt


Mail Bag! DEEP SPACE 9 & Errol Flynn?

09 May

Audie, our pal in Portugal sends this amusing note:


Am watching it now.
When Sisco asks where the hostage taker would like to be right now, this was his answer on the screen …
Later, he said, “Oh, hell, it’s probably raining in Tasmania, anyway …”

Star Trek Deep Space Nine, Season 3, Episode 4: Set in San Francisco, 2024.


Thanks, Audie!

— David DeWitt

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Mail Bag! Nice Bio of Eric Wolfgang Korngold …

26 Apr

Our pal Jan van der Vliet sends this nice link to a detailed bio of Erich Wolfgang Korngold related to a DVD recording of The Adventures of Robin Hood:… – Thanks, Jan!

— David DeWitt


Mail Bag! Mark McSherry & Restoration of The Private Lives of Elisabeth and Essex

07 Apr

Warner Archive just posted the opening four minutes of their restoration on YouTube.

Hope the link works for you!



Thanks, Mark! Tip O’the hat ….

— David DeWitt


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Mail Bag! Eddie Sotto & Captain Blood Call Sheets!

06 Apr

I enjoyed the Laguna Beach then and now pictures you posted. Very nice. Years ago, I came across to complete production records for that film, even down to who the sword fighting doubles were on the beach and when they lost the sun. Very interesting stuff,
You can pretty much go day by day and scene by scene and even shot by shot of that film and know what time people came and left. A bit of a rabbit hole! But it’s a complete record of a classic film.




— David DeWitt


Mail Bag! Philip Gostelow Photography!

14 Mar

From time to time we like to promo the works of members who support The Errol Flynn Blog over the years and today photographer Philip Gostelow reaches out to us about his new website gallery:

“As a photographer I had the great opportunity to photograph a number of celebrities while based in Tokyo in the 90s.
“I’ve just launched a new web gallery on my web site offering for the first time limited edition prints. The first of these are portraits of Quentin Tarantino … please refer Facebook posting as following:
Purchasing Instructions –
“Would EFB be interested to post this offer, together with attached sample?”


Philip Gostelow 
photography + film…

Thanks, Philip!


— David DeWitt


Mail Bag! Kevin McAleer reads out of ERROL FLYNN – AN EPIC LIFE – PalmArtPress, Berlin

29 Dec

Thanks, Kevin …

— David DeWitt


Happy Birthday Errol Flynn 111th … Special Invitation!

20 Jun
Invitation to Join Film Fans in Global Toast to Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland, on June 20 and July 1, 2020
Your group and members are specially invited to join film fans around the world in a Global Toast to Errol Flynn on June 20, 2020 – his 111th Birthday  – and 11 days later to Olivia de Havilland on the occasion of her 104th Birthday on July 1, 2020  Please toast any time of day that works best for your society and individual members on June 20 – and on July 1 for Olivia.

Please distribute to all your members and affiliates. Thank you.

Further details can be found at the following Errol Flynn Blog links:



Best to you,
“Gentleman Tim” Reid

— David DeWitt


Sean Flynn Monument Update! David Rocco, Mail Bag!

04 May

The replacement Sean Flynn Memorial Tree has been planted and the memorial monument has been relocated so that it now faces the entrance to the Trail of Honor.
Next step now is to obtain a memorial monument for Dana Stone and place it at a tree that is across from the Sean Flynn monument.  I am in negotiations with the Friends of Lasdon Park organization to reach an agreement on how we can honor Dana Stone.

David Rocco

Thanks so much, David!

— David DeWitt