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…then he took Berlin #2

12 Feb

 

Dear Flynnstones,

this week saw the opening of the 72nd German Film Festival, the so called Berlinale.

Errol Flynn attended once in 1957 and was in full swing.

See for yourselves:

www.filmothek.bundesarchiv.de/video/584238…

Enjoy,

— shangheinz

 

…then he took Berlin.

12 Feb

Dear Flynnstones,

here are the Good, the Bad and the Lovely.

When Errol was trailblazing the Berlinale in 1957, even Goldfinger couldn‘t help but smile at cheeky Flynn getting kissed by a young Romy Schneider.

Enjoy,

— shangheinz

 

O’Driscoll and Rascal in Alaska

09 Feb

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— shangheinz

 

Mail Bag! Errol Flynn, Shirley Hassau & The Black Dahlia?

04 Feb

Tony Mostrom a writer of LA History for the LA Times and other publications writes us with a question: Having seen the pics on your Errol Flynn pages, I wanted to ask about the possibility, which is quite credible based on what I’ve dug into myself, that Shirley Hassau – through her husband Henry Hassau – knew Elizabeth Short “the Black Dahlia. Shirley’s husband Henry (they divorced in ’44) had some connection to Short’s small circle of friends in Hollywood. Has anyone, I wonder, (Lynn McCormick, for example?) asked her mother if she’s heard anything about this?

There is a book on the Dahlia case which claims that Elizabeth Short knew “Hassau’s wife” (first name not mentioned. The book is Severed by John Gilmore, see pp 181-86. I am a columnist, as mentioned, and I’m working on a new edition coming out. You can see my writings at tonymostrom.com….

Many thanks!

 

Severed: The True Story of the Black Dahlia

New Edition for 75th Anniversary of Slaying

Seventy-five years ago, on January 15, 1947, the Black Dahlia murder hit post-World War II Los Angeles like a bombshell. In the seventy-five years since her murder, the Black Dahlia has become a magnetic icon in American pop culture, a mythical symbol of noir Hollywood.

 

The question of who killed the Black Dahlia stands today as one of the most intractable mysteries in all of true crime. The Black Dahlia murder—unlike such earlier headline-grabbing cases as the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and the Lindbergh kidnapping—was the first case to command the attention of post-war America with its stark carnality. Author John Gilmore plumbs to the dark core of this terrifying story that he argues can never be truly solved. Here is the real Elizabeth Short—the enigmatic Black Dahlia.

 

In Severeds hard-boiled yet haunting prose, Gilmore evokes some of the spookiest corridors of old-time Los Angeles, the wartime world of Hollywood bars, dance halls and rooming houses where, as the author says, no one remembers the names,a place of substance and shadowwhere people left no trace. Severed also unfolds the tangled inside story of the police investigation and the remorseless Hearst-stoked press hoopla that paralleled it.

 

Severed remains the first and only non-fiction book to offer a documented exploration of the Black Dahlia case as endorsed by law enforcement and forensic science experts. Gilmore reveals the twisted psychology and down-and-out life story of the murder suspect including transcripts of his taped indirect confession.In his book The Cases That Haunt Us, legendary FBI profiler John E. Douglas (author of Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit) states that Gilmore has done extensive research into the Short case. . . Had Detective St. John had the opportunity to interview Arnold Smith, the outcome might have been different.

 

Through Gilmores relentless spade work, the spectral luster of this most spectacular unsolvedmurder in American crime history seems not diminished but enhanced. The updated third edition of Severed includes Black Dahlia-inspired poetry by the author, new foreword and afterword, expanded photo section, index and never-before-published corroborating evidence and forensic material from the Los Angeles County Coroners Office. Ultimately, John Gilmore boils down its undying allure to this haiku-like equation: The pale white body severed in two and left for the world to view, and her name: Black Dahlia.”  

John Gilmore

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Praise for Severed: The True Story of the Black Dahlia

   

The most satisfying and disturbing conclusion to the Black Dahlia case. After reading Severed, I feel like I truly know Elizabeth Short and her killer.” —David Lynch

 

The best book on the Black Dahlia in fact, the only reliable book.Colin Wilson

 

Delves deeply into one of Hollywood’s most celebrated murder cases.Publishers Weekly

 

The most uncanny evocation of L.A. during and after the war; Ive read it seven times. When I was in L.A., I went to the locations he cites in the book—all the fleapit hotels, the place where the Dahlia was murdered . . . The ghosts are still around. His portrait of Elizabeth Short as a strange, unknowable somnambulist sleepwalking through that unique junction of time and space is permanently haunting.—Gary Indiana

 

My god this is a frightening tale . . . The most famous murder in L.A., and we suddenly see that we knew nothing before, only the glitter and red of blood. This is now a Pandora’s Box.Kenneth Anger

 

About John Gilmore

It is truly fitting that author John Gilmore should be the one to penetrate the multi-layered mystery of this archetypal Los Angeles murder. Described by the Sydney Morning Herald as “the quintessential L.A. noir writer,” John Gilmore has been internationally acclaimed for his hard-boiled true crime books, literary fiction and Hollywood memoirs and biographies. Gilmores father was an LAPD officer at the time of the Dahlias murder and was involved in the citywide dragnet that immediately followed the discovery of her corpse. His mother was once a would-be starlet under contract with MGM Studios; and Gilmore himself was a rebel-type young actor in the 50s, carousing with the likes of James Dean, Dennis Hopper and Vampira. His works include The Garbage People, Laid Bare, Cold-Blooded, Live Fast, Die Young, Fetish Blonde, Inside Marilyn Monroe, L.A. Despair and have been translated into numerous languages. John Gilmore died in Los Angeles in 2016.

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Contact:

Stuart Swezey

Publisher, Amok Books

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— David DeWitt

 

More On The Mystery Sword!

01 Feb

 

JANUARY 30 2022 – 12:00PM
Errol Flynn sword mystery takes a turn
• Chris Michaels
Local News

MYSTERY SWORD: Errol Flynn Society of Tasmanian Inc president Steve Randell.

The myth of the mysterious sword held at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery has taken another turn, with the founders of the Errol Flynn Society of Tasmanian Inc throwing new light on an old story.

Steve and Genene Randell started the society after a family tragedy as a way of coping with loss.
“We lost a child to SIDS and we were obviously down and out and one night [Genene] woke up in the middle of the night and she watched an Errol Flynn movie on television, Captain Blood,” he said. “Watching it brought her back to life. It got her out of that misery and back into society again. We have followed Errol since then and both were living in New South Wales at the time. We then moved to Tasmania and did some research on Errol and decided we’d start up a society ourselves.”

Recently the QVMAG senior curator of public history, Jon Addison showed off a sword purported to have been owned by one of Flynn’s ancestors.

“There is a story that the museum holds a sword supposedly owned by Errol Flynn, which had been inherited from his mother.” Mr. Addison said. “We are more or less certain that we don’t have Errol Flynn’s family’s sword here. At best, it’s unlikely, and it is very unlikely to have been the sword we have here.

(Thanks to Karl Holmberg for finding this image …)

Mr Randell shed new light on the mystery.

“The story goes that Errol played with that sword, and he refers to that in his autobiography,” he said. “Then his father gave it to the army navy club in Tasmania and they had it up on the wall and then it went missing. Nobody has actually said that Dudley Ransom stole it, but when I was up at the army barracks and talking to a museum curator, they definitely knew about him. It was said that Mr Ransom actually tried to steal one of the guns located on the gates at the army base.”

In 1972 Dudley Ransom, a Second Lieutenant in the 12th Australian Infantry Battalion, donated various army and navy items to the QVMAG.

City of Launceston mayor Albert van Zetten said myths or not, the QVMAG was a fascinating place to explore Tasmania’s vast and unique history.

“Wherever you look in Launceston there are stories just beneath the surface, and they’re often absolutely fascinating,” he said.

— tassie devil

 

New Errol Flynn Letters!

29 Jan

Just found last night.

SH

— Selene Hutchison-Zuffi

 
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An Editorial Written about the Sword Errol Played with as a Boy ?

27 Jan

Below is a piece written about the sword. There are So many mistakes in this piece that Steve and I are taking the writer to task about it. As yet like with anything these days leave me a message and I will get back to you. And they never do so another phone call is warranted ASAP. I hate that so called un authorities can write such trash. Living in Hobart for many years we got to interview and talk to people that knew of Errol’s younger days. Just read the piece and see the mistakes for yourselves
JANUARY 22 2022 – 5:00AM
Captain Blood’s sword a thing of myth and legend
• Chris Michaels
Local News

OH ERROL: City of Launceston mayor Albert van Zetten and QVMAG senior curator of public history Jon Addison show off the sword. Picture: Phillip Biggs
Myths surrounding secret tunnels and a British military sword from the 1820s supposedly belonging to Tasmanian-born Hollywood star Errol Flynn have been well and truly busted by the diligent team at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery.
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City of Launceston mayor Albert van Zetten and the Art Gallery’s senior curator of public history Jon Addison were on hand on Friday at the QVMAG to show off the sword purported to have been owned by one of Flynn’s ancestors.
“As we head into 2022 there was a recent discussion in the office about what we’d like to see come to an end this year,” Mr Addison said.
“Obviously, the pandemic was a popular answer, as was conflict, poverty, and Channel Nine’s Married at First Sight.
“I have some historic bugbears that consistently get my goat that I’d like us to be well and truly rid of in 2022.”
Mr Addison said the myth surrounding the sword had grown over the years, but there was very little factual basis to the yarn.
“There is a story that the museum holds a sword supposedly owned by Errol Flynn, which had been inherited from his father,” he said.
“We are more or less certain that we don’t have Errol Flynn’s family’s sword here. At best, it is very unlikely to have been the sword we have here.
“Mid-shipman traditionally had a shorter sword called a dirk, and even though mid-shipman Young may have been promoted and gained himself an infantry officer’s sword, it’s very unlikely that’s what we would have ended up with.”
The story goes that the sword may have been owned by one of Flynn’s ancestors, a man called Young, who had been one of the soldiers who arrested Governor William Bligh in the 1808 Rum Rebellion.
“The sword that is claimed as being his is of the wrong type and date, and while the soldier named Young was part of the arresting party, there’s little evidence to show Young was related to the Flynns,” Mr Addison said.
“Still, some people continue to insist that QVMAG has Errol Flynn’s sword in its collection, and that the sword was used to arrest William Bligh.”
Apart form the sword, Mr Addison and Cr van Zetten were also on a mission to debunk myths on secret tunnels underneath Launceston, fountains and the famous convict Dicky White.
“One of the most pervasive myths we encounter is the tale of the alleged secret tunnel linking the courthouse building to the old Launceston gaol site,” Mr Addison said.
“Who doesn’t love a secret tunnel? It’s easy to see why this myth continues to be popular, but alas, it isn’t true. There is also a persistent story that the model for Johnnie Walker’s famous ‘Striding Man’ logo was one of Launceston’s most infamous sons, the former convict Dicky White.”
Cr van Zetten said the QVMAG was a fascinating place to explore Tasmania’s vast and unique history.
“Wherever you look in Launceston there are stories just beneath the surface, and they’re often absolutely fascinating,” he said. “We see myths crop up about aspects of the city’s past that seem to linger and live on, even when they’ve been disproven.
“One of the great things about the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery is that it is a hub for historical research in Launceston, and it provides us some wonderful opportunities to find out more of the facts about the city’s past.”

— tassie devil

 
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Black Zaca

26 Jan

Dear Flynnstones,

our very own intimate flynnmate Ventu Sala may know more about the when and whereabouts (Monaco, Menton or Mahon?) of this picture.

Enjoy,

— shangheinz

 

Casanova… A Venetian Poltroon?

20 Jan

There is more to the story of the history of “dueling” than you might think so, here’s a review of a new book that explores the topic: Honour and the Sword: The Culture of Duelling
by Joseph Farrell.

tinyurl.com…

— Karl

 
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Errol and Marilyn … Did it Happen?

18 Jan

The post will have several newspapers clipping and 2 pages of books.

The available evidence:

Danny Kaye’s account states that Errol met and snubbed Monroe Aug 19 1950 at a party Danny organized for Olivier Laurence and Vivian Leigh. That was the first time that they were introduced.

Errol wasn’t in LA on Aug 19 1950, he was in France.

Errol and Pat were at a party in LA on Aug 2 1950 with Danny Kaye present … but I found no evidence that Monroe was there.

The last big party Errol threw at Mulholland was  in feb 1949.

I also found no evidence that the ballet corps in the swimming pool was naked.

Supposedly the “bunny” race was at that party. (Hence, Feb 1949).

No evidence was found that Monroe was present or that such event even happened other than Hedy Lamar’s autobiography. She sued her ghost writer for filling the book with lies. No other accounts of the bunny race were found.

Truman Capote’s story was told only by Capote. A pathological liar, according to many observers. Errol couldn’t play the piano.

The letter of Marilyn to Errol … Monroe experts said that they have no recollection of the two meeting and the handwriting isn’t Monroe’s. The fact that it was auctioned by Christie’s means nothing. As of now that letter is considered a forgery.

So as of now I have zero evidence that Marilyn and Errol ever met …

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

— Selene Hutchison-Zuffi

 
 
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