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

20 Jun

Thanks Selene …

— David DeWitt

 

Happy 112th Birthday Errol Flynn!

20 Jun

June 20, 1909 …

— David DeWitt

 

We Welcome New Author Doc Walkeye to The Errol Flynn Blog!

20 Jun

Happy to have you aboard, Doc!

— David DeWitt

 

In Memory of Sean

31 May

Errol lost his wonderful son, Sean, to the Vietnam War. This is in memory of Sean and to his magnificently brave service as a war correspondent.

Vietnam News Report by Sean

Last Known Footage of Sean

Jackie Coogan PSA for Sean

— Gentleman Tim

 

Tributes to the Troops

31 May

Memorial Day, 2021

Because of poor health, Errol’s multiple attempts to serve in uniform were not accepted by the Armed Forces, so he supported America and the Allies in numerous other ways, beginning with his anti-Nazi tour of South America, his numerous appearances for the Red Cross and on war bond tours, and his anti-Axis war films – from Sea Hawk to Objective Burma.

Errol also supported the troops and Allies very significantly as a star on USO tours, including north to Alaska in WWII, and west to Korea during the Korean War.

North to Alaska, 1943

West to Korea, 1953

— Gentleman Tim

 

An A to Z List of Potential Libations for the 2021 Global Toast to Errol 🍸🍺🍹🍮🥃🍾

29 May

Based on drinks and beverages Errol is known to have drank, believed to have drank, likely drank, rumored to have drank, and has had created and named in tribute to him, here is an A through Z list of possible libations for the June 20, 2021 Global Birthday Toast to Errol<a

Almost 21 days away

First Announcement of the 2021 Global Birthday Toast to Errol

Absinthe – in Europe and New Orleans

Bacardi – in Cuba and elsewhere

Bavarian Beer – in Germany

Bloody Mary – the drink he introduced at the Smokehouse in LA

Bourbon – during Desperate Journey (the movie, not the marriage to Lili)

Brandy and Soda – a favored drink in New Guinea during his days there

British Beers from his days in Britain and at the Cock'n Bull in LA

Bundaberg Beer – in Australia and New Guinea

Bundy (Bundaberg Rum) – in Australia and New Guinea

Captain's Blood – a daiquiri created in tribute to Errol

Cascade Brewery Beer – from Tasmania, per tassiedevil (Steve & Genene)

Champagne – throughout his celebrity years, and a la Olivia's annual birthday toast to Errol

Chianti – drank at various locations and occasions

Coca-Cola

Coffee – throughout adulthood

Courvoisier cognac – during years of celebrity

Cuba Libre – from his first visits to Cuba in the mid-Thirties

Cuba Story – a drink created for Errol by Dennis Mullen

Daiquiri – during his visits to Havana, a la El Floridita

Dry Martini – throughout years of celebrity

Errol Flynn's Pick-Me-Up – a drink named after him

Fine French Wines – brought with him to locations without, per Difford's Guide for Discriminating Drinkers

Gin, bathtub-style – a la Errol at the Roosevelt Hotel

Gin – in many drinks, with mixes from tonic to O.J., sometimes with a splash of Squirt

Guinness Stout – in Britain and Ireland and elsewhere

Hennessy Cognac – a likely Flynn cognac

Herradura – the tequila owned by his friend Bing Crosby

Italian Wines – during his days in Italy and filming of William Tell (with sardines), et al

Irish Beers – from his days in Ireland and Britain

Irish whiskeys

Jack Rose – at the 21 Club (and maybe the Mocombo)

Jamaican Reef – created for Errol Dennis Mullen

Johnnie Walker – per Difford's Guide for Discriminating Drinkers

Kentucky whiskey – straight, in a Mint Julep, or in a Kentucky Coffee

Louis XIII Cognac – a possible Flynn cognac

Maid Marian – created and bottled by Chesterfield Whisky

Mai Tai – see the "Q.B. Cooler" below

Mojito – a la Bodeguita del Medio

Moselle – a la 21 Club

Moscow Mule – a la the Cock 'n Bull in LA

Napolean Cognac – a likely Flynn cognac

Navy Grog – in tribute to Errol's In the Wake of the Bounty

Old Fashioned – a likely cocktail for Errol throughout adulthood

Pi Yi – a la Don the Beachcomber, LA

Q.B. Cooler – predecessor of the Mai Tai, created by tiki-drink pioneer, Donn Beach

Queen Elizabeth

Queen’s Pineapple Punch – a la Don the Beachcomber’s, LA

Remy Martin

Robin Hood cocktail

Rum and Coca-Cola – a la Caribbean, California and Courmayeur, et al

Sangria – a la Errol’s days in Spain

Sangro de Cristo

Sazerac – a la New Orleans

Scotch

Tasmanian Devil

Tea – throughout his life, sometimes with orange blossom honey

Tequilas – during his days in Mexico

The Errol Flynn – created by Errol, resurrected a la Petronella Wyatt

The Martini Special – a la Fabio Delgado Fuentes

The Tasmanian – a la Dennis Mullen

The Vancouver – a la Sylvia Hotel, Vancouver

U.S. Bar Beers – a la Boardner’s in LA and many other locations in. U.S.

Various Vodkas – straight, with tonic, with O.J., inter alia

Vicious Virgin – a la Don the Beachcomber

Veuve Clicquot

Vodka with Red Pepper – a la The Hotel Savoy’s American Bar in London

Water – both sparkling and natural

Whiskey Sour – a likely for Errol throughout adulthood

XXXX Gold beer- from Queensland and Tasmania

York Gin – Old Tom and Outlaw

Zombie – a la Don the Beachcomber

Zubrowka Polish Vodka

— Gentleman Tim

 

Four Score Years Ago — Errol Goes A Partying — —Part 3

25 May

Three weeks or so after the birth of Sean on May 31 …

June 18, 1941

Hollywood Citizens News

Father’s Day Inspire Family Dinner Party

Father’s Day found Julie Bishop, Warner Brothers actress, entertaining her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Will Brown, for the evening st Bill Jordan’s Bar of Music.

Other notables glimpsed were Vaughn Paul and his bride, Deanna Durbin. Mr. and Mrs. Bob Howard (Andrea Leeds), Wayne Morris and Patricia Stewart, Carole Landis and Kenny Morgan, Wynn Rocamora, Ida Koverman, and Nils Asther, Joe Pasternak and Johnny Hyde. Mr. and Mrs. Milton Bren, Mitzi Green and Whitney Wear, Errol Flynn and Hardie Albright.

Julie Bishop

Bill Jordan’s Bar of Music, Home of Dueling Pianos

— Gentleman Tim

 

The 2021 Global Birthday Toast to Errol 🍸🍷🍹🥃🍾

20 May

One month from today – on June 20, 2021 – the Errol Flynn Blog will host our Second Annual Global Birthday Toast to Errol. All EFB Flynnmates are invited to raise a glass (cup, bottle, or can) to the greatest swashbuckler of all time, Our Man Flynn. As was done very successfully last year, all Fans of Flynn from around the world are invited to join us. And this year there’s no need to stay at home and wear a mask while toasting!

Drinks representative of your location are encouraged. As examples, Errol is known to have imbibed Bundaberg Down Under – Jack Roses in Manhattan – Bloody Marys in Burbank – Whiskey in LA – Vodka in London – Rum and Coca-Colas in the Caribbean, Wines, Beers, and Champagne in Europe, etc etc etc. Drinks need not include alcohol. of course. Errol also drank coffee, and enjoyed tea, often with orange blossom honey. A more detailed list will be provided in coming days. It would be great if our toasts included regional specialties – Margarita’s in Mexico, Gins in the British Empire, Guinness in Ireland – et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. Anything that’s good Flynn fun.

Eleven days later, all Fans of Flynn are also invited to toast Olivia. July 1 will be her first birthday on the Other Side. From France every year, Olivia toasted Errol on his birthday, with champagne, of course.

All are welcome and encouraged to let us know with what you’ll be toasting, and from where. And please encourage all your Flynnmates to join in like Flynn Fans here!

Cheers, Salud, Slainte, A Votre Sante, Prost, Cin Cin, Skal, Gesondhaid, Akale Maluna, Felicidades, 干杯, Ypa, 乾杯, and Oogy Waha!

😄🍹🍷🍸🥃🍾

— Gentleman Tim

 

Most Exciting Costume Play of This or Any Other Era

13 May

The Adventures of Robin Hood; Released May 14, 1938

Quotes from Louella O. Parsons’ glowing review of The Adventures of Robin Hood

The Adventures of Robin Hood is the most exciting costume play of this or any other era. Cunningly combining melodrama, romance, and colorful adventure, it romps along at Twentieth Century speed, making us forget we are seeing legendary characters who lived in the swashbuckling of early England.

Robin Hood comes to us in the person of dashing Errol Flynn, whose performance tops anything the young Flynn has yet given to the screen.

There couldn’t be a lovelier Maid Marian than Olivia de Havilland.

Basil Rathbone gives one of his topping performances as Sir Guy of Gisbourne.

Claude Rains reaches new heights.

Ian Hunter is the perfect King Richard the Lionhearted.

You’ll like the kittenish Una O’Connor, the prankish Eugene Pallete, the hearty and lovable Alan Hale, the weak, spineless Sheriff of Nottingham played by the sterling actor, Melville Cooper, merry crew member Herbert Mundin, and Patric Knowles.

Much credit goes to that splendid director, Michael Curtiz, and William Keighley

The music, by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, is enchanting.

Costumes by Orry-Kelly are beautiful.

The photography, by Tony Gudio and Sol Polito, is poetic.

Perc Westmore, may I say, did a great job on makeup.

The Technicolor adds materially to the beauty of the picture.

Joe Mantegna, who sought and received a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star next to Errol’s, gives a Flynntastic interview about the greatness and importance of both Errol Flynn and The Adventures of Robin Hood. He is a true fan.

— Gentleman Tim

 

For Young People of All Ages

07 May

Released May 8, 1937

Based on Mark Twain’s Classic


Released just in time for the Coronation of King George V, four days later, May 12, 1937

In celebration of which this beautiful couple had their first real-life dance, at the Coronation Ball at the Cocoanut Grove in Los Angeles, attended by the Hollywood Rajah:

— Gentleman Tim

 
 
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