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  1. Cogerson2013

    August 15, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Hey my original Errol Flynn Tribute page is no longer available on Hub Pages…but I have recently started by own website….and one of the first subjects I wrote on was Mr. Errol Flynn. It is about 90% the same information…but I have found some more information on Flynn since my first page.…

  2. Tim

    August 16, 2013 at 11:25 am

    “The Higher the Score the Better the Movie.”

    I admire your site, devotion, and extent of your work – but I don’t understand or agree with the extremely low absolute and relative ratings of Errol’s masterpieces. As specific examples, it’s inconceivable to me that movies like “Witness” 85, “Good Will Hunting” 89 and “Cast Away” 83, can be scored so dramatically “better” than landmark classics like “The Adventures of Robin Hood” 70, “They Died With Their Boots On” 56 “Gentleman Jim” 56 “Captain Blood” 52, “Sea Hawk” 52, among others. Indeed, no less than TEN Tom Hanks movies, including “Cast Away”, are rated “better” than “Robin Hood”. How can that be?

    “The higher the score the better the movie” being the premise of your rating system, I respectfully suggest that the system is significantly flawed, apparently mathematically biased against Golden Age stars and films. I believe the equation you cite as the basis of your scoring must need adjustment to account for skewing scores in favor modern films. I think, perhaps, it may have to do with changes in how movies are marketed, distributed and viewed.

    Also, I don’t understand how Marilyn Monroe can be rated the 5th Best Actor of the Classic Era. Marilyn certainly was a beautiful and alluring celebrity, but she was not a great actor, to be rated ahead of so many greater actors, including Errol.

    • David DeWitt

      August 16, 2013 at 3:42 pm

      I would have to say that I agree with the assessment that Mr. Cogerson’s rating system isn’t perfect and Errol’s classics aren’t rated nearly as high as the should be – but also must disagree that Marylin Monroe was just an alluring celebrity. In films like Bus Stop, Some Like it Hot, and the Misfits, she showed that her range as an actress was deserving of much more attention than she generally received for such films as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, and The Seven Year Itch – but she was trained my Lee Strasberg and won Golden Globes, a Bafta and the David di Donatello award for her acting, and was a deeply sensitive and intelligent actress who spawned generations of imitators. A tortured soul who played the part of “Marylin Monroe” and could turn that persona on and off at will … the American Film Institute named her the Sixth Greatest Film Star of All Time, and she is today a film icon … No less than names like Bogart, or Bette Davis, or dare I say, it, Errol Flynn … she played the dumb blonde in many films but was no dummy, and had she overcome her demons she might have become an even more accomplished actress – but she was mixed up with the wrong people and their paranoia over her threats to expose certain things, may have led to her murder in some versions of her death which was highly suspicious …

      • Tim

        August 16, 2013 at 8:28 pm

        All good points, David, and, first, I want acknowledge my recognition and appreciation of your FAR superior knowledge of film history – indeed, of everything connected to the art and business of film – and the very humble ways you manifest it. Also, I want to state in this preamble that these “Greatest Actor” rankings are obviously almost entirely subjective.

        I’ve participated at very high levels in ranking baseball players, and it’s very difficult business. But, in baseball, extensive statistics make rankings much easier. For example, let’s take Marilyn’s husband, Joe. No matter how much one may love or despise Joe DiMaggio, it’s logically and statistically impossible to statistically rank him higher than a lesser but more likeable or more striving player.

        Not so in the world of anything artistic, like the film world, where rankings appear to me to be much more uncertain, mercurial, and unprovable, as I believe it is with Marilyn in this instance.

        No question Marilyn is rightfully regarded as an immortal icon and screen legend. And she sure was beautiful. I just don’t see her as better ACTOR than mega-talents like Jimmy Stewart, Bette Davis, Katherine Hepburn, James Cagney, Henry Fonda, Charlie Chaplin, and so many others she’s rated ahead of – including the also iconic Mr. Flynn. Because the AFI rated only “American Screen Legends” and not acting skills, per se, they had a great deal of latitude and wiggle-room. But the ranking under question specifies “Greatest Classic Actors of All Time”. I just can’t agree with Marilyn Monroe being the “5th Greatest Classic Actor of All Time”. Like James Dean, I think her early death is a major factor leading to her rating. I don’t see Dean a better actor than the Titans I cited above, either. Maybe I’m wrong, it’s just my opinion.

        For those who haven’t seen the relevant lists, here they are:……

  3. twinarchers

    March 27, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Hi D,

    I would like to start a thread or two but it looks like I need to get your approval first. I finally got signed back in which was funny as all I needed to do was enter what it said which had nothing to do with my password etc and all was well. Anyway let me know how I can start a thread here since it’s format is so different than any other site I am used to. Thanks, Rick

  4. Hugh Davis

    September 9, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Of potential interest to the blog readers: On the show _Doctor Who_, the latest episode is “Robot of Sherwood,” and it features, not surprisingly, Robin Hood. It’s definitely a Robin inspired by the Flynn take on the character and not some of the more recent ones. The Doctor (Peter Capaldi, Cardinal Richelieu in the BBC’s latest _Musketeers_) engages in a (comic) duel with Robin. When his companion comments how good he is in the duel, the Doctor comments he has good practice, citing Richard the Lionheart, Cyrano de Bergerac, and Errol Flynn, saying “he had the biggest…” and finishes the line with ego when admonished by his companion.

    • Gentleman Tim

      September 10, 2014 at 12:07 am

      Thanks Dr. Hugh! … Here’s some more on that.
      “[it’s] like landing in the middle of the Errol Flynn movie.”…


  5. Charles Culbertson

    September 19, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Here’s a heads-up for Errol Flynn blog users: All the MP3s of Errol’s radio shows, as well as the documentary about the making of “William Tell,” will be removed from… by the hosting company on October 15. This isn’t restricted to just Errol’s stuff; the company is getting out of the audio/MP3 hosting business, and ALL their MP3 properties on Amazon will disappear October 15. So, get the downloads while you can!!

    • David DeWitt

      September 20, 2014 at 12:31 am

      Thanks, Charles, much appreciated!

  6. delee

    January 2, 2015 at 11:09 am

    I am new and have loved Errol Flynn in movies since I was a child. I especially love Robin Hood and Captain Blood.
    I have his book of My wicked wicked ways and I.have been trying to find his book Beam ends and others.
    I would love to see any places linked to Errol Flynn if I visit Tasmania from south australia.

  7. chriscaille

    March 6, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Hi Inga and Errol’s Fellows!!

    I read on the “william Tell topic that “Mr. Fegerl wishes to share the attached pages from the William Tell script”

    But it seems not any longer available on the blog. Any chance to catch it somewhere?

    My e-mail:…

    Best regards to all


  8. Lynncorbitt

    September 3, 2015 at 7:47 am

    Please help me find pictures of my father told he was friends with Errol in high school or just after

  9. Hugh Davis

    November 13, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    I am using this comment form since when I click on the “Report Comment” function, as a recent post asked us to do, nothing happens. I am not sure if the issue with that is with the site or just my computer (which is more likely). If this should not be here at all, please delete it.

    I was part of some of the replies with Don Jan, though the issue seemed to relate to and be driven more by that poster and one other respondent. I apologize for the fact that I waded into apparently tricky waters for the blog, but I do believe what I said about the importance of sharing sources. The Internet Movie Database is an often good site but also one that is notorious for having and repeating errors (since it takes its information from submissions, and these are not always fully vetted). In fact, Don Jan’s document on the trivia (which had a variety of hyperlinks to other IMDB pages, because it was taken from their site) had some of those repetitions with in (where, for example, more than one person had submitted the fact that David Niven was to have played Will Scarlet but was replaced by Patric Knowles). I realize there is some odd element here, when IMDB does not require sources yet I suggest a post here should point towards it if used as a source, but the fact the internet is filled with sites and blogs that do not cite sources should not prevent this site from asking for them. I did not think the initial request for sources was out of line, but the dialogue quickly descended into an argument, and I think the defensive nature on both sides shows that the issue is important actually to both sides. In your most recent post to Penny Lane, you wrote that you knew Don Jan had a certain brand of humor and that his response was in jest. To be honest with you, that comes across as a one-sided response (“he was joking, and I know that”) when it is an assumption on your part. I also did not think it was a joke when it prompted such a quick response of “I’ll take my marbles and go home for being questioned” (a response, in fact, that came twice). Finally, while I respect that this blog can decide if it wants to call for citations, I do feel that citing sources does not necessarily make something scholarly. There are scholarly books which do not cite, and there are citations on non-scholarly blogs.

  10. robins-hood

    March 12, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    Hi Errol Flynn Blog – How can one get approval for Blog authorship? Thank You – Robins-Hood

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