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In with Flynn! (Errol that is)

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In With Flynn! (Errol that is)

This is a thread for those that can't get enough of Errol Flynn.
I was composing a reply to Speedracer awhile back, and began gathering so much non-extraneous info that it required a more organized post. By the time I got it arranged, the thread had disappeared. So I decided to post this stuff in it's own thread, for the enjoyment of at least a few here. 
So for Speedo, and Tom, and myself, and whomever else here that "Can't get enough of (or about) anything related to Errol Flynn, This thread is for you!

Errol Leslie Flynn (June 20, 1909 – October 14, 1959)

I start with a little bit about the women who loved and married Flynn...

Errol's Wives

Lili Damita (July 10, 1904 – March 21, 1994)
(married Errol in 1935; divorced in 1942)
A French-American actress and singer and dancer, who appeared in 33 films between 1922 and 1937.
As a teenager, she was performing in popular music halls, eventually appearing in the Revue at the Casino de Paris.
She also worked as a photographic model.
Offered a role in film as a prize for winning a magazine beauty competition in 1921, she appeared in several silent films before being offered her first leading role in Das Spielzeug von Paris (1925) by Hungarian-born director Michael Curtiz.
She was an instant success, and Curtiz directed her in two more films. She (*"reportedly") married Curtiz in 1925, and they divorced a year later in 1926. (*Edited: for conjecture)
In 1928, at the invitation of Samuel Goldwyn she went to Hollywood, making her American debut in a film titled The Rescue. Leased out to various studios, she appeared with stars such as Gary Cooper, Maurice Chevalier, Laurence Olivier, Cary Grant and James Cagney. Her films included the box office successes The  C  o  c  k-Eyed World (1929), the semi-silent The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1929) and This Is the Night (1932).

In 1935, she married a virtual unknown who would soon become Hollywood's biggest box office attraction, Errol Flynn. 
At 31, Lili was 5 years older than the 26 year old Flynn (his only wife in which such an age discrepancy would be evident). Errol was always the "ladies man" and even more-so once he became a Hollywood heart throb. By most accounts (an ever suspicious and jealous) Lili and Errol had quite a tempestuous marriage. Late in their almost 7 year marital relationship they had a son, Sean Flynn (born 1941), conceived no doubt during one of their many "make-up" sessions. 
Following the marriage, she retired from the screen, the couple divorcing in 1942.
Barbara Hershey portrayed Damita in the TV film My Wicked, Wicked Ways (1985) based on Errol Flynn's autobiography.
Lili married one more time in 1962, that marriage lasting 21 years before ending in divorce in 1983. She had no other children. 
During the Vietnam War, her son Sean Flynn was working as a freelance photo journalist under contract to Time magazine when he and fellow journalist Dana Stone went missing on the road south of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on April 6, 1970.
Although Damita spent an enormous amount of money searching for her son, he was never found, and in 1984 he was declared legally dead.
Lili Damita died of Alzheimer's disease on March 21, 1994. She was 89.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lili_Damita

Movie Legends - Lili Damita
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYt0QiRN8XY

LILI DAMITA TRIBUTE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTi8Socalyk

Errol Flynn y Lili Damita
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckxJdeSbYco


Nora Eddington (February 25, 1924 – April 10, 2001)
(married Errol in 1943; divorced in 1949)
An American actress and socialite. She was best known as the second wife of actor Errol Flynn.
Eddington was featured as an actress in several minor film roles.
The daughter of a Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff, Nora Eddington was nineteen when she met Errol Flynn in February 1943. At the time, she was working at the courthouse where Flynn's notorious 1943 trial for statutory rape was taking place. The trial  followed accusations by two under-age girls, Betty Hansen and Peggy Satterlee over alleged incidents that reportedly took place in the home of one of Flynn's friends, and on board Flynn's yacht the Sirocco, in late 1942. Flynn was acquitted and he and a  smitten Nora were married in Mexico in 1944. At 35, Flynn was 16 years older than Nora when they married. Their daughter, Deirdre, was born on January 10, 1945. By the time their second daughter, Rory, was born in March 1947, their 3 year marriage was already essentially over. The estranged couple were "officially" divorced in 1949.
Nora married two more times, to singer Dick Haymes (1949-1953) ending in divorce, and afterward to Richard Black in a marriage that ended in divorce shortly before her death. Her third marriage produced a son who died from leukemia at the age of 10.
Nora wrote a book about her first marriage, an expose titled "Errol and Me: The Wicked True Story of Errol Flynn's Stormy Marriage" (published in 1960).
Following a long battle with kidney disease, Nora Eddington died in 2001, at the age of 77.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nora_Eddington

NORA EDDINGTON TRIBUTE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-Fx4pNI3yU

Nora Eddington's Grave
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3y--AdkGQco


Patrice Wymore (December 17, 1926 – March 22, 2014)
(married Errol in 1950; remained married, though estranged, until his death in 1959)
An American film, television and stage actress of the 1950s and 1960s, known for her marriage to Errol Flynn.
A young actress, she starred in Rocky Mountain (1950) opposite the Hollywood legend Errol Flynn, with whom she would become romantically involved. Eighteen years her senior, Flynn and Wymore were traveling and living in Europe, mainly in Mallorca aboard Flynn's yacht, the Zaca. At the age of 23, she married the 41-year-old actor in October 1950 in Nice, France.
Wymore continued to act, appearing in several films over the next few years.
She temporarily retired from Hollywood after giving birth to her daughter, Arnella Flynn, born December 25, 1953. The daughter would later become a fashion model in Europe.
In 1955 she appeared with her husband Errol Flynn and Anna Neagle in the film version of King's Rhapsody.
Although only in his forties, Flynn was already in a physical and mental decline by the time they married. Wymore took a break from acting to care for her now ailing husband, and to better raise their daughter, while settling on their estate in Jamaica. However, due to Flynn's alcohol and drug addictions, the couple separated. They never divorced, however, and were still legally married at the time of his death on October 14, 1959.
On August 21, 1975, Patrice and Errol's daughter, Arnella, gave birth to a son (Luke Flynn). Sadly, Arnella would eventually follow in her father's footsteps self-destructing from drug and alcohol addiction in 1998.
Patrice never remarried and had no other children. At 87, she died of natural causes in Portland, Jamaica, on March 22, 2014.
She is survived by her grandson Luke Flynn (an actor and producer).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrice_Wymore


Errol Flynn Weds Patrice Wymore (1950)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juhzGy0Gy0o

PATRICE WYMORE TRIBUTE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwqX7QOTE2I


Though Errol bedded many women in his short life, perhaps his last "relationship" is worthy of mention, if for no other reason than she was his last. 

"I like my scotch old, and my women young." Errol Flynn
"I'm far too old for her. But sadly, she's not too young for me." Errol Flynn, from The Last Of Robin Hood


Beverly Elaine Aadland (September 16, 1942 – January 5, 2010)
Beverly is the young woman who was with Errol at the time of his death in 1959.
Also known by such pet names given by Errol as "Woodsey," "Little Wood Nymph" and "SC," she was 17 at the time she was with actor Errol Flynn when he died of a heart attack on October 14, 1959 in Vancouver, British Columbia at the age of 50.

Born in Hollywood, California, Beverly Aadland entered show business as a youngster, appearing in the film Death of a Salesman (1951). * As a teenager, she appeared in films including South Pacific (1958) and had a bit (uncredited) part in Too Much Too Soon (1958) which also starred Flynn. Aadland first attracted Flynn's roving eye when she was still 15. Beverly entered into an intimate relationship with Errol, and later co-starred in Flynn's last movie, a quasi documentary style film provocatively titled Cuban Rebel Girls (1959).
*Edited for accuracy. Original line posted was: "She also appeared in films including South Pacific (1958). As a teenager, she co-starred in Errol Flynn's last movie, a quasi documentary style film provocatively titled Cuban Rebel Girls (1959), and later entered into an intimate relationship with him."

In 1961, Beverly's mother, Florence Aadland, alleged in the book "The Big Love" that actor Flynn had a sexual relationship with her daughter starting at age 15, yet there's some speculation he was led to believe she was at least 18 at that time.
The book was later made into a play starring Tracey Ullman.
Beverly Aadland gave an account of her relationship with Flynn in People magazine in 1988, confirming that she had had a sexual relationship with Flynn in her teens. Her relationship with Flynn was the subject of the 2013 movie The Last of Robin Hood. Beverly Aadland was played by Dakota Fanning. Errol was played by Kevin Kline. Florence Aadland was played by Susan Sarandon.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beverly_Aadland

Beverly Aadland - IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0007323/ 

Errol Flynn's Pretty Baby by Beverly Aadland October 17, 1988 
http://people.com/archive/errol-flynns-pretty-baby-vol-30-no-16/

https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2013/09/errol-flynn-toronto-film-festival

Beverly Aadland - An American Film Actress
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyYIO-DKgT0

Errol Flynn and Beverly Aadland at the Lido Club in Swallow Street
http://www.nickelinthemachine.com/2009/06/errol-flynn-and-beverly-aadland-at-the-lido-club-in-swallow-street/

I was Errol Flynn's little nymph (Nov 9, 1996 interview)
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/4705765/I-was-Errol-Flynns-little-nymph.html

Errol Flynn's last girlfriend was no pushover on the bearskin rug (Jan. 14,2010)
https://www.smh.com.au/national/errol-flynns-last-girlfriend-was-no-pushover-on-the-bearskin-rug-20100113-m6xy.html

The Death Of Errol Flynn, And His Girlfriend Beverly Aadland (Jan. 5, 2014)
https://flashbak.com/the-death-of-errol-flynn-and-his-under-age-girlfriend-beverly-aadland-8174/

The Hermosa Beach girl who fell in love with Errol Flynn (Jan. 25, 2014)
http://blogs.dailybreeze.com/history/2014/01/25/the-hermosa-beach-girl-who-fell-in-love-with-errol-flynn/?doing_wp_cron=1519970604.1787340641021728515625

Beverly Aadland - sings Slowly.mp4 (narration in German)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHBbCPEjdKs

Errol Flynn talks Fidel Castro
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=filBYa1AJEA

Cuban Rebel Girls (1959) Errol Flynn Opening clip
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rI18-ueijqA



The Last of Robin Hood Official Trailer (2014)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__E10mXTOEc


Kevin Kline as Errol Flynn in "The Last of Robin Hood" at TIFF 2013
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZ0R8Pgx



Flynn's kids

Errol Flynn - The Love of a Father
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E80l9X8KFp8

 

Sean Leslie Flynn (May 31, 1941 – June 1971) son of Lili Damita and Errol Flynn
American actor, singer, and freelance photojournalist best known for his coverage of the Vietnam War.
Sean idolized his father and sought to emulate his adventurous lifestyle as an actor, singer, and photojournalist.
In September 1961 it was announced that Sean Flynn had signed a recording contract for a company known as Hi-Fidelity R.V. Records, and had already recorded four songs for them. Two came out "Stay in My Heart" and "Secret Love". The songs were released regionally as a 45rpm single. The single is now a rare collector's item.
At the age of 20, Sean Flynn starred in The Son of Captain Blood a 1962 Italian/Spanish sequel to his fathers 1935 hit.
He made a several more films in Europe, but became bored with acting, and he went to Africa in late 1964 to try his hand at being a guide for safaris and big-game hunting. He also spent time as a game warden in Kenya. In the latter part of 1965, he needed money, so he made two Spaghetti Westerns in Spain and Italy that were released in 1966. In the summer of 1966, Flynn went to Singapore to star in his eighth and final movie, a French-Italian action film released in 1968 as Five Ashore in Singapore.
Flynn arrived in South Vietnam in January 1966 as a freelance photojournalist, first for the French magazine Paris Match, then for Time Life, and finally for United Press International. His photos were soon published around the world. He made a name for himself as one of a group of high-risk photojournalists (which included Dana Stone, Tim Page, Henri Huet, John Steinbeck IV, Perry Deane Young, Nik Wheeler, Chas Gerretsen, and others) who would do anything to get the best pictures, even go into combat.
In March 1966, Flynn was wounded in the knee while in the field. In April 1966 he was on patrol with some Green Berets and Chinese mercenaries. In May he was the only journalist who made it into the Tinh Hai pagoda in Da Nang.
In June 1966, he left Vietnam long enough to star in his last movie. It was to be shot in Paris and Singapore and based on the 1959 novel, Cinq Gars Pour Singapour by Jean Bruce and was released as Cinq Gars Pour Singapour (Five Ashore in Singapore).
After filming, Sean returned to Vietnam. In November 1966 he was credited with saving an Australian platoon from being decimated by a mine by identifying that mine while photographing the troops near Vung Tau.
He made a parachute jump with the 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division in December 1966.
In February 1967 he and a friend, actor George Hamilton, went on a skiing holiday in Lebannon.
In June 1967, he went to Israel to cover the Arab-Israeli war of 1967.
He returned again to Vietnam in 1968, after the Tet offensive.
In September 1968 he was working as a cameraman for CBS when he was injured slightly by grenade fragments while shooting a battle between US and enemy forces 85 miles south of Danang.
While on assignment with special forces units and irregulars operating in remote areas in Cambodia in April 1970, Flynn and fellow photojournalist Dana Stone were captured by communist guerrillas. Neither man was seen or heard from again.
Flynn went to Cambodia in 1970, to cover the combined U.S./ARVN operations ordered by then U.S. President Richard Nixon.
On April 6, 1970, Flynn and a group of journalists left the city of Phnom Penh to attend a government sponsored press conference in Saigon. Flynn (who was freelancing) and fellow photojournalist Dana Stone (who was on assignment for CBS News) chose to travel on motorcycles instead of the limousines that the majority of the other journalists were traveling in (the limousines had been previously used by tourists before the journalists took them over). Reporter Steve Bell, who was one of the last Westerners to see the two alive, later said that after the press conference, Flynn and Stone had gotten word that there was a checkpoint on Highway 1 manned by members of the Viet Cong. Eager to get a photograph of the Viet Cong, Flynn and Stone decided to set out on Highway 1 alone. Before they left, Bell snapped the last photo ever taken of Flynn and Stone.
Four other journalists - two Frenchmen and two Japanese - had also been captured by the Viet Cong inside Cambodia on the same day. By June 1970, 25 journalists were captured in Cambodia in the previous three weeks. Three had been killed, some returned and others missing.
Flynn and Stone were never seen or heard from again and their remains have never been found.
Although it is known that Flynn and Stone were captured by Viet Cong guerrillas at a checkpoint on Highway 1, their true fate is unclear. It has been suggested that they died in the hands of "hostile" forces. Citing various government sources, the current consensus is that Flynn and Stone were held captive for over a year before they were killed by the Khmer Rouge in June 1971.

Flynn's mother, Lili Damita, spent an enormous amount of money searching for her son, with no success. In 1984 she had him declared legally dead. She died in 1994.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sean_Flynn_(photojournalist)

Sean Flynn bio
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L35OzBbC8Hk


Sean Flynn sings "Secret Love" (1961)



Sean Flynn singing "Secret Love" and "Stay in My Heart" (1961) mix  (slightly faster)



Son of Captain Blood (1962) intro clip
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31hKcDf9qdM



Five Ashore in Singapore (1966) intro clip
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsb2oWV5y4Y

 

Sean Flynn Vietnam War Report 1969
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xm2FVK49LS8



Dog Company - Sean Flynn
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cELn8dSsXbk



The Clash - Sean Flynn
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBWRyzQSJQM



Sean Flynn (Photojournalist) Last Known Footage
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SslH1aOXrpY



Sean Flynn (Errol Flynn's Son) MIA 1970
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WINREV3ny_Q


 

Deirdre and Rory Flynn (girls) daughters of Nora Eddington and Errol Flynn
Deirdre Flynn was born on January 10, 1945 in Mexico City. She is an actress and costume designer, known for participation in such documentaries about her father as: Tasmanian Devil: The Fast and Furious Life of Errol Flynn (2007), The Adventures of Errol Flynn (2005) and Errol Flynn: Portrait of a Swashbuckler (1983).

Deirdre Flynn - IMDb
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0283436/

Rory Flynn (born March 1947)
Several years after the death of her famous father, the teen-aged Rory Flynn was discovered by the modeling world and thereafter worked as a high fashion model in New York, London and Paris for nearly a decade. Afterward, she decided to try her talents on the other side of the camera and has since traveled the world as a still photographer for the film industry.
Some of her notable still work credits include The Return of the Living Dead (1985), Remote Control (1988) and The Further Adventures of Tennessee Buck (1988).
She also is the author of The Baron of Mulholland: A Daughter Remembers Errol Flynn (pub. 2006) and should not to be confused by another unrelated author with the same name.
Currently, she is based in the Hollywood Hills, where she lives with her film producer husband Gideon Amir and their son Sean, who is carrying on the Flynn name as a successful film and television actor.
Born July 14, 1989 Rory's son was named after her beloved half brother, Sean Leslie Flynn (who went MIA in Cambodia in 1970).

Rory Flynn - IMDb
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0283612/?ref_=nmbio_trv_3

http://people.com/archive/fighting-for-errol-flynns-reputation-his-daughters-sue-over-charges-he-was-a-bi-spy-vol-14-no-14/

Rory Flynn Pays Homage to Errol Flynn
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eiDSPq6Sug

TCM Salute to Errol Flynn 1of4 Objective, Burma! (Intro)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6MHf_yjp3g

TCM Salute to Errol Flynn 1of4 Objective, Burma! (Outro)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrze05d_J9o

TCM Salute to Errol Flynn 2of4 Adventures of Robin Hood (Intro)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1z0pPkY48fs

TCM Salute to Errol Flynn 2of4 Adventures of Robin Hood (Outro)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LL_mcQOOhA

TCM Salute to Errol Flynn 3of4 Gentleman Jim (Intro)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAviScaBrCA

TCM Salute to Errol Flynn 3of4 Gentleman Jim (Outro)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5enyTGzd00

TCM Salute to Errol Flynn 4of4 Rocky Mountain (Intro)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xMD5jHOkwI

TCM Salute to Errol Flynn 4of4 Rocky Mountain (Outro)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cL8qpbGmeEw



Arnella Roma Flynn (1953-1998) daughter of Patrice Wymore and Errol Flynn
Born Christmas day 1953 in Rome, Italy. Arnella Flynn Spent her earliest years traversing the globe and sailing with her parents. Errol left his wife Patrice Wymore for fifteen-year old Beverly Aadland when Arnella was three and her father died when she was five, shortly before her 6th birthday.
At the age of 14 Arnella and her mother moved to the family estate in Jamaica, a 3,000 acre working coconut farm and cattle ranch. Arnella Flynn developed a fondness for the sea early in life, she enjoyed water skiing and boating.
In her late teens, Arnella moved to London and began a modeling career. While in London, she was reunited with her sister Rory who was also modeling at the time and they became quite close. She eventually moved to New York and continued modeling.
She married fashion photographer Carl Stoecker and in 1975, they had a son, Luke.
Arnella traveled extensively throughout her life but always longed for the tranquility of the West Indies. In 1995 she moved back to Jamaica. Perhaps she was too much like the father that she never really knew.  
Arnella filled her idle hours with drink.  She didn’t just put away a couple of cold ones.  She drank Overproof White Rum straight. An alcoholic like her father and like him she used other drugs, including ganja.  From there they diverged in their methods of self-destruction, Errol preferring opiates and barbiturates and Arnella craved the white demon – cocaine.
According to an article by Kevin Smith, Arnella was once very pretty, "cool" and unpretentious but with a lot of problems.
Despite her mother's efforts, nothing worked. When Arnella Flynn's desiccated body was discovered the response was similar to what it had been when her father died: people were shocked but not surprised.  Both had made a pact with death: take me early, just let me be loaded till I arrive. She left a son Luke Stoecker (Flynn), behind.
Luke Flynn (born August 21, 1975 in Jamaica as Luke Stoecker) is an American actor and producer.
(No relation to Luke Flynn the composer, born March 17, 1988, in Dubuque, Iowa)

http://inlikeflynn.com/arnella/

http://www.inlikeflynn.com/

Arnella Flynn, Too Much Like Errol
http://www.georgethomasclark.com/?p=135

Arnella Flynn
http://www.the-vu.com/2000/08/arnella-flynn/

Tragic drugs death of Errol Flynn's daughter; Catwalk queen ends up as cocaine addict.
https://www.thefreelibrary.com/Tragic+drugs+death+of+Errol+Flynn's+daughter%3B+Catwalk+queen+ends+up...-a060619985

Arnella Flynn Pictures and Images
https://www.gettyimages.com/photos/arnella-flynn?sort=mostpopular&mediatype=photography&phrase=arnella flynn&family=editorial 


Errol Flynn's Grandsons Sean Flynn and Luke Flynn
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/18/AR2009061804459.html

Sean Flynn - IMDb Born July 14, 1989 in Los Angeles, California, USA (2nd Grandson of Errol Flynn)
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0024960/

The Grandson Also Rises
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/09/magazine/the-grandson-also-rises.html

Luke Flynn - IMDb born on August 21, 1975 in Jamaica as Luke Stoecker (1st Grandson of Errol Flynn)
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1415566/bio


More About Errol

The Unforgettable Errol Flynn
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXvtqyhWF6w



Errol Flynn Bio
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KebwN_L6HKI



Errol Flynn & Mulholland Farm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGQSBd7mSw8



ERROL FLYNN BLOOPERS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFgEnI3zSPE



Errol Flynn - To Tell A Lie (1957)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUXNWT7SQmw



What's My Line? - Errol Flynn (Dec 1, 1957) Errol begins at 18.45 min
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkE9CGB2Wj0


Errol Flynn Memories
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXT9avWrho4

 

Errol Flynn the Sailor
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSW1QILcwG8



Memories are made of these...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zShR7FqaUu8



Errol Flynn.mpg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9galVjd7Jq0


 

They met when she was just 19 and he was 26. Over the next six years (1935-1941) they appeared in eight movies together. From the first they appeared  an idyllic couple, made perfectly for each other. Though they claimed it was never consummated, to many of their fans Olivia and Errol will forever remain a dream romance that should have been...
 

Errol Flynn & Olivia de Havilland
http://www.reelclassics.com/Teams/Flynn-deHav/efodh.htm

Olivia de Havilland and Errol Flynn
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHRz6yDE2oc

 

Errol Flynn & Olivia de Havilland - Love Story
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qG7-kUbEgew



Errol Flynn & Olivia de Havilland - Arms
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0OpzkeitAI



Errol & Olivia - I Can't Fight This Feeling Anymore
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyQ3X80o4JM



Errol Flynn & Olivia de Havilland / The Man With The Child In His Eyes (reupload)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeXUJaAjVM8



Errol Flynn & Olivia de Havilland - I Get Weak
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWx71xJh7nk



Errol Flynn & Olivia de Havilland - Passionate Kisses
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCRMAmB7cgc



I'm Not Ready To Say Goodbye
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvasnHB2PSs



Olivia De havilland talks about Errol Flynn (Dinah Shore, Eva Marie Saint, Shelly Winters)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4Q8tphR2xw



Olivia de Havilland Talks About Errol Flynn
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxoRLeleIg4



Errol Flynn's Grave
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HONqY6dPL6w


Errol Flynn grave visit (cont.) update #Xcrawl
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFFcikv7_kA


Following are two documentaries about Errol Flynn

Secret Lives- Errol Flynn (1909-1959) actor 49.41 min (1996) documentary
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wr42Ot9eGIo



Tasmanian Devil: The Fast and Furious Life of Errol Flynn (2007) 58.43 min documentary
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzFcq61GGw8



This may not be an "authorized" version of Errol's early days in Hollywood, but in 1985 a TV movie was made with the spicy title My Wicked, Wicked Ways The Legend Of Errol Flynn directed by Don Taylor with a cast that includes: Duncan Regehr (as Errol Flynn), Barbara Hershey (as Lili Damita, Darren McGavin (as Dr. Gerrit Koets), Lee Purcell (as Olivia de Havilland), Barrie Ingham (as John Barrymore), George Coe (as Irving Jerome), Michael C. Gwynne (as Raoul Walsh), Hal Linden (as Jack Warner), and Michael Callan (as Hal Wallis), among others.
I found this movie on YouTube and make it available for your streaming enjoyment here: 


My Wicked, Wicked Ways The Legend Of Errol Flynn (1985) CBS Promos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJ6Bkmqf3Fk



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLtJDNqgoBU



My Wicked Wicked Ways Complete (1985) Made for TV Movie 2.12.57 hr biopic drama
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCpmT8M2Cic



 

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Wow, Stephen, not only are you a Flynn admirer but you're an impressive documentarian, as well. You put a lot of love (as well as hours) into pulling this first post together. There's a lot of information here, particularly regarding Flynn's children, that I've never seen before.

I didn't know, for example, that Sean had recorded a few songs. Thanks for the video. He had a quite pleasant voice, I thought. His father can be heard singing in a few films, too, of course. Perhaps the best illustration of his singing left to hear is his "Reckon I'm In Love" duet with Alexis Smith in Montana.

Here's an audio recording of Flynn singing "Lily of Laguna" from 1955's Lilacs in the Spring. It's too bad that Flynn's soft shoe accompaniment of the song is not shown here, as well. It's an interesting hodge podge of a musical drama, with shades of "A Star Is Born" included in the story line. Flynn was looking very heavy when he made this film, but he has a brief, very touching moment towards the end of the film, a sensitive closeup with tears appearing to form in his eyes, when his character thinks back upon a broken marriage. It's a shame the film didn't have more moments like this for him. If you haven't seen Lilacs in the Spring, there are DVDs of the film available from a few small companies (no guaranty about the print quality, of course).

There is relatively little information about Errol's first daughter, Deidre. I know she worked as a stunt woman for a while in the movies, and later participated in The Adventures of Errol Flynn, the best documentary I've seen on her father. But I believe she may have also had had a number of personal issues. There was homelessness involved for a while, and when you hear that word you have to wonder about what had brought her to that. The last that I heard, and this may well no longer be the case, Deidre was quietly living in Las Vegas. I'm under the impression that she and sister Rory do not have close relations. However a photograph can be seen of her with Patrice Wymore and writer Louis Kraft, a huge Flynn admirer, presumably taken on the Jamaican estate.

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A couple of slight corrections, if you don't mind. Errol met Beverly Aadland in 1957 (she can briefly be seen in Too Much Too Soon, undoubtedly due to his influence, also filmed that year). So their relationship was well established before Cuban Rebel Girls was made.

The other "correction" is more of a personal opinion. I strongly suspect that Lili Damita and Michael Curtiz were never married, though he did direct her during the '20s in Europe. I realize the marriage is often stated as "fact" in various internet locations. I recall Robert Osborne making reference to the "marriage," too, in his discussion of one of her films. But I also strongly suspect the "marriage" is just an internet rumour which has never been substantiated but, unfortunately, continues to get repeated.

Think about it, Stephen. Have you ever seen a quote from either Curtiz or Damita in reference to their marriage? And what about Flynn? Ever seen a quote from him about it? How, when he worked with Earl Conrad on his autobiography in 1958-9, could he have resisted making a single comment about a marriage between his first wife, who continued to hunt him down with lawyers in law courts, and the director (whom he despised) who had helped make him a star?

Your reference to another Flynn documentary,Tasmanian Devil, reminds me of an audio recording heard within it of the actor talking to CBC writer Tony Thomas about his Oscar nomination for The Sun Also Rises, a nomination which, if it happened, then disappeared. I have never been able to find any information about this piece of trivia, which had prompted me to create a thread on these boards about it a few years ago.

Flynn would have been thrilled if it had happened. Seems like a miserable tease for Errol that, based on that brief audio recording, he really, briefly, thought he was up for an Oscar. I'm baffled that no Flynn biographer had ever discussed this, to the best of my knowledge.

 

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A nice opening post. I think you have the record. I'm going to tackle it when I finish readingWar and Peace.

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4 hours ago, laffite said:

A nice opening post. I think you have the record. I'm going to tackle it when I finish readingWar and Peace.

Stephan, you emojied a confused here. I was making a bad joke about the length of your post for as we know War and Peace is one of the longest novels ever written. But that left a wrong impression. I can now say that after having gone through your opener I am impressed with how thorough you have covered your subject and wish to commend you. I actually spent some time getting through it. Great job!

BTW, I am surprised that you were able to get that much information on a single post, i.e., without exhausting the capacity allowed. For instance, there used to be a limit on the number of videos per posting.

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5 hours ago, laffite said:

A nice opening post. I think you have the record. I'm going to tackle it when I finish readingWar and Peace.

One of my favorite film lines is from King of the Zombies (1941). Jeff (Mantan Moreland) thinks he's a zombie, but goes on and on.

Samantha (Marguerite Whitten) says: "You ain't no zombie. Zombies can't talk."

Jeff replies, "Can I help it cause I'm loquacious?"

But like Jeff, what Stephan has to say is cherce.

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After viewing some of Stephan's videos a while ago, you know how it is when the browser cookies throw more of the same at you. This popped up.

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On 2/28/2018 at 9:53 AM, TomJH said:

Wow, Stephen, not only are you a Flynn admirer but you're an impressive documentarian, as well. You put a lot of love (as well as hours) into pulling this first post together. There's a lot of information here, particularly regarding Flynn's children, that I've never seen before.

I didn't know, for example, that Sean had recorded a few songs. Thanks for the video. He had a quite pleasant voice, I thought. His father can be heard singing in a few films, too, of course. Perhaps the best illustration of his singing left to hear is his "Reckon I'm In Love" duet with Alexis Smith in Montana.

Here's an audio recording of Flynn singing "Lily of Laguna" from 1955's Lilacs in the Spring. It's too bad that Flynn's soft shoe accompaniment of the song is not shown here, as well. It's an interesting hodge podge of a musical drama, with shades of "A Star Is Born" included in the story line. Flynn was looking very heavy when he made this film, but he has a brief, very touching moment towards the end of the film, a sensitive closeup with tears appearing to form in his eyes, when his character thinks back upon a broken marriage. It's a shame the film didn't have more moments like this for him. If you haven't seen Lilacs in the Spring, there are DVDs of the film available from a few small companies (no guaranty about the print quality, of course).

Thanks Tom, yes, like yourself (and maybe a couple of others here) I am a long time admirer of Errol Flynn.
I am a bastard (some would say in more ways than just by birth) and spent most of my early years as a latch-key kid. My dog and TV were my constant companions during many hours spent otherwise alone.
Several of the old actors from the "golden age" served as proxy "father" figures and "role models" for me.
As I shared with you before, I had a propensity to be attracted to many of the "lovable rogues" of which Errol Flynn ranked supreme. 

When I think of Sean Flynn in those days I am reminded that those were the "Ozzie & Harriet" and Ricky Nelson years as well. A lot of young actors (and actresses) dabbled in song, perhaps hoping to make it into the "double threat" category.
No, not a bad voice, and certainly a collectable now.

Yeah, those singing and dancing Flynn routines are also a rare treat.

Errol Flynn Song And Dance Routine - singing "Lily of Laguna" from Lilacs in the Spring (1955)
 


Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943) – Errol Flynn singing & dancing - That's What You Jolly Well Get

 

As you know, Errol Flynn starred with Alexis Smith in four films; Dive Bomber (1941), Gentleman Jim (1942), San Antonio (1945), and Montana (1950). Errol reportedly maintained a strong "platonic" relationship with Alexis, something of which he said he was very proud.
Flynn still appeared quite healthy and virile in the early '40s, inspite of what he was doing to himself.  

The following is a montage of clips from their films together set to a song.
Errol Flynn & Alexis Smith - Some Sunday Morning



Some Sunday Morning from San Antonio (1945) clip

 

The video portion is great but the audio in this clip is lousy....
Errol Flynn & Alexis Smith sing "Reckin' I'm in Love" from Montana (1950)


1949 Paul Weston - Reckon I'm In Love (Pauline Byrnes, vocal)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Jvo12kZUJI
 

Errol Flynn, The Singing Pirate Dog   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUtszgAOvW8

 

On 2/28/2018 at 9:53 AM, TomJH said:

There is relatively little information about Errol's first daughter, Deidre. I know she worked as a stunt woman for a while in the movies, and later participated in The Adventures of Errol Flynn, the best documentary I've seen on her father. But I believe she may have also had had a number of personal issues. There was homelessness involved for a while, and when you hear that word you have to wonder about what had brought her to that. The last that I heard, and this may well no longer be the case, Deidre was quietly living in Las Vegas. I'm under the impression that she and sister Rory do not have close relations. However a photograph can be seen of her with Patrice Wymore and writer Louis Kraft, a huge Flynn admirer, presumably taken on the Jamaican estate.

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Yes, information on Flynn's surviving children is a little sparse, esp. Deidre.
Patrice Wymore is still quite recognizable, and the guy on the right who looks like David Bowie, is that Louis Kraft?
Deidre in the middle sure looks "butch" doesn't she (a far cry from most of her earlier "growing-up" images that I've seen.) Yes, it seems like Flynn left an indelible mark on everyone close to him, especially his children, and not always with the best results. Often times issues can be generational. In some ways it must have been (be) tough to be a child of Errol Flynn. 
 

On 2/28/2018 at 9:53 AM, TomJH said:

A couple of slight corrections, if you don't mind. Errol met Beverly Aadland in 1957 (she can briefly be seen in Too Much Too Soon, undoubtedly due to his influence, also filmed that year). So their relationship was well established before Cuban Rebel Girls was made.

The other "correction" is more of a personal opinion. I strongly suspect that Lili Damita and Michael Curtiz were never married, though he did direct her during the '20s in Europe. I realize the marriage is often stated as "fact" in various internet locations. I recall Robert Osborne making reference to the "marriage," too, in his discussion of one of her films. But I also strongly suspect the "marriage" is just an internet rumour which has never been substantiated but, unfortunately, continues to get repeated.

Think about it, Stephen. Have you ever seen a quote from either Curtiz or Damita in reference to their marriage? And what about Flynn? Ever seen a quote from him about it? How, when he worked with Earl Conrad on his autobiography in 1958-9, could he have resisted making a single comment about a marriage between his first wife, who continued to hunt him down with lawyers in law courts, and the director (whom he despised) who had helped make him a star?

I always appreciate fact checks, Tom, so thank you. :)
Yeah, when reading through the reference material I noticed a few discrepancies, such as different dates, etc.
I generally report the one that makes most sense when cross checking, but one can sometimes never be quite sure of the accuracy of the reference.

You are right about that Tom, I should have better edited that Beverly Aadland/Errol Flynn reference.
I have made a modification edit in the original post. Thanks!

Perhaps you are right about the other as well, Tom. You make some valid points and it is difficult to be sure of such things.
Everything that I've checked on the net seems to corroborate that Lili Damita and Michael Curtiz had been married, but as you say, all that could be based on the same faulty info, with each reference giving "credibility" to the other (sort a like how "fake" news is generated and spread).
There does appear to be a lack of personal mentioning (that I could find) directly attributable from any of the three.
In my cursory searches I've not been able to validate with any actual documentation (i.e. a marriage or divorce certificate) but then lack of that means nothing either way.
I always kinda thought that the previous "relationship" between Lili and Curtiz may have added to the tension between the two men.
Whether married or not, I think there is a strong probability at the very least  that an affair had likely occurred. Curtiz did have a quite a reputation with the ladies back then as well.  

Sources checked were:
Wikipedia

IMDb

MyHeritage Family Trees
https://www.myheritage.com/names/michael_curtiz

Family Tree & Family History at Geni.com
https://www.geni.com/people/Lily-Damita/6000000008708690441

The Errol Flynn Blog
http://www.theerrolflynnblog.com/2014/04/20/a-curtiz-goulash-is-made-of-empty-horses/
 

On 2/28/2018 at 9:53 AM, TomJH said:

Your reference to another Flynn documentary,Tasmanian Devil, reminds me of an audio recording heard within it of the actor talking to CBC writer Tony Thomas about his Oscar nomination for The Sun Also Rises, a nomination which, if it happened, then disappeared. I have never been able to find any information about this piece of trivia, which had prompted me to create a thread on these boards about it a few years ago.

Flynn would have been thrilled if it had happened. Seems like a miserable tease for Errol that, based on that brief audio recording, he really, briefly, thought he was up for an Oscar. I'm baffled that no Flynn biographer had ever discussed this, to the best of my knowledge.


Enjoyed reading through your 2014 thread on Flynn. Seems like I saw it before, but if I did I'm sure I would have commented in it???? :unsure:

BTW, in the last third of my first "post," in that clip of Errol as the "Mystery Guest" in "What's My Line?" (12/1/1957) Towards the end, the host John Daly states that THE SUN ALSO RISES has been nominated for an Oscar, and columnist Dorothy Kilgallen makes mention that Errol might be up for an Oscar for his part in THE SUN ALSO RISES.... ???
Errol makes no audible comment about that, but it appears to be implied that was the buzz going around at the time.
 

I find most of the documentaries on Flynn fascinating. But up until very recently I have avoided watching any movie portrayals of him.
I think that I have resisted watching anyone portraying my favorite actors on the screen because I never believed any could do them justice.
But I must admit that viewing that 1985 made-for-TV movie, I could see that a great deal of effort was put forth into casting and acting in trying to at least create a facsimile of the originals. And I actually found myself enjoying it. I felt Duncan Regehr made a quite reasonable Errol Flynn, and Barbara Hershey as well with her portrayal of Lili Damita. Though the glossing of Dr. Gerrit Koets was quite evident, I still enjoyed Darren McGavin's performance, as well as the others.

The Kevin Kline (as an older Errol) and Dakota Fanning (as Beverly Aadland) movie The Last of Robin Hood (2014) is now on my "must watch" wish list.

https://www.amazon.com/Last-Robin-Blu-ray-DIGITAL-UltraViolet/dp/B00N5AHJDS

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1 hour ago, laffite said:

Stephan, you emojied a confused here. I was making a bad joke about the length of your post for as we know War and Peace is one of the longest novels ever written. But that left a wrong impression. I can now say that after having gone through your opener I am impressed with how thorough you have covered your subject and wish to commend you. I actually spent some time getting through it. Great job!

BTW, I am surprised that you were able to get that much information on a single post, i.e., without exhausting the capacity allowed. For instance, there used to be a limit on the number of videos per posting.

That was supposed to be a "SAD" Reaction emoji. :(
I caught your drift about War and Peace, and sympathize with anybody who actually takes the time to wade through that post.
In the middle of making it I began thinking that I should have reserved the first three or four post slots and broken it up into chapters. If I do this again that is something that I'll likely do.
It was originally going to be a single post to Speedracer's Deleted thread referencing Errol that just got way out of hand. But after gathering all the material, I didn't want to leave it fallow.

Yep, this is definitely a thread for die hard Flynn fans here... however few we may be.

I'm kinda surprised that the Speeder hasn't chimed in on any of this...
I posted most of the Flynn & son "beefcake" for her benefit. :D

Looking at Sean, and both grandsons, it certainly appears evident that Errol had some mighty dominant genes in that pool... It's easy to see Errol in all those boys, especially son Sean.

I was surprised as well about it all "fitting."
Appreciate you taking the time to actually read... watch, and listen through that post.
You must be a Flynn fan yourself to do that.  :)
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20 hours ago, Swithin said:

One of my favorite film lines is from King of the Zombies (1941). Jeff (Mantan Moreland) thinks he's a zombie, but goes on and on.

Samantha (Marguerite Whitten) says: "You ain't no zombie. Zombies can't talk."

Jeff replies, "Can I help it cause I'm loquacious?"

But like Jeff, what Stephan has to say is cherce.

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Ha, I remember that movie, and that scene. Funny stuff. I guess that means I aint no zombie either. But Jeff no doubt was being facetious, where in my case garrulous would be an understatement. ;)

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1 hour ago, Stephan55 said:

You must be a Flynn fan yourself to do that.  :)

Not particularly. But after "wading" (and sometimes jumping in with both feet) through that wealth of info, I might be more a fan of his life (without being overwhelmed with envy) than with just his career. And I had no idea of the Castro thing.

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Just curious, btw, did you mean to say in like Flynn in the thread title,which is the actual saying, or did you choose what you did as a play on the original ... probably the latter.

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Just now, laffite said:

Just curious, btw, did you mean to say in like Flynn in the thread title,which is the actual saying, or did you choose what you did as a play on the original ... probably the latter.

It was intended as a play on the oft quoted original.

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It's interesting that you happened to mention Ricky Nelson, Stephen. He was a big Flynn fan, as well, becoming the second owner of his legendary home, the one Flynn helped construct, Mulholland Farm (where all kinds of legendary parties and two way mirrors existed) during Errol's roistering days in the '40s after he had divorced Damita.

I don't know if you have read a book by Robert Matzen and Mike Mazzone, Errol Flynn Slept Here, which is about the history of the house, from its construction in 1941-42 with Flynn heavily involved in the design with the architect, through two subsequent owners (Stuart Hamblen, who lived there for 20 years, and Ricky Nelson) to a house abandoned.

Among other things the book even devotes a chapter to the reputed hauntings of the house after Flynn left. There were a lot of odd happenings, lights flickering off and on, the smell of perfume in the air, a feeling some (not all) had about certain rooms.

Soon after the Hamblens had taken ownership all the pipes on the house started to vibrate, with the whole structure shaking. A pressure regulator had gone, causing the pipes to shake. When did this happen? The night of October 14, 1959, the day that Errol Flynn died.

Tracy Nelson, daughter of Ricky, would later tell of poltergeist activity in the home. One time she was in her room, suddenly hearing a racket in the room below, which was Flynn's old den (the actor's favourite room in the house, by the way).

"My father had a room below mine full of his gold records and awards, all hanging on the walls. It sounded like whoever was down there was smashing Dad's gold records. I remember thinking, 'Oh my God, take anything, but don't take those.'

She wisely chose to stay upstairs and wait it out. "It was really loud, the house was shaking. It sounded like people were throwing things against the walls, breaking chairs and breaking glass. The sun finally went down. It had been quiet for a while and I thought it was safe to go downstairs."

On the first floor Tracy didn't find broken glass or smashed furniture. "Instead all the lights were turned on. Two pet cats were in Rick's bedroom and the door had been locked from the inside. Nothing else in the house had been touched. Tracy decided then and there to move out.

Later, when home alone, Rick Nelson would have the same experience.

By the way, Matzen is also author of the excellent Errol and Olivia: Ego and Obsession in Golden Era Hollywood, which explores and speculates on the relationship between Flynn and his most famous leading lady, providing details about the making of their eight films together. It's a very good read, with some excellent photos.

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2 hours ago, laffite said:

Not particularly. But after "wading" (and sometimes jumping in with both feet) through that wealth of info, I might be more a fan of his life (without being overwhelmed with envy) than with just his career. And I had no idea of the Castro thing.

I think Flynn was a frustrated journalist and adventurer.
I think that his movie career was initially just a lark to him. A means of supporting further adventure. 
But the money was just too good, and the lifestyle it afforded just too seductive.
He did briefly get away, to see the Spanish Civil War for himself. But when Warners demanded he return, he came back. He wasn't quite "Hemingwayesk"  enough to turn his back on all the goodies that money could buy.
And how else would he have been able to purchase another yacht like the Sirocco and Zaca.

Flynn spent a lot of time in Cuba, for the women, the drugs, and other tropical pleasures there. He was well aware of who financed the corrupt Batista regime, and when Castro and the revolution came along he likely saw it as another chance (likely his last one) at a "real life" adventure.

He had known since he was refused induction into military service during WW2 that he was a stricken man.
Recurrent malaria, tuberculosis, enlarged heart... It was just a matter of time. Outwardly he was the epitome of health and vigor, but that was just a pretty shell that covered a diseased core. However it wasn't his nature to give in to his fate lying down. If his life was going to be a short one he would deny himself nothing. He would try anything and everything at least once, and live it to the fullest.

His son Sean, "inherited" his father's wanderlust and unquenchable thirst for adventure. He was likewise "addicted" to risk taking behavior, which likely cost him his life as well. 

Cuban Story: The Truth about Fidel Castro Revolution (1959) is a film documentary narrated by Errol Flynn, and the last known performance work of his career. It was one of two films Flynn made about the Cuban Revolution during the early period when Castro was publicly denying his communist allegiance, the other being the drama-documentary Cuban Rebel Girls (1959)

Cuban Story (1959) Errol Flynn (documentary intro)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yS8G4oemg1U

 

ERROL FLYNN-A Life In Pictures (1909-1959)


David Niven makes some interesting comments about his military "career" and when he went to Cuba in 1932-33 to serve either the provisional government of Carlos Manuel de Céspedes y Quesada or join the revolutionaries of Fulgencio Batista y Zaldívar as a mercenary. 
Batista's forces successfully overthrew the provisional government and he eventually became "President" and dictator of Cuba (supported by the U.S. government and corporations) until he was overthrown by Castro in 1959.

David Niven Talks about Hollywood & Errol Flynn (interview)

 

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17 hours ago, TomJH said:

It's interesting that you happened to mention Ricky Nelson, Stephen. He was a big Flynn fan, as well, becoming the second owner of his legendary home, the one Flynn helped construct, Mulholland Farm (where all kinds of legendary parties and two way mirrors existed) during Errol's roistering days in the '40s after he had divorced Damita.

I don't know if you have read a book by Robert Matzen and Mike Mazzone, Errol Flynn Slept Here, which is about the history of the house, from its construction in 1941-42 with Flynn heavily involved in the design with the architect, through two subsequent owners (Stuart Hamblen, who lived there for 20 years, and Ricky Nelson) to a house abandoned.

Among other things the book even devotes a chapter to the reputed hauntings of the house after Flynn left. There were a lot of odd happenings, lights flickering off and on, the smell of perfume in the air, a feeling some (not all) had about certain rooms.

Soon after the Hamblens had taken ownership all the pipes on the house started to vibrate, with the whole structure shaking. A pressure regulator had gone, causing the pipes to shake. When did this happen? The night of October 14, 1959, the day that Errol Flynn died.

Tracy Nelson, daughter of Ricky, would later tell of poltergeist activity in the home. One time she was in her room, suddenly hearing a racket in the room below, which was Flynn's old den (the actor's favourite room in the house, by the way).

"My father had a room below mine full of his gold records and awards, all hanging on the walls. It sounded like whoever was down there was smashing Dad's gold records. I remember thinking, 'Oh my God, take anything, but don't take those.'

She wisely chose to stay upstairs and wait it out. "It was really loud, the house was shaking. It sounded like people were throwing things against the walls, breaking chairs and breaking glass. The sun finally went down. It had been quiet for a while and I thought it was safe to go downstairs."

On the first floor Tracy didn't find broken glass or smashed furniture. "Instead all the lights were turned on. Two pet cats were in Rick's bedroom and the door had been locked from the inside. Nothing else in the house had been touched. Tracy decided then and there to move out.

Later, when home alone, Rick Nelson would have the same experience.

By the way, Matzen is also author of the excellent Errol and Olivia: Ego and Obsession in Golden Era Hollywood, which explores and speculates on the relationship between Flynn and his most famous leading lady, providing details about the making of their eight films together. It's a very good read, with some excellent photos.

I knew about the house and the "ghost" stories associated with it. But was not that familiar with Ricky Nelson's association with it. I've not read that book, but may yet.
Thanks. :)
I was aware that the house was designed to Flynn's wishes, and when he discovered that he'd "lost" it his heart was broken.

Errol & Olivia: Ego & Obsession in Golden Era Hollywood


Similar "hauntings" have been reported by subsequent owners and visitors to his beloved Zaca.

Errol Flynn loved the sea, and he loved his sailing yachts, Sirocco (I & II), and Zaca.
The following is a short documentary in which Errol took the Zaca along with his then wife Nora Eddington, father (Professor Theodore Flynn), world famous archer Howard Hill, a handful of Scripps scientists, and crew on a voyage of real life "exploration" and adventure. Filmed in 1946, released in 1952.
Occassionally seen on TCM.

Cruise of the Zaca (1952) 18.05 min "documentary" Narrated by Errol Flynn (English with Spanish subtitles)

In the Wake of the ZACA: Trailer

Errol at Sea


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cruise_of_the_Zaca

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Zaca_(IX-73)

http://thescuttlefish.com/2013/06/zaca-errol-flynns-haunted-yacht/

Zaca – A Yacht with a Colorful Past
http://www.marinscope.com/sausalito_marin_scope/lifestyles_entertainment/zaca-a-yacht-with-a-colorful-past/article_8d82c3f4-1592-11e3-8550-001a4bcf887a.html

https://scarfandgoggles.wordpress.com/2014/03/25/setting-sail-with-errol-flynn/

http://www.theerrolflynnblog.com/2009/12/31/errols-yachts/

http://www.theerrolflynnblog.com/2010/03/12/on-flynns-boats/

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I do not know if there are any interesting chronicles of their adventures but Flynn was widely known to be a long-time pal of "The King of Torts", Melvin Belli. It is said in various places that Belli "admitted" to carousing with Flynn (yes, the word "admitted" is used in referring to their adventures).

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Whew.  Sorry for my delayed response, I was overwhelmed by the amount of information presented.  I have seen many of these You Tube videos and some I haven't.

My favorite Errol videos on You Tube is the clip of "That's What You Jolly Well Get" from Thank Your Lucky Stars, Errol singing "Remember Me" to Eleanor Parker from Never Say Goodbye, and Errol's blooper from The Sisters with Bette Davis in (I think) the Breakdowns of 1938 or 1939 video.  I also love the clip with Olivia de Havilland from a 1970s Dinah Shore episode where Dinah asks de Havilland about Errol and whether or not they had an affair.  Olivia gets all shy and nervous, fumbling with her pearls, and never really answers the question. 

Funny thing with Errol is that I only really recently (relatively speaking, compared to my love of Lucille Ball and Gene Kelly) discovered him.  I only saw my first Errol Flynn movie maybe 3-4 years ago? I'd heard of him, but had never really seen him on screen (I know, I'd been missing out on so much my first 29 years of life!).  Then I saw him on the big screen in The Adventures of Robin Hood.  He got my attention in his first scene and has maintained it ever since.  After 'Robin Hood' when I still had a Netflix by DVD subscription, I saw Captain Blood, Dodge City and The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex.  One of my friends here on the board sent me a copy of Gentleman Jim which has since become my favorite Errol Flynn film.  Through TCM, I was able to catch many of my other favorite Flynn films: The Sisters, Never Say Goodbye, They Died With Their Boots On, Santa Fe Trail, The Adventures of Don Juan, Green Light, Four's a Crowd, Footsteps in the Dark, The Sea Hawk, Against All FlagsUncertain Glory, and the list goes on.  

I typically don't buy films without seeing them first, but I will admit that I purchased some Flynn films sight unseen, knowing that I would love them--and I haven't been disappointed.  I think Flynn is one of the few leading men who can steal all the attention away from the leading lady.  

I'll also admit that I don't have as many favorite Flynn films from the latter part of his career (though I do like The Sun Also Rises, Against All Flags, Mara Maru and The Master of Ballantrae), only because seeing him looking so rundown is sad to me.  Flynn seems to be tired and weary.  Though in some films, like The Sun Also Rises, he does manage to maintain some of his former pizzazz.  

I will admit that I do own The Adventures of Errol Flynn documentary (It came with the Errol Flynn Signature Collection Vol 1), but I haven't watched it because I know he'll die at the end.  I know. I know.  I've seen countless Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz documentaries and am always sad when the narrator will talk about their deaths at the end.  I know. It's probably ridiculous.

I loved Errol's autobiography, My Wicked, Wicked Ways.  It was fascinating from the first page until the end.  When I got down to the last two chapters, I actually only read 1-2 pages at a time, because I didn't want it to end.  Errol's autobiography ranks right up with Desi Arnaz' A Book as my favorite celebrity autobiography of all time. 

I also have not seen The Last of Robin Hood with Kevin Kline as Flynn, only because I do NOT want to see Flynn portrayed in what appears to be somewhat of an sensational expose about his relationship with Beverly Aadland.  Because of the Aadland relationship and Flynn's rape trial (which he was acquitted for) there seems to be this opinion that Flynn was a pedophile.  I do not believe that he was a pedophile.  Yes, he was in his late 40s and Aadland was a teenager, but a) what were the laws in the 1950s and it appears from every source that I've seen that Aadland fully consented to the relationship.  I don't think she was coerced in anyway.  Regarding Flynn's rape trial, he was acquitted.  In his autobiography, he swears up and down that he did not have any sort of inappropriate relationship with these two young women.  Based on some of the things he did admit to doing in his book, I tend to believe Flynn.  During the Noir Class a few years ago, I actually had some random person PM me to question my liking Flynn.  He literally just sent me a PM stating, "Flynn, really? Beverly Aadland?"  I did not respond.  I don't care what some random one-note poster stranger says. 

Don't even get me started on Jude Law as Flynn in The Aviator

My favorite picture of Flynn:

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I had this picture as my desktop picture on my laptop and my husband changed it to a picture of our bird:

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4 hours ago, Thenryb said:

I do not know if there are any interesting chronicles of their adventures but Flynn was widely known to be a long-time pal of "The King of Torts", Melvin Belli. It is said in various places that Belli "admitted" to carousing with Flynn (yes, the word "admitted" is used in referring to their adventures).

Looking Thenryb, but can't find anything specific yet.
Flynn is always mentioned as one of Belli's cases, and that they had a "lasting" friendship.
But Belli was such a "colorful" figure in his own right, with so many controversial clients and cases, that I think Flynn gets a little overshadowed.
 

Melvin Mouron Belli (July 29, 1907–July 9, 1996)
A prominent American lawyer known as "The King of Torts" and by insurance companies as "Melvin Bellicose." He had many celebrity clients, including Zsa Zsa Gabor, Errol Flynn, Chuck Berry, Muhammad Ali, The Rolling Stones, Jim Bakker and Tammy Faye Bakker, Martha Mitchell, Maureen Connolly, Lana Turner, Tony Curtis, and Mae West... ... ... ...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melvin_Belli

In 1980, author Charles Higham wrote a controversial biography, Errol Flynn: The Untold Story, alleging that Flynn was a fascist sympathiser who spied for the Nazis before and during the Second World War, and that he was bisexual and had multiple gay affairs.
(all unsubstantiated allegations)
In 1981, Flynn's daughters, Rory and Deirdre, hired Melvin Belli to sue Higham and his publisher Doubleday for libel. The suit was dismissed on the grounds that a deceased person cannot, by definition, be libeled.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Errol_Flynn

Melvin Belli - IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0068956/bio

Melvin M. Belli, a Biography
http://www.bellisociety.org/about-mel/

Melvin (the King of Torts) Belli Was the Knave of Hearts Until Lia Triff Became His Fifth Queen (March 03, 1980)
http://people.com/archive/melvin-the-king-of-torts-belli-was-the-knave-of-hearts-until-lia-triff-became-his-fifth-queen-vol-13-no-9/

Melvin Belli Dies at 88; Flamboyant Lawyer Relished His Role as Kingof Torts (July 11, 1996)
http://www.nytimes.com/1996/07/11/us/melvin-belli-dies-at-88-flamboyant-lawyer-relished-his-role-as-kingof-torts.html

Obituaries: Melvin Belli (Wednesday 10 July 1996)
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/obituaries-melvin-belli-1328201.html

http://www.theerrolflynnblog.com/2007/11/22/errol-flynn-the-law-books-magazines-press-photos/

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5 hours ago, speedracer5 said:

Whew.  Sorry for my delayed response, I was overwhelmed by the amount of information presented.  I have seen many of these You Tube videos and some I haven't.

My favorite Errol videos on You Tube is the clip of "That's What You Jolly Well Get" from Thank Your Lucky Stars, Errol singing "Remember Me" to Eleanor Parker from Never Say Goodbye, and Errol's blooper from The Sisters with Bette Davis in (I think) the Breakdowns of 1938 or 1939 video.  I also love the clip with Olivia de Havilland from a 1970s Dinah Shore episode where Dinah asks de Havilland about Errol and whether or not they had an affair.  Olivia gets all shy and nervous, fumbling with her pearls, and never really answers the question. 

Well it's about time Speedy!
I was beginning to think you were on vacation, or a second honeymoon or something! :D

5 hours ago, speedracer5 said:

Funny thing with Errol is that I only really recently (relatively speaking, compared to my love of Lucille Ball and Gene Kelly) discovered him.  I only saw my first Errol Flynn movie maybe 3-4 years ago? I'd heard of him, but had never really seen him on screen (I know, I'd been missing out on so much my first 29 years of life!).  Then I saw him on the big screen in The Adventures of Robin Hood.  He got my attention in his first scene and has maintained it ever since.  After 'Robin Hood' when I still had a Netflix by DVD subscription, I saw Captain Blood, Dodge City and The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex.  One of my friends here on the board sent me a copy of Gentleman Jim which has since become my favorite Errol Flynn film.  Through TCM, I was able to catch many of my other favorite Flynn films: The Sisters, Never Say Goodbye, They Died With Their Boots On, Santa Fe Trail, The Adventures of Don Juan, Green Light, Four's a Crowd, Footsteps in the Dark, The Sea Hawk, Against All FlagsUncertain Glory, and the list goes on.  

I typically don't buy films without seeing them first, but I will admit that I purchased some Flynn films sight unseen, knowing that I would love them--and I haven't been disappointed.  I think Flynn is one of the few leading men who can steal all the attention away from the leading lady.  

I'll also admit that I don't have as many favorite Flynn films from the latter part of his career (though I do like The Sun Also Rises, Against All Flags, Mara Maru and The Master of Ballantrae), only because seeing him looking so rundown is sad to me.  Flynn seems to be tired and weary.  Though in some films, like The Sun Also Rises, he does manage to maintain some of his former pizzazz.  

Those are all great titles Speedo, and I can well understand your feelings about Flynn's later movies.
It is hard to watch anyone we love grow old and weary. And especially so when they appear to age so quickly before our eyes.

5 hours ago, speedracer5 said:

I will admit that I do own The Adventures of Errol Flynn documentary (It came with the Errol Flynn Signature Collection Vol 1), but I haven't watched it because I know he'll die at the end.  I know. I know.  I've seen countless Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz documentaries and am always sad when the narrator will talk about their deaths at the end.  I know. It's probably ridiculous.

I loved Errol's autobiography, My Wicked, Wicked Ways.  It was fascinating from the first page until the end.  When I got down to the last two chapters, I actually only read 1-2 pages at a time, because I didn't want it to end.  Errol's autobiography ranks right up with Desi Arnaz' A Book as my favorite celebrity autobiography of all time. 

We all "die at the end," Speedy. There are No exceptions to that rule. Unless you believe in the living rapture, no one ever gets out of here alive.
But I do understand where you are coming from. I too read a good book slowly, because I want to delay that final chapter for as long as possible. And I don't enjoy watching any of those that I care about (least of all my screen heroes) age and pass away. If I could become a vampire and infect all that are meaningful to me with everlasting life, I would willingly do so.
But when it comes to those I enjoy most on the silver screen, I cannot divorce myself from the knowledge that practically all of them have long been dead and buried. And those still with us soon will be.
In as much as I dismay at watching my movie stars age from picture to picture, I want to fully enjoy them, from their earliest beginning, to that last final farewell role.
I would love to see Flynn forever young, and I can watch those movies of his, from 1935-1945 over, and over again. But I feel I owe it to both of us to see the later Flynn as well. Watching him age and bloat, and knowing what I know about him, is not pleasant, but for me it is a necessity.
 

5 hours ago, speedracer5 said:

I also have not seen The Last of Robin Hood with Kevin Kline as Flynn, only because I do NOT want to see Flynn portrayed in what appears to be somewhat of an sensational expose about his relationship with Beverly Aadland.  Because of the Aadland relationship and Flynn's rape trial (which he was acquitted for) there seems to be this opinion that Flynn was a pedophile.  I do not believe that he was a pedophile.  Yes, he was in his late 40s and Aadland was a teenager, but a) what were the laws in the 1950s and it appears from every source that I've seen that Aadland fully consented to the relationship.  I don't think she was coerced in anyway.  Regarding Flynn's rape trial, he was acquitted.  In his autobiography, he swears up and down that he did not have any sort of inappropriate relationship with these two young women.  Based on some of the things he did admit to doing in his book, I tend to believe Flynn.  During the Noir Class a few years ago, I actually had some random person PM me to question my liking Flynn.  He literally just sent me a PM stating, "Flynn, really? Beverly Aadland?"  I did not respond.  I don't care what some random one-note poster stranger says. 

Don't even get me started on Jude Law as Flynn in The Aviator

Flynn is reported to have said, "I like my scotch old and my woman young."
I wouldn't exactly call Flynn a pedophile, but undeniably he did have a predilection for young and beautiful, teenage girls.
But as far as that goes I know of few adolescent boys and men (of any age) who would honestly deny the same.
The age of marital consent did vary from state to state, but in California, a "legal" minor was still under the age of 18. Even consensual sex between teenage minors could be termed "statutory" rape (and esp. so if one of the partners was an adult). In California that was (and still is) deemed a criminal offense.
The L.A. PD had it's own corrupt element at that time, not unlike what is revealed in the movie L.A. Confidential (1997). Studios paid "hush" money to prevent "bad" press from "leaking" and to keep their stars out of the public eye when they went astray. It seems that at the time Flynn was arrested Warner Bros. were in arrears and Flynn was an opportunity to teach them a lesson.
That said, court transcripts reveal under cross examination by Flynn's own attorney, Jerry Giesler, that the girls likely did have intercourse with Errol and that it was consensual, and they were both under the age of 18 years at the time. Flynn was not one to ask for ID when a pretty girl desired to have her way with him, so he may in fact have been innocent as he claimed of having "knowing" carnal knowledge with a minor. But both girls were far from innocent themselves. The court allowed their "rap" sheet admissible as defaming evidence, and the jury (of 9 women and 3 men) who undoubtedly were much enamored with Flynn themselves, could not find him guilty in any case and he was acquitted on all counts. Technically guilty, but proven innocent under a court of law, the term "In Like Flynn" was born. Aside from Lili Damita, Flynn's two other wives were notably much younger than himself.
At the time of Flynn's trial an 18 year old future starlet from Mexico was illegally residing at Flynn's house.
Long before she became the wife of Tyrone Power, and before Errol provided her famous screen name, Linda Christian was an "undocumented immigrant" and Flynn's teenage lover. Had the jury been privy to this information Flynn's acquittal might not have been so certain. 
Immediately after his acquittal and while still in the courthouse, Flynn began a flirtatious romance with an 18 year old girl working there. His soon to be second wife Nora Eddington was the daughter of a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy. Flynn reportedly made sure to check Nora's ID before taking that relationship to bed.
At the time of Flynn's death, 17 year old Beverly Aadland, was at the end of a long line of teen queens that shared his bed. And Beverly later admitted that she was only 15 when Errol first swept her off her feet.

It is procreatively physiologically normal for both men and women to be physically attracted to those in their most unblemished physical prime. Many teens, including Errol had their first sexual experience as an adolescent. And some of those, from both sexes, never out grow the desire to relive or recapture that first impressionable experience.
Just as in 1942, in today's society such unrestrained activities can get one into trouble.
Whether that is why Errol's roving eye often strayed to such younger women is conjecture. However he did reportedly confide to those that were closest to him that it was a compulsion. And also stated that "with young girls he didn't have to listen to what they said, because they never had much meaningful to say."
Errol was undeniably a womanizer. But one that didn't have to work at it. For Flynn, the women came to him, and apparently gave of themselves willingly.

It was a long time before I could allow myself to watch anyone portray my favorite actors on the screen.
But I now find that I am able to do so, and when the performance is well done, I've discovered that I actually enjoy it. I've not yet seen The Last of Robin Hood but am looking forward to doing so. Kevin Kline is a fine actor, and from what I've read and seen about the movie he plays Flynn believably and well. Nothing factual in the movie will likely shock me. For as much as I do not like knowing and observing the results of Flynn's self-destructive behavior, I cannot bring myself to judge or condemn the man, as in some ways that would be like judging and condemning myself. But it has taken me many years to reach that point in my life, so I can well understand your hesitancy. 
Especially since you have shared that you have only recently discovered Flynn, and are still well within that nuptial period that I first experienced so long ago.

http://allthingscrimeblog.com/2015/02/09/how-errol-flynn-hollywoods-bad-boy-beat-his-rape-charges-7/

5 hours ago, speedracer5 said:

My favorite picture of Flynn:

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I had this picture as my desktop picture on my laptop and my husband changed it to a picture of our bird:

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Ha ha, jealous type is he. And over a man that's been long gone for going on 59 years....
So this thread must be like a "guilty" little secret pleasure for you, hmmmm....
I think that thought makes Flynn smile from wherever he may be.... ;)

Okay, so I'm still waiting for you to share your impressionable thoughts on Flynn's son, Sean???

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Stephen55, Thanks for the wealth of information you provided.  I look forward to watching all the clips you shared with us.  Very interesting; some stuff I knew and some new to me.  I like Errol Flynn.  He's not my favorite but I enjoy his movies.  He had a lot of charm and was great looking.  I think his acting talent was underestimated.  Even though he favored younger ladies, there's no doubt in my mind it was quite consensual.  So many people have commented how bad he looked at the end but I've known alcoholics who looked a heck of a lot worse at that age - if they lasted that long. 

Interesting about Sean, who looked like his dad.  His first trip to Vietnam was the last year of my late husband's tour of duty (1966).  So sad Sean's body couldn't be recovered for his mom.

I imagine Damita and Curtiz may not have been legally married but "married" for the sake of the press and the filmgoing prudes as maybe they were living together.

Again, thanks for sharing.  Quite an ambitious project.

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3 hours ago, ChristineHoard said:

I imagine Damita and Curtiz may not have been legally married but "married" for the sake of the press and the filmgoing prudes as maybe they were living together.

 

The birth of a new internet rumour! ;)

Watch this one spread now.

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I enjoyed that video tribute to Flynn and Alexis Smith, Stephen.

When I was a kid all four of their films together used to come on television a lot. Having since acquired TCM and having seen a lot of Smith's non-Flynn Warners films I have to say that she comes off as pretty bland to me in a lot of them, being cast in rather colourless roles much of the time.

But with Flynn the lady is quite terrific! She and Errol had chemistry, of course, but what also helps Smith (excluding her small supporting role in Dive Bomber) is that she had the opportunity to verbally battle with Flynn (particularly in Gentleman Jim and the early scenes, at least, of San Antonio), and the sparks between them do fly.

Gentleman Jim was the peak of their collaborations, I strongly feel, but San Antonio shows them off well, too (I love Flynn sliding, boots first, -Robin Hood style- into her stagecoach near the film's beginning, a feat he'll repeat at the end). Flynn's aggressive charm and Smith's initial resistance to it is fun to watch. You know he'll eventually win her over but watching them argue is a lot more fun than just seeing a leading lady who immediately succumbs to him.

I don't believe that Smith had that same kind of fiery relationship with any of her other Warners leading men. To be fair to Alexis, though, I enjoyed seeing her cast against type in one of her non-Flynn films, One More Tomorrow, in which she played a manipulative schemer (she towers over Ann Sheridan in this film, making one realize just how much taller Smith was).

By the way, one of Alexis' big scenes in San Antonio is when she looks spectacular, singing "Some Sunday Morning" to a saloon full of cowboys. Everyone is duly quiet and respectful during the number, and it was a song that would become a hit. (It became the background music in a favourite Bugs Bunny cartoon of mine, Easter Yeggs, released a bit more than a year after the Flynn western).

Two things of note here. If you watch the Some Sunday Morning sequence you'll notice that as Alexis walks around the saloon singing the song you will never see Errol in the same shot with her. Oh, you will see "his back" to the camera, and you will see a closeup shot of his face but never a long shot of Flynn's face in the number. I have always strongly suspected that Errol was not on the set this day, and we are just watching a Flynn double in the long shots (a good one, too) with an insert of his face edited in afterward for that closeup or two that he got.

It's a minor point, I know, but one I thought I'd share here.

The other thing of note is that, in retrospect, San Antonio, released on almost the last day of 1945, would be one of Flynn's biggest box office hits for Warners (maybe even his biggest!). But it would also be, ironically, the last. His films afterward failed to make much money at the box office, and the gradual decline in his career as a major star was, sadly, underway.

By the time Flynn and Smith were reunited one last time in Montana in 1950 it was apparent that the studio had lost a lot of interest in Flynn. Alexis looks gorgeous as an outdoorsy girl, for a change, in Montana, by the way, big flashing white teeth to go with a tanned face (or makeup, at least, to make her look tanned) and a big hair style that was most complimentary to her. Highlight of this minor western for me is when Errol and Alexis sing their "Reckon I'm In Love" duet.

Anyone ever notice the fact, by the way, that, mid way through this film. S. Z. Sakall's character completely disappears, with no one even making reference to him again? I wonder if Cuddles was needed on another set so they simply took him off Montana, a film probably not regarded as being particularly important to the studio at the time, just another Flynn project.

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It's Gentleman Jim, and they're battling again!

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The "Some Sunday Morning" number in San Antonio, and, nope, I suspect that's NOT Errol sitting there

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My favourite scene in Montana. Alexis Smith never looked lovelier.

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Amazing research, Stephan! I had that book about Errol and his films from way back that had the cute photos of him and Lily Damita, so I really enjoyed your expose.

I'd like to know the full story on the woman who worked for the studio, who supposedly was not so attractive [according to the legend] who was thrilled beyond belief that Flynn had hit on her. She probably really would have a good story!

As for good old Beverly Aadland, there's a cute video of her from when she was on "You Bet Your Life" with Groucho, on Youtube:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoU0JCHwnys

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