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HOLLYWOOD URBAN LEGENDS


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I've always been fascinated by some of the myths and legends emanating from the Hollywood community that may or may not have a basis in truth.

 

The Hollywood of the silent era on forward could be a pretty bizarre community with some fascinating characters within it, as well as a lot of dark secrets. The urban legends to which I am referring can be anything from stories circulating about bizarre deaths to something of a decidedly more comic variety.

 

Would anyone have any examples that would care to contribute?

 

My illustration is decidedly one of the more perverse comic variety. And it may be one of the more famous tales, too:

 

*THE NIGHT THEY BORROWED JOHN BARRYMORE'S BODY FROM THE MORGUE - (OR NOT).*

 

The Case Made For It:

 

From Errol Flynn's 1959 autobiography, My Wicked Wicked Ways:

 

Jack's body was taken to the Pierce Brothers Mortuary on Sunset Boulevard. There is a big gruesome looking clock outside which ticks off your life for you.

 

A group of us gathered as a bar called The C--k and Bull for a general expression of our sadness at the passing of the great romantic. I was particularly sad. I had come to know John pretty well in his declining days and had even felt favored by the three horrible weeks he invaded my place. With our group was the great and imaginative director Raoul Walsh, a man with an offbeat sense of humor. . . .

 

Walsh left The C--k and Bull early in the evening.

 

"I'm feeling badly, fellows. I'm so broken up at John's passing. I'm going home."

 

"Good night, pal."

 

But he, Bev Allen and Charles Miller went down to the local undertaking parlor.

 

Walsh said to the caretaker, "Mr. Barrymore's crippled aunt can't come here herself, but she'd like to have a final look at her beloved nephew. We'd like to take the body to her - just for a while."

 

Saying that, Walsh offered him $100.

 

"I can't do it, sir. It's against the law."

 

"I'll take him in my station wagon and have him back in an hour," Walsh doubled the offer.

 

Walsh and his friends took John's body out of the back exit of the mortuary in a rough box. They stored the box in the back of the station wagon and drove John to my house.

 

The entrance to my house was dark. My servants had gone to bed.

 

They got into the house and brought the corpse inside. They moved my favorite chair in front of the door, so that I would see the chair as I entered. They sat Jack in the chair, propping him up.

 

I was drunk - sad drunk - when I reached home. I walked in, sad and alone.

 

As I opened the door I pressed the button. The lights went on and my God - I stared into the face of Barrymore! His eyes were closed. He looked puffed, white, bloodless. They hadn't embalmed him yet.

 

I let out a delirious scream.

 

I turned to run out of the house. I intended getting into my car to flee down the hill away from my place, away from myself.

 

As I got out on the porch I heard voices behind me, from the inside. Out came Walsh and the others.

 

"Hold on, Errol, it's only a gag."

 

A gag! I went back in, still shaking.

 

They took the body back to the morgue. I retired to my room upstairs shaken and sobered. My heart pounded. I couldn't sleep the rest of the night.

 

Years later, when Walsh wrote his own autobiography, Each Man in His Time, he confirmed Flynn's story. Walsh had some different details, of course, including a different name for the mortuary. In the director's version of events, one of Flynn's servants was up that night, helping him set up the corpse on a chair with the comment, "I've never seen Mr. Barrymore so drunk. Looks like he might be dead." Essentially, though, Walsh's story and Flynn's were one and the same.

 

Although I haven't read his book, Ladies Man: An Autobiography, actor Paul Henreid insisted the story was true, though in his case he apparently said that it was Humphrey Bogart and Peter Lorre that took Barrymore's body to Flynn's home.

 

The Case Against the Tale:

 

From My Days with Errol Flynn, and the autobiography of long time Hollywood stuntman Buster Wiles:

 

For years, Hollywood gossip related how Raoul Walsh had taken the body of John Barrymore from Pierce Brothers Funeral Home on Washington Boulevard, after he had died on May 29, 1942, and propped it up in Flynn's home. The corpse was supposedly seated in the living room when Flynn walked inside. Seeing John, he is reputed to have screamed and run into the bushes. Flynn printed the story in his autobiography, and Raoul Walsh did the same.

 

The story is simply not true. Flynn wouldn't have run if there had been forty stiffs sitting there. It was Buster who was the original source of the Barrymore story. Flynn and I had worked on Gentleman Jim that day. In the evening, we were having dinner at the home of George Burns and Gracie Allen. Present were Raoul Walsh and Jack Benny and his wife.

 

The phone rang. George Burns returned, saying sadly that John Barrymore had passed away. I suggested we all go out on the terrace and have a final toast to Barrymore. While we were out there, I said, "Wouldn't John really like it if we would steal him and take him to Ciro's nightclub. We could sit him at a table, drink and have some fun.

 

"Yeah, let's do that!" they began saying.

 

They sounded serious! I mentioned that, if word leaked to the press that they had done something like steal a corpse, the churches would be in an uproar. Warner Brothers films would be banned. Besides, at this stage, rigor mortis would have made it impossible to seat someone in a chair. If poor Barrymore's body had been stolen, we would still be in jail. But the story got out from different sources that Raoul Walsh had stolen the body. . . .

 

The story has been told and retold - another fabulous Hollywood legend that is just legend.

 

Or is it, TCM watchers? We'll never know for sure but it's a fun story of the wild days of Hollywood when some of its legendary denizens were a little on the crazy side, particularly when they were drinking, and pretty much felt they could get away with anything.

 

Would anyone have another Hollywood urban legend to share?

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*Kenneth Anger's Hollywood Babylon* and it's sequel *Hollywood Babylon II* are a good catalog of titillating Tinseltown gossip and tragedy. A lot of it has come under factual dispute over the years, but these stories endure. Anger has assembled a good collection of "urban legends" about the stars and the business. Some have accused him of perpetuating them, as his books have sold very well and have been widely believed.

 

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ThelmaTodd, I've sort of avoided Anger's books because of their controversial reputations. Nevertheless, thanks for the suggestions.

 

I was thinking along the lines of Hollywood legends such as Gable killing someone in a drunken hit-and-run and MGM then paying off a small time actor to plead guilty and take the jail time in the "King"'s place.

 

Would you know any specific "legends" that Anger might have included in his books, by chance?

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Ooooh. Now c'mon, Sepia. Surely you've seen Dave's mom featured on his show from time to time, and I think she's a very lovely lady, and I'll bet wasn't too bad on the ol' eyes in her day.

 

(...but then again, weren't we ALL in our youth?!)

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>You obviously had a tough time keeping your mind on Shakespeare in high school English class. Every nubile young lass in the class was making your mouth water.

 

LOL

 

Yep, pretty much...especially nubile Susan Patterson...that hot little brunette...who played Kate in our school's production of "The Taming of the Shrew"....and who would never give ME the time of day!

 

(...and even though OUR high school's "urban legend" was that she DID "give the time of day" to everybody ELSE, doggone IT!!!)

 

LOL

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Weeeell, and now after all THAT "unpleasantry" here ;) ...AND to get your thread SOMEwhat back on track here Tom. AND speakin' of dead bodies like that one about the poor souse's Mr. Barrymore's...

 

How about that ol' "Hollywood Urban Legend" that said Walt Disney was freeze-dried(aka cryogenically frozen) and is a "roommate" of base great Ted Williams?

 

THAT would qualify here, wouldn't IT?!

 

(...and btw Tom, don't bother thankin' me for helping get your thread back on track, 'cause I figure that that's the LEAST I could do for a guy who writes some of the very best write-ups around here about Hollywood history...that's ALWAYS thanks enough) ;)

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>How about that ol' "Hollywood Urban Legend" that said Walt Disney was freeze-dried(aka cryogenically frozen) and is a "roommate" of base great Ted Williams?

 

Is that actually a real legend, or it that another Dargoism?

 

I hadn't heard that about Uncle Walt before.

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>Bela Lugosi was buried wearing his Dracula costume.

 

>True?

 

Absolutely 100% true, Dark. And only because of the fact that I have incredibly good taste did I decide to NOT post a picture of Lugosi in his coffin as evidence.

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Another Hollywood urban legend:

 

Ted Healy, of Three Stooges fame, was beaten in an alley behind Ciro's nightclub in 1937 by Wallace Beery, gangster associate Pat DiCicco (former husband of Thelma Todd) and a young Cubby Broccolli, who was related to DiCicco.

 

Healy died soon afterward because of his injuries.

 

Coincidence or not, apparently Beery went on an extended three or four month European vacation immediately after Healy's death.

 

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A recent urban legend I've heard is that part of the late Lawrence Tierney is on display at the Walter Reed medical museum here in Washington. Supposedly this was one of the reasons that Tierney was cast in the title role of the 1945 biopic of John Dillinger, whose own body part is on permanent exhibit at the same museum.

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Here ya go, Tom. I've excerpted the following from Uncle Walt's Wiki bio page for ya:

 

Hibernation urban legend

 

A long-standing urban legend maintains that Disney was cryonically frozen, and that his frozen corpse was stored beneath the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland, but Disney's remains were cremated on December 17, 1966, and his ashes interred at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California. The first known human cryonic freezing was in January 1967, more than a month after Disney's death.

 

According to "at least one Disney publicist", as reported in the French magazine Ici Paris in 1969, the source of the rumor was a group of Disney Studio animators with "a bizarre sense of humor" who were playing a final prank on their late boss.

 

His daughter Diane wrote in 1972, "There is absolutely no truth to the rumor that my father, Walt Disney, wished to be frozen. I doubt that my father had ever heard of cryonics."

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