All posts tagged: Adventures of Robin Hood

“Images of homo-eroticism in the Golden-Age of Hollywood” – date unknown

Well, your humble host had the cast taken off her wrist yesterday. She fondly assumed it would emerge all healed and wonderful! Sadly she was wrong. I have a fat-lady wrist, and fingers like frankfurters, and I can hardly move the thing. The doctors tell me happily it will be six more weeks before the bone is properly mended and the swelling goes down and it stops being stiff and hurting like crap. So, no long wordy posts for a while. Which is why I’m taking the moment to post something sent to me by reader-Cherry whose marvellous blog I’ve mentioned previously. She recently featured a quote from Fred Cavens, fight-supervisor on at least two of Rathbone’s swashbucklers. I asked her if she knew where it came from and she sent me this interesting article she found some years ago on a now-defunct Queer-theory website. We don’t have an author name, but if he/she should read this please inform us and we will add it. (Any muffled detonations you hear will be our Claude Rains’ …

Interview with Robert Matzen

Today as part of Biography Week(I) The Baz is talking to Robert Matzen, author of Errol & Olivia: Ego and Obsession in Golden Era Hollywood. As regular readers will know, Robert’s book came up for discussion in the comments when someone suggested he was claiming there had been a rivalry between Flynn and Rathbone for the favors of Olivia De Havilland. In a bid to set this matter straight, and also to explore something more of his thoughts on Flynn and the Baz, we asked Robert to spare a little time to talk to us. He was incredibly patient and obliging, and below you can all read the result. * * * TB: I’m gonna kick it off by asking you to sum up in a single para what your book Errol & Olivia is about Robert Matzen is the author of Errol Flynn Slept Here (2009), Errol & Olivia (2010), and three other books. He has also written many articles about classic films and stars. He appeared as an expert on the topic of …

A Lesson in Three Sword Fights

Change of tone from the whole “WW1 Mystery Letter” question – to which I’m sure we will be returning anon – to the simpler but still baffling question – even if you can’t get Basil Rathbone why do you replace him with Henry Daniell? In case you don’t follow the purport of the question, check this vid out. First you’ll see Flynn’s two epic encounters with RazzleDazzle (as someone called him in the comments today, and which I think is just perfect), in Captain Blood (1935) and The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938); and then you’ll see good ole’ Henry step in to take Baz’s place in The Sea Hawk (1940) (you can also watch the final two if you like,but they aren’t needed for the point and they will just show you a depressingly decaying Flynn speeding towards his early death). The Sword Fights of Errol Flynn from Russ McClay on Vimeo. So, did you watch the Sea Hawk fight? Painful isn’t it. Ok, there are big shadows and ok, there is table-tossing, but …

The Best Candids Ever II

By popular demand (well, ok, one commenter suggested it, but I want to do it anyway so there), here is Episode II of The Best Candids Ever, and again it’s featuring the amazing Adventures of Robin Hood. This time it’s the Baz and Olivia de Havilland. It’s a natural pair with the first photo really as again, the personalities and relationships displayed by the subjects could almost be designed to undercut their personas (personae?) in the movie. They might look like Gisbourne and Maid Marian and be dressed like Gisbourne and Maid Marian – but wait a minute — WTF?… …This Marian is leaning and laughing and clearly flirting her ass off, the shameless hussy. And Gisbourne is obviously enjoying every minute of it. She’s just put her hand up to his face, and he – I’m feeling a little outraged here people – is kissing her palm! I think what we need to ask is – does Robin know this is going on? Shouldn’t somebody tell him!!!?

The Best Candids Ever…

Thought I’d do an occasional series of the best candid photos I know of. And to kick off here’s one featuring not just one but two of my heroes – the Baz and the Flynn! What I love about this – in addition to the two lovely guys – is the way it’s captured a moment in their lives with a kind of documentary honesty that’s quite rare in Hollywood pics, even in candids, and the way the personalities of the three people are being so eloquently expressed. It’s a bit like one of those old master paintings of historical scenes where everyone is frozen in some attitude that tells the story of who they are and what they’re thinking. And what’s great is the way this story is almost the antithesis of anything you’d expect from their screen roles in the movie they’re in the midst of making. Flynn/Robin Hood, the action hero, is caught, not in his Lincoln Green, but formally dressed in chainmail, his face unguarded and almost shy. Rathbone/Gisborne, the villainous …