Is The Above From Hello, God?
|Errol Flynn Behind Scenes on MGM's Kim|
|Flynn Cultivates Kim Goatee and Short-Lived Fiancée Princess Irene Ghika|
|Errol Does Kim Publicity with "Harem Beauty" Laurette Luez|
|Life High Up: Errol and Princess Irene Taking To The Air Again|
7-12-12: More from Robert Matzen re Errol Flynn and Hello, God:
To answer your original question, John, I have never seen any image published anywhere on Hello God. Flynn fans have never had a point of reference to even imagine what this motion picture would have looked like.
|On and Off Planes: Flynn and Betrothed Patrice Arrive in Paris (9-27-50)|
the record, I’m not buying that EF participated in Hello God to break a
lucrative contract he had just recently signed and desperately needed so that
he could maintain a lifestyle that included Mulholland Farm and Zaca. True, he
had scaled back the luxuries of Mulholland by this time, but keeping a 118-foot
schooner manned, seaworthy, and stocked with provisions was enough for Flynn to
contend with—and then you add in alimony to two ex-wives with children. If you
look at this photo and if we agree that this is indeed a Hello God still that
was shot on the coast of
|Flynn with Caddies at the Rome Golf Club During Italian Stopover|
|9-30-50: Errol Gifts Patrice Wymore With Sapphire Ring as|
Monte Carlo Wedding Date Approaches
Hello God was a small, independent production that Flynn apparently did on a whim at a time when he was really feeling his oats— courting Princess Irene, having just worked for MGM on two splashy productions in a row. The first surrounded him with major Metro stars and the second took him around the world in luxury. Now here was a juicy little picture that would allow him to really act, without a horse or a sword in sight, and he was big on showing his craft in this second half of his career. Yes, it was an anti-war vehicle, and he’d done one of those already, The Dawn Patrol, and it had been a big hit. So he stopped and made Hello God figuring this would be his one outside picture a year (1951) allowed in the Warner Bros. contract. What makes sense to me is that, by the time Hello God was ready for release, somebody had advised that he would soon be consumed in the HUAC witch hunts if this thing saw light of day. The Red Scare and the rise of Joe McCarthy were the wildcards here, it stands to reason, and caused Flynn to panic and turn on William Marshall. It wasn’t like Flynn to turn on a friend, so the scare must have been big indeed, and he thought he was fighting for his very survival.
Many thanks to Robert Matzen for the foregoing --- and be sure to check out his Chasing Legends blog for lots more about Errol Flynn and Olivia DeHavilland.