Pirate Banners Fly At Universal --- Part Two
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for Early 50's Flynn?
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Trade-reported backdrop to Against All Flags was Errol Flynn's quicksand of an outlaw movie, if you'd even call it a movie, one Hello, God, so misbegotten (and buried since) as to make us wonder if it was real or just dreamed up to inspire lawsuits and bad press. Few names of Flynn's caliber had come to such tawdry impasse, this a year or three ahead of public awareness that he'd slipped. There would be disaster of an unfinished William Tell to clinch the fall, not really Errol's fault (he'd made unwise partners --- again), but Hello, God was ill-fated from a start, and according to estranged-from EF writer/producer William Marshall, done by the star in hopes of breaking his Warner contract (what sense did that make?).
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Hello, God began as an anti-war screed, or maybe a documentary --- who knew other than
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William Marshall claimed Flynn had given him a $50,000 note in exchange for half-interest in Hello, God. To this he added demand for $300K of lost revenue as a result of Errol spiriting away the finished negative and hiding same --- seems Marshall had shown Hello, God to a consortium known as The Motion Picture Sales Corporation, whose membership included actor Vincent Price, but then Flynn snatched Hello, God's negative and obliged Marshall to reconstruct the pic using other takes and trims. Despite "important shots" still missing, said Variety, his intent was to release what was cobbled, "in
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Flynn was for blocking any showings, "since with its pacifist theme, it would be detrimental to the public welfare to release it at this time," according to Variety. Errol was concerned that "it might be construed as Communist propaganda." Flynn's reputation was done no good being associated with this mess. Might the fiasco of Hello, God have impacted on EF's later effort to get completion cash for his stalled William Tell? At last year's Western Film Fair in Winston-Salem, I asked guest Sherry Jackson, age eight when she co-starred with Errol in Hello, God, what if anything she remembered about working with Flynn. Not too much as it turned out, though he did hand her a dime when they finished and told her to give him a call once she turned eighteen. On my inquiry as to whether she'd had or seen any stills from Hello, God, Ms. Jackson replied there were but two her mother kept. They're probably the only images that exist from this rarest of missing Flynn links (unless a Greenbriar reader has some socked away ... or maybe a print of the film?).