"The Gentleman from New Guinea," pg.2
Silver Screen magazine, 1936

Of course, his gun helped considerably in subjugating the natives. Once he was ambushed and deserted by his "boys." He lost very little time in leaving that spot; in fact, he was right on their flying heels. He was nicked by a poisoned arrow, the only serious injury he ever sustained.

He fought his way through his share of the fist-battles that the adventurer must encounter in all "outposts of civilization," and made friends down there among the other nomads. He values these contacts as much as any he may make in our world.
A travelogue film expedition fired his soul with sudden thespic yearnings.

Deciding to do something about it, he returned to England.
His career began with stock companies, after which he played on the London stage with Herbert Marshall in "Another Language," had the lead in "Othello" and starred in John Drinkwater's drama, "A Man's Home." His dashing personality in an English film brought him the coveted role of Captain Peter Blood.

A confessed fatalist, he regards the movies as just another adventure. But, this career business isn't turning out such a snap as he had anticipated. If it had, he probably would've quit by now.

"I never worry about anything." He settled his sinewy length in a big chair and lit a cigarette.

"Acting interests me, for now, because it is a reproduction of life's drama. One can't possibly go everywhere, do everything, except vicariously. That's why the movies appeal to me - their wide panorama of locales, their vivid action. I can't stand routine.
"I had read of Hollywood as a cruel place, where hopes were dashed, an insular world self-sufficient, excluding outsiders. I haven't found it so. Except for their justifiable competitive spirit, the people are friendly. They are clever and interesting, and smart individualists.
"However," his eyes twinkled, "I can see where it is going to be my toughest adventure. That's why it appeals to me."
As all current fans know, he married Lili Damita in a whirlwind elopement to Yuma. They had met on shipboard, en route to America.
I had thought of Lili as the international fiancee, as she had been reported engaged to Prince Louis Ferdinand of Germany, to Hugo Brassie of England, to Sidney Smith and Joseph M. Schenck, Americans. But who can compete against those beguiling Irishmen?
The diamond in her engagement ring was bought five years ago in New Guinea with part of the money for which Errol had sold his gold strike, as he thought it would be easier to carry out his new wealth in rough-cut stones. He traded the others for stocks, which promptly slid off the exchange, but kept that one sparkler as a good luck emblem.

Though he represented England at the Amsterdam Olympics in 1928, in the heavyweight boxing class, he doesn't follow any daily athletic routine, except that he has been practicing fencing for his "Captain Blood" role. His boxing career was "just fun," and he likes tennis and swimming, too.
He has written short stories and a book describing the dangers and thrills of pearl-fishing. He never dived, himself, but watched his natives win battles against sharks.Twice he decided he'd had enough of New Guinea, and left, and twice he was called back by the fascinating spell of the tropics. The primitive naturalness of life down there appeals to him.
Watching actors' shadows flicker across a sheet stretched between trees down there, little did he dream that some day he would be performing such exploits on the screen, himself!
"In small towns in the tropics, the reactions of both natives and whites are similar to ours. The films are old ones; there are almost no sound movies - at least, I never saw any, though there may be some by now in the bigger places. Silent Western pictures, starring Bill Hart and Hoot Gibson, are run until they are completely worn out. The drawing-room "problem plays" haven't reached there yet.
"Yes, it does seem strange to be in Hollywood, meeting actors whom I knew only as images from a distant civilization. But one can't get to know people well here; the social life is amusing but superficial. However, remember that I am just a savage from the jungles! Perhaps when I am tamed, I will jump through the social hoops too."
I don't think so. He will always be the brash lad challenging, enjoying and evaluating life, and contributing his vibrant personality to new and exciting adventures.
                                              THE END

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