Does As He Pleases", pg 2
In a Hollywood
movie column the next day appeared the first American headline that
Errol Flynn ever received: "Errol Flynn Wrenches Star's Wrist."
And for a paragraph or two the columnist lauded the unknown whose fierce
acting had caused a delay in production. From that day on, Errol Flynn
became a personality to be reckoned with. And yet, if it hadn't been
for Errol's particular state
of mind that day, when he was thrown into "The Case of the Curious
Bride," all this might never have happened. Today he might not
be the star-idol that he is.
If you ask the Warner stars about Errol Flynn of those days, they don't even remember him. He was that inconspicuous. But ask the cop at the gate, or the cook in the commissary, or any of the still men, or the prop men, and they remember all right. They remember because they were the only ones Errol knew in those days. They were the only ones with whom he felt free to stop and talk, and they talked to him, "because he was always sort of a lonely-looking guy," as one of them said. "You couldn't help feeling kind of sorry for him. Why, he used to roam around this lot with a book under his arm and a pipe between his teeth, looking like a man lost if there ever was one."
Van Pelt about him. He's one of the still men. He was swell to Errol,
used to take him home to dinner with him every now and then, "just
so the poor guy would have something to do. Another thing, you know
Errol would never eat in the Green Room; that's where the stars eat.
He said it was too quiet, too hushed and respectable. He always ate
with us in the commissary. He said he liked the noise in there.
at last he was put to work in "The Case of the Curious Bride,"
he just let go. He couldn't help it; all that pent-up vitality just leaped
to the fore in those few brief moments.
And as that suppressed vitality brought him into the headlines then, so has it been responsible for every headline since. When it came time to test for "Captain Blood," someone recalled "that fellow who was so dynamic in 'The Case of the Curious Bride,' remember?" and it was because of this that he was called. He was so inexperienced that they really didn't think he would do, but there again, in that test, was that same "something," that same battling spirit which made him just right for the part. Buccaneer, swashbuckler, it fitted him perfectly.