Errol Flynn Autograph Letter Signed referencing his film plus an expense list on his Errol Flynn Productions letterhead.
Hand written letters of Flynn with movie content are rare. Here Flynn is likely writing to his business manager, Al Blum, was “outraged” that Blum and M.C.A., “did not insist on Warners paying me where I designated – N.Y. – and…letting Marshall grab the whole $25,000, and am calling Warners today, I want the rest of my dough paid into the Guarantee Trust, N.Y… Try to get some adjustment of the amount they’ve got due… especially the sum due on Ballantrae…” He refers to his final swashbuckler film for Warner Brothers Studio, “The Master of Ballantrae,” released in 1953 and loosely based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1889 novel. Marshall is likely William Marshall, actor, director, producer and singer with whom Flynn collaborated on the never released film, "Hello God" (1951). In 1949, Flynn agreed to accept a promissory note of $25,000 for half the interest in the film. This is likely the $25,000 Flynn initially mentioned and refers to again. He continues, ”how come you never advised me when the first lot of money was grabbed? I never knew a word of it – I could have phoned Jack W. [Warner]…Will you please examine every avenue to see how & if I can get this 25g’s released….” Signed, “Errol.” Flynn and Marshall sued each other over their little known film. The letter came to us with an expense list on “Errol Flynn Productions” printed stationery, undated, but likely after the break with Warners. We think the letter was written in the early 1950’s before Blum’s death in 1953. Early in the letter Flynn mentions heading for Jamaica after finishing the picture. He had first gone to Jamaica in 1946 and bought property, including Navy Island off of Port Antonio. Hand written letters of Flynn with movie content are rare.