The Miami International Film Festival has announced its 2014 schedule and it turns out that "Rob The Mob" will be the closing night film. This is either a seriously prestigious spot on the program or it's like being seated near the kitchen in a restaurant. But I think it's the former so many thanks to MIFF for sponsoring what is, in effect, our world premiere.

As Miami has a major Cuban population (and as this post would be too short without finding something else to take up some space) dig this deeply strange clip from the CBS archives. In it, drunken has-been swashbuckling movie star Errol Flynn appears on a show called "Front Page Challenge" and provides a  firsthand account of Castro's takeover of Cuba. Flynn was apparently there and clearly supportive of the rebels and he somewhat disingenuously walks a fine line between saying he helped and supported the "cause" while denying that he knows anything about the executions without trials that were happening under his nose.

The bigger question is: what the hell was Errol Flynn doing in Cuba at that time? My guess is that he passed out in a casino during the Batista regime and didn't come too until the Castro forces had seized power. Suffering from the DT's, he probably thought he was in a Warner Brothers movie that he'd forgotten he was making and quickly grabbed a gun and started improvising. What a shock, then, when at the end of the day his limo didn't pick him up to drive him to Musso and Frank where he could be re-toxicated and eventually carried back to the set the following day to continue the fight. Many thanks to my dear friend Alfa-Betty Olsen for pointing the way to this unfathomably strange bit of television.

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  1. Errol Flynn was in Cuba to make his last film Cuban Rebel Girls. He was reliving his early life as a journalist when he traveled to Spain to cover the Spanish Revolution for the Hearst Press. He always wanted to be a writer. He was planning to write some sort of regular column for newspapers with the help of Earl Conrad shortly before he died. At the time, the US government was backing Castro, and most people thought well of him. Flynn, always on the side of the underdog in the fight for freedom, thought well of him, too. Later, he expressed his disappointment in Castro but few boither to remember it preceding to remember Flynn the drunk. He was drunk much of the time during his last years but always had his heart in the right place.

    David DeWitt
    The Errol Flynn Blog