Story of Errol’s underwear has legs
The discovery of Errol Flynn’s unpaid underwear bill at a Northampton clothes shop, prompted by the opening of the Errol Flynn Filmhouse adjacent to Royal & Derngate, has made national news.
Jonathan Williams, managing director of Montague Jeffery in St. Giles Street, found a handwritten letter from the Hollywood icon in the shop’s archives. Mr Williams’ grandfather Bernard Jeffery kept Flynn supplied with pyjamas and socks during his time at Northampton Repertory Company, and later when he returned to the town in the 1950’s, having found fame in swashbuckling classics including Captain Blood and The Adventures of Robin Hood. Mr Jeffery engaged private detectives in an attempt to recover payment for the items when the star left town without settling his bills.
Flynn’s letter to the detective company reads, ‘If you would care to wait about a week longer I will be able to pay your account in full. The only reason it has not been settled previously is inability, not disinclination. Yours, Errol Flynn.’
A further letter from the detectives laments that Flynn was ‘successfully evading’ them as gaining entry to the film studio where he was working was ‘out of the question’.
Mr Williams said that he was prompted to look through the Montague Jeffery archives by the opening of the Errol Flynn Filmhouse nearby. The story ran in the Chronicle & Echo and was picked up by the BBC, Anglia News, the Daily Telegraph, The Times and the Daily Mail, and in the Express Carole Ann Rice declared a Flynn comeback underway.