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Cruise of the Zaca (1952)

Actor Erroll Flynn takes a group of scientists from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography on an expedition to the South Seas aboard his schooner, The Zaca.

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Carl L. Hubbs ...
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Laura Hubbs ...
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Theodore Flynn ...
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John Decker ...
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Nora Eddington ...
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From his Hollywood home, Errol Flynn copters to La Jolla's Scripps Institution of Oceanography for a few days. Inspired by the sight of a pod of gray whales, Flynn, his father (an oceanographer), and Dr. Hubbs from Scripts take Flynn's schooner, the Zaca, for a specimen-collecting trip down the coast, through the Panama Canal, and on to a southern port in Jamaica. Flynn's wife Nora joins them; his dad, Hubbs, and John Decker, an artist, turn the Zaca into a floating research lab. The Flynns take a raft for a day trip upriver to a Jamaican waterfall. There's an evening of dancing, then it's back to the sea. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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6 December 1952 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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The schooner "Zaca", featured in this film, was acquired in 1946 by Errol Flynn, an actor famed for his "swashbuckling" roles in numerous movies. It is featured prominently in the Orson Welles film The Lady from Shanghai (1947). Flynn owned the yacht until his death in 1959. See more »

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At the start of the film, Flynn leaves his home, mentions and shows that he is carrying an apple and a banana, probably for his lunch. He stuffs the banana into his jacket pocket. As he runs to the waiting helicopter, you can see the banana pop out of his pocket and fall to the ground. He does not stop to retrieve it. See more »

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Opening dedication: To Dr. Carl Hubbs, of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography of the University of California and to Professor Thomson Flynn of Ireland, my warmest thanks for your technical advice. Signed, Errol Flynn See more »

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References The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) See more »

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A Must for Flynn Fans
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Cruise of the Zaca (1952)

*** (out of 4)

This twenty-minute short is far from ground-breaking but it remains a rather interesting historical document. This film features Errol Flynn and his friends on his yacht Zaca and we see him going to various locations and seeing numerous bits of wildlife. This includes whale, rare fish and some seals, which leads to a pretty funny scene. The footage is made to seem that this entire voyage was done in a day but all of the footage was actually shot between 1946-47. This leads to some interesting things including the fact that Flynn can be seen with his then wife but when the film was finally released in 1952 he had not only divorced her but was already remarried. You can also see Flynn's father here as well as famous archer Howard Hill who had known Flynn since their THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD days. Again, there's certainly nothing special here and technically it's not in the same league as something you'd see from MGM's TravelTalks series but at the same time there's no question that it's interesting seeing Flynn outside the Hollywood system. He also does the narration here and does a good job and you can hear the joy in his voice just talking about this stuff.


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