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
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The red helicopter Flynn takes from his house is a Bell model 47D-1, registration NC112B, that was owned by Paul Mantz, a famous Hollywood stunt pilot and aviation services supplier to Hollywood. In 1991 this helicopter was sold to a party in France and registered as F-GINR. As of 2017 it is still actively registered in that country. See more
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
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