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Himself / Various Roles (archive footage) (archive sound)
Charles Chauvel ...
Himself - Producer and Director (archive footage)
Patrice Wymore ...
Herself - Widow of Errol Flynn (as Patrice Wymore Flynn)
Vincent Sherman ...
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Himself - Author and Film Historian
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Himself - Actor
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Deirdre Flynn ...
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Himself - Author and Time Film Critic
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Documentary about action-adventure movie star Errol Flynn. Flynn's early life was something out of an adventure novel. He lived in the South Seas, undertook major sailing expeditions and dabbled in a variety of business ventures. His first stab at acting was In the Wake of the Bounty (1933), an Australian made film where, he admitted, he didn't have a clue what he was doing. He did repertory theater work in England for a time and eventually ended up under contract at Warner Bros. studios in Hollywood. Jack Warner personally selected him for the lead role in Captain Blood (1935) which led to instant stardom. Similar roles, especially in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) made him the top action/adventure hero of his day. His career hit a major bump in the road when he was charged with statutory rape in 1943. He was found not guilty and there is a consensus that he was set up. His career began to decline by the late 1940s and in 1953, his contract with Warners came to an end. He ... Written by garykmcd

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The Swashbuckling Standard
16 September 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This is one cinematic legend that continues to grow. Ask just about anyone as to who the greatest costume swashbuckling star is and most of the time you'll get the answer of Errol Flynn. Even when he appeared in westerns and he never understood his popularity in them, his 8 westerns still have a certain swashbuckling élan to them. When you've seen Flynn in The Charge Of The Light Brigade and in They Died With Their Boots On, note the similarity in style of those characters. Errol Flynn put his signature on every part he ever did.

Most important to this narrative of people giving their recollections of Flynn is Olivia DeHavilland. They were a wonderful screen team though Olivia at the time was desperately trying to get out of those patient leading lady parts who waits for her man to route the villains. With the long life she continues to have she's reflected back and now appreciates the wonderful films she did with Errol.

I was fascinated by those takes from In The Wake Of The Bounty where the D.W. Griffith of Australian cinema, Charles Clauvel is directing Flynn in his feature film debut. I've seen and reviewed In The Wake Of The Bounty and while it doesn't have the MGM production values to it, the charisma of Errol Flynn as Fletcher Christian comes through. He was born to be a star.

And like many stars, Flynn kind of backed into it. He was a rebellious type from the beginning and in his teens and twenties led a footloose existence. His discovery by Clauvel was as serendipitous as Lana Turner in Schwab's Delicatessen with that famous sweater. Charisma like that you're born with.

Errol Flynn as all who know anything about him lived a life that anyone would envy except for its relative brevity. His fifty years were more exciting than 99% of the rest of the planet. In terms of physical abuse to his body, he partied heartier than most and paid for it. Still who would not want to be Errol Flynn if you're a male member of the species?


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