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Cuban Rebel Girls(1960)

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Although all contemporary sources refer to the film as Cuban Rebel Girls, the title on the viewed print, which May gave been added after 1959, was Assault of the Rebel Girls. The opening onscreen credits contain the following written statement: "Our thanks to the New Army of Cuba, whose help in creating this picture was invaluable." Reviews spell many of the actors' name differently from how they appear in the onscreen credits. The print viewed included a 1959 copyright notice for Exploit Films, Inc., but the picture was not registered for copyright protecton at the time of its original release. The copyright records include a 1986 registration for Exploit Films under number PA-312-203, and a 1987 registration under number RE-314-911.
       The picture opens with voice-over narration by Errol Flynn, as himself. Flynn continues to appear in the film sporadically and to provide voice-over narration throughout. During the final scene, he addresses the camera directly. Newsreel and documentary footage is used in several scenes. Although Ben Ostrowsky's character is named "Raoul," at one point in the narration Flynn refers to him as "Ben."
       Contemporary information sugests that the film was shot at the same time as The Truth About Fidel Castro Revolution, during a trip Flynn made to Cuba to meet Castro. Both films deal with the Cuban revolution of 1959, during which Fulgencio Batista, the head of Cuba's US-backed regime, was ousted from power by a military junta and Castro was appointed prime minister of the newly installed revolutionary government. For more information on the political climate in 1950s Cuba and Flynn's involvement, please refer to The Truth About Fidel Castro Revolution (above).
       Cuban Rebel Girls marked Flynn's last film before his death on October 14, 1959. Flynn (1909-1959), one of the top screen idols of his time, became known almost as much for his notorious lifestyle as for his film career. After gaining fame for his swashbuckling roles in such films as Captain Blood (1935) and The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938; for both, see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40), his offscreen adventures with young women, alcohol and drugs began to impact on his life and career. For information on his statuatory rape trial, see the record for the 1942 picture Gentleman Jim (AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1941-50).
       At the time of his death, Flynn was enjoying a career rejuvenation sparked by his appearance in such films as The Sun Also Rises (1957) and Too Much, Too Soon (1958, see entries below). With him at his death was then seventeen-year-old Beverly Aadland, the co-star of Cuban Rebel Girls. Many reviewers noted that it was unfortunate that Flynn's final film was as amateurish and stilted as Cuban Rebel Girls.