Errol Flynn


Actor
Errol Flynn

About

Also Known As
Errol Leslie Thomson Flynn
Birth Place
Hobart, Tasmania, AU
Born
June 20, 1909
Died
October 14, 1959
Cause of Death
Heart Attack

Biography

Swashbuckling star Errol Flynn reached the heights of showbiz success in action-adventure flicks such as "Captain Blood" (1936), "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (1938) and pseudo-historical films such as "The Charge of the Light Brigade" (1936) and "They Died With Their Boots On" (1941). He was born Errol Leslie Thomson Flynn in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, on June 20, 1909. His marine bi...

Photos & Videos

Captain Blood - Alex Raymond Poster Art
They Died with Their Boots On - Color Publicity Still
Objective, Burma! - Movie Posters

Family & Companions

Lili Damita
Wife
Actor. Born in 1901; married in 1935; divorced in 1942; died in 1994.
Diana Dill
Companion
Actor. Had brief relationship c. 1942; she later married actor Kirk Douglas.
Nora Eddington
Wife
Married in 1943; divorced in 1949; met in Los Angeles County Hall of Justice where she worked behind cigar counter and he was standing trial on statutory rape charge; died on April 10, 2001 at age 77.
Patrice Wymore
Wife
Actor. Married in 1950.

Bibliography

"Errol Flynn: The Untold Story"
Charles Higham (1980)
"My Wicked, Wicked Ways"
Errol Flynn (1959)
"Showdown"
Errol Flynn (1946)
"Beam Ends"
Errol Flynn (1937)

Notes

In 1983, CBS aired a telefeature "Errol Flynn: My Wicked, Wicked Ways" produced by the daughter of Flynn's last personal manager. Duncan Regher portrayed Flynn.

When Flynn first came to Hollywood, he lived for four months with actor John Barrymore on De Longpre Avenue in West Hollywood. That house still stands, down a steep staircase from the Sunset Strip and next to The House of Blues club. For most of the 1980s and into the 90s, the Barrymore home was Butterfield's restaurant.

Biography

Swashbuckling star Errol Flynn reached the heights of showbiz success in action-adventure flicks such as "Captain Blood" (1936), "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (1938) and pseudo-historical films such as "The Charge of the Light Brigade" (1936) and "They Died With Their Boots On" (1941).

He was born Errol Leslie Thomson Flynn in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, on June 20, 1909. His marine biologist father, Theodore Flynn, taught at the local college, while Errol grew up distant from his mother, Mary Lily Flynn, who at one point branded him "a nasty little boy." She left the family not long after they moved to Sydney in 1920 and, while he maintained a good relationship with his father, his studies faltered as he began developing what would become his loveable-rake personality. He became sexually active early, fought at got expelled from school, ran into trouble when caught embezzling from a menial job and, just 17, bolted for New Guinea, then amid a latter-day gold rush. (He found no gold, but, by his sometimes fabulous recounting in his autobiography My Wicked, Wicked Ways), this led to early intrigues - including life-threatening bouts with the law and cuckolded husbands - and a whirl of jobs, including diamond-smuggler, pearl-diver, reporter, bird-trapper, gigolo and charter-boat captain.

As the latter, his chiseled looks caught the attention of an Australian movie producer, who cast him in "In the Wake of The Bounty" (1933) as famed mutineer Fletcher Christian (one of Christian's crewmembers was actually an ancestor of Flynn). He continued his prodigal hand-to-mouth meanderings, from China to India to France, then England, where he found some stage work, which led to the lead in a B-film by Warner Bros.' UK studio, "Murder at Monte Carlo" (1935). This got the attention of Warner's stateside brass, which decided to import Flynn. He met Lili Damita, a tempestuous French actress eight years his senior, on the ship to the U.S and they commenced a torrid relationship, climaxing in a June 1935 marriage. Not long into his WB tenure, Robert Donat flaked on the lead in the upcoming sea adventure "Captain Blood," leading the studio, after exhausting all options, to go with its Aussie newcomer. Flynn, nervous to start off with, clashed with director Michael Curtiz, even as he played practical jokes on his 19-year-old limpid-eyed love-interest Olivia de Havilland. They demonstrated such on-screen spark - which manifested off-screen, but de Havilland has long intimated it never went beyond teasing and fervent flirtation - that WB codified the two, plus Curtiz, as a winning formula, to be reconstituted the next year in "The Charge of the Light Brigade."

The second of Flynn's 12 pictures with Curtiz - a relationship of mutual loathing that would escalate into physical tussles - and of eight co-starring de Havilland, "Charge" would also be the first of a succession of historically-based adventure films that gaily shredded history. "Charge" had Flynn and brigade saving the day and assuring victory at the Crimean War's battle of Balaklava, versus the criminal disaster the charge actually was. "Santa Fe Trail" (1940) and "They Died With Their Boots On" would be similarly cavalier, the first a sanitized, racially condescending account of future Civil War f s Jeb Stuart (Flynn) and George Custer (Ronald Reagan) tracking down terroristic abolitionist John Brown; the second canonizing Custer (Flynn this time) amid his (historically less-than-heroic) Indian campaigns. He and Curtiz would do more pat Westerns such as "Dodge City" (1939) and even comedies such as "Four's a Crowd" (1938), but costume adventures would be the Flynn trademark, the likes of "The Prince and the Pauper" (1937), "The Adventures of Robin Hood" and "The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex" (1939), and another pirate outing, "The Sea Hawk" (1940), all featuring him at his dashing, fencing, anti-authoritarian best (in "Robin Hood," when de Havilland's Marian charges him with speaking treason, Flynn's title character giddily retorts, "Fluently!"). "Robin Hood" proved his blockbuster, shot in Technicolor and costing an unheard-of $2 million, but making a then-impressive $4 million at the box office. The garish "Elizabeth and Essex" put him opposite Bette Davis, an oil-and-water mix, Flynn the arrogant upstart who made no pretense at art, Davis the intrepid artiste, later recounting how Flynn, upon their screen-kisses, would tongue-kiss her - a taboo in film then - with the taste of the previous night's bender in his mouth. In one scene that called for her to fake-slap him, Davis walloped Flynn, prompting a genuine near-violent reaction still evident in the film.

His lifestyle had already become notorious for epic partying and, in spite of his ongoing-if-tumultuous marriage, his prolific sexual appetites (with partners of both sexes, tabloid-scented biographies alleged in more recent years, though widely disputed). He and Damita would reconcile for brief periods, in one of them producing a son, Sean, but finally divorced in 1942. Flynn's raucous circle of friends included actors Bruce Cabot, Guinn Williams and the venerable John Barrymore, stuntman Buster Wiles, and director Raoul Walsh - who, after WB finally sprung Flynn from Curtiz's indenture, directed him in "Boots On" and the loveable-rogue boxing picture "Gentleman Jim." Walsh allegedly made Flynn the butt of one of history's most legendary practical jokes; just after the May 1942 death of Barrymore, Walsh "borrowed" Barrymore's corpse from the funeral home, propped it in a chair in Flynn's house with a lit cigarette just before the latter drunkenly stumbled in, to be scared witless. But 1942 had more discomfiture than that in store for Flynn. With the U.S. newly entered into World War II, he found his enlistment rejected, diagnosed with a weak heart. With the star a newly minted U.S. citizen, this threatened to subvert his heroic image and stymied Flynn's ability to make good on his anti-fascist sentiments, sharpened during a 1937 trip to Spain during the country's tragic civil war. Then, in the fall of 1942, police in Santa Monica turned up a missing person, Betty Hansen, a 17-year-old Midwestern girl who had come to visit her sister and disappeared. They found among her possessions the unlisted phone numbers of Flynn and Cabot. Hansen claimed she met them in September at a party at Cabot's house, where she had sex with Flynn. Soon thereafter, the L.A. County district attorney unearthed a previous allegation of the family of now-16-year-old Peggy Satterlee, who claimed she had had sex with Flynn during a weekend-long party on his yacht. Flynn was charged with statutory rape and, during the ensuing media-circus trial, reportedly kept a plane waiting at a nearby airstrip to take him to Mexico. But defense-attorney-to-the-stars Jerry Giesler effectively cast doubts on the motives and veracity of both girls, Flynn earnestly denied having sex with either, and the jury acquitted him. Curiously, during the trial Flynn got acquainted with 18-year-old Nora Eddington, daughter of the county sheriff who worked at the Hall of Justice, and they married in August 1943. They would have a daughter, Rory, who insisted years later that her mother went into it with eyes open: "[S]he told him right upfront, 'You can do whatever you want when you're at the studio - but the one thing you can never do is bring it home!'"

The scandal would introduce the phrase "in like Flynn" into American vernacular as a euphemism for successful seduction. He, Walsh and WB would attempt to compensate for his apparent wartime frivolity by pitting him against the Germans and Japanese in a series of movies, mostly taut, espionage-themed actioners like "Desperate Journey" (1942), "Northern Pursuit" (1943) and "Objective, Burma!" (1945) - a rare World War II-era film that effectively renders war's horrors - but also a flop that some consider among his best films, "Uncertain Glory" (1944). Flynn saw the picture as one that would give him a chance to spread his thespian wings, a noir-y film that sets him as a morally ambivalent thief in Nazi-occupied France who agrees with an apolitical policeman to cop to an act of sabotage by the French resistance to spare villagers German reprisals, building tension as to whether the rogue will do the right thing or not. But his postwar outings would prove mediocre B fare, only returning him to dashing form as the freebooting lothario in "Adventures of Don Juan" (1948) and showing some non-action acting chops the next year on a loan-out to MGM as a cold, manipulative husband in "That Forsyte Woman." Loan-outs would tender his most notable efforts, such as another colonial adventure for MGM, "Kim" (1950), and Universal reviving his pirate adventurism with "Against All Flags" (1952). During the production, co-star Maureen O'Hara noted that Flynn exhibited consummate professionalism, prepped and ready with his lines to start the day, but would inevitably be drunk by 4pm. One story has him, when booze was banned from the set, bringing oranges injected with vodka. "Flags" did well enough that WB greenlit a final Flynn swashbuckler under its imprint, "The Master of Ballantrae" (1953), but WB would abrogate his contract soon after. He attempted an ambitious comeback, a self-funded costume/action epic based on the Swiss myth, of William Tell, but other financing fell out and his own blown savings yielded only 30 minutes of film.

In the 1950s, his movie work would winnow down to indie films capitalizing on his stardom at the expense of reality, typically miscasting him in younger roles, while he tried his hand at TV, briefly hosting a UK TV show "The Errol Flynn Theatre" and doing guest-shots on American anthology shows - much of it just to stay on top of his mounting debts. His true - and best-received - swansongs would be roles close to his own circumstances, first in 1957 playing the lifeworn drunk in a film adaptation of Hemmingway's "The Sun Also Rises," and in 1958 playing his besotted old friend Barrymore in "Too Much, Too Soon." Damita won his house in an alimony suit, making one of his boats his new primary residence, and he spent much of his final years self-exiled to Jamaica with his third wife, Patrice Wymore, then sailing the world, avoiding creditors and possibly the law, given that his onboard companion, Beverly Aadland, (officially called his "protégé") was sixteen when he met her. She would star in his final film, the unwatchable tax write-off "Cuban Rebel Girls" (1959), ostensibly written by Flynn, who played himself as a war correspondent covering the revolution, and produced with the cooperation of Fidel Castro. In fall 1959, after a guest-appearance on "The Red Skelton Show" (CBS, 1951-71), Flynn flew to Vancouver, BC, where he had a prospect to buy his yacht for a much-needed cash-infusion, but abruptly fell ill there and, at age 50, died of heart attack. Doctors who examined him famously said his body bore the physical ravages of that of a 75-year-old.

Flynn's son Sean would briefly flirt with an acting career, one film curiously an Italian-made B-film called "Son of Captain Blood" (1962), but found his calling as a photojournalist, earning a reputation for fearlessness during the Vietnam war, and disappearing in Cambodia in 1970. Rory Flynn's son, also Sean, is currently an actor starring on the Nickelodeon show "Z y 101" (2005- ). In 1983 Peter O'Toole was nominated for an Academy Award, one more than Flynn, for "My Favorite Year" (1982), a sparkling comedy in which he played Alan Swann, a barely fictionalized version of an aging Errol Flynn, who bellows, "I'm not an actor - I'm a movie star!"

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

The Truth About Fidel Castro Revolution (1959)
Director
Deep Sea Fishing (1952)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

It's Showtime (1976)
Himself
Cuban Rebel Girls (1960)
Errol Flynn
The Truth About Fidel Castro Revolution (1959)
(Reported by)
The Roots of Heaven (1958)
Forsythe
Too Much, Too Soon (1958)
John Barrymore
The Sun Also Rises (1957)
Mike Campbell
Istanbul (1957)
Jim Brennan
The Big Boodle (1957)
Ned Sherwood
Let's Make Up (1956)
John Beaumont
The Warriors (1955)
Prince Edward
King's Rhapsody (1955)
King Richard Of Laurentia
Crossed Swords (1954)
Renzo
The Master of Ballantrae (1953)
Jamie Durrisdeer
William Tell (1953)
Against All Flags (1952)
Lt. Brian Hawke
Mara Maru (1952)
Deep Sea Fishing (1952)
Kim (1951)
Mahbub Ali, the Red Beard
Adventures of Captain Fabian (1951)
Capt. Michael Fabian
Hello God (1951)
Rocky Mountain (1950)
Lafe Barstow
Montana (1950)
Morgan Lane
Adventures of Don Juan (1949)
Don Juan
That Forsyte Woman (1949)
Soames Forsyte
It's a Great Feeling (1949)
Himself
Rabbit Hood (1949)
Robin Hood
Silver River (1948)
"Mike" McComb
Escape Me Never (1947)
Sebastian [Dubrok]
Cry Wolf (1947)
Mark Caldwell
Never Say Goodbye (1946)
Phil Gayley
San Antonio (1945)
Clay Hardin
Objective, Burma! (1945)
Captain Chuck Nelson
Uncertain Glory (1944)
Jean Picard
Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943)
Himself
Edge of Darkness (1943)
Gunnar Brogge
Northern Pursuit (1943)
Steve Wagner
They Died with Their Boots On (1942)
George Armstrong Custer
Desperate Journey (1942)
Flight Lt. Terrence Forbes
Gentleman Jim (1942)
James J. Corbett
Footsteps in the Dark (1941)
Francis Warren [also known as F. X. Pettibone]
Dive Bomber (1941)
[Dr.] Doug Lee
The Sea Hawk (1940)
Geoffrey Thorpe
Virginia City (1940)
Kerry Bradford
Santa Fe Trail (1940)
Jeb Stuart
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)
Earl of Essex
Dodge City (1939)
Wade Hatton
The Dawn Patrol (1938)
[Captain] Courtney
Four's a Crowd (1938)
[Robert] Bob [Kensington] Lansford
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
Robin Hood [also known as Sir Robin of Locksley]
The Sisters (1938)
Frank Medlin
Another Dawn (1937)
Capt. Denny Roark
The Perfect Specimen (1937)
Gerald Beresford Wicks
The Prince and the Pauper (1937)
Miles Hendon
Green Light (1937)
Dr. Newell Paige
The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)
Major Geoffrey Vickers
Don't Bet on Blondes (1935)
David Van Dusen
Captain Blood (1935)
Peter Blood
The Case of the Curious Bride (1935)
Gregory Moxley
Murder at Monte Carlo (1934)

Writer (Feature Film)

My Wicked, Wicked Ways... The Legend of Errol Flynn (1985)
Book As Source Material
Cuban Rebel Girls (1960)
From the story by
Adventures of Captain Fabian (1951)
Screenwriter

Producer (Feature Film)

Cuban Rebel Girls (1960)
Presented By
Crossed Swords (1954)
Presented By
William Tell (1953)
Producer

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

It's Showtime (1976)
Other

Director (Short)

Cruise of the Zaca (1952)
Director

Cast (Short)

King & Queen Meet the Stars (1954)
Himself
Cruise of the Zaca (1952)
Narrator
Breakdowns of 1938 (1938)
Himself
Breakdowns of 1937 (1937)
Himself
A Dream Comes True The Making of an Unusual Motion Picture (1935)
Himself
Pirate Party on Catalina Isle (1935)
Himself

Misc. Crew (Short)

Errol Flynn (1962)
Archival Footage

Life Events

1926

Worked as shipping clerk in Sydney, Australia

1927

Became a government cadet in New Guinea, an overseer on a copra plantation, a partner in a charter schooner, and gold miner in New Guinea

1930

Bought schooner ("Sirocco"), boat chartered by American filmmakers making film of New Guinea head-hunters who also took footage of skipper (Flynn) which was shown in Australia

1930

Wrote articles for THE SYDNEY BULLETIN in New Guinea

1932

First film as actor in Australian film, "In the Wake of the Bounty"

1933

Went to England and acted with Northampton Repertory Theatre for eighteen months; stage acting debut in "The Thirteenth Chair"; wrote play, "Cold Rice"

1933

Signed seven years optional contract with Warners

1935

Won stardom in "Captain Blood" (as a replacement for Robert Donat)

1935

Hollywood film acting debut in "The Case of the Curious Bride"

1943

Acquitted on charge of statutory rape

1952

Directorial debut with short, "Cruise of the Zaca" (also narrator and appearance)

1956

US TV debut, "The Sword of Villon" on "Playhouse 90"

1957

Hosted "The Errol Flynn Theatre" TV series, made in England

Photo Collections

Captain Blood - Alex Raymond Poster Art
Here is poster artwork done for Warner Bros' Captain Blood (1935), starring Errol Flynn. Used for the Half-sheet poster, this art was commissioned from noted cartoonist Alex Raymond, creator of the Flash Gordon newspaper comic strip.
They Died with Their Boots On - Color Publicity Still
Here is a color still of Errol Flynn as George Armstrong Custer, taken to help publicize Warner Bros' They Died with Their Boots On (1941).
Objective, Burma! - Movie Posters
Here are a few original release movie posters from Objective, Burma! (1945), starring Errol Flynn. These are two different styles of half-sheets, which measured 22x28 inches.
Against All Flags - Movie Posters
Against All Flags - Movie Posters
The Master of Ballantrae - Movie Poster
The Master of Ballantrae - Movie Poster
That Forsyte Woman - Scene Stills
Here are several scene stills from MGM's That Forsyte Woman (1949), starring Greer Garson, Errol Flynn, and Robert Young.
Silver River - Title Lobby Card
Here is the Title Lobby Card from Silver River (1948). Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
The Dawn Patrol (1938) - Scene Stills
Here are several scene stills from Warner Bros' The Dawn Patrol (1938), starring Errol Flynn, David Niven, and Basil Rathbone.
The Charge of the Light Brigade - Lobby Cards
Here are a few Lobby Cards from Warner Bros' The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936), starring Errol Flynn and Olivia De Havilland. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Adventures of Don Juan - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Adventures of Don Juan (1949). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
The Sea Hawk - Movie Posters
Here are a variety of original-release American movie posters from Warner Bros' The Sea Hawk (1940), starring Errol Flynn.
The Prince and the Pauper - Publicity Stills
Here are a few Publicity Stills from The Prince and the Pauper (1937), starring Errol Flynn and Billy and Bobby Mauch. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Dodge City - Movie Posters
Here is a group of American movie posters from Dodge City (1939), starring Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, and Ann Sheridan.
Virginia City - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from Warner Bros' Virginia City (1940), starring Errol Flynn, Miriam Hopkins, Randolph Scott, and Humphrey Bogart. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
The Prince and the Pauper - Lobby Cards
Here are a few Lobby Cards from Warner Bros' The Prince and the Pauper (1937), starring Errol Flynn. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
They Died with Their Boots On - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for They Died with Their Boots On (1942), starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.

Videos

Movie Clip

Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943) - That's What You Jolly Well Get The schtick for Errol Flynn (who like the other big names, donated his $50,000 salary to the armed services benefit Hollywood Canteen) for the wartime fundraiser show-within-a-show premise of the Warner Bros. propaganda feature is an original by Arthur Schwartz and Frank Loesser, staged by Leroy Prinz, in Thank Your Lucky Stars, 1943.
Uncertain Glory (1944) - The Barber Will Shave Your Neck After an opening establishing visibly atmospheric Nazi-occupied Paris, 1943, we meet Errol Flynn as inmate Jean Picard, not apparently political, rousted by the warden (Art Smith) who is congratulated by the commissioner (Douglas Dumbrille) and questioned one last time by policeman Bonet (Paul Lukas), in Raoul Walsh and Warner Bros.’ Uncertain Glory, 1944.
Uncertain Glory (1944) - Two Great Weaknesses Smitten Louise (Faye Emerson) has followed criminal Picard (Errol Flynn), who escaped execution due to an air raid in Paris, to Bordeaux, only to be intercepted by policeman Picard (Paul Lukas), who was tipped off by her jealous boyfriend, early in Uncertain Glory, 1944.
Northern Pursuit (1943) - Of German Descent We know that von Keller (Helmut Dantine) has just survived an avalanche that killed all his fellow Nazi infiltrators, but this is the first scene for Canadian Mounties Steve (Errol Flynn) and Jim (John Ridgely), in director Raoul Walsh's Northern Pursuit, 1943.
Desperate Journey (1942) - Half American, Half Jersey City Nazi Major Baumeister (Raymond Massey) is telling the crew of the downed RAF bomber (Errol Flynn, Arthur Kennedy, Alan Hale, Ronald Sinclair) they have no prospects, but he has an idea to flip American Johnny (Ronald Reagan), who himself turns the tables, directed by Raoul Walsh, in a famous bit from Desperate Journey, 1942.
Desperate Journey (1942) - You Are Englishmen? Still in their stolen Nazi uniforms, after another clever sabotage in Berlin, pilot Terry (Errol Flynn) and crew (Ronald Reagan, Arthur Kennedy) need help for wounded Hollis (Ronald Sinclair), and get lucky meeting sympathizer Nancy Coleman (as Kaethe) and her doctor uncle (Albert Basserman) in Desperate Journey, 1942.
Desperate Journey (1942) - You Yankees Always Win After a bit in which the Resistance in Poland pulls off a sabotage and sends a carrier pigeon to England, we meet Allied members of an RAF bomber crew, Arthur Kennedy, Patrick O’Moore, Ronald Reagan as Johnny, Errol Flynn as Terry, Ronald Sinclair as Hollis, Alan Hale as Edwards, Raoul Walsh directing, in Desperate Journey, 1942.
Desperate Journey (1942) - Are We Hit Bad? Raoul Walsh directs, intense spectacle (special effects credited to Nathan Levinson and Byron Haskin for Warner Bros.) as the England based crew of the “D-For-Danny” RAF B-17 (Errol Flynn piloting, Ronald Reagan bombing, Arthur Kennedy navigating, with Alan Hale and Ronald Sinclair) hit their target in Germany, in Desperate Journey, 1942.
Case Of The Curious Bride, The (1935) - Nothing But Deadly Monotony Visiting due to boredom with their friend the San Francisco coroner Wilbur (Olin Howland), Warren William (title character) and sidekicks Spudsy and Toots (Allen Jenkins, Thomas Jenkins), share in the surprise over an exhumed body, in the Warner Bros. Perry Mason serial The Case Of The Curious Bride, 1935.
Case Of The Curious Bride, The (1935) - I Know A Little Jiu Jitsu Arriving with sidekick Spuds (Allen Jenkins) at the San Francisco airport, lawyer Perry Mason (Warren William) manages to intercept ex-girlfriend Rhoda (Margaret Lindsay), now a murder suspect, before the cops (Barton MacLane et al) can grab her, in The Case Of The Curious Bride, 1935.
Virginia City (1940) - In This Fever Hole Commander Irby (Randolph Scott) of the notorious Libby Confederate prison catches previously introduced tunneling Union prisoners Kerry (Errol Flynn) and pals (Guinn Williams, Alan Hale), the Civil War framing for the Warner Bros. Western, Virginia City, 1940, directed by Michael Curtiz.
Dawn Patrol, The (1938) - Those Are The Orders Commander Brand (Basil Rathbone) interrupts his Royal Flying Corps unit, who party constantly to cope with stress, with chilling orders, top pilot Courtney (Errol Flynn) first defiant, then happy again with best pal Scotty (David Niven), in the 1938 version of the WWI drama, The Dawn Patrol.

Trailer

Adventures of Robin Hood, The -- (Re-issue Trailer) The Sherwood Forest legend (Errol Flynn) leads his Merry Men in a battle against the wicked Prince John in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938).
Never Say Goodbye - (Original Trailer) A husband (Errol Flynn) tries to win back his wife (Eleanor Parker) before she can divorce him in the romantic comedy Never Say Goodbye (1946).
Against All Flags - (Original Trailer) A British officer (Errol Flynn) must face off against the pirates of Madagascar in Against All Flags (1952).
Cry Wolf - (Original Trailer) Barbara Stanwyck comes to claim her late husband's estate and uncovers a mystery involving Errol Flynn in Cry Wolf (1947).
Desperate Journey -- (Textless Trailer) Errol Flynn and Ronald Reagan are behind enemy lines in Nazi-occupied Poland in the slam-bang adventure Desperate Journey (1942).
Silver River - (Original Trailer) A ruthless gambler's rise to power is cut short by character flaws in Silver River (1948) starring Errol Flynn.
Santa Fe Trail -- (Original Trailer) Errol Flynn is the young Jeb Stuart sent out to stop abolitionist John Brown (Raymond Massey) in Santa Fe Trail (1940).
Dive Bomber (1941) -- (Original Trailer) Errol Flynn as a reckless but honorable surgeon turned test pilot, Fred MacMurray the flight commander who becomes his friend, in Warner Bros. noisy, uneven pre-Pearl Harbor color action hit Dive Bomber, 1941, from a story by aviator Frank "Spig" Wead.
Sisters, The - (Original Trailer) Errol Flynn and Bette Davis in love and it's all capped off with the San Francisco earthquake, as promoted by Warner Bros. in the original theatrical trailer for The Sisters, 1938, directed by Anatole Litvak.
They Died With Their Boots On -- (Original Trailer) Errol Flynn stars in They Died With Their Boots On (1941), a romanticized biography of General George Armstrong Custer.
Dawn Patrol, The (1938) - (Original Trailer) A flight commander in France almost cracks under the pressure of sending men to their deaths in The Dawn Patrol (1938) starring Errol Flynn.
Charge of the Light Brigade, The (1936) - (Re-issue Trailer) Two brothers love the same woman at a perilous Indian outpost in The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936) starring Errol Flynn.

Promo

Family

Theodore Leslie Thomson Flynn
Father
Marine biologist, zoologist. Served as professor of marine biology at Queen's College, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Marelle Flynn
Mother
Rosemary Flynn
Sister
Born c. 1924.
Sean Flynn
Son
Actor, photographer, correspondent. Born in 1941; declared as MIA in Cambodia in 1970; mother, Lili Damita; appeared in films: "Il figlio del Capitano Blood/The Son of Captain Blood" (1962) and "Cinq gars pour Singapore/Singapore, Singapore" (1966).
Rory Flynn
Daughter
Born on March 12, 1947; mother, Nora Eddington; estranged from her sister; has son Sean born c. 1988.
Deirdre Flynn
Daughter
Mother, Nora Eddington.
Arnella Roma Flynn
Daughter
Born c. 1953 in Italy; raised in Jamaica died in September 1998 at age 45 mother, Patrice Wymore.

Companions

Lili Damita
Wife
Actor. Born in 1901; married in 1935; divorced in 1942; died in 1994.
Diana Dill
Companion
Actor. Had brief relationship c. 1942; she later married actor Kirk Douglas.
Nora Eddington
Wife
Married in 1943; divorced in 1949; met in Los Angeles County Hall of Justice where she worked behind cigar counter and he was standing trial on statutory rape charge; died on April 10, 2001 at age 77.
Patrice Wymore
Wife
Actor. Married in 1950.
Beverly Aadland
Companion
Her mother, Florence Aadland, wrote an account of fifteen-year-old Beverly's relationship with Flynn, "The Big Love".

Bibliography

"Errol Flynn: The Untold Story"
Charles Higham (1980)
"My Wicked, Wicked Ways"
Errol Flynn (1959)
"Showdown"
Errol Flynn (1946)
"Beam Ends"
Errol Flynn (1937)

Notes

In 1983, CBS aired a telefeature "Errol Flynn: My Wicked, Wicked Ways" produced by the daughter of Flynn's last personal manager. Duncan Regher portrayed Flynn.

When Flynn first came to Hollywood, he lived for four months with actor John Barrymore on De Longpre Avenue in West Hollywood. That house still stands, down a steep staircase from the Sunset Strip and next to The House of Blues club. For most of the 1980s and into the 90s, the Barrymore home was Butterfield's restaurant.