The Fighting O'Flynn


1h 34m 1949

Brief Synopsis

O'Flynn, soldier of fortune, returns to Ireland during the Napoleonic wars just in time to save Lady Benedetta from robbers. But they pursue her to ruinous Castle O'Flynn, after secret papers she carries which would reveal Napoleon's plans to invade Ireland. The Napoleonic agents (and British traitors) will stop at nothing to gain their ends, but the swashbuckling exploits of the O'Flynn may be a match for them all

Film Details

Also Known As
The O'Flynn
Release Date
Feb 1949
Premiere Information
New York opening: week of 25 Feb 1949
Production Company
The Fairbanks Company, Inc.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The O'Flynn by Justin Huntly McCarthy (New York, 1910).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 34m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8,497ft

Synopsis

In the year 1797, as Napoleon Bonaparte's army nears the shores of Ireland, the Irish poet and mercenary known as "The O'Flynn" journeys to the castle he has inherited. Along the way, O'Flynn comes across a stagecoach that is being robbed by outlaw Hendrigg's men. After foiling the robbery attempt, O'Flynn invites Lady Benedetta, the stagecoach's passenger, to his new castle. Although she initially refuses the invitation, Benedetta eventually changes her mind and instructs her coachman to take her to O'Flynn. Meanwhile, when O'Flynn arrives at the castle he finds the county bailiff, Dooley, waiting to arrest him for the family's outstanding debts. O'Flynn avoids being arrested, though, by telling Dooley that he will lead him to a treasure that is hidden in the castle. Shortly after Benedetta, who, unknown to O'Flynn, is the daughter of the Viceroy of Ireland, arrives at the castle, agents of Bonaparte, posing as lost travelers in the night, appear at the door. The agents have been sent to spy on Benedetta because she is carrying Bonaparte's plans to gain control of England and Ireland, which are to be delivered to her father. Just as the spies are about to attack Benedetta and take the plans, Dooley thwarts their attempt and escapes with Benedetta and O'Flynn. While fleeing, the three are ambushed by Bonapartists, but O'Flynn manages a daring escape. In Dublin, when the plans are safely delivered to the viceroy, O'Flynn is made captain of the Viceroy's army. Later, when O'Flynn discovers that Benedetta's fiancé, Lord Sedgemouth, is a Bonapartist, he engages him in a drunken duel with swords. O'Flynn easily defeats Lord Sedgemouth and vows to continue his pursuit of Benedetta's affections. He also promises to take Castle Knockmore in her honor. Sedgemouth, however, poisons Benedetta's feelings for O'Flynn by having her believe that O'Flynn is having an affair with courtesan Fancy Free. As the battle for the castle commences, O'Flynn, posing as a deserter to the enemy side, is taken to the enemy leader, General Van Dronk. O'Flynn gets the general drunk and later tries to intercept the plans for the takeover of England and Ireland by wearing Van Dronk's uniform and posing as him. The plan nearly works until he is caught by Van Dronk's lieutenant and sent to his execution. The firing squad misses their target, however, and O'Flynn manages to escape to Lord Sedgemouth's quarters. There he enlists the help of Fancy Free to find the attack plans, but Lord Sedgemouth discovers the two and makes an unsuccessfull attempt to shoot O'Flynn. When Benedetta learns that Fancy Free is actually Lord Sedgemouth's mistress, she returns to O'Flynn and kisses him. O'Flynn then accuses Lord Sedgemouth of treason and chases after him. After signalling the approaching Bonapartist ships to reverse course and retreat from Knockmore Castle, O'Flynn engages Lord Sedgemouth in a sword fight, which he wins with help of the Viceroy's troops. Having safeguarded England and Ireland from Bonaparte's attack, Benedetta and O'Flynn kiss.

Film Details

Also Known As
The O'Flynn
Release Date
Feb 1949
Premiere Information
New York opening: week of 25 Feb 1949
Production Company
The Fairbanks Company, Inc.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The O'Flynn by Justin Huntly McCarthy (New York, 1910).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 34m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8,497ft

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Notes

This film, which was alternately reviewed as The O'Flynn, was the first picture to be produced by the newly-formed Fairbanks Co., Inc. The credits in the viewed film appear at the end of the picture. A February 1949 article in New York Times notes that the picture was completed in a record five weeks time due, in part, to rehearsals done on dummy sets prior to filming and having two units shooting simultaneously. Universal borrowed Patricia Medina from M-G-M for the production.