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The quintessential lighthearted action film hero. '''Errol Flynn''''s (1909-1959) very first film role was a bit part as Fletcher Christian in an Australian documentary, ''In the Wake of the'' Bounty, in 1933; the next year he played his first Hollywood part, the nearly silent role of a murder victim seen alive only in flashback in the ''Franchise/PerryMason'' mystery, ''The Case of the Curious Bride''. When English actor Robert Donat bowed out of ''Film/CaptainBlood'' for reasons of illness, the newcomer Flynn was cast in the part of the adventurous Peter Blood. Flynn was catapulted to instant superstardom with practically no prior roles in movies whatsoever. This was in stark contrast to the practice of the time, when nearly every other actor had to play bit parts and supporting roles for years before he became a star. He was popular not only in swashbucklers, but, oddly enough, in Westerns like ''Santa Fe Trail,'' (wherein he played a [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent British-accented]] J.E.B. Stuart) ''San Antonio,''''Silver River,'' and ''They Died With Their Boots On'' (in which he played a [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent British-accented]] George Armstrong Custer) as well, besides war films such as ''Dive Bomber,'' ''Desperate Journey,'' and ''Objective: Burma!'' -- Flynn even did a dancing and singing stint in the Warners' all-star morale-booster, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DydLj5UsQuQ Thank Your Lucky Stars]].'' For a few years there was no bigger star in Hollywood.

Flynn himself had a bit of a "live fast, die young" attitude that befit stars back then as ill as it does today, and eventually led to him getting fewer and fewer roles as he became less and less reliable and handsome and more and more a drunkard. He lived life to the extreme, as is evidenced by his statutory rape trial in 1942, which led to the coinage of the expression "In like Flynn". Among his other passions were boating, fighting, and drinking. (When told that he could not bring alcohol to the movie set any longer he started to eat lots and lots of oranges... that he had previously injected with vodka.) He died at the age of fifty, after he had finally gotten a few roles (such as in Ernest Hemingway's ''The Sun Also Rises'' and ''Too Much, Too Soon'', a {{Biopic}} of Flynn's friend, John Barrymore) that showed that he could indeed act in serious roles as opposed to merely [[{{Swashbuckler}} swashbuckling]].

He was often paired with Creator/OliviaDeHavilland, [[ThoseTwoActors costarring with her in eight films]]. De Havilland claimed to have an unrequited crush on him, [[FlipFlopOfGod though interviews are inconsistent]] on whether [[ObliviousToLove he never noticed]] or reciprocated once only to be turned down because he was still married.

Among films set in classic periods of adventure, such as those of the Caribbean pirates of [[TheCavalierYears the 17th century]] or RobinHood, with high romantic flavor and [[{{Swashbuckler}} swashbuckling]] action played straight, ErrolFlynn's films, such as ''Film/CaptainBlood'', ''Film/TheAdventuresOfRobinHood'', and ''Film/TheSeaHawk'', set the gold standard.

Also the TropeNamer for {{Flynning}}.
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!!Films in Which Errol Flynn Appeared Include:
* ''In the Wake of the Bounty'' (1933) as Fletcher Christian
* ''The Case of the Curious Bride'' (1935) as Gregory Moxley
* ''Film/CaptainBlood'' (1935) as Peter Blood
* ''The Charge of the Light Brigade'' (1936) as Major Geoffrey Vickers
* ''The Prince and the Pauper'' (1937) as Miles Hendon
* ''Another Dawn'' (1937) as Captain Denny Roark
* ''The Perfect Specimen'' (1937) as Gerald Beresford Wicks
* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfRobinHood'' (1938) as Sir Robin of Locksley, [-AKA-] RobinHood
* ''The Dawn Patrol'' (1938) as Captain Courtney
* ''Dodge City'' (1939) as Wade Hatton
* ''The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex'' (1939) as Robert Devereaux, Earl of Essex
* ''Virginia City'' (1940) as Captain Kerry Bradford
* ''Film/TheSeaHawk'' (1940) as Captain Geoffrey Thorpe
* ''Santa Fe Trail'' (1940) as J.E.B. Stuart
* ''Dive Bomber'' (1941) as Lieutenant Douglas S. "Doug" Lee, MD
* ''They Died with Their Boots On'' (1941) as George Armstrong Custer
* ''Desperate Journey'' (1942) as Flight Lieutenant Terrence "Terry" Forbes
* ''Gentleman Jim'' (1942) as James J. "Gentleman Jim" Corbett
* ''Edge of Darkness'' (1943) as Gunnar Brogge
* ''Northern Pursuit'' (1943) as Corporal Steve Wagner
* ''Thank Your Lucky Stars'' (1943) as Himself
* ''Uncertain Glory'' (1944) as Jean Picard
* ''Objective, Burma!'' (1945) as Captain Nelson
* ''San Antonio'' (1945) as Clay Hardin
* ''Escape Me Never'' (1947) as Sebastian Dubrok
* ''Silver River'' (1948) as "Mike" [=McComb=]
* ''Adventures of Don Juan'' (1948) as Don Juan Tenorio
* ''That Forsyte Woman'' (1949) as Soames Forsyte
* ''Montana'' (1950) as Morgan Lane
* ''Rocky Mountain'' (1950) as Captain Lafe Barstow
* ''Kim'' (1950) as Mahbub Ali, the Red Beard
* ''Adventures of Captain Fabian'' (1951) as Captain Michael Fabian
* ''Against All Flags'' (1952) as Brian Hawke
* ''The Master of Ballantrae'' (1953) as Jamie Durie
* ''The Dark Avenger'' (1955) as Prince Edward
* ''King's Rhapsody'' (1955) as Richard, King of Laurentia
* ''Istanbul'' (1957) as James Brennan
* ''The Sun Also Rises'' (1957) as Mike Campbell
* ''Too Much, Too Soon'' (1958) as John Barrymore
* ''Cuban Rebel Girls'' (1959) as The American Correspondent

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The quintessential lighthearted action film hero. '''Errol Flynn''''s (1909-1959) very first film role was a bit part as Fletcher Christian in an Australian documentary, ''In the Wake of the'' Bounty, in 1933; the next year he played his first Hollywood part, the nearly silent role of a murder victim seen alive only in flashback in the ''Franchise/PerryMason'' mystery, ''The Case of the Curious Bride''. When English actor Robert Donat bowed out of ''Film/CaptainBlood'' for reasons of illness, the newcomer Flynn was cast in the part of the adventurous Peter Blood. Flynn was catapulted to instant superstardom with practically no prior roles in movies whatsoever. This was in stark contrast to the practice of the time, when nearly every other actor had to play bit parts and supporting roles for years before he became a star. He was popular not only in swashbucklers, but, oddly enough, in Westerns like ''Santa Fe Trail,'' (wherein he played a [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent British-accented]] J.E.B. Stuart) ''San Antonio,''''Silver River,'' and ''They Died With Their Boots On'' (in which he played a [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent British-accented]] George Armstrong Custer) as well, besides war films such as ''Dive Bomber,'' ''Desperate Journey,'' and ''Objective: Burma!'' -- Flynn even did a dancing and singing stint in the Warners' all-star morale-booster, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DydLj5UsQuQ Thank Your Lucky Stars]].'' For a few years there was no bigger star in Hollywood.

Flynn himself had a bit of a "live fast, die young" attitude that befit stars back then as ill as it does today, and eventually led to him getting fewer and fewer roles as he became less and less reliable and handsome and more and more a drunkard. He lived life to the extreme, as is evidenced by his statutory rape trial in 1942, which led to the coinage of the expression "In like Flynn". Among his other passions were boating, fighting, and drinking. (When told that he could not bring alcohol to the movie set any longer he started to eat lots and lots of oranges... that he had previously injected with vodka.) He died at the age of fifty, after he had finally gotten a few roles (such as in Ernest Hemingway's ''The Sun Also Rises'' and ''Too Much, Too Soon'', a {{Biopic}} of Flynn's friend, John Barrymore) that showed that he could indeed act in serious roles as opposed to merely [[{{Swashbuckler}} swashbuckling]].

He was often paired with Creator/OliviaDeHavilland, [[ThoseTwoActors costarring with her in eight films]]. De Havilland claimed to have an unrequited crush on him, [[FlipFlopOfGod though interviews are inconsistent]] on whether [[ObliviousToLove he never noticed]] or reciprocated once only to be turned down because he was still married.

Among films set in classic periods of adventure, such as those of the Caribbean pirates of [[TheCavalierYears the 17th century]] or RobinHood, with high romantic flavor and [[{{Swashbuckler}} swashbuckling]] action played straight, ErrolFlynn's films, such as ''Film/CaptainBlood'', ''Film/TheAdventuresOfRobinHood'', and ''Film/TheSeaHawk'', set the gold standard.

Also the TropeNamer for {{Flynning}}.
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!!Films in Which Errol Flynn Appeared Include:
* ''In the Wake of the Bounty'' (1933) as Fletcher Christian
* ''The Case of the Curious Bride'' (1935) as Gregory Moxley
* ''Film/CaptainBlood'' (1935) as Peter Blood
* ''The Charge of the Light Brigade'' (1936) as Major Geoffrey Vickers
* ''The Prince and the Pauper'' (1937) as Miles Hendon
* ''Another Dawn'' (1937) as Captain Denny Roark
* ''The Perfect Specimen'' (1937) as Gerald Beresford Wicks
* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfRobinHood'' (1938) as Sir Robin of Locksley, [-AKA-] RobinHood
* ''The Dawn Patrol'' (1938) as Captain Courtney
* ''Dodge City'' (1939) as Wade Hatton
* ''The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex'' (1939) as Robert Devereaux, Earl of Essex
* ''Virginia City'' (1940) as Captain Kerry Bradford
* ''Film/TheSeaHawk'' (1940) as Captain Geoffrey Thorpe
* ''Santa Fe Trail'' (1940) as J.E.B. Stuart
* ''Dive Bomber'' (1941) as Lieutenant Douglas S. "Doug" Lee, MD
* ''They Died with Their Boots On'' (1941) as George Armstrong Custer
* ''Desperate Journey'' (1942) as Flight Lieutenant Terrence "Terry" Forbes
* ''Gentleman Jim'' (1942) as James J. "Gentleman Jim" Corbett
* ''Edge of Darkness'' (1943) as Gunnar Brogge
* ''Northern Pursuit'' (1943) as Corporal Steve Wagner
* ''Thank Your Lucky Stars'' (1943) as Himself
* ''Uncertain Glory'' (1944) as Jean Picard
* ''Objective, Burma!'' (1945) as Captain Nelson
* ''San Antonio'' (1945) as Clay Hardin
* ''Escape Me Never'' (1947) as Sebastian Dubrok
* ''Silver River'' (1948) as "Mike" [=McComb=]
* ''Adventures of Don Juan'' (1948) as Don Juan Tenorio
* ''That Forsyte Woman'' (1949) as Soames Forsyte
* ''Montana'' (1950) as Morgan Lane
* ''Rocky Mountain'' (1950) as Captain Lafe Barstow
* ''Kim'' (1950) as Mahbub Ali, the Red Beard
* ''Adventures of Captain Fabian'' (1951) as Captain Michael Fabian
* ''Against All Flags'' (1952) as Brian Hawke
* ''The Master of Ballantrae'' (1953) as Jamie Durie
* ''The Dark Avenger'' (1955) as Prince Edward
* ''King's Rhapsody'' (1955) as Richard, King of Laurentia
* ''Istanbul'' (1957) as James Brennan
* ''The Sun Also Rises'' (1957) as Mike Campbell
* ''Too Much, Too Soon'' (1958) as John Barrymore
* ''Cuban Rebel Girls'' (1959) as The American Correspondent

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1st Mar '13 12:55:51 AM Xtifr
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The quintessential lighthearted action film hero. '''Errol Flynn''''s (1909-1959) very first film role was a bit part as Fletcher Christian in an Australian documentary, ''In the Wake of the'' Bounty, in 1933; the next year he played his first Hollywood part, the nearly silent role of a murder victim seen alive only in flashback in the PerryMason mystery, ''The Case of the Curious Bride''. When English actor Robert Donat bowed out of ''Film/CaptainBlood'' for reasons of illness, the newcomer Flynn was cast in the part of the adventurous Peter Blood. Flynn was catapulted to instant superstardom with practically no prior roles in movies whatsoever. This was in stark contrast to the practice of the time, when nearly every other actor had to play bit parts and supporting roles for years before he became a star. He was popular not only in swashbucklers, but, oddly enough, in Westerns like ''Santa Fe Trail,'' (wherein he played a [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent British-accented]] J.E.B. Stuart) ''San Antonio,''''Silver River,'' and ''They Died With Their Boots On'' (in which he played a [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent British-accented]] George Armstrong Custer) as well, besides war films such as ''Dive Bomber,'' ''Desperate Journey,'' and ''Objective: Burma!'' -- Flynn even did a dancing and singing stint in the Warners' all-star morale-booster, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DydLj5UsQuQ Thank Your Lucky Stars]].'' For a few years there was no bigger star in Hollywood.

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The quintessential lighthearted action film hero. '''Errol Flynn''''s (1909-1959) very first film role was a bit part as Fletcher Christian in an Australian documentary, ''In the Wake of the'' Bounty, in 1933; the next year he played his first Hollywood part, the nearly silent role of a murder victim seen alive only in flashback in the PerryMason ''Franchise/PerryMason'' mystery, ''The Case of the Curious Bride''. When English actor Robert Donat bowed out of ''Film/CaptainBlood'' for reasons of illness, the newcomer Flynn was cast in the part of the adventurous Peter Blood. Flynn was catapulted to instant superstardom with practically no prior roles in movies whatsoever. This was in stark contrast to the practice of the time, when nearly every other actor had to play bit parts and supporting roles for years before he became a star. He was popular not only in swashbucklers, but, oddly enough, in Westerns like ''Santa Fe Trail,'' (wherein he played a [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent British-accented]] J.E.B. Stuart) ''San Antonio,''''Silver River,'' and ''They Died With Their Boots On'' (in which he played a [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent British-accented]] George Armstrong Custer) as well, besides war films such as ''Dive Bomber,'' ''Desperate Journey,'' and ''Objective: Burma!'' -- Flynn even did a dancing and singing stint in the Warners' all-star morale-booster, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DydLj5UsQuQ Thank Your Lucky Stars]].'' For a few years there was no bigger star in Hollywood.
16th Dec '12 4:40:04 PM Geoduck
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He was often paired with Creator/OliviaDeHavilland, [[ThoseTwoActors costarring with her in eight films]]. De Havilland claimed to have an unrequited crush on him, [[FlipFlopOfGod though interviews are consistent]] on whether [[ObliviousToLove he never noticed]] or reciprocated once only to be turned down because he was still married.

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He was often paired with Creator/OliviaDeHavilland, [[ThoseTwoActors costarring with her in eight films]]. De Havilland claimed to have an unrequited crush on him, [[FlipFlopOfGod though interviews are consistent]] inconsistent]] on whether [[ObliviousToLove he never noticed]] or reciprocated once only to be turned down because he was still married.
16th Dec '12 4:30:57 PM Tuckerscreator
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[[ThoseTwoActors He was often paired with]] Creator/OliviaDeHavilland, costarring with her in eight films. De Havilland claimed to have an unrequited crush on him, [[FlipFlopOfGod though interviews are consistent]] on whether [[ObliviousToLove he never noticed]] or reciprocated once only to be turned down because he was still married.

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[[ThoseTwoActors He was often paired with]] with Creator/OliviaDeHavilland, [[ThoseTwoActors costarring with her in eight films.films]]. De Havilland claimed to have an unrequited crush on him, [[FlipFlopOfGod though interviews are consistent]] on whether [[ObliviousToLove he never noticed]] or reciprocated once only to be turned down because he was still married.
16th Dec '12 4:30:27 PM Tuckerscreator
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[[ThoseTwoActors he was often paired with]] Creator/OliviaDeHavilland, costarring with her in eight films. De Havilland claimed to have an unrequited crush on him, [[FlipFlopOfGod though interviews are consistent]] on whether [[ObliviousToLove he never noticed]] or reciprocated once only to be turned down because he was still married.

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[[ThoseTwoActors he He was often paired with]] Creator/OliviaDeHavilland, costarring with her in eight films. De Havilland claimed to have an unrequited crush on him, [[FlipFlopOfGod though interviews are consistent]] on whether [[ObliviousToLove he never noticed]] or reciprocated once only to be turned down because he was still married.
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[[ThoseTwoActors he was often paired with]] Creator/OliviaDeHavilland, costarring with her in eight films. De Havilland claimed to have an unrequited crush on him, [[FlipFlopOfGod though interviews are consistent]] on whether [[ObliviousToLove he never noticed]] or reciprocated once only to be turned down because he was still married.
10th Jul '12 9:15:35 PM Qussow
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The quintessential lighthearted action film hero. '''Errol Flynn''''s (1909-1959) very first film role was a bit part as Fletcher Christian in an Australian documentary, ''In the Wake of the'' Bounty, in 1933; the next year he played his first Hollywood part, the nearly silent role of a murder victim seen alive only in flashback in the PerryMason mystery, ''The Case of the Curious Bride''. When English actor Robert Donat bowed out of ''Film/CaptainBlood'' for reasons of illness, the newcomer Flynn was cast in the part of the adventurous Peter Blood. Flynn was catapulted to instant superstardom with practically no prior roles in movies whatsoever. This was in stark contrast to the practice of the time, when nearly every other actor had to play bit parts and supporting roles for years before he became a star. He was popular not only in swashbucklers, but, oddly enough, in Westerns like ''Santa Fe Trail,'' (wherein he played a [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent British-accented]] J.E.B. Stuart) ''San Antonio,''''Silver River,'' and ''They Died With Their Boots On'' (in which he played a [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent British-accented]] George Armstrong Custer) as well, besides war films such as ''Dive Bonber,'' ''Desperate Journey,'' and ''Objective: Burma!'' -- Flynn even did a dancing and singing stint in the Warners' all-star morale-booster, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DydLj5UsQuQ Thank Your Lucky Stars]].'' For a few years there was no bigger star in Hollywood.

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The quintessential lighthearted action film hero. '''Errol Flynn''''s (1909-1959) very first film role was a bit part as Fletcher Christian in an Australian documentary, ''In the Wake of the'' Bounty, in 1933; the next year he played his first Hollywood part, the nearly silent role of a murder victim seen alive only in flashback in the PerryMason mystery, ''The Case of the Curious Bride''. When English actor Robert Donat bowed out of ''Film/CaptainBlood'' for reasons of illness, the newcomer Flynn was cast in the part of the adventurous Peter Blood. Flynn was catapulted to instant superstardom with practically no prior roles in movies whatsoever. This was in stark contrast to the practice of the time, when nearly every other actor had to play bit parts and supporting roles for years before he became a star. He was popular not only in swashbucklers, but, oddly enough, in Westerns like ''Santa Fe Trail,'' (wherein he played a [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent British-accented]] J.E.B. Stuart) ''San Antonio,''''Silver River,'' and ''They Died With Their Boots On'' (in which he played a [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent British-accented]] George Armstrong Custer) as well, besides war films such as ''Dive Bonber,'' Bomber,'' ''Desperate Journey,'' and ''Objective: Burma!'' -- Flynn even did a dancing and singing stint in the Warners' all-star morale-booster, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DydLj5UsQuQ Thank Your Lucky Stars]].'' For a few years there was no bigger star in Hollywood.
3rd Jul '12 4:47:23 PM CaptainCrawdad
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The quintessential lighthearted action film hero. '''ErrolFlynn''''s (1909-1959) very first film role was a bit part as Fletcher Christian in an Australian documentary, ''In the Wake of the'' Bounty, in 1933; the next year he played his first Hollywood part, the nearly silent role of a murder victim seen alive only in flashback in the PerryMason mystery, ''The Case of the Curious Bride''. When English actor Robert Donat bowed out of ''Film/CaptainBlood'' for reasons of illness, the newcomer Flynn was cast in the part of the adventurous Peter Blood. Flynn was catapulted to instant superstardom with practically no prior roles in movies whatsoever. This was in stark contrast to the practice of the time, when nearly every other actor had to play bit parts and supporting roles for years before he became a star. He was popular not only in swashbucklers, but, oddly enough, in Westerns like ''Santa Fe Trail,'' (wherein he played a [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent British-accented]] J.E.B. Stuart) ''San Antonio,''''Silver River,'' and ''They Died With Their Boots On'' (in which he played a [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent British-accented]] George Armstrong Custer) as well, besides war films such as ''Dive Bonber,'' ''Desperate Journey,'' and ''Objective: Burma!'' -- Flynn even did a dancing and singing stint in the Warners' all-star morale-booster, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DydLj5UsQuQ Thank Your Lucky Stars]].'' For a few years there was no bigger star in Hollywood.

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The quintessential lighthearted action film hero. '''ErrolFlynn''''s '''Errol Flynn''''s (1909-1959) very first film role was a bit part as Fletcher Christian in an Australian documentary, ''In the Wake of the'' Bounty, in 1933; the next year he played his first Hollywood part, the nearly silent role of a murder victim seen alive only in flashback in the PerryMason mystery, ''The Case of the Curious Bride''. When English actor Robert Donat bowed out of ''Film/CaptainBlood'' for reasons of illness, the newcomer Flynn was cast in the part of the adventurous Peter Blood. Flynn was catapulted to instant superstardom with practically no prior roles in movies whatsoever. This was in stark contrast to the practice of the time, when nearly every other actor had to play bit parts and supporting roles for years before he became a star. He was popular not only in swashbucklers, but, oddly enough, in Westerns like ''Santa Fe Trail,'' (wherein he played a [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent British-accented]] J.E.B. Stuart) ''San Antonio,''''Silver River,'' and ''They Died With Their Boots On'' (in which he played a [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent British-accented]] George Armstrong Custer) as well, besides war films such as ''Dive Bonber,'' ''Desperate Journey,'' and ''Objective: Burma!'' -- Flynn even did a dancing and singing stint in the Warners' all-star morale-booster, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DydLj5UsQuQ Thank Your Lucky Stars]].'' For a few years there was no bigger star in Hollywood.
4th Jul '11 8:45:15 PM PaulA
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Among films set in classic periods of adventure, such as those of the Caribbean pirates of [[TheCavalierYears the 17th century]] or RobinHood, with high romantic flavor and [[{{Swashbuckler}} swashbuckling]] action played straight, ErrolFlynn's films, such as ''Film/CaptainBlood'', ''TheAdventuresOfRobinHood'', and ''Film/TheSeaHawk'', set the gold standard.

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Among films set in classic periods of adventure, such as those of the Caribbean pirates of [[TheCavalierYears the 17th century]] or RobinHood, with high romantic flavor and [[{{Swashbuckler}} swashbuckling]] action played straight, ErrolFlynn's films, such as ''Film/CaptainBlood'', ''TheAdventuresOfRobinHood'', ''Film/TheAdventuresOfRobinHood'', and ''Film/TheSeaHawk'', set the gold standard.



* ''TheAdventuresOfRobinHood'' (1938) as Sir Robin of Locksley, [-AKA-] RobinHood

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* ''TheAdventuresOfRobinHood'' ''Film/TheAdventuresOfRobinHood'' (1938) as Sir Robin of Locksley, [-AKA-] RobinHood
4th Oct '10 7:50:02 PM Tannhaeuser
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Flynn himself had a bit of a "live fast, die young" attitude that befit stars back then as ill as it does today, and eventually led to him getting fewer and fewer roles as he became less and less reliable and handsome and more and more a drunkard. He lived life to the extreme, as is evidenced by his statutory rape trial in 1942, which led to the coinage of the expression "In like Flynn". Among his other passions were boating, fighting, and drinking. (When told that he could not bring alcohol to the movie set any longer he started to eat lots and lots of oranges... that he had previously injected with vodka.) He died at the age of fifty, after he had finally gotten a few roles (such as in Ernest Hemingway's ''The Sun Also Rises'' and ''Too Much, Too Soon'', a {{Biopic}} of Flynn's friend, John Barrymore) that showed that he could indeed act in serious roles as opposed to merely [[{{Swashsbuckler}} swashbuckling]].

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Flynn himself had a bit of a "live fast, die young" attitude that befit stars back then as ill as it does today, and eventually led to him getting fewer and fewer roles as he became less and less reliable and handsome and more and more a drunkard. He lived life to the extreme, as is evidenced by his statutory rape trial in 1942, which led to the coinage of the expression "In like Flynn". Among his other passions were boating, fighting, and drinking. (When told that he could not bring alcohol to the movie set any longer he started to eat lots and lots of oranges... that he had previously injected with vodka.) He died at the age of fifty, after he had finally gotten a few roles (such as in Ernest Hemingway's ''The Sun Also Rises'' and ''Too Much, Too Soon'', a {{Biopic}} of Flynn's friend, John Barrymore) that showed that he could indeed act in serious roles as opposed to merely [[{{Swashsbuckler}} [[{{Swashbuckler}} swashbuckling]].
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