Shop by the Stars aisle featuring Errol Flynn (1909-1959) vintage movie cards, still photos, ephemera, and other collectibles.
Swashbuckling screen legend born in Tasmania, educated in London before returning to Australia and taking on a series of odd jobs and adventures between there and Papua New Guinea, culminating in his being cast in the Australian-made film In the Wake of the Bounty (1933). From there it was back to England, where he practiced his new craft with the Northampton Repertory Company for several months before being cast in Murder at Monte Carlo (1935) for Warner Bros. Teddington, UK studios. This led to a seven-year contract with WB in Hollywood, an endeavor that began with a couple of small parts before quickly veering into superstardom after Flynn was cast in the title role of adventure hit Captain Blood (1935). It was the first of several features co-starring Olivia de Havilland and directed by Michael Curtiz. The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936), The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), and Dodge City (1939) count among these, with Flynn and de Havilland teamed again for another of Flynn's foremost directors, Raoul Walsh, in They Died with Their Boots On (1941). Flynn also appeared, sans de Havilland, in The Sea Hawk (1940) for Curtiz and, my favorite, Gentleman Jim (1942) as well as Objective, Burma (1945) for Walsh during this most popular phase of his career. Flynn became a US citizen in 1942, but malaria contracted during his youthful adventures was one of a few ailments that kept him out of World War II. He was married three times, first to Lili Damita, who he met on the way to Hollywood; next, Nora Eddington, who he met during his unfortunate 1943 statutory rape trial; and finally, Patrice Wymore, his co-star in Rocky Mountain (1950). Other popular Flynn titles from this latter portion of his career include a very interesting dramatic turn in That Forsyte Woman (1949) for MGM, Kim (1950), The Master of Ballantrae (1953), The Sun Also Rises (1957), and stealing the show as old pal John Barrymore in Too Much, Too Soon (1958). His posthumously published autobiography My Wicked, Wicked Ways is well worth reading.
Birthday: June 20
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