He’s the original swashbuckler — Errol Flynn ruled Hollywood in the 1930s and ’40s and made wearing tights look really manly. He played pirates, courtiers, soldiers, cowboys, and was always a dashing leading man. His off-screen life was full of excess and indulgence in booze, drugs, and sex (including trials for statutory rape), and he died relatively young at age 50.
While Errol Flynn’s historical costume movies don’t stick too close to historical fact and the costumes tend to be cartoony, I love watching them as pure entertainment. Hollywood used Flynn for big, brash flicks that jumped from sword-fighting action to romance and back again, and everything was wrapped up in a flashy ye-olde-timey bow. Let’s have a Man Candy Monday that’s in like Flynn!
What’s your favorite Errol Flynn historical costume movie?