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Errol Flynn : the life and career
McNulty, Thomas, 1955-
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Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, [2004]

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ix, 369 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
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Errol Flynn set the standard for the modern action hero in films like The Adventures of Robin Hood, Dodge City, and The Sea Hawk. This biography follows Flynn from his birth in Tasmania, Australia, in 1909, to his death in Vancouver, Canada, in 1959. Included is analysis of his films, discussion of the 1943 rape trial that changed his life, a survey of the FBI's infamous surveillance, and the first detailed account of his television appearances in the 1950s. First-hand interviews with Flynn's friends and colleagues are complemented by research from FBI files, correspondence, Flynn's diary, and other sources. Illustrated with rare and previously unpublished photographs, the study also gives attention to the historical backgrounds and cultural influences that contributed to Flynn's fame; the work takes an objective and analytical look at the actor's adventurous life. The study includes three appendices, the first being a collection of quotations from various celebrities, from memories of his talent and style to anecdotes about his wild pool parties. The second appendix is a list of the films produced in Hollywood in 1939, the year Flynn held a place in the top ten. The third appendix

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Author and poet Thomas McNulty has published widely in various magazines. He lives in Crystal Lake, Illinois

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The star of many great films, Flynn (1909-50) was a notorious womanizer and drug abuser. McNulty does an admirable job of presenting an accurate portrayal of Flynn in this well-researched book, for which he interviewed numerous contemporaries of the actor. His work distinguishes itself from previous Flynn biographies because it includes information regarding the world premiere of Dodge City, an engaging discussion of Flynn's television work, and fabulous photographs. McNulty acknowledges this is not a definitive study of Flynn: he omits details that would have added to the story, e.g., barely mentioning Charles Higham's vilification of the actor in Errol Flynn: The Untold Story (1980), which alleges that Flynn was a Nazi spy. Accordingly, those seeking a well-rounded perspective on Flynn will want to read John Hammond Moore's The Young Errol (1975); Tony Thomas's Errol Flynn: The Spy Who Never Was (1990), which counters Higham's allegations; and Tony Thomas, Rudy Behlmer, and Clifford McCarty's The Films of Errol Flynn (1969). Flynn was himself a gifted writer: he wrote two novels, magazine and newspaper articles, and an autobiography; a collection of his own writing (From a Life of Adventure, ed. by Tony Thomas) appeared in 1980. ^BSumming Up: Essential. Large film and popular culture collections; all levels. C. McCutcheon University of South Carolina Upstate

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments and a Note on the Photographsp. vii
Prefacep. 1
1. From Tasmania to Hollywood, 1909-1935p. 5
2. Hollywood, 1935-1940p. 29
3. The War Years, 1941-1945p. 115
4. Don Juan, 1946-1949p. 193
5. The Wanderer, 1950-1959p. 233
Afterword: Of Scrapbooks and Ghostsp. 298
Appendix 1 Remembrancesp. 303
Appendix 2 Filmographyp. 314
Notes and Sourcesp. 333
Bibliographyp. 345
Indexp. 355