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In the Wake of the Bounty (1933) Errol Flynn's first film, recounting the aftermath of the mutiny on the British ship Bounty in 1788. Flynn, in a blond wig, portrayed Fletcher Christian, leader of the mutiny, to whom he reputedly was related. photo

Murder at Monte Carlo (1934) Flynn's first American film and the first of his contract with Warner Brothers. He got second billing in the film, shot in England where he had been appearing on the stage. He played a newspaper reporter involved in a murder mystery. photo
The Case of the Curious Bride (1935) Flynn's second film for Warner Brothers was his first made in America. He got thirteenth billing in a standard murder mystery starring Warren William and Margaret Lindsay. He plays a blackmailer who is killed for his efforts. photo
Don't Bet on Blondes (1935) Flynn received sixth billing in this B picture. His two scenes total all of five minutes - he plays a society playboy smitten with the daughter (Claire Dodd) of a wealthy Kentucky colonel (Guy Kibbee).
Captain Blood (1935) (v) Flynn catapulted to stardom in the title role of this rousing adventure based on Rafael Sabatini's popular novel. Doctor Peter Blood, wrongly accused of treason and sold into slavery, escapes and turns to piracy on the high seas. The twenty-six-year-old Flynn's performance is truly amazing for a starring debut - what he lacked in experience he makes up for with sheer magnetism and bravura. Basil Rathbone co-stars, as well as Olivia deHavilland (at age 19) - the first of eight films she would make with Flynn. photos
The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936) (v) Heroic action film tells a Hollywood version of British military in the Crimean War and the famous charge glorified in Tennyson's poem. Flynn is dashing as Major Geoffrey Vickers, fighting the evil Surat Khan as well as embroiled in a triangle with his fianceé (Olivia deHavilland) and his own brother (Patric Knowles). photos
The Green Light (1937) In one of the minor and non-costume films of his career, Flynn plays a noble doctor in a story adapted from the inspirational novel by Lloyd C. Douglas. Anita Louise and Margaret LIndsay co-star. photo
The Prince and the Pauper (1937) (v) As Miles Hendon, a loyal subject of the British Crown, Flynn played second fiddle to twins Billy and Bobby Mauch in the 1937 screen adaptation of Mark Twain's classic tale. photos
Another Dawn (1937) This one might have been titled "Another Yawn" as far as Flynn and his public were concerned. He played a British army officer in love with his commander's wife (Kay Francis) in a remote Sahara outpost. The plot was awful, but hardest of all to believe was that Flynn had to take second-billing to Francis, then queen of Warner Brothers' three-handkerchief movies. photo
The Perfect Specimen (1937) Flynn plays a sheltered young rich man who is introduced to the wider world by Joan Blondell in this film, his first light comedy. In one scene he did some boxing, which led studio publicists to invent the fantasy that he had represented Australia as a boxer in the 1928 Olympics. photos
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) (v) Warners finally found the right role for Flynn after his success as "Captain Blood" three years earlier. Robin Hood became his signature heroic role, and the film's lush Technicolor cinematography, tight direction by Michael Curtiz, and superb score by Erich Wolfgang Korngold all combine to make this truly a timeless classic. Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone and Claude Rains are among Flynn's co-stars. photos
The Sisters (1938) (v) Viewed today, Flynn's performance as Bette Davis' weak alcoholic husband in this story of 1906 San Francisco is well done - but at the time of its release audiences had trouble accepting their hero as a loser. photos
Four's a Crowd (1938) Flynn shows a deft touch at comedy in this zany screwball farce. He's a scheming publicist juggling dizzy rich girl Olivia deHavilland and determined reporter Rosalind Russell, while confused editor Patric Knowles looks on. Enjoyable, albeit somewhat mindless, fun. photos
Dawn Patrol (1938) (v) Flynn scored again as a British air command captain in one of the best World War I aviation films. David Niven and Basil Rathbone co-star. photos
Dodge City (1939) (v) Flynn's first western, filmed in color, established him as one of the screen's most believable Western heroes. His co-stars include Olivia de Havilland, Bruce Cabot and Ann Sheridan in this thoroughly enjoyable movie. photos
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939) In this grandly mounted production, Flynn plays the ambitious Earl of Essex, literally losing his head over his domineering queen (Bette Davis). The two stars disliked each other so much that when Warners offered to finance producer David O. Selznick's "Gone With the Wind" if he cast Davis as Scarlett O'Hara and Flynn as Rhett Butler, she refused although it was a highly coveted role. photos
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