Adventure's Not an Act with Flynn
Modern Screen, 1936
Errol Flynn has crammed more adventuring into
his life than you can find in the lives of any
hundred ordinary men. Errol squalled his first
challenge to the world on a June day of 1909. His
father, professor of biology at Queen's University,
looked upon the infant, marvelled at the processes
of the science he taught, and wondered how much

baby had inherited of its ancestor, Fletcher Christian,
who led the mutiny on the Bounty. Papa was soon to see,
for young Errol wasn't yet out of his 'teens before he was
a swaggering, roistering, come-what-may and be-damned-to-
consequences adventurer. Still in his 'teens, he
started out to sample what there was in life t make it tangy.
In 1928, he went to Amsterdam, as one of the British Olympic
boxing team. That taste of the world made
him want more -
the next thing he knew, he found himself over in New
Guinea. He asked the British territorial constabulary
officials there if they needed some help. They looked
at his six-feet-two of young brawn, his keen eyes and
his cocky grin and said Yes. And so he spent some time
making the natives behave. For his work he got a decoration which he'll have all the rest of his life. It's a nasty looking scar down one shin, and it's the result of whittling away a lot of flesh where a New Guinea head hunter peevishly sent a poisoned dart from a blowgun into the Flynn leg. Whenever it rains in California, it bothers him. He says that some day
he's going back to New Guinea and shoot a few natives, just to even up.
Next, it was off to the hills of New Guinea to do some prospecting - he wanted gold, and did he find it? The answer is that he did. Today, great gold mining companies fly their men and machinery into the interior of New Guinea to dig out millions in gold. They're digging it out of the spot Flynn found. All he got out of it was ten thousand dollars cash, and forty thousand dollars in stock. He sold the stock for an awful lot less than that, one time when he was broke and in need of cash.

But the cash paid for a boat, and gave him a leisurely stay in Australia. He had a grand time, until he discovered he was broke again. He salvaged enough to buy a dinky tub, and with a friend, sailed back to New Guinea. This time he didn't prospect for gold, but for humans, instead. The mining companies paid him good money for each man he brought out.                                               continue...

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