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The King of the Swashbuckler: Errol Flynn and His Early Screen Persona

The dashing, daring Errol Flynn was certainly not Hollywood’s first swashbuckling hero. Douglas Fairbanks Sr. originated the swashbuckler type in the silent era, starring in films such as The Mark of Zorro (1920) and Robin Hood (1922), but Flynn would go on to establish his own distinct and definitive hero, particularly in the historical action films of his early career. While his films are still significant, Errol Flynn as the ailing, troubled figure of his tragic later years pervades the public’s understanding of him today. A common belief posited by actor Christopher Lee in the 2007 documentary Tasmanian Devil: The Fast and Furious Life of Errol Flynn, asserts, “[Flynn’s] films are the least interesting thing about him.” It was his films however, that captured the public’s attention and fascination in the first place; his image and persona augmented by Warner Bros. construction of his real-life adventures.  It was those real life experiences and Flynn’s adventurous spirit that were used to the studio’s advantage to add a larger-than-life air to his films. Were his films not …