Following hard on the heels of yesterday’s post on suave star Rudolph Valentino, today we’ll revisit another debonair leading man from early Hollywood….
Did you know that when Errol Flynn penned his autobiography, he wanted to entitle it “In Like Me“? Personally, I think this is one of the most brilliant & hilarious titles ever, but the publishing company (insisting upon a little more decorum) re-titled it “My Wicked, Wicked Ways“.
Errol Flynn genuinely was from Tasmania (I know, it’s all just too much, isn’t it?), and he certainly made a name for himself out of being devil-may-care… hence the famous “in like Flynn” expression. 😉
If Flynn was one of your very first classic-movie crushes, you are in excellent company (including mine!). And he certainly reeled in the lasses during his heyday, with his air of derring-do and his notorious way with the ladies.
So, for all you modern gents out there: are you ready to prove your Flynn-worthiness? Step one, make your way to the wardrobe department and get suited up in something appropriately historical:
And next, here’s a quick quiz, followed by some pointers:
First off, can you look equally manly wearing…
1) Elizabethan pumpkin pants
2) multi-coloured satin & velvet
3) a feathery hat & spangled breeches
4) or bright green leggings?
If so, then you are already well on your way!
In order to achieve full Flynnishness, though, you must accessorize with the following:
1) one or more items of weaponry, skilfully handled
2) an expression either noble, cheeky, or come-hither
4) a cocky stance (ahem)
5) a clinging woman (preferably Olivia de Havilland)
Finally, top it off with one of the most gleaming grins in Hollywood:
And there you have it!
According to the publicity –>
you are now officially a
In like Flynn.
P.S. I have waxed on, in previous posts, about my fondness for hussar-type jackets. Add a dash(ing) of Flynn to this, and voilà! Something that could arguably be as verboten as the title “In Like Me”….
A list of films featured in this post:
Captain Blood (1935), The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936), The Prince and the Pauper (1937), The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939), Dodge City (1939), The Sea Hawk (1940), Santa Fe Trail (1940), They Died with Their Boots On (1941), The Adventures of Don Juan (1948)