Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Rory Flynn

Robert Osbourne sits down tonight with a guest, that being Rory Flynn, the daughter of actor Errol Flynn. TCM are going to be showing five of Flynn's movies, with Rory discussing the movies, and her father, with Robert. (At least, there are five movies on the schedule; I don't know if Robert and whoever he has as a guest generally do intros for more than the first four movies on most nights.)

The night kicks off at 8:00 PM with Objective, Burma!, which has Flynn as an American army officer fighting in the Burma campaign in World War II. I seem to recall reading once that this movie got the British dander up, since it was the British and not the Americans doing most of the fighting in Southeast Asia during World War II. Flynn, having been born in Australia, could plausibly have played somebody fighting for British Empire forces, but finding enough other actors in Hollywood to play British alongside him might have been difficult. The C. Aubrey Smiths of the world were a bit too old to play in a movie like Objective, Burma!

Next up at 10:30 PM is the venerable The Adventures of Robin Hood. Granted, many of the actors here aren't particularly British either, but then the British of the day wouldn't have been speaking modern English. And besides, The Adventures of Robin Hood is just so damn fun!

At 12:30 AM, you can watch Gentleman Jim, a biopic about boxer James Corbett, who was the heavyweight boxing champion of the world at the end of the 19th century. I don't know exactly how truthful this one is; also in the cast are Alexis Smith as the love interest and Jack Carson as Corbett's best friend.

Finally we get a western. At 2:30 AM, TCM will be showing Rocky Mountain, which stars Flynn as a Confederate soldier trying to recruit more troops out west. This movie also stars Patrice Wymore, who was Flynn's wife (I think his last wife; I can't remember the order of his marriages).

Rounding out the night of Flynn's movies is Never Say Goodbye at 4:00 AM. This one has Flynn playing the estranged husband of Eleanor Parker and trying to win her back.

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