He was a swashbuckler, the biggest heart throb of the late 1930s. His name went into the language of his day. If you scored you were “in like Flynn.”
Errol Flynn, the stylish star of the Golden Age of Hollywood, would naturally have a stylish automobile. And he did. He is in his Auburn Speedster.
Hello, everybody. Joe Morella and Frank Segers, your classic movie guys, back with another Motoring Mondays featurette.
As shown above, Flynn is parked in front of his English-style home. Although he was born in Australia, most people thought of him as British. And he, of course, spoke English so beautifully, with just a trace of a British, not Aussie, accent.
Known as the “Tasmanian Devil,” Flynn was born on that southern Australian island in 1909, and before he was 25, he was making movies in Australia and after that in Hollywood. At about the time the above photo was taken, he was starring in such action-packed movies as Captain Blood, The Charge of the Light Brigade and his signature film, The Adventures of Robin Hood.
That Auburn Speedster Flynn is sporting was a product of Indiana manufacturing dating back to the late 19th century. It was too expensive to be a mass seller, so production of the Auburns ceased after 1937.
Besides driving his spiffy Speedster, Flynn seemed to have indulged himself in two familiar Hollywood passions: young women and booze.
The amounts of alcohol he consumed — and still showed up for on on the set the following morning — were impressive even by the heavy-drinking standards of the day. His preference for teenage girls was also widely known. Flynn’s second wife, Nora Eddington, was just 18 when they wed.
Flynn was married three times, the last to actress Patrice Wymore, who suffered through the actor’s downward physical spiral at the end. He died in 1959, at the age of 50.