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TCM Greatest Classic Film Collection: Legends - Errol Flynn (The Adventures of Robin Hood / Captain Blood / The Sea Hawk / Adventures of Don Juan)
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February 1, 2011
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THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (1938) - Winner of 3 Academy Awards* - Dashing Errol Flynn triumphs in this lavish version of the Robin Hood saga. Olivia de Havilland (as Maid Marian), supreme villains Basil Rathbone and Claude Rains and a boisterous who’s who of character actors co-star. Welcome to Sherwood! CAPTAIN BLOOD (1935) Flynn skyrocketed to stardom as a 17th-century physician turned pirate after escaping unjust political imprisonment. Radiant Olivia de Havilland co-stars in the first of their eight films together. Michael Curtiz directs. THE SEA HAWK (1940) Cannons thunder, blades clatter and Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s dyamic music swirls as Flynn plays a seagoing rogue who commandeers a 40-gun galleon, endures captivity, then boldly escapes to warn England of Spain’s armada. ADVENTURES OF DON JUAN (1948) - Academy Award* Winner - In this later-career swashbuckler, Flynn is a warmer, wittier version of his earlier characters as he rescues the Spanish queen (Viveca Lindfors) from the snares of an evil duke.
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The stories of The Sea Hawk (1940) and Don Juan (1948), besides being romantic, also involve a great deal of political intrigue. The Sea Hawk comprises the period of strained relations between Spain and England just prior to the defeat of the Spanish Armada (this event is not part of the movie). It has an interesting Queen Elizabeth, comparable to the one in the 1999 Elizabeth movie, a multi-dimensional character who must struggle between doing the best for her people, and sustaining peace because of economic convenience. The actress Brenda Marshall plays Flynn's love interest albeit the action and intrigue downplay the romance here. Don Juan encompasses a period where there are good relations between England and Spain, the setting is in the Spanish castle, since Don Juan is Spanish, and the conflict is with a close adviser to the Spanish King who wants to become king by waging war on England. This film makes a good balance between romance, action, and political intrigue. I find Viveca Linfors delicious in her role of Queen Margaret of Spain. I can never get tired of watching her. She is Don Juan's true romantic interest in this film. And I love that last line: "My dear friend, there's a little bit of Don Juan in every man, and since I am Don Juan, there must be more of it in me!"
Captain Blood (1935) is another romance and Errol Flynn's first leading role, this time dealing with internal political intrigue in England. A doctor gets unfairly arrested and tried as a traitor for aiding an opponent to king James, who is the bad guy here. The doctor becomes a pirate later and finally he is part of a restored order in England under King Williams of Orange. Blood's romantic interest is played by a vivacious and charming Olivia de Havilland. This film also has intense battle scenes between ships, slave rebellions, and swashbuckling between Flynn and Basil Rathbone. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) is the most popular of these films. Olivia de Havilland plays Mariam. When Richard the Lionheart is imprisoned in Austria, his brother wants to take over England and impose unjust taxes, particularly among the Saxons, and Robin Hood, of course, is opposed to these injustices. He does everything to antagonize the impostor king, wins an archery contest, escapes a prison, leads a rebellion, swashbuckles with Rathbone again, helps restore the Lionheart to his throne, and stays with Olivia de Havilland. I know... I spoiled this last film. But even if someone told me about it, I wouldn't miss watching it because the fun is in watching these great spectacles with great drama, great acting, and great action.
Michael Curtiz (director of Casablanca) directs three of these films, and Don Juan is directed by Vincent Sherman. Erich Wolfgang Korngold did the incredible musical score that accompanied these films, while Max Steiner did the same for Don Juan. The films of Robin Hood and Don Juan are in technicolor, while Captain Blood and The Sea Hawk are in black and white. But every film was well done, and was fun to watch.
These are such fun movies, the hero almost always gets the girl, always duels the bad guy, and usually by his side is Alan Hale Sr. with his charming humor. What more could you ask for?
Robin Hood is the absolute classic here. A glorious romp thru Warner Brothers confused English history. Claude Rains and Basil Rathbone as the bad guys. (Rathbone was considered the finest swordsman in Hollywood, so why did he lost so many times to Flynn and Tyrone Power?)
The only dull one here is the 1948 Don Juan. Quite frankly, I just don't see the appeal of Viveca Lindfors in her role here, although all the other conquests by Don Juan are of lesser beauty. But watch Captain Blood of 1935, Flynn's first starring role, then the Sea Hawk of 1940, both directed by Michael Curtiz and you can how Flynn honed his acting talents, not just the swashbuckling and coy smiles, but when to hold a beat before a line, how to stare into the face of the enemy.
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All of them are terrific viewing.
The Sea Hawk is, in my opinion, the best film ever made.
Also, i can't praise the vendor enough, item was well packaged and delivered earlier than scheduled.
Good quality print and reasonable sound for the period. No complaints about Flynn's work on the other films. Very enjoyable.
I was originally just looking for Captain Blood but then I found this package for the same price as a single Captain Blood copy then it went half price and i just had to get it, Merry Christmas me! It just made sense.
I am only seen Captain Blood and The Sea Hawk, so this will be my first time watching Robin Hood and Don Juan. But, the 2 movies I have seen Errol Flynn in so far I fell in love with so I am sure I will do the same with these other too. Love old movies.