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Hollywood Charmers


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2/4. As part of Radio 2 at the Movies, actor Michael York profiles four charming leading men, setting his sights tonight on dashing Australian-born Hollywood movie star Errol Flynn, who died in 1959, aged 50, following an active movie career that included Captain Blood (1935), The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936), The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) and The Sea Hawk (1940). Flynn was renowned for an allegedly voracious sexual appetite and in 1943 and 1948 won the Golden Apple's sour apple award for least cooperative actor. With input by daughter Rory Flynn.

Hollywood Charmers
11.30pm Radio 2 Errol Flynn (above) almost had to become a film star. The slightly unreal world of Hollywood and the movie business was the only one into which this larger-than-life character could possibly fit. The second part of this series focuses on the man who has become a legend as much for what he did off screen as on. Turning to acting after numerous jobs had failed to satisfy him, it wasn't long before he became a daring action hero in films like The Adventures of Robin Hood. He embraced the life of the hedonistic movie star completely, and even the most serious charge of rape - from which he was acquitted - did little to dampen the ardour of this incorrigible womaniser: he met his second wife while she was working in the cafeteria of the courthouse where he was being tried. (Tony Peters)


Presenter: Michael York
Interviewee: Rory Flynn

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