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The Rock-itt : October 2009
wives, (and Errol had been married three times) and film associates had only known Errol to be interested the opposite sex. Then there was the statutory rape case where two young women had accused Errol. He was charged and the case went to court and on both counts Errol Flynn was found by a jury not guilty. Although being exonerated, he received something to go beside his name which he loathed for the rest of his life, "In Like Flynn". The rape scandal really hit Errol Flynn hard and after it he knew he was fair game for anyone who wanted to bring him down for any reason that suited them. It was also mentioned in the book that Errol was an unwilling party for the armed services, yet he had tried to enlist in all of the branches but was turned down because of a spot on his lungs, probably contracted in Papua New Guinea in his early days where tuberculosis was rife. As far as Errol Flynn being anti- Semitic, I was lucky to see a documentary recently and in which Errol's daughter, Deidre, was interviewed saying her father had nothing against anyone concerning their race, colour or creed. "If a man was a decent person then it was good enough for my Dad," she added, "and who would know him better than his own family." Errol Flynn worked on a day to day basis with and had a good working relationship with Jewish people in the film industry. It's difficult to believe that he would stay in that field of work for 25 years if he disliked the people his work associates. Flynn was no more anti-Semitic than you or I. I'm glad now that I have this book well and truly far behind me. Over the years I have heard malicious rumors about Errol Flynn and I have often contemplated their origin. Remember Errol Flynn was an enormous icon in his time and his life could be likened to a goldfish in a fishbowl with the exception being that the whole world was looking in. Whatever Flynn did or where ever he went he was scrutinised by the media and anyone else that could make a dollar out of what went on in his life. To me this so called biography is no more than an attempt to make money by using sensationalistic, malicious gossip and innuendo to defame a man who had given so much happiness to millions of people worldwide. I won't even mention the name of the book or its author neither deserves a mention. In time it will fade into insignificance. But Our Famous Mr Flynn's films will still be watched for generations to come, because he was the hero that could make the figure up there on the silver screen come to life, a great sportsman, adventurer and one of the greatest, if not the greatest actors to ever leave our shores and last but by no means least.... an Aussie. See you in next month's issue, Pete.