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ERROL FLYNN: THE QUEST FOR AN OSCAR

by JAMES TURIELLO

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A strange book where the author, who definitely is a Flynn fan, makes a case for the AMPAS to give Flynn a post-humous Oscar (which will never happen). Certainly I agree with the author that Flynn deserved to be nominated for at least Adventures of Robin Hood and They Died With Their Boots On and can even agree that he probably deserved a supporting actor nom for The Sun Also Rises. However, the repetitive nature of the text and hearing over and over how great Flynn was got to be tiring. Additionally some of the arguments for how great Flynn was over other actors was far fetched. For example, one reason given for Flynn not getting an Oscar was he was considered a womanizer because he was married 3 times. Yet the author points out that Cary Grant was given an Oscar and he was married 5 times so obviously was more of a womanizer than Flynn. Unfortunately Flynn's womanizing came outside of the marriage vows and I am not sure that is what prevented him getting an Oscar. Additionally Grant's Oscar was an honorary one and not a competitive Oscar. Keep in mind there are other well deserving actors who were either never nominated or never won - think Glenn Ford, Lon Chaney Sr., Tyrone Power, Joseph Cotten, Claude Rains, John Carradine, and even John Barrymore. In those days, the studios controlled the Oscar voting and since Flynn never had a good relationship with Jack Warner, this is probably the main reason he was never nominated. The book does include some great photos and it was interesting to see the foreign movie posters. I like Flynn and consider him in the top 5 of my favorite actors but wouldn't have made some of the statements made in this book as they were not realistic. The only reason I gave it 2 stars was because of the photos and foreign movie posters, not for the text or premise. ( )
  knahs | Aug 20, 2012 |
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