Picks and Pans Review: Errolflynn: the Untold Story

updated 04/28/1980 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/28/1980 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Charles Higham

"...an evil man, anti-human, chauvinist, parasitical, murderous, traitorous and predatory...a devil...a cynic, an animal, a pagan, a demon on horseback." Those are just a few of the words the author uses to describe Flynn in the prologue to this biography. Later, in recounting the late actor's life story, Higham gets down to business and says Flynn was also a thief, liar, alcoholic, drug user, exhibitionist, flasher, sadistic joker, deviate, wife beater, bisexual (with a taste for the youth of both sexes), smuggler, Jew hater and Nazi. The author has amassed enough evidence to make the charges seem convincing. But Higham, heretofore a low-key Hollywood biographer and ex-New York Times man, also points out that Flynn was handsome and charming, with wives who adored him and friends who were loyal. Flynn's life was a scandal while he lived, and his dashing films may never seem the same again, but, with his perverse vanity, Errol probably would have been proud of the brouhaha. (Doubleday, $12.95)

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