Warner Brothers believed his looks and muscular build would
be a sure bet at the box office. He was the star in "Murder
at Monte Carlo" and Warner Brothers-Hollywood studios signed
him immediately. Errol Flynn was soon the "debonair romancer"
of the world.
By the end of 1935, Flynn had acted in five movies, taking the
lead in two of them, "Murder at Monte Carlo" and "Captain
Blood." He married French actress Lili Damita and they had
one son, Sean. "Captain Blood" was nominated for best
picture and contrived Flynn's swashbuckler image.
Known as his "pinnacle years," Flynn claimed absolute
stardom between 1936 and 1942. His continuous roles as the noble,
brave and handsome hero created a similar personal image for Flynn.
Six of his best pictures were filmed in these years. His "pinnacle
years" smashes include: "The Charge of the Light Brigade,"
"The Adventures of Robin Hood," "The Dawn Patrol,"
"The Sea Hawk," "They Died With Their Boots On,"
and "Gentleman Jim."
During this time, World War II began. Flynn watched as thousands
of troops were being sent overseas. He wanted so badly to serve
in the war but was dismissed because of health problems. Instead,
he participated in U.S.O. tours for the troops in Europe with
several of his Hollywood friends.
He and Lili divorced in 1942, and within a year there was a new
Mrs. Flynn. He married Nora Eddington and had two daughters during
their six-year marriage.