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The Fighting O'Flynn (1949)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Romance | 27 February 1949 (USA)
A swashbuckling Irishman opposes French agents during the Napoleonic wars.


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Justin Huntly McCarthy (novel), Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... The O'Flynn
Helena Carter ... Lady Benedetta
Richard Greene ... Lord Philip Sedgemonth
Patricia Medina ... Fancy Free
Arthur Shields ... Dooley
J.M. Kerrigan ... Timothy
Ludwig Donath ... Hendrigg
Lumsden Hare ... The Viceroy
Otto Waldis ... General van Dronk
Henry Brandon ... Lt. Corpe
Harry Cording ... Pat
John Doucette ... Jack
Patrick O'Moore ... Maj. Steele
Tom Moore ... Tavernkeeper
Leslie Denison Leslie Denison ... The Colonel


O'Flynn, soldier of fortune, returns to Ireland during the Napoleonic wars just in time to save Lady Benedetta from robbers. But they pursue her to ruinous Castle O'Flynn, after secret papers she carries which would reveal Napoleon's plans to invade Ireland. The Napoleonic agents (and British traitors) will stop at nothing to gain their ends, but the swashbuckling exploits of the O'Flynn may be a match for them all Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Release Date:

27 February 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Production Co:

Fairbanks Company See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 14, 1949 with Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Helena Carter reprising their film roles of Flynn and Lady Benedetta. See more »

Crazy Credits

Unusual for a movie as early as 1949, the cast lists and credits are presented at the end of the film. See more »


Referenced in Columbo: How to Dial a Murder (1978) See more »


Music by Frank Skinner
Lyrics Jack Brooks
Sung by Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
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Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., in his best role!
29 December 2005 | by documain-1See all my reviews

For some reason, this film is not available for purchase anywhere. Strange, since so many worthless products are easy to locate. It is sad that this movie is so disregarded, in that this movie is Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.'s best performance. You could argue that Gunga Din is a better movie, and that is true. Still, Fairbanks' performance as O'Flynn far outshines his work in Gunga Din. He holds together a slim plot line, and has some of the wittiest dialog you will ever find in a movie. O'Flynn's character is a charmer, loved by men and women, and somewhat of a con man. The dialog has many nice touches. For example, O'Flynn knocks unconscious one of the French soldiers (Henry Brandon), who later gets the drop on O'Flynn. In an off-hand remark, O'Flynn says to the Frenchman, "You must have a terrible thick skull." A great touch. Perhaps because Fairbanks was the producer and wrote some of the screenplay, we are getting more than the run of the mill swashbuckler. His pursuit of the almost painfully prim Lady Benedetta (Helena Carter) is full of poetry, romance, and charm, and she even remarks that his words are "…very nimble and very Irish." The supporting cast are all veterans, and good performers. Aside from Helena Carter, Richard Greene portrays excellently the weak and corrupt Lord Sedgemonth. Arthur Shields and J.M. Kerrigan provide great repartee in the lighter moments. Patricia Medina is great as Lord Sedgemonth's paramour, Fancy Free, who "only likes the good life," and says the Lord Sedgemonth must do the right thing by her, "…give me money." Add to this a remarkably good musical score, and you have a great and entertaining movie. It is obvious that this film suffered from a small budget, since it was shot in black and white, and if nothing else, this film screams for color. Perhaps it could be looked upon as a lesson on how to do more with less. Fairbanks, in this film, is every bit of the "presumptuous popinjay" he is accused of being by Richard Greene. You could hardly spend a better 94 minutes.

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