Mail Bag! Errol Flynn Film Grosses in North America!

12 Dec

The Mail Bag brings this from our member RobJack …

Hi all,

I’ve been a big fan of EF for over 40 years and regularly check your site and make a few comments from time to time …

One thing that has interested me is the box office grosses of EF’s films in the North American market from the mid 1940s onwards.  Some of these figures in the attachment are from the references sources on Wikipedia (ie Variety and some Journal articles); others (Cross Swords & Big Boodle) are sourced from the greenbriar picture show website.

There are some that are missing – would any of the contributors to the blog have any information on the missing ones??


Thanks for your question …


— David DeWitt


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  1. David DeWitt

    December 12, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    RobJack, do you have any info on the earlier films, too?

  2. robjack

    December 13, 2018 at 8:22 am

    Yes the film data for Errol’s movies from 1935 to 1942 would be available. However, I’ve always been interested in his post war career. Everyone agrees that Errol’s real heyday as a top ranked movie star was from 1935 to 1942. A lot of analysis of his career has focused (quite rightly) on the pictures he made during that period.

    Very little detailed analysis exits on the films he made post war until his comeback in 1957 with ‘The Sun Also Rises’. There are some exceptions (‘Adventures of Don Juan’ for example), but most writers treat this period, as Tony Thomas details in the book the Films of Errol Flynn, as the ‘Slow Deflation’ of his career.

    I personally think this needs a re-evaluation. As Jeanine Basinger writes in her book ‘The Star Machine’, it’s easy to underestimate the length and the strength of Errol’s film career. For example, many people lament the fact that Errol choose ‘Kim’ over ‘King Solomon’s Mines’. It’s true that KSM was very successful, but so (to a lesser extent) was Kim. It was by no means a flop and was ranked by Variety as the 12th top grossing movie of 1951 (it was released late in 1950).

    Similarly, both ‘Montana’ and ‘Rocky Mountain’ performed well at the box office in 1950.

    Anyway, I think this is an interesting discussion point for EF’s career

    • David DeWitt

      December 13, 2018 at 4:28 pm

      Thanks! Great info ….