The Fighting O'Flynn (1949)

94 mins | Comedy-drama | February 1949

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HISTORY

This film, which was alternately reviewed as The O'Flynn , was the first picture to be produced by the newly-formed Fairbanks Co., Inc. The credits in the viewed film appear at the end of the picture. A Feb 1949 article in NYT notes that the picture was completed in a record five weeks time due, in part, to rehearsals done on dummy sets prior to filming and having two units shooting simultaneously. Universal borrowed Patricia Medina from M-G-M for the ... More Less

This film, which was alternately reviewed as The O'Flynn , was the first picture to be produced by the newly-formed Fairbanks Co., Inc. The credits in the viewed film appear at the end of the picture. A Feb 1949 article in NYT notes that the picture was completed in a record five weeks time due, in part, to rehearsals done on dummy sets prior to filming and having two units shooting simultaneously. Universal borrowed Patricia Medina from M-G-M for the production. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
15 Jan 1949.
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Daily Variety
5 Jan 49
p. 3, 10
Film Daily
5 Jan 49
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Apr 48
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
14 May 48
p. 5, 17
Hollywood Reporter
2 Jul 48
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Jul 48
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Jan 49
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Mar 49
p. 8.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
8 Jan 49
p. 4449.
New York Times
6 Feb 1949.
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New York Times
28 Feb 49
p. 16.
Variety
5 Jan 49
p. 58.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
2nd unit dir
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
Sp photog by
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Cost des
MUSIC
Mus dir
MAKEUP
Wigs and hair styling
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Action seq des by
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The O'Flynn by Justin Huntly McCarthy (New York, 1910).
SONGS
"Look in Your Irish Heart," traditional.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The O'Flynn
Release Date:
February 1949
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 25 February 1949
Production Date:
15 May--9 July 1948
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co., inc.
Copyright Date:
8 December 1948
Copyright Number:
LP2071
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
94
Length(in feet):
8,497
Country:
United States
PCA No:
13336
SYNOPSIS

In the year 1797, as Napoleon Bonaparte's army nears the shores of Ireland, the Irish poet and mercenary known as "The O'Flynn" journeys to the castle he has inherited. Along the way, O'Flynn comes across a stagecoach that is being robbed by outlaw Hendrigg's men. After foiling the robbery attempt, O'Flynn invites Lady Benedetta, the stagecoach's passenger, to his new castle. Although she initially refuses the invitation, Benedetta eventually changes her mind and instructs her coachman to take her to O'Flynn. Meanwhile, when O'Flynn arrives at the castle he finds the county bailiff, Dooley, waiting to arrest him for the family's outstanding debts. O'Flynn avoids being arrested, though, by telling Dooley that he will lead him to a treasure that is hidden in the castle. Shortly after Benedetta, who, unknown to O'Flynn, is the daughter of the Viceroy of Ireland, arrives at the castle, agents of Bonaparte, posing as lost travelers in the night, appear at the door. The agents have been sent to spy on Benedetta because she is carrying Bonaparte's plans to gain control of England and Ireland, which are to be delivered to her father. Just as the spies are about to attack Benedetta and take the plans, Dooley thwarts their attempt and escapes with Benedetta and O'Flynn. While fleeing, the three are ambushed by Bonapartists, but O'Flynn manages a daring escape. In Dublin, when the plans are safely delivered to the viceroy, O'Flynn is made captain of the Viceroy's army. Later, when O'Flynn discovers that Benedetta's fiancé, Lord Sedgemouth, is a Bonapartist, he engages him in a drunken duel with swords. O'Flynn easily defeats Lord Sedgemouth and vows ... +


In the year 1797, as Napoleon Bonaparte's army nears the shores of Ireland, the Irish poet and mercenary known as "The O'Flynn" journeys to the castle he has inherited. Along the way, O'Flynn comes across a stagecoach that is being robbed by outlaw Hendrigg's men. After foiling the robbery attempt, O'Flynn invites Lady Benedetta, the stagecoach's passenger, to his new castle. Although she initially refuses the invitation, Benedetta eventually changes her mind and instructs her coachman to take her to O'Flynn. Meanwhile, when O'Flynn arrives at the castle he finds the county bailiff, Dooley, waiting to arrest him for the family's outstanding debts. O'Flynn avoids being arrested, though, by telling Dooley that he will lead him to a treasure that is hidden in the castle. Shortly after Benedetta, who, unknown to O'Flynn, is the daughter of the Viceroy of Ireland, arrives at the castle, agents of Bonaparte, posing as lost travelers in the night, appear at the door. The agents have been sent to spy on Benedetta because she is carrying Bonaparte's plans to gain control of England and Ireland, which are to be delivered to her father. Just as the spies are about to attack Benedetta and take the plans, Dooley thwarts their attempt and escapes with Benedetta and O'Flynn. While fleeing, the three are ambushed by Bonapartists, but O'Flynn manages a daring escape. In Dublin, when the plans are safely delivered to the viceroy, O'Flynn is made captain of the Viceroy's army. Later, when O'Flynn discovers that Benedetta's fiancé, Lord Sedgemouth, is a Bonapartist, he engages him in a drunken duel with swords. O'Flynn easily defeats Lord Sedgemouth and vows to continue his pursuit of Benedetta's affections. He also promises to take Castle Knockmore in her honor. Sedgemouth, however, poisons Benedetta's feelings for O'Flynn by having her believe that O'Flynn is having an affair with courtesan Fancy Free. As the battle for the castle commences, O'Flynn, posing as a deserter to the enemy side, is taken to the enemy leader, General Van Dronk. O'Flynn gets the general drunk and later tries to intercept the plans for the takeover of England and Ireland by wearing Van Dronk's uniform and posing as him. The plan nearly works until he is caught by Van Dronk's lieutenant and sent to his execution. The firing squad misses their target, however, and O'Flynn manages to escape to Lord Sedgemouth's quarters. There he enlists the help of Fancy Free to find the attack plans, but Lord Sedgemouth discovers the two and makes an unsuccessfull attempt to shoot O'Flynn. When Benedetta learns that Fancy Free is actually Lord Sedgemouth's mistress, she returns to O'Flynn and kisses him. O'Flynn then accuses Lord Sedgemouth of treason and chases after him. After signalling the approaching Bonapartist ships to reverse course and retreat from Knockmore Castle, O'Flynn engages Lord Sedgemouth in a sword fight, which he wins with help of the Viceroy's troops. Having safeguarded England and Ireland from Bonaparte's attack, Benedetta and O'Flynn kiss. +

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Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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