(Warner Bros., 1935)
Originally premiering 78 years ago today, this is the original bucklesquashing million dollar movie epic of all time.
If Errol Flynn is the hero;
If Olivia de Havilland is the leading lady;
If Basil Rathbone is the villain;
If Michael Curtiz directed it;
And if Erich Korngold wrote the score;
you should be sitting in that theatre when the curtain parts, and the lights dim.
In this case, Flynn, at age 26, was making his debut film in America, and Olivia de Havilland was a second-choice pick at all of 19 years when given this role. Lightning was bottled, and the rest is movie history.