[PW] "In Like Flynn"

Susan Holmberg sholmberg at hplibrary.org
Wed Feb 15 08:46:03 PST 2017

A Way With Words did a bit on In Like Flynn.  They think it is just rhyming slang.  https://www.waywordradio.org/in-like-flynn/

In Like Flynn - waywordradio.org<https://www.waywordradio.org/in-like-flynn/>
The phrase in like Flynn describes someone who's thoroughly successful, often with the ladies. Many suspect it's a reference to the dashing actor Errol Flynn

Think Sideways,


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Highland Park Public Library


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A patron is asking about the origin of this phrase.  I found the
information about the NY politician Flynn and the later Erroll Flynn
connection, but patron believes it predates this.  He cited a Broadway play
called "In Like Flynn" written by Michael O'Flynn which he believes was
produced in the late 1800s.  I am unable to find a play or playwright under
these terms.  I did check Internet Broadway Database, imdb, history of the
Flynn family name (looking for famous O'Flynns), and our meager
Broadway/drama collection.  I also checked the quote investigator, even
though it's not a quote exactly, and snopes.

Any help would be appreciated.


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Bristol, VA/TN

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