Showdown (Flynn novel)

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First edition
Author Errol Flynn
Country Australia
Language English
Genre Adventure novel
Publisher Invincible Press
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)

Showdown is a romantic adventure novel written by famous Tasmanian-born actor Errol Flynn (1909–1959). It was first published in 1946 by Invincible Press (Australia) and subsequently in the UK in 1952 and in paperback in 1961. Flynn draws on his experiences working in and around New Guinea when young to provide the background. Accounts of his sailing in New Guinea waters appear in his autobiographies, Beam Ends (1937) and My Wicked, Wicked Ways (1959). The novel is dedicated to German-American artist John Decker, who painted Flynn's portrait, translated in the same year to Spanish as Un drama en los Mares del Sur (Renacimiento, 1946).


The novel was originally called One Man in His Time and then Charlie Bow Tie Proceeds.[1]

While writing it he was also reported to be working on another book, a novel about the nephew of Montezuma fighting the Conquistadores, called Cuautenos.[2]


  1. ^ TOWN CALLED HOLLYWOOD: Heaven Help Flynn! He's Written a Book Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 18 July 1943: C3.
  2. ^ DRAMA AND FILM: Warners May Produce Two Novels by Flynn Cagney's Forthcoming Picture Titled 'Johnny Come Lately;' Asther Assigned Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 01 May 1943: 7.