they-died-with-their-boots-on-1941General George Armstrong Custer was one of the most colorful if not one of the most controversial Union officers and cavalrymen who will forever be remembered for his last stand at the Little Big Horn in 1876. Though his story has been told and retold in film and television, one of the more endearing fictionalized depictions of his life (despite a trove of historical inaccuracies) was the 1941 Warner Brothers production, They Died With Their Boots On.

Historical inaccuracies aside, this is a rollicking drama/western featuring two of Warner Brothers more popular stars, Errol Flynn and Olivia DeHavilland. Without question, this remains one of my favorite Flynn movies.

In one of the film’s more touching scenes is right before Custer leaves his wife to go to the Little Big Horn. It’s touching because it would be the last time that Flynn and DeHavilland would ever be in a film together.