How did the expression 'In like Flynn' come about?
Dates back to 1945, refering to how easily movie star Errol Flynn could get women into bed with him. See related Links for the real answer Hint: Its a combination of the answers listed here. "In Like Flint" was a pun, referring to the real expression "In like Flynn" (which has nothing to do with Errol Flynn--see below). James Coburn played in exactly two Derek Flint spy spoofs; "Our Man Flint" and "In Like Flint" with Lee J. Cobb.
On THE ALT.USAGE.ENGLISH FAQ FILE by Mark Israel, the phrase's first meaning is listed as "in favour, assured of success, in an enviable position." Israel goes on to state that "Some writers allege that it originated in allusion to Edward Joseph "Boss" Flynn (1892-1953), a campaign manager for the U.S. Democratic party during Franklin Delano Roosevelt's presidency. Flynn's machine was so successful at winning elections that his candidates seemed to be in office automatically." (Above text from Google Answers.) There is also a similar phrase "In like Flint", but "In Like Flynn" is the original.
The expression is "in like Flint", and it comes from the movie of the same name: In like Flint. James Coburn played superspy Derek Flint. Flint was an expert at sneaking in and getting a dangerous job done. == ==
From Australian-born Hollywood actor Errol Flynn, who apparently enjoyed an active sex life. So, in Australia at least, a bloke who picked up a woman easily was said to be "In like Flynn". Another, less provocative theory is that in 1940 the Mayor of New York, Ed Flynn was such a big shot that he could get you almost anything you wanted if he liked you. This meant he was very well connected.
As much as I am against going on such flimsy evidence, I'll give you a breakdown that's based only on names: -- Sean's father is Gideon Amir, which sure sounds like a Jewish name. But that's irrelevant, because a child is Jewish only if his mother is. -- Sean's mother is Rory Flynn, the granddaughter of famed actor Erroll Flynn. Neither 'Rory' nor 'Flynn' is a particularly Jewish name. -- If I were asked to…
The cast of The Flynns Journey to Ireland - 2004 includes: Miriam Behan as herself Eoin Behan as himself Niall Behan as himself Paula Brennan as herself Lorraine Crowley as herself Gabrielle Fay as herself Grainne Flynn as herself Monica Flynn as herself Leanne Flynn as herself Ailbhe Flynn as herself Alice Flynn as herself Naoise Flynn as herself Cathy Flynn as herself Sandie Flynn as herself Frances Flynn as herself Fiachra Flynn as himself…