Cuban Rebel Girls is a 1959 semi-dramatic documentary B movie, notable for being the last on-screen performance of Errol Flynn. He stars with his girlfriend of the time, Beverly Aadland.
It was written and narrated by Flynn, who was sympathetic to the Cuban revolution being led by Fidel Castro in its early phase.
Errol Flynn arrives in Cuba on behalf of the Hearst Press to do a series of articles on the revolution of Fidel Castro. He notices some changes in Cuba caused by the rebellion.
He checks into a hotel and is contacted by one of Castro's agents, a female, who takes him to a beach resort. He meets a young man who offers to take Errol behind the lines to meet Castro. Flynn flies his own plane, meets the rebels, and files several articles, including one of the Cuban Rebel Girls.
The movie then goes into the story of two American girls, Beverly and her friend, Jacqueline, whose brother Johnny (Beverly's boyfriend) is fighting for Castro in Cuba. The two girls decide to visit Cuba.
They take $50,000 raised by American friends of the revolution to be used to buy guns. They visit Key West and then fly to Cuba.Errol Flynn as Errol Flynn
Beverly Aadland as Beverly Woods
John McKay as Johnny Wilson
Jackie Jackler as Jacqueline Dominguez
Marie Edmund as Maria Rodriguez
Ben Ostrowsky as Raoul 'Ben' Dominguez
Tod Scott Brody
Rights to the movie were bought by Joseph Brenner Associates. Brenner described the film as "an authentic and non political background drama."
The New York Times said "Flynn and his associates provide little that is entertaining, artistic, or informative in this largely static, jerry-built independently made adventure... Mr Flynn cannot be blamed for giving the appearance of being very, very tired throughout these phlegmatic proceedings."
The Los Angeles Times said the:
Only interest this picture could possibly have is that is happens to be the last performance by the late Errol Flynn before the movie camera. That, and the fact that it gives the public a chance to see Beverly Aadland for the first time. Both are disappointing... The storyline is weak and poor direction and editing merely add to the confusion. The remainder of the cast is inconsequential and their acting, if it can be called that, is on a par with the over-all production, which is uniformly bad. It is a sad ending to one of the most flamboyant actors of our times.