Adventures of Robin Hood
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  • Adventures of Robin Hood

Adventures of Robin Hood

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Director: Michael Curtiz, William Keighley

Cast: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland

     
 

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In order to avoid the material copyrighted by Douglas Fairbanks Sr. for his 1922 Robin Hood, the scripters of this Flynn version relied on several legendary episodes that had never before been filmed, notably the battle between Robin and Little John (Alan Hale Sr., who played this part three times in his long career) and the "piggy-back" episode between RobinSee more details below

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Overview

In order to avoid the material copyrighted by Douglas Fairbanks Sr. for his 1922 Robin Hood, the scripters of this Flynn version relied on several legendary episodes that had never before been filmed, notably the battle between Robin and Little John (Alan Hale Sr., who played this part three times in his long career) and the "piggy-back" episode between Robin and Friar Tuck (Eugene Pallette). The film ties together the various ancient anecdotes with a storyline bounded by the capture in Austria of Richard the Lionheart (Ian Hunter) on one end and Richard's triumphant return to England on the other. Robin Hood is already an outlaw at the outset of the film, while Maid Marian (Olivia de Havilland) is initially part of the enemy camp, as one of Prince John's (Claude Rains) entourage. Marian warms up to Robin's fight against injustice (and to Robin himself), eventually becoming a trusted ally. James Cagney was originally announced for the role of Robin Hood, just before Cagney left Warner Bros. in a salary dispute. William Keighley was the original director, but he worked too slowly to suit the tight production schedule and was replaced by Michael Curtiz (both men receive screen credit). A lengthy opening jousting sequence was shot but removed from the final print; portions of this sequence show up as stock footage in the 1957 Warners film The Story of Mankind. The chestnut-colored Palomino horse ridden by de Havilland in the Sherwood Forest scenes later gained screen stardom as Roy Rogers' Trigger.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Bruce Kluger
From the fine 1922 silent Robin Hood with Douglas Fairbanks to the Kevin Costner vehicle Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Sherwood Forest has been fertile ground for moviemaking. No version, though, says "Welcome to Sherwood," with anywhere near the pizzazz of this 1938 classic, in which Errol Flynn memorably utters that very line from atop a tree limb, smiling with the debonair grace that defined his legend. The story's framework is adventure 101: Robin takes on the bad guys in the name of justice and, after a few setbacks, emerges thrillingly victorious in a climactic showdown and wins the hand of Maid Marian. But this familiar setup seems more blueprint than boilerplate thanks to Flynn's inimitable screen charisma. Swashbuckling through the action sequences (sword fighting, wielding bow and arrow, swinging onto rooftops), Flynn turns in what most critics agree is the finest performance of his film career. Amazingly, Flynn wasn't even nominated for an Academy Award, although the movie did pick up Oscars for art direction, editing and Erich Wolfgang Korngold's thrilling score. The supporting cast, meanwhile, isn't exactly an amateur troupe. Joining Flynn in his adventures are, among others, Olivia deHavilland as Marian, Claude Rains as Prince John, and Basil Rathbone as Sir Guy of Gisborne. Together they make joyous movie magic, the swashbuckling adventure against which all others must be measured.
All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
The Adventures of Robin Hood is one of the screen's greatest adventure films and an excellent example of how the studio system's production-by-committee method could create synergistically what, in that era, likely could not have been created by any single force. The hero behind the camera is co-director Michael Curtiz, who was installed by the corporate chiefs at Warner Bros. midway through production. Curtiz had little to do, though, with the impeccably selected cast. Errol Flynn may not have been the studio's first choice, but he is the screen's greatest Robin Hood. Among the film's many pleasures, you can watch for the meticulous attention to detail that was a hallmark of Curtiz's work. Incidentally, if you're wondering how the special effects were done on the split arrow stunt, there were no special effects. The astonishing shot was performed by professional archer Howard Hill who needed only one take.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/05/2010
UPC:
0883929153473
Original Release:
1938
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:42:00
Sales rank:
370

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by historian Rudy Behlmer; Leonard Maltin hosts Warner Night at the Movies 1938:; Vintage newsreel; Musical short Freddie Rich and His Orchestra; Classic cartoon Katnip Kollege; Trailers of this plus 1938's Angels With Dirty Faces; Errol Flynn trailer gallery; Music-only audio track showcasing Erich Wolfgang Korngold's Oscar-winning score

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Errol Flynn Robin Hood
Olivia de Havilland Maid Marian
Basil Rathbone Sir Guy of Gisbourne
Claude Rains Prince John
Patric Knowles Will Scarlett
Eugene Pallette Friar Tuck
Alan Hale Little John
Melville Cooper Sheriff of Nottingham
Ian Hunter Richard I the Lionheart
Una O'Connor Bess
Herbert Mundin Much-the-Miller's-son
Montagu Love Bishop of the Black Cannons
Leonard Willey Sir Essex
Robert Noble Sir Ralf
Kenneth Hunter Sir Mortimer
Robert Warwick Sir Geoffrey
Colin Kenny Sir Baldwin
Lester Matthews Sir Ivor
Harry Cording Dickon Malbete
Howard Hill Captain of Archers
Ivan Simpson Proprietor of the Kent Road Tavern
James Baker Philip of Arras
Wilfred Lucas Archery Official
Reginald Sheffield Herald at Archery Toumament
Lionel Belmore Humility Prin
Hal Brazeale High Sheriff's Squire
Edward Dew Outlaw
Herbert Evans Seneschal
Austin Fairman Sir Nigel
Alec Harford Outlaw
Holmes Herbert Archery Referee
Peter Hobbes Outlaw
Leyland Hodgson Norman Officer
Olaf Hytten Outlaw
Crauford Kent Sir Norbert
Marten Lamont Sir Guy's Squire
Charles McNaughton Crippen
Leonard Mudie Town Crier
Janet Shaw Humility's Daughter
Val Stanton Outlaw
John Sutton Richard's Knight

Technical Credits
Michael Curtiz Director
William Keighley Director
Milo Anderson Costumes/Costume Designer
Henry Blanke Producer
Fred Cavens Consultant/advisor
Ralph Dawson Editor
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Tony Gaudio Cinematographer
Howard Hill Consultant/advisor
Erich Wolfgang Korngold Score Composer
Seton Miller Screenwriter
Sol Polito Cinematographer
Norman Reilly Raine Screenwriter
C.A. Riggs Sound/Sound Designer
Hal B. Wallis Producer
Perc Westmore Makeup
Carl Jules Weyl Art Director

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Adventures of Robin Hood
1. Credits and Foreword [3:16]
2. Sir Guy Gets the Point [3:01]
3. A Problem Saxon [3:11]
4. Uninvited Guest [2:32]
5. Escaping Guy's Castle [4:34]
6. Pass the Word [3:37]
7. Little John [3:22]
8. An Oath [1:44]
9. Messages Via Arrow [2:22]
10. Friar Tuck [5:39]
11. Welcome to Sherwood [5:03]
12. Hosting nobility [3:51]
13. Reward Enough [4:25]
14. Escorts Homeward [1:44]
15. Archery Tournament [4:31]
16. Tightening on the Target [4:21]
17. Captured [2:37]
18. Marian Wants to Help [4:44]
19. Snatched From the Noose [4:25]
20. Love Declared [5:33]
21. Kent Road Tavern [3:04]
22. Secret Loyalties Uncovered [4:00]
23. Munch's Mission [3:30]
24. In the Best Hands [4:31]
25. Coronation Day [3:06]
26. Swords and Other Weapons [2:47]
27. Guy Vs. Robin [2:26]
28. The Lady's Hand [3:04]
29. Cast List [:36]

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