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Bandit of Sherwood Forest
     

The Bandit of Sherwood Forest

Director: Henry Levin, George Sherman, Cornel Wilde, Anita Louise

Cast: Henry Levin, George Sherman, Cornel Wilde, Anita Louise

 
We can credit the release of The Bandit Of Sherwood Forest to the May 2010 release of Ridley Scott's Robin Hood - someone at Columbia/Tri-Star was obviously awakened to the fact that the studio owned a large handful of second-tier (and third-tier) Robin Hood movies dating from the 1940s, 1950s, and early 1960s and decided that this was probably the best

Overview

We can credit the release of The Bandit Of Sherwood Forest to the May 2010 release of Ridley Scott's Robin Hood - someone at Columbia/Tri-Star was obviously awakened to the fact that the studio owned a large handful of second-tier (and third-tier) Robin Hood movies dating from the 1940s, 1950s, and early 1960s and decided that this was probably the best chance that they might ever have to sell them on DVD. And here they are, with this, the studio's first such post-World War II venture, leading the pack. The Bandit of Sherwood Forest has been amazingly well preserved. Its main virtue, a rich, enveloping Technicolor lushness - the work of three credited cinematographers -- is beautifully captured, even in the night shots, and the day scenes almost leap off the screen. The same can be said for the audio, which gives full (and delightful) play to Hugo Friedhofer's playful and inventive score. The full-screen (1.33-to-1) image is a pleasure to watch, at least on a technical level. The movie's other virtues, or lack thereof, are another matter - in 1946, this kind of picture could divert audiences looking for an escape, but today the film's threadbare budget and creative talent, even with two credited directors (George Sherman, Henry Levin) seem all too obvious. The script is mostly from hunger, and the staging of the action scenes looks no better than early rehearsals for the Warner Bros. Adventures of Robin Hood -- and, indeed, the climactic duel between hero Cornell Wilde and principal villain Henry Daniell is a painful reminder of how much Daniell was not a swordsman; his stunt substitution is so obvious it's almost laughable, especially when seen in high resolution playback. The actors mostly try hard, when they take their work seriously, which is part of the time - Ian Wolfe is particularly good among the actors, and Anita Louise and Jill Esmond cut distinguished figures among the actresses. The disc opens automatically to a very easy-to-use two-layer menu with the "play" option in the default position. And the dozen chapters break the movie down more than adequately. There aren't any extras, except for an extended trailer for Columbia's DVD reissue program for its classics - the problem with this is that EVERY movie represented in that trailer is a significantly better film than The Bandit of Sherwood Forest. There's also a trailer for A Knight's Tale, starring Heath Ledger, that is a little closer in spirit to The Bandit of Sherwood Forest. But it doesn't look as sumptuous as The Bandit of Sherwood Forest.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Bandit of Sherwood Forest starts with a fairly interesting idea, that of the son of an aged Robin Hood picking up his father's mantel to battle a new threat to the future of England. Unfortunately, it doesn't build upon this idea in any sort of appreciable way, settling instead for a pedestrian story told in an unimaginative way. The plot of the film is really just a series of episodes strung together with no dramatic drive or invention. Worse, the dialogue is simply excruciating; it's difficult to believe that professional writers actually came up with the words that are spewed forth upon the screen. In addition, character development is, to put it mildly, weak. A director with flair might have been able to fashion this into an empty but rousing affair, but Henry Levin and George Sherman's work is trite and by-the-numers; only the sword fight really comes alive, and that is due as much to Cornel Wilde's impressive skill as to anything the directors do. Wilde, for his part, does quite well under the circumstances, but with material like this, he can't begin to compare to Errol Flynn. Anita Louise is stunning to look at, and the supporting cast is fine. The one stand-out feature of Bandit, however, is the lush, overpowering cinematography. As lensed in thick, juicy Technicolor, it's a visual feast -- so perhaps the best way to experience Bandit is simply to turn the audio off and spend time wondering just how Anita Louise's lips could ever get quite so red.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/11/2010
UPC:
0043396349742
Original Release:
1946
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:22:00
Sales rank:
88,042

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cornel Wilde Robert of Nottingham
Anita Louise Lady Catherine Maitland
Jill Esmond The Queen Mother
Edgar Buchanan Friar Tuck
George Macready Fitz-Herbert
Henry Daniell The Regent
Russell Hicks Robin Hood
John Abbott Will Scarlett
Lloyd Corrigan Sheriff of Nottingham
Eva Moore Mother Meg
Ray Teal Little John
Leslie Denison Allan-A-Dale
Ian Wolfe Lord Mortimer
Maurice R. Tauzin The King
Ted Allan Captain of the Watch
Lane Chandler Outlaw
Harry Cording Actor
Dick Curtis Man-at-Arms
Ralph Dunn Actor
George Eldredge Actor
Holmes Herbert Baron
Mauritz Hugo Actor
Ross Hunter Robin Hood's Man
Nelson Leigh Actor
Jimmy Lloyd Crossbowman
Ferdinand Munier Innkeeper
Gene Roth Jailer
Robert Scott Actor
Philip Van Zandt Actor
Robert B. Williams Actor
Dan Stowell Actor
Miles Mander Actor

Technical Credits
Henry Levin Director
George Sherman Director
Richard Fantl Editor
Hugo W. Friedhofer Score Composer
Tony Gaudio Cinematographer
Stephen Goosson Art Director
Frank Kramer Set Decoration/Design
Melvin Levy Screenwriter
George B. Meehan Cinematographer
Wilfred H. Pettit Screenwriter
Leonard S. Picker Producer
Clifford Sanforth Producer
William Snyder Cinematographer
Rudolph Sternad Art Director
Morris W. Stoloff Musical Direction/Supervision

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Bandit of Sherwood Forest
1. Chapter 1 [5:35]
2. Chapter 2 [6:14]
3. Chapter 3 [5:52]
4. Chapter 4 [6:28]
5. Chapter 5 [3:52]
6. Chapter 6 [9:57]
7. Chapter 7 [8:35]
8. Chapter 8 [6:45]
9. Chapter 9 [6:49]
10. Chapter 10 [10:32]
11. Chapter 11 [7:29]
12. Chapter 12 [8:12]

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