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The Adventures of Robin Hood (14-May-1938)

Directors: Michael Curtiz; William Keighley

Writers: Norman Reilly Raine; Seton I. Miller

Music by: Erich Wolfgang Korngold

Keywords: Action/Adventure, Robin Hood, Archery

Prince John plots to usurp the throne from King Richard the Lionheart as Robin and his band thwart him from Sherwood Forest. Errol Flynn shines in this best version of Robin Hood ever made, the picture to which all other swashbucklers shall forever be compared. Produced with a lavish budget of nearly $2M, Robin Hood became the first Technicolor blockbuster. Audiences reacted so well to the preview screening that no subsequent changes were made. Three Oscars: Best Art Direction, Film Editing, and Original Score.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Melville Cooper
15-Oct-1896 31-Mar-1973 The Adventures of Robin Hood
Olivia de Havilland
1-Jul-1916   Gone With the Wind
Errol Flynn
20-Jun-1909 14-Oct-1959 Robin Hood
Alan Hale, Sr.
10-Feb-1892 22-Jan-1950 The Adventures of Robin Hood
Ian Hunter
13-Jun-1900 23-Sep-1975 The Adventures of Robin Hood
Patric Knowles
11-Nov-1911 23-Dec-1995 The Wolf Man
Montagu Love
15-Mar-1877 17-May-1943 British character actor
Lester Matthews
6-Jun-1900 6-Jun-1975 The Raven
Herbert Mundin
21-Aug-1898 5-Mar-1939 Mutiny on the Bounty
Una O'Connor
23-Oct-1880 4-Feb-1959 Googly-eyed character actress
Eugene Pallette
8-Jul-1889 3-Sep-1954 The Adventures of Robin Hood
Claude Rains
10-Nov-1889 30-May-1967 The Invisible Man
Basil Rathbone
13-Jun-1892 21-Jul-1967 Played original Sherlock Holmes
Robert Warwick
9-Oct-1878 6-Jun-1964 Alias Jimmy Valentine


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, Sr.   ...   Little John
Melville Cooper   ...   High Sheriff of Nottingham
Ian Hunter   ...   King Richard the Lion-Heart
Una O'Connor   ...   Bess
Herbert Mundin   ...   Much
Montagu Love   ...   Bishop of the Black Canons
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 Kent Road Tavern


Review by William Tyson (posted on 14-Apr-2008)

I remember seeing The Adventures of Robin Hood when I was about ten years old. I thought it was a great film. I still do! I know that its schmaltzy and tame by today's 'explodem' type films, but it has a "feel" to it that just transports you to the time. Color is outstanding, as are sets & photography. Great work for 1938, wasn't it? Shot with the same type of 3-strip, mammoth cameras they used to shoot GWTW, and many more. "The Adventures of Robin Hood" is a true classic in every sense of the word!

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