Geoffrey Thorpe, a buccaneer, is hired by Queen Elizabeth I to nag the Spanish Armada. The Armada is waiting for the attack on England and Thorpe surprises them with attacks on their galleons where he shows his skills on the sword.
A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal ape who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition.
A highly fictionalized account of the life of George Armstrong Custer from his arrival at West Point in 1857 to his death at the battle of the Little Big Horn in 1876. He has little ... See full summary »
Olivia de Havilland,
During the First World War, two French soldiers are captured and imprisoned in a German P.O.W. camp. Several escape attempts follow until they are sent to a seemingly impenetrable fortress which seems impossible to escape from.
Sir Robin of Locksley, defender of downtrodden Saxons, runs afoul of Norman authority and is forced to turn outlaw. With his band of Merry Men, he robs from the rich, gives to the poor and still has time to woo the lovely Maid Marian, and foil the cruel Sir Guy of Gisbourne, and keep the nefarious Prince John off the throne. Written by
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Errol Flynn was not happy when Michael Curtiz was assigned to the film, as he didn't care for Curtiz's dictatorial methods and the two clashed often while filming The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936), especially over what he--an avid horseman--saw as Curtiz' indifference to the injuries and deaths of many of the horses used in the film. See more »
When escaping from his hanging, Robin rides to the town gates and circles his horse twice. The first time, there is no sword attached to the saddle. The second time he circles, the sword is there and he uses it to cut the rope causing the gate to drop down. See more »
Town Crier announcing capture of Richard:
News has come from Vienna: "Leopold of Austria has seized King Richard on his return from the Crusades. Our king is being held prisoner. Nothing further is known. His Highness Prince John will make further public pronouncement tomorrow."
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Opening card: "In the year of Our Lord 1191 when Richard, the Lion-Heart, set forth to drive the infidels from the Holy Land, he gave the Regency of his Kingdom to his trusted friend, Longchamps, instead of to his treacherous brother, Prince John.
Bitterly resentful, John hoped for some disaster to befall Richard so that he, with the help of the Norman barons, might seize the throne for himself. And then on a luckless day for the Saxons..." See more »
The other early romanticism take on the Robin Hood legend, aside from
the silent Douglas Fairbanks version. This one puts famed Hollywood
hell raiser pirate Errol Flynn in the title role of Robin Hood. As
would be expected of that scoundrel/scallywag Flynn's famous
devil-may-care-heroics, the Flynn Robin Hood outrightly refuses to
support Prince John when he commits what Robin views as treachery -
trying to get himself made king and abusing the land and the people in
what may or may not be the aftermath of his older brother King Ricahrd
the Lion-Hearted's death while battling in the crusades. After nearly
getting killed by John and Gisbourne's men, Robin goes on the run, with
Will Scarlet and along the way acquiring Much, Little John, a
cantankerous Friar Tuck, and a whole army of merry men in tights. From
there, he becomes the great outlaw we all know and love, fighting
Gisbourne, the bumbling Sheriff and Prince John anyway which way he can
and sweeps that adorable sweetie pie Maid Marion off her feet.
Sure the costumes may look fake today and the film itself overly
colorful, but it's still a fun time. Sure Errol Flynn doesn't have a
well articulated British accent either, but at least he doesn't sound
like he's from the heart land of America. Flynn is certainly a lot
quicker on his feet than Kevin Costner was, which comes in handy when
you're in a duel to the death. Basil Rathbone is a fairly menacing
Gisbourne, smarter than the Robert Addie or Michael Wincott versions
(he looks kind of like Christopher Lee), and Olivia de Havilland is a
very pretty Marion without being overly sexual and slutty about it (as
was the case with many leading ladies back then). Out of the versions
I've seen this is probably the only one where the Sheriff is an idiot
and Gisbourne is the real menace (Gisbourne died early in the Kevin
Costner verison of Robin Hood, and on TV's "Robin of Sherwood" he was
just this weird neurotic guy, and I'm afraid I don't remember the
Patrick Bergin version of Robin Hood very well).
There are least five big action sequences here, namely Robin's two
escapes from Nottingham, an ambush in Sherwood Forest and the climax
between Robin's & King Richard's men at Nottingham castle. Naturally,
there is a duel to the death that features shadows on the wall going at
it while the actors are off screen. Good stuff, especially for the
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