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Writers:
Norman Reilly Raine (original screen play by: based upon ancient Robin Hood legends) and
Seton I. Miller (original screen play by: based upon ancient Robin Hood legends)
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Release Date:
14 May 1938 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The Best Loved Bandit Of All Time! See more »
Plot:
When Prince John and the Norman Lords begin oppressing the Saxon masses in King Richard's absence, a Saxon lord fights back as the outlaw leader of a rebel guerrilla army. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 3 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Errol Flynn VS Basil Rathbone, Round 2 I think See more (214 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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 ... 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
Ivan F. Simpson ... Proprietor of Kent Road Tavern (as Ivan Simpson)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lowden Adams ... Old Crusader (uncredited)
Frank Baker ... Turnkey (uncredited)
James Baker ... Captain Philip of Arras (uncredited)
Sidney Baron ... Outlaw (uncredited)
Lionel Belmore ... Humility Prim (uncredited)
Wilson Benge ... Monk (uncredited)
Charles Bennett ... Peddler at Tournament (uncredited)
Chet Brandenburg ... Hanging Spectator (uncredited)
Hal Brazeale ... High Sheriff's Squire (uncredited)
George Bunny ... Butcher (uncredited)
David Cavendish ... Saxon Man (uncredited)
Phyllis Coghlan ... Saxon Woman (uncredited)
Zebedy Colt ... Child in Forest (uncredited)
D'Arcy Corrigan ... Villager (uncredited)
Nick De Ruiz ... Executioner (uncredited)
Jack Deery ... Richard's Knight (uncredited)
Eddie Dew ... Outlaw (uncredited)
Harold Entwistle ... Tailor (uncredited)
Herbert Evans ... Seneschal (uncredited)
Austin Fairman ... Sir Nigel (uncredited)
Frank Hagney ... Man-at-Arms (uncredited)
Alec Harford ... Outlaw (uncredited)
Ivo Henderson ... Richard's Knight (uncredited)
Holmes Herbert ... Archery Referee (uncredited)
Peter Hobbes ... Outlaw (uncredited)
Leyland Hodgson ... Norman Officer (uncredited)
Harold Howard ... Beggar (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten ... Outlaw (uncredited)
Charles Irwin ... Saxon Man (uncredited)
Robert M. Parrington Jackson ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Dick Johnstone ... Outlaw (uncredited)
Crauford Kent ... Sir Norbett (uncredited)
Paul Kruger ... Monk (uncredited)
Marten Lamont ... Sir Guy's Squire (uncredited)

Carole Landis ... Guest at Banquet (uncredited)
Connie Leon ... Saxon Woman (uncredited)
Frank McCarroll ... Knight (uncredited)
Charles McNaughton ... Crippen (uncredited)
Thomas R. Mills ... Priest with Blacksmith (uncredited)
Leonard Mudie ... Town Crier (uncredited)
Joseph North ... Friar (uncredited)
Antonia Oland ... Child (uncredited)
Paul Power ... Richard's Knight (uncredited)
Dick Rich ... Soldier (uncredited)
John J. Richardson ... Serf (uncredited)
Gerald Rogers ... Saxon Man (uncredited)
Janet Shaw ... Humility's Daughter (uncredited)
Reginald Sheffield ... Herald at Archery Tournament (uncredited)
Cap Somers ... Knight (uncredited)
Ray Spiker ... Matt of Slefern (uncredited)
Robert St. Angelo ... Pierre de Caan (uncredited)
Ernie Stanton ... Outlaw (uncredited)
Val Stanton ... Outlaw (uncredited)
Robert R. Stephenson ... Soldier (uncredited)
John Sutton ... Richard's Knight (uncredited)
Cyril Thornton ... Saxon Man (uncredited)
David Thursby ... Archer at Tournament (uncredited)

Trigger ... Lady Marian's Horse (uncredited)
Claude Wisberg ... Blacksmith's Apprentice (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Curtiz 
William Keighley 
 
Writing credits
Norman Reilly Raine (original screen play by: based upon ancient Robin Hood legends) and
Seton I. Miller (original screen play by: based upon ancient Robin Hood legends)

Rowland Leigh  contributor to treatment (uncredited)

Produced by
Henry Blanke .... associate producer (uncredited)
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer (uncredited)
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Erich Wolfgang Korngold 
 
Cinematography by
Tony Gaudio (photography by)
Sol Polito (photography by)
 
Film Editing by
Ralph Dawson (film editor)
 
Casting by
Rufus Le Maire (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Carl Jules Weyl 
 
Costume Design by
Milo Anderson (costumes by)
 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
Ward Hamilton .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Irma Kusely .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Al Alleborn .... unit production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lee Katz .... assistant director (uncredited)
Jack Sullivan .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Gene Allen .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Pat Patterson .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
C.A. Riggs .... sound
Gerald W. Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Charles David Forrest .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Elmer Haglund .... boom operator (uncredited)
Nathan Levinson .... recording director (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Frank Baker .... stunts (uncredited)
George Bruggeman .... stunts (uncredited)
Albert Cavens .... assistant stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Albert Cavens .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Cavens .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Fred Cavens .... stunts (uncredited)
Sol Gorss .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Graham .... staircase fall stunt double: Basil Rathbone (uncredited)
Frank Hagney .... stunts (doubtful) (uncredited)
Howard Hill .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Kennedy .... stunts (uncredited)
Bert LeBaron .... stunts (uncredited)
Post Park .... staircase fall stunt double: Errol Flynn (uncredited)
Gil Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Ernie Stanton .... stunts (uncredited)
Chad Trower .... stunt double (uncredited)
Buster Wiles .... stunt double: Errol Flynn (uncredited)
Jack Williams .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
W. Howard Greene .... technicolor photography
Charles P. Boyle .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
A. Clark .... second assistant camera: Technicolor (uncredited)
William Classen .... key grip (uncredited)
Wilfred M. Cline .... camera operator: Technicolor (uncredited)
Allen M. Davey .... associate director of photography: Technicolor (uncredited)
Frank Evans .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Elmer Fryer .... still photographer (uncredited)
Al Green .... camera operator (uncredited)
Carl E. Guthrie .... first assistant camera: Technicolor (uncredited)
Glen Harris .... grip (uncredited)
Stuart Higgs .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Vic Johnson .... gaffer (uncredited)
Mac Julian .... still photographer: second unit (uncredited)
J. Henry Kruse .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Lloyd MacLean .... assistant still photographer (uncredited)
William V. Skall .... camera operator: Technicolor (uncredited)
Claude Swanner .... best boy (uncredited)
Homer Van Pelt .... still photographer: second unit (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elmer Ellsworth .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Ida Greenfield .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Rydo Loshak .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Rudi Fair .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestral arrangements
R.H. Bassett .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Milan Roder .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
Morgan Padelford .... associate technicolor color director
Irving Rapper .... dialogue director
Louis Van der Ecker .... technical advisor (as Louis Van Den Ecker)
Fred Applegate .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Colin Campbell .... dialogue director: second unit (uncredited)
Fred Cavens .... fencing master (uncredited)
B. Reeves Eason .... director: archery tournament scene (uncredited)
S. Charles Einfeld .... press representative (uncredited)
Howard Hill .... archery instructor (uncredited)
Rowland Leigh .... screenplay construction contributor (uncredited)
Major .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Flora Pan .... script supervisor: second unit (uncredited)
Irva Mae Ross .... script supervisor: second unit (uncredited)
Sears .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Mary Elizabeth Tilson .... stand-in (uncredited)
 
Thanks
James Duff .... grateful acknowledgment: for crafting the bows and arrows used in this film.
 
Crew verified as complete


Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.) (A First National Picture)
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MPAA:
Rated PG for adventure violence
Runtime:
102 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Australia:PG (DVD rating) | Brazil:10 | Canada:G (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:F (Ontario) | Canada:G (video rating) | Chile:TE | Finland:S | Germany:6 (video rating) | Ireland:G | Netherlands:14 | New Zealand:PG (2 dvd set) | New Zealand:G (single DVD) | Norway:7 | Peru:PT | Portugal:M/6 | South Korea:12 (DVD rating) (2003) | Sweden:Btl (uncut) (1969) | Sweden:Btl (cut) (1938) | UK:U | UK:U (re-release) (1998) | USA:PG | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | USA:Approved (original rating) (PCA #3790) | West Germany:6 (nf)
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Trivia:
The preview audience reaction was so positive that the film was released without any alterations to the plot.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the final fight scene between Robin and Guy, Guy falls over a short wall that is about 5-6 feet wide with a rather plain stair case immediately to the right. However when the camera angle changes, the wall is much wider and there is additional stone work around the staircase.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
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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44 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
Errol Flynn VS Basil Rathbone, Round 2 I think, 11 April 2004
Author: DarthBill from United States

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 children.

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