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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 »
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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:
My favorite movie and a real masterpiece See more (209 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 (music by)
 
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 by
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:
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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 production used all 11 of the Technicolor cameras in existence in 1938 and they were all returned to Technicolor at the end of each day's filming.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: All the sword fighting scenes show the characters using one-handed swords. At this time, swords were two-handed swords, the necessary refinements in steel making that allowed lighter, more maneuverable swords had not been developed.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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86 out of 98 people found the following review useful.
My favorite movie and a real masterpiece, 21 September 2004

This is it; this is THE classic movie I grew up adoring as a kid. It fueled my dreams of knights and ladies, made me fight battles against evil enemies in our backyard and inspired me to conclude my quest with honor, courage and romance.

"Robin Hood" features all the criteria of a masterpiece: great actors, a great staff, a great plot and a great overall product. Plus, this movie contains elements which, as normal as they may seem today, were revolutionary back in the late 1930s: a full-scale blockbuster that finally triggered the success of Technicolor and color movies as such, production costs of an astonishing 2 million dollars, sophisticated sword-fighting and arrow-shooting that even the masters of today's action sequences respect, a great score used to underline the peculiar character of every scene, huge crowds of people fighting simultaneously and a romantic couple of Errol Flynn and Olivia De Havilland, who in their emotional harmony may be unrivaled to this day.

Even though this was a super-modern state-of-the-art blockbuster, "Robin Hood" has maintained a curious innocence which still strikes me today. Women are not raped; they are merely pushed around, but the message is loud and clear ("the mistreatment of our women"), and Prince John's soldiers can be knocked out by a wooden table instead of being martially hacked into pieces by the film's hero. In its entirety, "Robin Hood", though presenting so much hardship and violence, is as smooth and gentle as they come, just like a ferry-tale banned on celluloid.

Of course, some may say that no other than Douglas Fairbanks is the original Robin Hood, and they may be right, but this "Robin Hood" is far from being a mere remake: It is another, even greater original. Today, of course, "Robin Hood" may seem simple and outdated, but this movie possesses more atmosphere and character than any other film I have ever seen.

Sure, "Robin Hood" has its weaknesses, ranging from poorly-concealed Sherwood trampolines to crooked prop swords, and in some of the shots, the continuity is simply terrible, but much like with a beloved person, I cherish each and every one of those imperfections and would not have them changed for anything in the world.

I have decided to give this movie a 10 out of 10 score, which does not mean that it is perfect, but in my opinion, its status as a timeless masterpiece, to be enjoyed by people for generations to come, and its revolutionary approach and features, which I mentioned above, allow no other judgment.

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