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Writers:
Norman Reilly Raine (original screen play: based upon ancient Robin Hood legends) and
Seton I. Miller (original screen play: 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:
"You Speak Treason"................................"Fluently" See more (204 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)
Howard Hill ... Owen the Welshman (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)
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Directed by
Michael Curtiz 
William Keighley 
 
Writing credits
Norman Reilly Raine (original screen play: based upon ancient Robin Hood legends) and
Seton I. Miller (original screen play: 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)
Sol Polito (photography)
 
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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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 stunt players wore heavy padding underneath a steel breastplate overlaid with some balsa wood to absorb the impact of arrows.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the final fight with Gisbourne, a candelabrum is knocked over and Robin is trapped under it while Gisbourne gloats. A few seconds later, Robin gets up and the fight continues and the candles have dripped what looks like an hour's worth of wax onto the floor.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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When Robin wins the archery tournament, Sir Guy asks why he didn't use a black arrow. What is a black arrow?
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26 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
"You Speak Treason"................................"Fluently", 16 June 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Although my personal favorite among Errol Flynn's films is The Sea Hawk, most will argue that his career role was this one in The Adventures of Robin Hood. It certainly has a deserved enduring popularity that's lasted for generations.

Just about every version of the Robin Hood legend from Douglas Fairbanks's silent classic to the one in 1997 with Kevin Costner, deals with the same story facts. A young nobleman, deprived of his lands and title by Prince John and his cohorts, takes to Sherwood Forest and gathers a band which practices their own form of financial leveling. Robbing from the rich and giving to the poor until the day comes when good King Richard the Lionhearted comes back from the Crusades and sets things right.

Were there ever a more attractive and idealistic a pair of young lovers on the screen than Errol Flynn and Olivia DeHavilland? If there were, I'd be hard pressed to name them. They did eight films together from 1935 to 1941 and this one is probably the best. Errol all dash and charm and shy and retiring Olivia who just lights up the screen with beauty and romance.

Directors Michael Curtiz and William Keighley photographed this in some gorgeous technicolor. And they put together an almost perfect cast. You can't tell at all which scenes were directed by Curtiz and which by Keighley so seamless is the film's fabric.

The small roles are truly memorable. The best comic moments in the film come from Melville Cooper, the not quite so bold Sheriff of Nottingham and from Herbert Mundin and Una O'Connor as Much the Miller's Son from Robin Hood's band and DeHavilland's maid. Herbert Mundin was the first one in this cast to die, he was killed in an automobile accident just two years after this film was finished. He was a funny little man who played nervous types, a kind of English Don Knotts. But in what was probably his career role, he literally decides the fate of English history here in a superb act of bravery. We expect bravery and courage from the Errol Flynns on the screen, but Mundin's performance shows the virtue can be found in some of us you wouldn't expect. His is my favorite performance apart from the leads.

Basil Rathbone and Claude Rains make a superb pair of villains as Prince John and Guy of Gisborne. Rains covets the throne and Rathbone covets Olivia. They both provide the right touch of menace and make their performances real.

As I write this Olivia DeHavilland is the last surviving member of this classic film. During her career she fought hard with her studio to get roles where she would be more than the crinoline heroine waiting for her man to finish his brave deeds. She knew her worth and talent and got a pair of Oscars to prove it.

Back in the day DeHavilland dismissed films like The Adventures of Robin Hood. But several years back she attended a revival of both The Adventures of Robin Hood and Dodge City two very different type films she did with Errol Flynn.

As she watched it she saw the reverence and respect the audience had for both of these classics. When they were over she got a stunning ovation and she confessed that looking back now, she was real proud to have been associated with these films.

You have every reason to be proud Olivia. And we're real proud of you.

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