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The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952)

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Young Robin Hood, in love with Maid Marian, enters an archery contest with his father at the King's palace. On the way home his father is murdered by hench men of Prince John. Robin takes ... See full summary »

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Young Robin Hood, in love with Maid Marian, enters an archery contest with his father at the King's palace. On the way home his father is murdered by hench men of Prince John. Robin takes up the life of an outlaw, gathering together his band of merry men with him in Sherwood Forest, to avenge his father's death and to help the people of the land that Prince John are over taxing. Written by McGinty <McGinty@aol.com>

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This was Disney's first take on the Robin Hood legend, which was made with British funds that had been frozen during World War II. See more »

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In one scene Maid Marian is wearing a dress with a zipper in the back. Zippers weren't invented for another thirteen centuries. See more »

Quotes

Maid Marian: So it's goodbye again.
Robin Hood: It will always be goodbye till King Richard returns.
Maid Marian: I fear so. Do you remember the day we said goodbye at Huntington?
Robin Hood: I do.
Maid Marian: And you were wishing to join the crusade and go to the Holy Land.
Robin Hood: Yes.
Maid Marian: It's well for England that you didn't.
Robin Hood: I wonder.
Maid Marian: You're serving your king better here, Robin Fitzooth.
Robin Hood: Thank you, my lady.
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Version of Wolfshead: The Legend of Robin Hood (1969) See more »

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Riddle De Diddle De Day
Music by George Wyle
Lyrics by Eddie Pola
Sung by Elton Hayes
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Entertaining and informative telling of the Robin Hood story...
15 September 2013 | by (Evansville, Indiana USA) – See all my reviews

1st watched 9/13/2013 -- 7 out of 10(Dir-Ken Annakin): *DVD I watched entitled just "The Story of Robin Hood"* Entertaining and informative telling of the Robin Hood story does a good job of keeping your interest and helping the viewer to understand why Robin became the outlaw Hood, and placed himself in the position of the leader of the group in the Sherwood Forest.(Aka. The Merrie Men) This is a Disney live action movie that actually has less fluff than others and is pretty straight-forward in the telling of the tale. Richard Todd plays the main character as a playful yet purposeful hero of the poor folk in the area after King Richard goes on a crusade and his brother takes advantage of his position by over-taxing everyone and trying to rid the forest of what he considers riff-raff(the Forresting folk). The first culprit of his arrows is Robin's father(thus providing the primary purpose of Robin's exile and revenge mindset initially). Quickly though the stealing from the rich and giving to the poor became a necessity for the poor folk to survive. The sheriff of Nottingham is the primary vehicle for brother Richard's type of thievery and justice, and eventually Maid Marion(played by Joan Rice) finds out what's going on and begins to help the Merrie Men. This live action piece seems to be a possible guide to the later animated Disney film, but some of the stronger emotional pieces were removed. I haven't viewed many of the versions of this story, but this is the best I've encountered so far because you understand Mr. Hood's plight and purpose. There is a little fun to be had with the Merrie Men and Robin & Marion's teasing, but primarily the completeness and clarity of the story is what makes this film work.


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