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 »
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
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 »
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 »
[dressed as a page boy being held back by Little John]
Let me go, you monster! Let me go!
Hey, John. Give me that lad.
[Marian is tossed to Robin]
Let me down, you... you white faced...
Well, you're a pretty lad and sweetly tempered. Like a lady I used to know.
And I used to know a gentleman called Robin Fitzooth who would scorn to be a common thief.
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Energetic and rousing adventure film of the merry legend
Personally I do not think it is as good as The Adventures of Robin Hood with Errol Flynn which is the epitome of what an adventure film should be. However, it is solid and truly excellent family entertainment, if a tad too short. The locations are authentic and the Technicolour photography is very fine. The score is suitably rousing, and the script has its fair moments of wit and light-hearted humour while the story never meanders or feels dull. Ken Annakin directs briskly and there is some lively sword-fighting as well. The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men also benefits from a fine cast. Richard Todd is enjoyable as Robin Hood, and there is a tuneful Allan-a-Dale. And Joan Rice is an alluring Maid Marion. However, the best of the lot are a stately Martita Hunt, a robust James Robertson-Justice, a wicked Peter Finch and a delightful Hubert Gregg. On the whole, not quite classic status but great fun and recommended. 8/10 Bethany Cox
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