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Cavalcade of Archery (1946)

Approved | | Short, History | 12 January 1946 (USA)
The famous archer, Howard Hill, demonstrates his skill with various trick shots.



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Knox Manning ...
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Filmed (mostly edited from stock footage) in late 1945 but released in January of 1946, this short tells the story of archery down through the ages, or as much as can be told in 10 minutes and beginning with Robin Hood. Hello, WB archive footage. Noted archer Howard Hill does some exhibition shooting including a duplication of William Tell's apple-splitting. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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1.37 : 1
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William Tell Overture
Written by Gioachino Rossini
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Swift Arrow
4 May 2003 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A Warner Bros. Short Subject.

Master Bowman Howard Hill displays his remarkable skills in a Technicolor CAVALCADE OF ARCHERY.

Seven years after using his talents to great advantage in the classic swashbuckler THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (1938), Howard Hill once again steps in front of the cameras in this enjoyable, lighthearted little film. Although the silly narration sometimes intrudes, it never obscures what Mr. Hill is able to do with his arrows to a variety of targets, including bottles, a gourd, an apple & even a prune.

Often overlooked or neglected today, the one and two-reel short subjects were useful to the Studios as important training grounds for new or burgeoning talents, both in front & behind the camera. The dynamics for creating a successful short subject was completely different from that of a feature length film, something akin to writing a topnotch short story rather than a novel. Economical to produce in terms of both budget & schedule and capable of portraying a wide range of material, short subjects were the perfect complement to the Studios' feature films.

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