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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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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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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The film opened with unused footage from The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). The costumes worn were those used in the same movie. See more »

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Frühlingslied [Spring Song] Op.62 #6
(1842)
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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Fun Short
8 January 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Cavalcade of Archery (1946)

*** (out of 4)

Interesting short film from Warner shows archer Howard Hill at the top of his game. After seeing some clips from THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD we then get a spill about Hill being better than that fable character. From here we see Hill doing all sorts of trick shots including through a small hole in a board as well as shooting an apple off a man's head. The most impressive trick shot comes when he manages to tie an apple onto a string and swing it back and forth only to nail it on the first shot. Not only do we get this great footage but it's all in glorious Technicolor, which really jumps off the screen. This here also explains why his assistants are wearing such wild colors. There's one other interesting thing about this short is that it actually contains some footage from THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD that wasn't used in the actual movie. That there just makes this even more entertaining and especially for fans of the Flynn film who want to see the added footage.


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