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Cavalcade of Archery (1946)

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The famous archer, Howard Hill, demonstrates his skill with various trick shots.



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Complete credited cast:
Howard Hill ...
Himself - World's Greatest Archer
Knox Manning ...
Narrator (voice)


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 <>

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12 January 1946 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)



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1.37 : 1
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Stuntman Buster Wiles described in his autobiography how Howard Hill shot an apple off Wiles's head from sixty yards, then topped that by shooting a prune off his head. See more »


William Tell Overture
Written by Gioachino Rossini
Played as background music when 'William Tell' runs away in fear
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World's greatest archer demonstrates his skill...
14 April 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

HOWARD HILL, the man who really split that arrow in THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, is the star here in a short subject dedicated to his prowess as an archer.

The short begins with three woman practicing their skill with the bow and arrow, a glimpse of olden times with scenes from ROBIN HOOD and ELIZABETH AND ESSEX, and then the introduction of real-life archer HOWARD HILL who is glad to demonstrate what he can do with some trick shots.

One of his stunts involves a double arrow which hits its mark accurately, while others, aside from shooting normal targets, involve a young man willing to place an apple on his head, then a smaller fruit in order to have Howard shoot the target with precision accuracy. He also does a mirror shot, facing away from the target and depending on the mirror image to make his mark.

No wonder he was billed here as The World's Greatest Archer. It didn't hurt that Warner Bros. was about to re-release THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD for another theatrical showing.

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