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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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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 »

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Frühlingslied [Spring Song] Op.62 #6
(1842)
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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An odd little short included with the Robin Hood DVD.
19 January 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

KIDS NO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME (especially the William Tell-inspired stunts)!! This short consists of Howard Hill (who did a lot of the trick archery shots in THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD) demonstrating his craft in full color. I think they chose to do this short in color because the beginning incorporated scenes from this Errol Flynn movie, as normally color film stock was prohibitively expensive--and not widely used in most shorts (aside from MGM's travelogue series). While this color isn't especially realistic, it is very nice for the time--though the details on the print are a tad washed out in many of the scenes.

Hill's skills are rather amazing and the film is entertaining--and quite exciting towards the end. If you see the Errol Flynn film (and you must), look for Hill in a small role as the Captain of the Archers. If you want to see this short, however, the only way I know it can be see is to get the DVD of THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD--as it's one of the extras on the second DVD included in the set.


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