Cavalcade of Archery (1946)

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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 <>

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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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19 March 2011 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

This is the shortest featurette on the 2-Disc Special Edition DVD of Adventures of Robin Hood from 1938, not counting the cartoons and the productions not up here on the site. It is what it says it is... a lot of unbelievable yet real archery tricks, performed by the greatest expert at the time in the field, Howard Hill(who also offered his services to the film itself), and man, this guy could *shoot*. We get a few clips from the movie and a brief recounting of how the sport was viewed back then, and the former knight's abilities at it, that mainly make me wonder how much of that is at all factual(it's a legend, it's been added to over decades), and as it goes on, you suddenly come to the horrifying realization that this narrator is indeed *never going to shut up*. Even when he isn't delivering awful puns, it's a serious strain to listen to his constant yammering. I don't know, I guess that was the style back then for this sort of thing, and they didn't figure we'd want to hear the star of this interviewed(nope, not in this, no such luck). Still, if you are interested in the subject, this is definitely worth eight and a half minutes. I recommend this to anyone who wants to see awesome bow and arrow handling. You may want to mute it, though. 7/10

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