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Robin Hood (1912)

Maid Marian is represented in the cast as the daughter of Old Merwyn and it is at his house that the action begins. He introduces a rich gentleman as her prospective husband after ... See full summary »


Eustace Hale Ball (scenario)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Frazer ... Robin Hood
Barbara Tennant ... Maid Marian
Alec B. Francis ... Sheriff of Nottingham
Julia Stuart ... Sheriff's Housekeeper
Mathilde Baring Mathilde Baring ... Maid at Merwyn's
Isabel Lamon ... Fennel
Muriel Ostriche ... Christabel
M.E. Hannefy M.E. Hannefy ... Friar Tuck
Guy Oliver ... Much
George Larkin ... Will Scarlet
Charles J. Hunt Charles J. Hunt ... Little John (as Charles Hundt)
John Troyano John Troyano ... Alan-a-Dale
Arthur Hollingsworth Arthur Hollingsworth ... Richard the Lion-Hearted
Lamar Johnstone ... Guy de Gisbourne
John G. Adolfi ... Thomas Merwin


Maid Marian is represented in the cast as the daughter of Old Merwyn and it is at his house that the action begins. He introduces a rich gentleman as her prospective husband after displaying jewelry which the formal suitor has sent ahead with his declaration of love. Friar Tuck appears under the pretense of asking for alms and warns Marian that Robin is waiting at their meeting place. She manages to escape during a parley between her father and her future husband, Guy de Gisbourne, and keeps her appointment. She is discovered, however, and her angry father, backed up by the unheroic Guy, protests valiantly against the clandestine love-making, but formidable Robin is only amused. The bold outlaw is so careless about his personal safety that he eventually falls into an ambush prepared by Guy de Gisbourne, is captured and is bound to a tree while they set off in search of the Sheriff of Nottingham to obtain a formal warrant for Robin Hood's arrest. Marian hurries to where Little John is ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Release Date:

22 August 1912 (USA) See more »

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Eclair American See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Lost In Sherwood Forest
25 March 2006 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

This early version of Robin Hood has turned up at a couple of recent shows sponsored by the Fort Lee Film Commission as one of the films shot at Fort Lee, New Jersey, one of world's major film centers in the early 20th century. The print that survives is in pretty good shape for such an orphan, aided by a lot of tinting in the process.

While it survives in good shape physically and as a historical document, it does not connect to the audience well. The acting is well over the top; the plot is frequently obscured and the compositions, given the lovely background, is at best plebeian.

Worst of all, to the modern eye, is a bit of telegraphing: the morality or personalities of the characters are revealed by doing a fade into animals. The effect is laughable.

Avoid this one unless you have a strong interest in film history.

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