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Robin Hood (1922)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Family, Romance | 18 October 1922 (USA)
A nobleman becomes the vigilante Robin Hood who protects the oppressed English people from the tyrannical Prince John.

Director:

Allan Dwan

Writer:

Douglas Fairbanks (story) (as Elton Thomas)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Wallace Beery ... Richard the Lion-Hearted
Sam De Grasse ... Prince John (as Sam de Grasse)
Enid Bennett ... Lady Marian Fitzwalter
Paul Dickey ... Sir Guy of Gisbourne
William Lowery ... The High Sheriff of Nottingham
Roy Coulson Roy Coulson ... The King's Jester
Billie Bennett Billie Bennett ... Lady Marian's Serving Woman
Merrill McCormick Merrill McCormick ... Henchman to Prince John
Wilson Benge Wilson Benge ... Henchman to Prince John
Willard Louis ... Friar Tuck
Alan Hale ... Little John
Bud Geary ... Will Scarlett (as Maine Geary)
Lloyd Talman Lloyd Talman ... Allan-a-Dale
Douglas Fairbanks ... The Earl of Huntingdon / Afterwards Robin Hood
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Storyline

Amid big-budget medieval pageantry, King Richard goes on the Crusades leaving his brother Prince John as regent, who promptly emerges as a cruel, grasping, treacherous tyrant. Apprised of England's peril by message from his lady-love Marian, the dashing Earl of Huntingdon endangers his life and honor by returning to oppose John, but finds himself and his friends outlawed, and Marian apparently dead. Enter Robin Hood, acrobatic champion of the oppressed, laboring to set things right through swash buckling feats and cliffhanging perils! Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 1922 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Douglas Fairbanks in Robin Hood See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(video) | (AMC print) (1997) | (Raymond Rohauer print) (2012)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Ann Doran's film debut. See more »

Quotes

The Earl of Huntingdon: Each day do loyal men rally to our cause. 'Twill not be long ere we storm the very castle itself.
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Alternate Versions

Two versions exist on video, one at 162 m. and one at 120 m. See more »

Connections

Version of Robin Hood (1973) See more »

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some dated histrionics, but still impressive almost a century later
29 December 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

This early silent epic was actually the sixth version of the classic English fable to reach the screen, and it remains, even today, by far the biggest. Every shot is framed to highlight the extraordinary production design, which included a full-scale medieval castle built just off Santa Monica Blvd in Los Angeles, reportedly the largest set ever constructed for a motion picture. The film draws heavily on the romantic heritage of chivalry, and favors the origins of the character over his legendary exploits, following the Earl of Huntingdon (not Locksley, as in later films) into the Crusades, where he and King Richard are marked for death by the treacherous Sir Guy of Gisbourne. It isn't until the fourth (or fifth) reel that Douglas Fairbanks (in one of his definitive roles) finally exchanges his suit of armor for Robin's trademark feathered cap, and goes (literally) skipping through Sherwood Forest. Viewers more accustomed to the Errol Flynn archetype may find it an odd interpretation of the role, depicting Robin Hood as a girl-shy, over-age adolescent, liberated when he turns outlaw. And Fairbanks, always more acrobat than actor, all but dances through the part.


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