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Robin Hood (1922)

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)

Gross USA:

$2,500,000
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(video) | (AMC print) (1997) | (Raymond Rohauer print) (2012)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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"Just an Old Love Song", the theme song from the original score with music by Victor Schertzinger and lyrics by Sid Grauman was published to promote the picture."The Robin Hood March" was also extracted from the score and published by Chappell, 1923. See more »

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Spoofed in My Stars (1926) See more »

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Good Entertainment & An Ideal Role For Fairbanks
10 May 2002 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

The Douglas Fairbanks version of "Robin Hood" is still good entertainment despite showing its age at times. The role gives Fairbanks a perfect chance to display his energy and charisma, and he is helped by lavish sets and scenery that recreate the world of medieval England. Wallace Beery as King Richard also is a nice complement to Fairbanks. Later versions, such as the Errol Flynn version which is still the best of all the Robin Hood movies, had many resources available to them that this one didn't, but this older version works well and is more enjoyable than most of the more recent movies based on the legend.

The story and characters are familiar from many other books and movies. But it includes some interesting scenes that cover or add parts of the legend that are not in a lot of other versions - for example, about the first half of this movie takes place before any of the events in the Flynn movie. It makes it interesting to watch even if you've already seen plenty of other "Robin Hoods", and amongst other things it gives Beery as Richard a lot more screen time. It is acted in the somewhat exaggerated style of many of the silent melodramas of the era, but in this case that tone, while perhaps providing an occasional unintentional chuckle, fits rather well with the subject matter. It's also worth paying attention to the grand sets that were constructed for the film. They were apparently rather renowned in their day, and they still do a good job of evoking the right background. Overall, it was a very good film for its time and one worth watching today.


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