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The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

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When Prince John and the Norman Lords begin oppressing the Saxon masses in King Richard's absence, a Saxon lord fights back as the outlaw leader of a rebel guerrilla army.

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Norman Reilly Raine (original screenplay: based upon ancient Robin Hood legends), Seton I. Miller (original screenplay: based upon ancient Robin Hood legends)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Errol Flynn ... Robin Hood
Olivia de Havilland ... Maid Marian
Basil Rathbone ... Sir Guy of Gisbourne
Claude Rains ... Prince John
Patric Knowles ... Will Scarlett
Eugene Pallette ... Friar Tuck
Alan Hale ... Little John
Melville Cooper ... High Sheriff of Nottingham
Ian Hunter ... King Richard the Lion-Heart
Una O'Connor ... Bess
Herbert Mundin ... Much
Montagu Love ... Bishop of the Black Canons
Leonard Willey Leonard Willey ... Sir Essex
Robert Noble Robert Noble ... Sir Ralf
Kenneth Hunter Kenneth Hunter ... Sir Mortimer
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Storyline

Sir Robin of Locksley, defender of downtrodden Saxons, runs afoul of Norman authority and is forced to turn outlaw. With his band of Merry Men, he robs from the rich, gives to the poor and still has time to woo the lovely Maid Marian, and foil the cruel Sir Guy of Gisbourne, and keep the nefarious Prince John off the throne. Written by Little Pine Weasel <kristinat@cerritos.edu>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for adventure violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Robin Hood See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,900,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,981,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

James Cagney was the studio's original choice for Robin Hood. However, when Cagney walked off set, the film's producer Hal B. Wallis made the decision to cast Errol Flynn, against the studio's wishes. It was also Wallis's decision to keep Maid Marian, when the original scriptwriter wanted to dump her character. Wallis felt Marian was an indispensable fixture of a Robin Hood adventure. See more »

Goofs

When fighting Robin, Little John, using his staff, supposedly hits Robin on the top of his foot, causing him to fall into the stream. However, the end of the staff actually misses the foot by a very wide margin, hitting only the log. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Town Crier announcing capture of Richard: News has come from Vienna: "Leopold of Austria has seized King Richard on his return from the Crusades. Our king is being held prisoner. Nothing further is known. His Highness Prince John will make further public pronouncement tomorrow."
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Crazy Credits

Opening card: "In the year of Our Lord 1191 when Richard, the Lion-Heart, set forth to drive the infidels from the Holy Land, he gave the Regency of his Kingdom to his trusted friend, Longchamps, instead of to his treacherous brother, Prince John.

Bitterly resentful, John hoped for some disaster to befall Richard so that he, with the help of the Norman barons, might seize the throne for himself. And then on a luckless day for the Saxons..." See more »

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Errol Flynn, Robin Hood And The Unexpected Miracle Of Film
23 July 2018 | by alanbenfieldjrSee all my reviews

What an amazing experience to see The Adventures Of Robin Hood 80 years after its original release. How can one explain the longevity of its relevance. Relevant in every department. Acting to start with. Errol Flynn was not considered a great actor, never an Oscar nomination or anything like that. Bette Davis was always frustrated for having to work opposite him rather that Laurence Olivier. But, look at him now, 80 years later - Erroll Flynn' s performance is as fresh today as the day he filmed it. Compare that with Oscar winner Russell Crowe's Robin Hood (2010) - Russell Crowe even had the impertinence of mocking Erroll Flynn's version. This bit of tribia kuind of depressed me after the high of seeing again this Michael Curtiz's masterpiece. Here, everything works. Other than Erroll Flynn - even if when's he is on the screen is difficult to pay attention to anyone else - we do. Mostly because Claude Rains, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone and the rest of the sensational cast. This adventure film will continue to captivate audiences for years, decades, centuries to come.


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