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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 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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Excitement...Danger...Suspense...as this classic adventure story sweeps across the screen! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for adventure violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Robert Donat was offered the role of Robin Hood, but turned it down due to illness. See more »

Goofs

Just after Robin has slain Sir Guy, he fights off three guards on the steps but is then helped by his men. Robin then jumps from the stairwell and lands beside Sir Guy's body - either Basil Rathbone or his stand-in, still lying on the floor acting 'dead' - get such a fright at Errol Flynn landing nearby that their body jerks. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Title 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.
Title card: 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...
Town Crier announcing capture of Richard: News has come from Vienna: "Leopold of Austria has seized ...
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Crazy Credits

The Warner Brothers shield is in the form of an English coat of arms. See more »

Connections

Edited into Out Where the Stars Begin (1938) See more »

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It makes me feel like a kid!
21 October 2001 | by SmileysWorldSee all my reviews

I am almost ashamed to say it,but I only recently saw this film for the first time at the ripe old age of 36.After it was over, I thought,"Why on earth did I wait so long?".This is really a fun movie full of adventure,romance,with a healthy dose of laughs. Errol Flynn,by far gives the most credible performance of the Robin Hood character.He oozes charm and wit,here.This film is a great trip back to a special time in movie making when we didn't need extreme sex and violence to entertain us.Now that I have seen it,this movie definitely goes on my video shelf.If you have children,or if you love to feel like one,as I do,I highly suggest you give this a look.Great film.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Adventures of Robin Hood See more »

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Budget:

$1,900,000 (estimated)
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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