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.


Norman Reilly Raine (original screenplay: based upon ancient Robin Hood legends), Seton I. Miller (original screenplay: based upon ancient Robin Hood legends)
Won 3 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »





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


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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


THE SCREEN'S MOST DASHING STAR! (print ad - Lubbock Avalanche Journal - Palace Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - May 15, 1938 - all caps) See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for adventure violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »

Did You Know?


During one fight sequence, Errol Flynn was jabbed by an actor who was using an unprotected sword--he asked him why he didn't have a guard on the point. The other player apologized and explained that director Michael Curtiz had instructed him to remove the safety feature in order to make the action "more exciting". Flynn reportedly climbed up a gantry where Curtiz was standing next to the camera, took him by the throat and asked him if he found that "exciting enough". See more »


When escaping from his hanging, Robin rides to the town gates and circles his horse twice. The first time, there is no sword attached to the saddle. The second time he circles, the sword is there and he uses it to cut the rope causing the gate to drop down. See more »


[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 ...
See more »

Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in Baretta: Keep Your Eye on the Sparrow (1975) See more »

User Reviews

Color. Costumes. Fun. Film History.
1 August 2009 | by allegra-slomanSee all my reviews

The first big budget 100% color film, The Adventures of Robin Hood is a rousing, sweet-tempered and big, fun film.

To be candid, many things about the movie have suffered in the 70 years since its release. History, uh, no, there's none of that here. It's all very mythic and fairy tale. The continuity errors shouldn't even be called errors; they are pretty much continuous (so when I found out it won Best Editing at the Oscars I laughed). The score, made much of on the DVD case, and an Oscar winner at the 11th Oscars, is bombastic, repetitive and completely at odds with the scenery at least 80% of the time, IMNSHO.

That said, the dialog still crackles, the costumes are UNBELIEVABLE and gracefully shot, Olivia de Havilland is stunningly gorgeous, Basil Rathbone is young and evil, Claude Rains plays John as gayer than a go go dancer on Pride day, and Errol Flynn takes effortless het masculinity and a beautiful smile further than it should legally be allowed to go. All the bit parts are well cast, and while it's not possible to know for sure, the whole production looks like everyone in it had a scenery chewing bang up good time. The bit parts are SO well cast, that Roy Rogers bought Trigger, the horse that Olivia de Havilland rides, and Trigger then rode out into history.

And when Olivia exclaims "You speak treason!" and Errol replies, purringly, "Fluently!" you'll smile. Recommended; a great movie for the whole family.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 290 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »






Release Date:

14 May 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Adventures of Robin Hood See more »


Box Office


$1,900,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono | 4-Track Stereo


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed