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The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Family | 26 June 1952 (USA)
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With King Richard away at the crusades, Prince John rules England with an iron fist and tasks the Sheriff of Nottingham with the collection of high taxes and the capture of outlaw Robin Hood.

Director:

Ken Annakin

Writer:

Lawrence Edward Watkin (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Todd ... Robin Hood
Joan Rice ... Maid Marian
Peter Finch ... Sheriff of Nottingham
James Hayter ... Friar Tuck
James Robertson Justice ... Little John
Martita Hunt ... Queen Eleanor
Hubert Gregg ... Prince John
Bill Owen ... Stutely
Reginald Tate Reginald Tate ... Hugh Fitzooth
Elton Hayes Elton Hayes ... Allan-a-Dale
Anthony Eustrel ... Archbishop of Canterbury
Patrick Barr ... King Richard
Anthony Forwood ... Will Scarlet
Hal Osmond Hal Osmond ... Much the Miller
Michael Hordern ... Scathelock
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Storyline

Young Robin Hood, in love with Maid Marian, enters an archery contest with his father at the King's palace. On the way home his father is murdered by hench men of Prince John. Robin takes up the life of an outlaw, gathering together his band of merry men with him in Sherwood Forest, to avenge his father's death and to help the people of the land that Prince John are over taxing. Written by McGinty <McGinty@aol.com>

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Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 June 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Story of Robin Hood See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$4,578,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Unusually for many of the Robin Hood films, some scenes were actually filmed in the real Sherwood Forest. See more »

Goofs

When Robin falls off the drawbridge into the moat, an arrow can be seen floating near him before anyone has shot at him. See more »

Quotes

Tyb: Where's that harem-scarem son of yours?
Hugh Fitzooth: The maid's not with Robin if that's what you mean.
Tyb: Find one bad penny, you'll find two.
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Connections

Version of Robin Hood (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Riddle De Diddle De Day
(uncredited)
Music by George Wyle
Lyrics by Eddie Pola
Sung by Elton Hayes
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Very, Very Good
2 December 2011 | by trz1951See all my reviews

I watched it again last night after reading an unfavorable review. I thought it was very entertaining and very well acted. Who cares if Richard Todd wasn't 6'2"? He was indeed athletic (in his autobiography, Caught in the Act, Todd said he did his own stunts), handsome, possessed a beautiful speaking voice, had a twinkle in his eye and had daggers in them when he confronted Peter Finch at the drawbridge. Excellent job.

Errol Flynn's Robin was excellent, too. But the '38 version was big budget. Disney was able to do a lot with a lot less. I love both versions. Flynn is king of the big-budget Robins; Todd is king of the smaller production. Richard Greene was a good television Robin.

Another reason I call it a draw is because of what Todd's Robin, Rob Roy, Dambuster meant to me as a kid. He indeed was a role model. And Disney's productions were wonderful. Others I still consider heroes of the 50s include Gordon Scott and Steve Reeves. I'm sure millions of other kids from that decade would agree.

In those days, adventure, fair play and knowing right from wrong were big themes. Todd et al sure knew how to convey them.


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