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THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (1938)
This 1938 version of the Robinhood tale, has something for everyone: villains and dashing heroes,a love story, humor, entertaining sword fights, acts of courage and dastardly deeds! When King Richard is captured in the Crusades, his greedy, slimy, self-centered brother, Prince John, joins with the Norman Lords to abuse, oppress, over-tax the people, burning their property and maiming them when they couldn't pay. Robin Hood and his "Merry Men" rob from the rich, give to the poor, and fight the dastardly Prince John and his co-horts in villainy!
THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD was nominated for the Best Picture award.
Four Oscar nominations; three wins (Film Editing, Original Score, and Art Direction).
The Action-Adventure Sword/Fighting classic directed by: Michael Curtiz and William Keighley.
When King Richard (Ian Hunter) is captured while fighting in the crusades, Prince John (Claud Rains) after making himself king, decides to join forces with the Norman Lords to start to abuse and oppress the common Saxon people, which included greedily collecting excessively high taxes, burning farms and homes, and physically maiming many. In response to the people's great suffering, a Norman Lord, Sir Robin of Locksley (Errol Flynn) becomes a busy fellow, as he forms a rebel army, affectionately known as his "Merry Men" to fight this injustice, relieve suffering, foil the dastardly plans of Prince John and his evil sidekick, Sir Guy of Gisbourne (Basil Rathbone), and charm and win over the lovely Maid Marian (Olivia de Havilland) as well.
This exciting, entertaining screenplay, based on English tradition, by Norman Reilly Raine and Seton Miller gives a solid foundation to one of the greatest action-adventure films of all time, in the same league with "Raiders of the Lost Ark, "and "The Three Musketeers (1973)."
It has a wonderful mix of boisterous humor, terrific sword fights, blossoming love, acts of bravo and courage, deeds of villainy, all which gives its wonderful cast of both lovable characters and dastardly villains, plenty to work with and shine forth, under the talented direction of Michael Curtiz and William Keighley.
Errol Flynn, as Sir Robin, makes a terrific, dashing hero, with his talent, his good looks, charming ways, and athletic ability, who excelled playing dashing, brave heroes trying to fight injustice.
Olivia de Havilland, gives us an excellence performance as Marian, a fine lady who goes from being hostile to loving Sir Robin, as she learns the truth about the foul deeds of Prince John and her intended marital match, Sir Guy of Gisbourne, and does her best to help him.
Claude Rains gives a wonderful performance as the dastardly Prince John who plots for his personal gratification, lust for power, and wealth.
Basil Rathbone as Sir Guy of Gisbourne is one of his best efforts of swashbuckling villainy. Basil is known as "one of the screen's ablest of swordsmen and most wretched of Villains, in such films as "Captain Blood," "A Tale of Two Cities," where he also starred with Flynn.
Other fine performances worth mentioning are Alan Hale as Little John, Melville Cooper as High Sheriff of Nottingham, Patrick Knowles as Will Scarlett and the wonderful Eugene Pallette as Friar Tuck.
Directed by: Michael Curtiz & William Keighley, Screenplay by: Norman Reilly Raine and Seton Miller. Muisc by: Erich Wofgang Korngold. The wonderful art direction, the well done film editing, and Erich Korngold's musical score all won Academy Awards.
If you enjoyed THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, you may like CAPTAIN BLOOD, ROBIN AND MARIAN, WILLIAM TELL, IVANHOE, THE SEA HAWK, BRAVEHEART, EXCALIBUR, THE COURT JESTER, THE THREE MUSKETEERS, and the Indiana Jones trilogy films: RADIERS OF THE LOST ARK , INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM, and INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE.