The Adventures of Robin Hood Overview:

The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) was a Action - Adventure Film directed by Michael Curtiz and William Keighley and produced by Hal B. Wallis, Henry Blanke and Jack L. Warner.

SYNOPSIS

Arguably Flynn's greatest role, this is the swashbuckling spectacle about the infamous outlaw and his band of merry men who "robbed from the rich and gave to the poor." Robin Hood fights for justice against the evil Sir Guy of Gisbourne, while striving to win the hand of the beautiful Maid Marian. A rollicking adventure never outdone by remakes, this epic features great swordplay, music, characters, and storybook. Shot in glorious Technicolor.

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The Adventures of Robin Hood was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1995.

Academy Awards 1938 --- Ceremony Number 11 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Art DirectionCarl J. WeylWon
Best Film EditingRalph DawsonWon
Best Music - ScoringErich Wolfgang KorngoldWon
Best PictureWarner Bros.-First NationalNominated
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The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938, Michael Curtiz and William Keighley)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Jul 2, 2017 From The Stop Button

The Adventures of Robin Hood gets by on a lot of charm. Charm and costuming (good and bad). The film opens with title cards setting the scene. Sherwood Forest, evil King?s brother, righteous nobel, beautiful damsel, insidious villain, and Technicolor tights?Claude Rains looking like a Little Lord Fa... Read full article


Review: The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jan 16, 2017 From 4 Star Films

As a young boy, no hero was greater in my mind’s eye than Robin Hood and only Star Wars held a more honored spot in my childhood imagination. Because, to this day, Robin of Locksley remains the quintessential hero of mythical lore. Part historical truth, mostly canonized myth and that’s ... Read full article


Review: The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jan 16, 2017 From 4 Star Films

As a young boy, no hero was greater in my mind’s eye than Robin Hood and only Star Wars held a more honored spot in my childhood imagination. Because, to this day, Robin of Locksley remains the quintessential hero of mythical lore. Part historical truth mostly canonized myth and that’s t... Read full article


1001 Classic Movies: The Adventures of Robin Hood

By Amanda Garrett on Jul 11, 2016 From Old Hollywood Films

The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), starring Errol Flynn, is one of the 1001 classic movies you should see. Each Monday, I'm going to recommend a classic movie you should see (for the reasons behind the 1001 series and reviews of earlier films covered go here). Old Hollywood legend Olivia de Hav... Read full article


Fridays With Errol Flynn: The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

on Mar 25, 2016 From Journeys in Classic Film

Originally published February 12th, 2014 Comedy Wednesday continues after a week’s absence with Michael Curtiz’s 1938 action/adventure romp, The Adventures of Robin Hood.? My professor appears to have good taste because this was also suggested to me a year or so ago by blog reader, Chip!... Read full article


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Robin Hood: Men, if you're willing to fight for our people, I want you!


Sir Guy of Gisbourne: [during duel with Robin] Do you know any prayers, my friend?
Robin Hood: I'll say one for you!


Prince John: Ho, varlets, bring Sir Robin food! Such insolence must support a healthy appetite!


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Facts about

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 the director, Michael Curtiz, had instructed him to remove the safety feature in order to make the action "more exciting". Errol Flynn reportedly climbed up a gantry where Michael Curtiz was standing next to the camera, took him by the throat and asked him if he found that "exciting enough".
The ending that exists now in the film is not the one that was originally written. In the original ending, King Richard and his forces help battle Prince John's and Guy of Gisburne's forces outside the castle - this ending was scrapped because it was too expensive to film. In the back-up ending, Prince John and Guy of Gisbourne's forces chased Robin Hood's and King Richard's forces into Sherwood forest and the climax took place there. This second ending was really never satisfactory, and was scrapped too. Finally, a third ending was written, in which the climactic battle takes place inside the Castle of Nottingham. Now King Richard's forces could be pared down to a handful of faithful retainers, and the new ending proved to be less expensive to shoot. To prepare the audience for the new ending, the abbot's scenes were given to the Bishop of the Black Canons.
Despite his flamboyant performance as Robin Hood, Errol Flynn privately professed that he found the role a boring one.
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The Adventures of Robin Hood

Released 1938
Inducted 1995
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