The Adventures of Robin Hood

The Adventures of Robin Hood

Michael Curtiz (1938)

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Our Score
Shot in bright-as-a-button Technicolor, this swashbuckler is an action picture that, over 75 years on, still delights people of all ages, even youngsters weaned on computer games. It was intended to star James Cagney (oh, yes), but seems tailor-made for Errol Flynn as Sherwood's noblest outlaw. Flynn woos Olivia de Havilland and crosses swords with Basil Rathbone's Sir Guy of Gisbourne and Claude Rains's Prince John, while Erich Wolfgang Korngold's music goes brassily heraldic. A few weeks into production, studio boss Jack Warner thought the rushes lacked sparkle and replaced director William Keighley with Michael Curtiz. The result was a box-office smash and Oscars for the score, editing and interior decoration.


An outlawed nobleman living deep in Sherwood Forest recruits a band of merry men to steal from the cruel Norman aristocracy and redistribute the wealth to the downtrodden peasants. However, they soon face a more pressing task - stopping the evil Prince John and his ally Sir Guy of Gisborne from seizing King Richard's throne. Swashbuckling adventure, with Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone and Claude Rains.

Cast & Crew

Robin Hood Errol Flynn
Maid Marian Olivia de Havilland
Sir Guy of Gisbourne Basil Rathbone
Prince John Claude Rains
Will Scarlet Patric Knowles
Friar Tuck Eugene Pallette
Little John Alan Hale
High Sheriff of Nottingham Melville Cooper
King Richard Ian Hunter (1)
Bess Una O'Connor
Much the Miller's son Herbert Mundin
Bishop of Black Canons Montagu Love
Sir Essex Leonard Willey
Sir Ralf Robert Noble
Sir Mortimer Kenneth Hunter
Sir Geoffrey Robert Warwick
Sir Baldwin Colin Kenny
Sir Ivor Lester Matthews
Dickon Malbete Harry Cording
Captain of Archers Howard Hill
Director Michael Curtiz
Director William Keighley
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: First National Film Dist LtdAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray