Movies Adventures of Robin Hood, The (Warner 1938, Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland Published 7 months ago on October 16, 2018 Michael Curtiz’s film (he replaced an ‘ill’ William Keighley) is one of cinema’s enduring classics that set the bench-mark for swashbuckling adventure. Errol Flynn, in only his second leading role after Captain Blood , plays England’s most famous outlaw, taking on the evil Normans, led by Prince John (Claude Rains) and Sir Guy of Gisbourne (Basil Rathbone). Not only are they oppressing the Saxons, they’re stealing the ransom money that could free the noble king, Richard the Lionheart. Robin and his men take to Sherwood Forest but Robin is in love with Maid Marian, a royal ward (Olivia De Havilland in one of her most glamorous roles). After initial resistance, she falls in love with him but by helping Robin, her life is threatened by Gisbourne. Meanwhile, in the forest, Robin entertains some mysterious strangers… All roads lead back to Nottingham Castle, a climatic duel between Robin and Gisbourne, the restoration of Richard, the banishment of John and, of course, a happy ending for Robin and Marian. Nominated for four Oscars and winner of three, the film was the first Warner Bros film shot in three-strip Technicolor, giving every scene a gorgeous hue and was also largely shot outside (Bidwell Park, California standing in for Sherwood Forest). The action scenes (particularly the final duel between Robin and Gisbourne, with their shadows cast large on the castle walls) are all wonderfully shot if occasionally improbable but also the love scenes between Robin and Marian sparkle with both romance and humour. Quite how the film would have been with Jimmy Cagney in the lead role (a spat with the studio ruled him out) is a fascinating casting what-if but one uncredited star did go on to headier heights – Marian’s horse went on to become Roy Rogers’ Trigger. production details USA | Warner Bros. | 102 minutes | 1938 Directors: Michael Curtiz, William Keighley Writers: Norman Reilly Raine, Seton I Miller cast Lester Matthews as Sir Ivor Herbert Mundin as Much Claude Rains as Prince John Robert Warwick as Sir Geoffrey Patric Knowles as Will Scarlett Alan Hale as Little John Errol Flynn as Robin Hood Olivia de Havilland as Maid Marian Basil Rathbone as Sir Guy of Gisbourne Eugene Pallette as Friar Tuck Melville Cooper as High Sheriff of Nottingham Ian Hunter as King Richard the Lion-Heart Una O’Connor as Bess Montagu Love as Bishop of the Black Canons Leonard Willey as Sir Essex Robert Noble as Sir Ralf Kenneth Hunter as Sir Mortimer Colin Kenny as Sir Baldwin Harry Cording as Dickon Malbete Howard Hill as Captain of Archers Ivan F. Simpson as Proprietor of Kent Road Tavern (as Ivan Simpson) Carole Landis as Guest at Banquet (uncredited) ActionAdventureAlan HaleBasil RathboneClaude RainsErrol FlynnEugene PalletteHerbert MundinIan HunterLester MatthewsMelville CooperMichael CurtizNorman Reilly RaineOlivia de HavillandPatric KnowlesRobert WarwickRomanceSeton I. MillerWilliam Keighley Advertisement advertisement and this just in Episodes5 hours ago Portals to Hell: Emerald Hill Hell House (S1EP5 Travel Fri 24 May 2019) Emerald Hill Hell House: Jack Osbourne and Katrina Weidman investigate a 19th-century estate in Monongahela, Pa., which is bursting with... Episodes5 hours ago Doom Patrol: Ezekiel Patrol (Season 1 Finale DC Fri 24 May 2019) Ezekiel Patrol: The Doom Patrol go their separate ways in the season finale. Airdate: Friday 24 May 2019 on DC.... 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