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Challenge for Robin Hood, A (Hammer 1967, Barrie Ingham, Gay Hamilton)

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This version of the classic Robin Hood adventure features a number of twists – which is not surprising considering it was made by the well-known horror flick producers Hammer Studios. Robin (Barrie Ingham) is depicted as a Norman and so too are his merry men, Little John (Leon Greene) and Will Scarlet (Douglas Mitchell). Maid Marian (Gay Hamilton) has a much smaller part than usual, but most of the other characters, such as Will Scarlett, Friar Tuck and the Sheriff of Nottingham, make appearances.

Robin de Courtenay is a Norman nobleman wrongly accused by his cousin Roger (Peter Blythe) of killing his cousin Henry (Eric Woolfe). Our hero is forced to leave the castle and goes off to join a band of Saxon outcasts, who rename him Robin Hood, and the robbing of the rich to give to the poor commences.

A Challenge for Robin Hood is a very well made film with a strong cast, especially James Hayter as Friar Tuck. This classic version of the tale of the man from Sherwood Forest is a treat for his fans.

production details
UK / Hammer / 92 minutes / 1967

Director: C.M. Pennington-Richards
Writers: Peter Bryan,

cast
Barrie Ingham as Robin de Courtenay, alias Robin Hood
Gay Hamilton as Lady Marian Fitzwarren
John Arnatt as Sheriff of Nottingham
John Gugolka as Stephen Fitzwarren, the boy
Eric Flynn as Alan-a-Dale
Leon Greene as Little John
Douglas Mitchell as Will Scarlett
Arthur Hewlett as Edwin, the castle steward
Jenny Till as The Imposter Lady Marian
Peter Blythe as Sir Roger de Courtenay
Reg Lye as Much
John Harvey as Wallace
James Hayter as Friar Tuck

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