Bandit of Sherwood Forest
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1946's THE BANDIT OF SHERWOOD FOREST centers on Robin Hood's equally dashing son more so than on Robin Hood himself. It's been 20 years now since Robin Hood's heyday, but tyranny never sleeps for long, it apparently just takes catnaps. On the heels of the late wicked King John struts William of Pembroke, the ambitious Lord Regent of England. The Lord Regent (Henry Daniell, channeling his inner snake) decides that the Magna Carta isn't his cup of tea, that the people are not fit to rule themselves. He withdraws the Magna Carta and takes forceful custody of the boy King of England. When Robin Hood (Russell Hicks), greyer but just as feisty, dares to speak out against the Regent, he is promptly banished. But the Regent didn't account for Robin Hood's son Robert (Cornel Wilde), who journeys from the North Country to take up his father's battle.
Not that Robin Hood's exactly the shy retiring sort. Again an outlaw, grizzled but still gallant, Robin Hood has marshaled his old band of merry bandits and again has taken up residence in the Sherwood Forest. When Robert returns to the fold, a daring plan is hatched to rescue the young king. As the story unfolds, we get to see young Robert flirt with the lovely Lady Catherine and show off his adeptness with archery.Read more ›
There's not much that's unexpected and despite the truly glorious Technicolor (courtesy of Tony Gaudio, who shot Errol Flynn's Adventures of Robin Hood with Sol Polito a decade earlier) and two directors (Henry Levin and George Sherman) it's hardly an A-list production, but it does it enjoyably enough en route to its final duel between Wilde and Daniell, who, caddish to the last, tries to starve the outlaw for three days before their Trial by Combat to give himself an edge. Neither Wilde nor his very 40s leading lady Anita Louise exactly dominate the screen (dialogue like "What's a pretty girl like you doing all alone in Sherwood Forest?" "I'm the scullery maid" doesn't help) while George Macready is wasted in a bit part as Daniell's sidekick, but it's good looking undemanding Saturday matinee stuff that's rather better produced than the material probably deserves.
The only extra is a trailer for Hammer's Sword of Sherwood Forest.
All in all you get a young Robin Hood striking his arrow against tyranny. The Regent of England William Pembroke wants to get rid of the boy king and place himself upon the throne. A very common plot. Robin Hood gathers all the Barons to meet at Nottingham Castle and finds out from the Regent that the Magna Carta will not be used and the people will be taxed. Robin Hood is exiled from England. (King John Lackland was forced to sign the Magna Carta by the Barons.)
The boy king is arrested and put in the Regent's care. The Queen mother and Lady Catherine go to Robin Hood for help pretending to be scullery maids. Robert meets the women and takes them to an old woman's house.(Cornel Wilde is not quite as good as Errol Flynn but he was a good actor. Robert meets Friar Tuck played by Edgar Buchanan and they fight with swords. I don't like this Tuck as well as the one in the Errol Flynn version. Robert and his father go to the old woman's house and Robin recognizes the Queen Mother. Of course Lady Catherine and Robert fall in love and she joins their circle. (The only downside to the film is Anita Louise. While she was lovely and a good actress she was to Hollywood looking. What I mean is putting the heavy makeup aside her hair style was to forties fifties.Read more ›
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Everything was good, but still not the movie i am looking for.Published 9 months ago by Robert Harris
A prize from 1946. One of my very favorite Sherwood Forest stories. robin Hood is getting old as is his merry bad of outlaws but they are needed again for the regent holding the... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Russell S
OK mid-40's adventure flick about our hero Robin Hood and his Merrie Men. This time his full grown son takes on the mantle, or bow and arrows, and follows in dear old dad's... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Celia Trimboli
Filmed in brilliant Technicolor, The Bandit of Sherwood Forest features Robin Hood as an old geezer, as is most of his merry band of geriatrics, caught up in a new conspiracy... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Einsatz
Very clear video and an intriguing story about Robin Hood's son. Cornel Wilde did an excellent job - as he always did.Published on October 6, 2013 by Michael Weldon
It was alright The Earl of Huntingdon--Robin hood once again come to gather to save the young King Of England from an evil and ruthless nobleman . Read morePublished on June 23, 2013 by john ward
THIS VERSION WAS PURE AN D GREAT CLEAN INTERTAINMENT OF A OLD LEGENDARY HERO. A MUST HAVE FOR ANY ROBIN HOOD COLLECTYOR AND FAN OF CORNEL WILDEPublished on March 4, 2013 by GETTYDACHS