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A classic tale of Sherwood Forest. Robin Hood robs the rich to aid the poor, tries to rid England of Prince John's tyranny and gain the hand of the lovely Maid Marian.
Dashing Errol Flynn is the definitive Robin Hood in the most gloriously swashbuckling version of the legendary story. Warner Brothers reunited Michael Curtiz, their top-action director, with the winning team of Flynn and Olivia de Havilland (Maid Marian) and perennial villain Basil Rathbone as the aristocratic Sir Guy of Gisbourne, and pulled out all stops for the production. It became their costliest film to date, a grandly handsome, glowing Technicolor adventure set to a stirring, Oscar-winning score by Erich Wolfgang Korngold. The decadent Prince John (a smoothly conniving Claude Rains) takes advantage of King Richard's absence to tax the country into poverty but meets his match in the medieval guerrilla rebel Robin Hood and his Merry Men of Sherwood Forest, who rise up and, to quote a cliché coined by the film, "steal from the rich and give to the poor." Stocky Alan Hale Sr. plays Robin's loyal friend Little John (a part he played in Douglas Fairbanks's silent version), Eugene Palette the portly Friar Tuck, and Melville Cooper the bumbling Sheriff of Nottingham. Flynn's confidence and cocky charm makes for a perfect Robin Hood, and his easygoing manner is a marvelous counterpoint to Rathbone's regal bearing and courtly diction. The film climaxes in their rousing battle-to-the-finish sword fight, a magnificently choreographed scene highlighted by Curtiz's inventive use of shadows cast upon the castle walls. --Sean Axmaker
What is there to say! Errol Flynn is the only Robin Hood next to Robin Hood.Published 5 days ago by Donald Howell
Errol Flynn stars as the titular character in this Academy Award-winning film. Read more
Great movie with a tremendous performance by Errol Flynn.Published 11 days ago by William H. Miller
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) is a light-hearted, colorful (expressive) version of the tale of Robin Hood. The swashbuckling battle scenes are fun and exciting. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Rainey Dawn
This is one of my favorite, movies. Good against evil, it doesn't get much better than that. I did not know Olivia's horse became Trigger. The extra's where very informative. Read morePublished 22 days ago by spacelord
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The Manchurian Candidate still packs a punch in its early 1960s dramatization, though it was remade in more recent years. Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest (1959) has never been remade, but was the forerunner of the James Bond films and oodles of other thrillers, and is still a potent thriller.
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