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These 39 episodes made up the first season for this classic British television series that ran from 1955 to 1960.

About the Actor

Episodes:

  • The Coming of Robin Hood
  • The Money Lender
  • Dead or Alive
  • Friar Tuck
  • Maid Marian
  • A Guest for the Gallows
  • The Challenge
  • Queen Eleanor
  • Checkmate
  • The Ordeal
  • A Husband for Marian
  • The Highlander
  • The Youngest Outlaw
  • The Betrothal
  • The Alchemist
  • The Jongleur
  • The Brothers
  • The Intruders
  • The Sheriff's Boots
  • Errand of Mercy
  • The Vandals
  • Richard the Lion-Heart
  • Ladies of Sherwood
  • Will Scarlet
  • The Deserted Castle
  • The Miser
  • Trial By Battle
  • Children of Greenwood
  • The May Queen
  • The Wanderer
  • The Byzantine Treasure
  • Secret Mission
  • The Inquisitor
  • Tables Turned
  • The Traitor
  • The Thorkil Ghost
  • The Knight Who Came to Dinner
  • The Wager
  • The Prisoner


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    Product Details

    • Actors: Richard Greene, Donald Pleasence, Rufus Cruikshank, Alan Wheatley, Alexander Gauge
    • Directors: Ralph Smart, Bernard Knowles, Terence Fisher, Dan Birt
    • Format: Box set, Black & White, Full Screen, Mono, NTSC
    • Language: English
    • Region: All Regions
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
    • Number of discs: 3
    • Rated: Unrated
    • Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
    • DVD Release Date: March 18, 2008
    • Run Time: 975 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B0012VCMR0
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,832 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "The Adventures of Robin Hood: Season 1" on IMDb

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    66 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Kimba W. Lion VINE VOICE on March 21, 2008
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    For those not fortunate enough to have grown up with these shows, Richard Greene is probably the second-best Robin Hood ever (Errol Flynn being number one). The rest of the cast all seem right for their roles, too. Stretching the Robin Hood legend out over more than 120 episodes may seem to be a daunting proposition, but each one of these episodes is at the very least a pleasant way to spend half an hour, and the stories are always true to the spirit of the legend.

    So what do you get in this set? All 39 episodes of the first season on 3 single-sided discs (not 4 as Amazon currently states), so the eagle-eyed among us will see some artifacts resulting from that much compression. Mill Creek has pulled from a variety of sources: some very worn films, and apparently some previous video releases (even, I suspect, some European releases). You get to see a couple of original sponsor messages (Wild Rood Cream Oil and BandAids) and you are occasionally informed that "this film was flown from Europe to the US via Pan Am", with a CBS logo or two. There are also a couple of syndication prints in which the title of the show was changed to "Richard Greene plays Robin Hood in Adventures in Sherwood Forest".

    Because of the way this set was put together, the physical quality of the shows varies greatly. Some are very dark, others are too contrasty or blown out, and several have a heavy green tint to them. The ones that appear to be sourced from European videos have the best picture quality, but often have a distracting twinkling line on the left edge of the picture (which you may not see, depending on your DVD player and TV set). This set cannot hold a candle to the quality of the DVDs released in the UK, but you'd pay much more for the UK sets.

    All in all, for the price, most people will be happy with this set, and Richard Greene's portrayal of Robin Hood is worth seeing. Videophiles or devotees of this series will have to have the outstanding UK DVDs, though.
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    49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Annie Van Auken TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 7, 2008
    Format: DVD
    THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD was a half-hour British TV show designed for American export. Its target audience was children, so "Robin" aired on the CBS-TV network, Monday nights at 7:30. The series lasted four seasons, from 9/26/55 to 11/12/60. Cast members of "Robin Hood" often appeared in multiple roles and regular characters were at times portrayed by different actors.
    The cast for season #1 (the scope of this DVD set) included:

    Richard Greene (Robin Hood)
    Donald Pleasence (Prince John)
    Rufus Cruikshank (Little John)
    Alan Wheatley (Sheriff of Nottingham)
    Alexander Gauge (Friar Tuck)
    Ian Hunter (Sir Richard)
    Bernadette O'Farrell (Maid Marian Fitzwater)
    Gillian Sterret (Lady Genevieve)
    Paul Eddington (Will Scarlet O'Winchester)

    NOTEWORTHY:
    Best known to modern audiences is Donald Pleasence (Prince John), who had an extensive film career, particularly in the horror and action genres.
    Jane Asher (Paul McCartney's girlfriend during his "Beatlemania" days) and her brother Peter (half of the 60's folk-rock duo "Peter & Gordon") both appear in episode #28 ("Children of the Greenwood"). Peter also guests in episode #13 ("The Youingest Outlaw").

    SYNOPSIS for THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD:
    While he is off fighting the Crusades, King Richard charges Robin and his men with the protection of his kingdom. Robin's chief protagonist is the wily Prince John.

    The following 39 season #1 episodes are sequential by original airdate.
    Also included are chapter titles and primary guest stars.
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    19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By William Sutton on March 20, 2008
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    It's been years since I've seen any of this show but it was one of my favorites when we got our first TV in 1955. I enjoyed the show thru its original run and liked it in reruns. I'm generally happy with what I've watched on the DVD set of Season 1 so far, and even remember one or two of the episodes. I got a kick seeing Leo McKern in the 1st two episodes, as two different characters, and was amazed to find this was his very first work on the small screen. At any rate, while the opening credits are often dark or grainy, the picture and sound transfer of most episodes seems pretty good and easy to watch. The only negative is the fact that the closing credits don't always match the episode they follow. I've seen this on two episodes so far--in both cases the names of the characters don't match the characters in the episode and on one of them the copyright date was wrong. As long as the episodes themselves are watchable I guess I won't let that bother me too much. I don't know if you would enjoy this if you never saw the series before, but as nostalgia, if you remember the show, it is a good watch, especially for the more than reasonable price.
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    17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Earth that Was on May 17, 2008
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    "The Adventures of Robin Hood" has quality digital reproduction of a now very old television series. I don't believe it has been digitally remastered so you are seeing the original version. The package has little in the way of extras, commentaries or the other add ons that have made rediscovering the classics such a treat in recent years.

    The series is finely acted, has a superb theatre trained cast and well written. Unlike some recent Hollywood and indeed British "re-imaginings", it honours and respects the centuries long literary tradition of Robin Hood. Unfortunately, this will mainly be of interest to those who remember the original broadcasts and who are after a nostalgia fix. Still they may be a little disappointed too, the early episodes, especially before Little John, Tuck and Maid Marion are introduced, seem to drag. I didn't realise how many episodes it took to get the 'gang' all together. It was that whole ensemble cast, along with the delightfully crafty Sheriff of Nottingham, who together made the story we remember.

    Modern audiences and young people raised on colour, special effects and fast paced action adventures will almost certainly find the series slow and tedious. That's a shame. Special effects and explosive action are great fun but they aren't everything. Maybe they should take the time to read the Adventures of Robin Hood first and then they may appreciate this series better.
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    Season 2 to be released October 14, 2008
    That is great news. I have thoroughly enjoyed Season one and I certainly hope the two remaining seasons will also be released.
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