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 ›
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 ›
This is good natured hokum on a low level. The dialog isn't worth repeating, the costumes are pristine no matter what they're put through (Hood Jr. even sports sparkly stuff on his shirt), the acting is very broad, the plot is pretty basic, there's lots of silly humor and gay music to punctuate it. Cornel Wilde plays Jr. as a bit of a letch. Only the bad guys die, which is only fair since they're causing all the trouble. It makes for a pleasant waste of time, a throwback to good old Saturday matinees. I enjoyed it.
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Found it at an excellent price, in a genre I love, the first thing I noticed was the vibrant color and fine photograghy. Looks like a high quality production. Read morePublished 1 month ago by W. G. McCaslen
Everything was good, but still not the movie i am looking for.Published 14 months ago by Robert Harris
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 17 months ago by Celia Trimboli
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