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The Adventures of Robin Hood

The Adventures of Robin Hood

Director: Michael Curtiz, William Keighley Cast: Errol Flynn
Errol Flynn
, Olivia de Havilland
Olivia de Havilland
, Basil Rathbone
Basil Rathbone
Michael Curtiz, William Keighley,
The Adventures of Robin Hood

The Adventures of Robin Hood

Director: Michael Curtiz, William Keighley Cast: Errol Flynn
Errol Flynn
, Olivia de Havilland
Olivia de Havilland
, Basil Rathbone
Basil Rathbone
Michael Curtiz, William Keighley,

Blu-ray (Remastered / Full Frame)

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In order to avoid the material copyrighted by Douglas Fairbanks Sr. for his 1922 Robin Hood, the scripters of this Flynn version relied on several legendary episodes that had never before been filmed, notably the battle between Robin and Little John (Alan Hale Sr., who played this part three times in his long career) and the "piggy-back" episode between Robin and Friar Tuck (Eugene Pallette). The film ties together the various ancient anecdotes with a storyline bounded by the capture in Austria of Richard the Lionheart (Ian Hunter) on one end and Richard's triumphant return to England on the other. Robin Hood is already an outlaw at the outset of the film, while Maid Marian (Olivia de Havilland) is initially part of the enemy camp, as one of Prince John's (Claude Rains) entourage. Marian warms up to Robin's fight against injustice (and to Robin himself), eventually becoming a trusted ally. James Cagney was originally announced for the role of Robin Hood, just before Cagney left Warner Bros. in a salary dispute. William Keighley was the original director, but he worked too slowly to suit the tight production schedule and was replaced by Michael Curtiz (both men receive screen credit). A lengthy opening jousting sequence was shot but removed from the final print; portions of this sequence show up as stock footage in the 1957 Warners film The Story of Mankind. The chestnut-colored Palomino horse ridden by de Havilland in the Sherwood Forest scenes later gained screen stardom as Roy Rogers' Trigger.

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Product Details

Release Date: 08/26/2008
UPC: 0012569798397
Original Release: 1938
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Home Video
Time: 1:42:00
Sales rank: 1,613

Special Features

Commentary by film historian Rudy Behlmer; Leonard Maltin hosts Warner Night at the Movies 1938 featuring vintage newsreel, musical short Freddie Rich and His Orchestra, classic cartoon Katnip Kollege and Angels With Dirty Faces theatrical trailer; 2 in-depth documentaries:; Welcome to Sherwood: The Story of The Adventures of Robin Hood; Glorious Technicolor, celebrating this revered color filmmaking process; Outtakes; Robin Hood Through the Ages: Excerpts from the 1912 first screen adaptation, Douglas Fairbanks' rousing 1922 silent and this 1938 version - dubbed in German; A Journey to Sherwood Forest: Basil Rathbone and Erich Wolfgang Korngold home movies shot during production; 2 classic cartoons: Rabbit Hood and Robin Hood Daffy; Splitting the Arrow: historical art, costume design, scene concept drawings, cast & crew, publicity & poster galleries; 2 vintage short subjects: Cavalcade of Archery and The Cruise of the Zaca; Breakdowns of 1938: Studio Blooper Reel; 3 audio-only bonuses:; Music-only audio track showcasing the film's Oscar Winning score; The Robin Hood Radio Show; Korngold Piano Sessions; Errol Flynn trailer gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Errol Flynn Robin Hood
Olivia de Havilland Maid Marian
Basil Rathbone Sir Guy of Gisbourne
Claude Rains Prince John
Patric Knowles Will Scarlett
Eugene Pallette Friar Tuck
Alan Hale Little John
Melville Cooper Sheriff of Nottingham
Ian Hunter Richard I the Lionheart
Una O'Connor Bess
Herbert Mundin Much-the-Miller's-son
Montagu Love Bishop of the Black Cannons
Leonard Willey Sir Essex
Robert Noble Sir Ralf
Kenneth Hunter Sir Mortimer
Robert Warwick Sir Geoffrey
Colin Kenny Sir Baldwin
Lester Matthews Sir Ivor
Harry Cording Dickon Malbete
Howard Hill Captain of Archers
Ivan Simpson Proprietor of the Kent Road Tavern
James Baker Philip of Arras
Wilfred Lucas Archery Official
Reginald Sheffield Herald at Archery Toumament
Lionel Belmore Humility Prin
Hal Brazeale High Sheriff's Squire
Edward Dew Outlaw
Herbert Evans Seneschal
Austin Fairman Sir Nigel
Alec Harford Outlaw
Holmes Herbert Archery Referee
Peter Hobbes Outlaw
Leyland Hodgson Norman Officer
Olaf Hytten Outlaw
Crauford Kent Sir Norbert
Marten Lamont Sir Guy's Squire
Charles McNaughton Crippen
Leonard Mudie Town Crier
Janet Shaw Humility's Daughter
Val Stanton Outlaw
John Sutton Richard's Knight

Technical Credits
Michael Curtiz Director
William Keighley Director
Milo Anderson Costumes/Costume Designer
Henry Blanke Producer
Fred Cavens Consultant/advisor
Ralph Dawson Editor
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Tony Gaudio Cinematographer
Howard Hill Consultant/advisor
Erich Wolfgang Korngold Score Composer
Seton Miller Screenwriter
Sol Polito Cinematographer
Norman Reilly Raine Screenwriter
C.A. Riggs Sound/Sound Designer
Hal B. Wallis Producer
Perc Westmore Makeup
Carl Jules Weyl Art Director

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