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The Adventures of Robin Hood is a 1938 American Technicolor swashbuckler film from Warner Bros. Pictures. It was produced by Hal B. Wallis and Henry Blanke, directed by Michael Curtiz and William Keighley, and stars Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains, Patric Knowles, Eugene Pallette and Alan Hale Sr.
The film was written by Norman Reilly Raine and Seton I. Miller. The storyline depicts the legendary Saxon knight Robin Hood who, in King Richard the Lionheart's absence in the Holy Land during the Crusades, fights back as the outlaw leader of a rebel guerrilla band against Prince John and the Norman lords oppressing the Saxon commoners.
The Adventures of Robin Hood has been acclaimed by critics since its release. In 1995, the film was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation by the National Film Registry.Alan Hale Sr., who plays Little John, had played the same character in Douglas Fairbanks's 1922 version of the film and went on to play him again in Rogues of Sherwood Forest, released by Columbia in 1950, a 28-year span.
Richard, the Norman King of England, is taken captive in 1191 by Duke Leopold while returning from the Third Crusade. Richard's treacherous brother Prince John, aided by fellow Norman Sir Guy of Gisbourne, takes the opportunity to name himself regent of England, and increases the taxes and regulations on the Saxons under the pretense of gathering ransom for Richard.
The Normans exploit and oppress the Saxons. Sir Robin of Locksley, a Saxon noble, opposes the brutality and rescues Much the Miller's Son from being executed for poaching, earning Gisbourne's ire. Robin confronts Prince John at Nottingham Castle during a banquet, telling the guests that he regards John's declaring himself regent in Richard's absence to be treason. John orders Robin's execution, but he escapes and flees with Much and Will Scarlet into Sherwood Forest. In response, John seizes Robin's lands and names him an outlaw.
Much is sent to recruit men to join their band. Robin and Will meet up with John the Little on a log bridge, and after a quarterstaff contest, welcome him into their ranks. Dozens more men join Robin's band by swearing an oath to harm the rich only to aid the poor, to fight injustice, and to show courtesy to all oppressed. They start a guerrilla war against Gisbourne and John, sniping those who abuse their power.
Robin's band encounters the rotund Friar Tuck, a renowned swordsman. Tuck joins the band and assists in capturing a company of Normans bringing a shipment of food and taxes. In the company are Gisbourne, the cowardly Sheriff of Nottingham, and King Richard's ward Lady Marian; the men are humiliated at the subsequent woodland banquet, while Marian is given a seat of honor by Robin. Initially scornful, she comes to share his views when he shows her the aftermath of the Norman brutality against the Saxons. Robin sends the convoy back to Nottingham Castle, telling them that they have Marian's presence to thank for their lives being spared.
Having noted Robin's fixation on Marian during the woodland banquet, the Sheriff suggests hosting an archery tournament with the Lady Marian giving out the golden arrow prize in order to entrap Robin. Robin enters the tournament, is recognized by his unsurpassed archery skill, and is sentenced to death. Marian aids the Merry Men in a scheme to save Robin. After his escape, he scales the palace walls to thank Marian, and the two pledge their love for one another. Marian declines Robin's offer of marriage, electing to stay and be a Saxon spy in the castle.
King Richard returns with some of his knights. The Bishop of the Black Canons sees through Richard's disguise at a roadside inn, and alerts John. John sends disgraced former knight Dickon Malbete to kill Richard, promising Dickon Robin's title and lands. Marian overhears and writes to Robin, but is found out by Gisbourne and sentenced to death. Her nursemaid, Bess, tells Much everything. Much intercepts Dickon and kills him, but is wounded.
Richard and his men disguise themselves as Norman monks, travel through Sherwood and (as planned) are stopped by Robin. Assuring Robin they are on the King's business, Richard accepts Robin's offer of hospitality and his condemnation of the Crusades, but does not reveal his identity.
Will finds Much and carries him to Robin, and Much relays Bess' news. Robin orders his men to find and protect Richard; now sure of Robin's loyalty, Richard reveals himself. He and Robin coerce the Bishop of the Black Canons to allow them to join his monks in disguise so they can enter the castle. Once inside, Richard announces his presence, and a huge melee erupts. Robin duels Gisbourne and kills him, freeing Marian and prompting the rest of John's men to surrender.
Back on the throne, King Richard banishes John and restores Robin's rank, promoting him to Baron of Locksley, and Earl of Sherwood and Nottingham. The King also declares amnesty for the Merry Men, and commands Robin to take Lady Marian as his wife. Robin exits the castle with Marian as the Merry Men celebrate.
Errol Flynn as Sir Robin of Locksley, a.k.a. Robin Hood
Olivia de Havilland as Lady Marian Fitzwalter/Maid Marian
Basil Rathbone as Guy of Gisbourne
Claude Rains as John, King of England
Patric Knowles as Will à Gamwell a.k.a. Will Scarlet
Eugene Pallette as Friar Tuck
Alan Hale, Sr. as John Little, a.k.a. Little John
Herbert Mundin as Much, the Miller's Son
Melville Cooper as the High Sheriff of Nottingham
Una O'Connor as Bess
Ian Hunter as Richard I of England
Montagu Love as the Bishop of the Black Canons
Harry Cording as Dickon Malbete
Ivan F. Simpson as the proprietor of the Kent Road Tavern
Leonard Willey as Sir Essex, a supporter of Prince John
Robert Noble as Sir Ralf, a supporter of Prince John
Kenneth Hunter as Sir Mortimer, a supporter of Prince John
Robert Warwick as Sir Geoffrey, a supporter of Prince John
Colin Kenny as Sir Baldwin, a supporter of Prince John
Lester Matthews as Sir Ivor, a supporter of Prince JohnUncredited:
Lionel Belmore as Humility Prin, proprietor of the Saracens Head Tavern
Charles Bennett as peddler at tournament
Frank Hagney as a man-at-arms
Holmes Herbert as the archery referee at the tournament
Howard Hill as Owain the Welshman, Robin's rival in the archery tournament
Crauford Kent as Sir Norbett, a supporter of Prince John
Carole Landis as a guest at the banquet
Leonard Mudie as the town crier and as an eye-patched man stealthily telling men to meet Robin at the Gallows Oak
Reginald Sheffield as the herald at tournament
Trigger as Lady Marian's horse
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