Tuesday, February 03, 2009

The Adventures of Robin Hood

The Younger Son picked this well-loved classic to watch tonight as he recovers from wisdom teeth extraction. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) is perfect, having something for everybody. It has action, adventure, fencing sword-play, romance, humor... Claude Rains. Now really! Who wouldn't like this film? It's directed by Michael Curtiz and William Keighley and stars Errol Flynn as Robin. It also has Alan Hale, Basil Rathbone, Olivia de Havilland, Una O'Connor, Eugene Pallette, Herbert Mundin and, as I said, Claude Rains. The music by Korngold is perfectly suited to the characters and action. The husband says one of the stunt men broke a leg during the filming. He also says that Maid Marian's horse would later be re-named Trigger for the Lone Ranger.


Roger Ebert has it on his list of great movies and closes by saying,
The ideal hero must do good, defeat evil, have a good time and win the girl. "The Adventures of Robin Hood" is like a textbook on how to get that right.

The New York Times describes it this way:
A richly produced, bravely bedecked, romantic and colorful show, it leaps boldly to the forefront of this year's best and can be calculated to rejoice the eights, rejuvenate the eighties, and delight those in between.

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