Film 326 in the ‘1001 films to see before you die’ challenge is 1938’s “The Adventures of Robin Hood”. Directed by Michael Curtiz & William Keighley, this action adventure romance is about a Saxon knight who, in King Richard’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. Not gonna lie, I did find this film to drag for the majority of it’s duration. One of the first things I noted down was that the film didn’t look like it was from the late 30’s but it sure as hell felt like one. I think that annoys me the most about the film is that it wasn’t filmed in England. It was filmed in Pasadena, California. Besides that, I thought the film was alright but nothing you should rush out and watch. My question to the audience is:- Who is the best actor to portray Robin Hood in either film or TV? Errol Flynn? Russell Hicks? Russell Crowe? Martin Potter? Let me know in the comments your answers. Also, if you have seen this film then let me know what you thought of it in the comments. Here is what I had to say while watching 1938’s “The Adventures of Robin Hood”.
Film – The Adventures of Robin Hood
Year – 1938
Director – Michael Curtiz & William Keighley
Written by – Norman Reilly Raine, Seton I. Miller
Staring – Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone
IMDb Rating – 8/10
My Rating – 6/10
Length – 102 min (1h 42min)
Genre – Action, Adventure, Romance
Shout out to Irving Rapper – What a name
This doesn’t look like a film from the late 30’s
Those candles look plastic
OH NO!!! YOU SPILT THE WINE!!!
Was he about to skin a deer?
Oh, hey Robin Hood
So… Is King Richard the good guy in this?
And like a cowardly heel Prince John rides away
So… We’re in Nottinghamshire???? OK then
Wait a minute!!! IMDb says this was made in Pasadena, California – PASADENA IS NOT IN ENGLAND!!!
And here we see why the north and south of England don’t like each other
Is this what it’s like at The Houses of Commons?
Remember that deer I killed? Well you can have it as a present
So… Robin’s meal is two roast chickens?!?
So… They are taxing The Saxons so The King can release his brother from an Austrian prison?!
Shout out to the man from Leeds
So.. You have ginger hair but your goatee is blonde?!? – Did they have Just For Men back then?
For a film rated U/E there is a lot of people getting stabbed by arrows
Did Robin just kill two guards by throwing a bench at them?
You’re clearly in front of a green screen
Robin just shot someone in the dick!
Is it me or am I the only one who’s playing that one Bryan Adams song in their heads throughout?
And The King has put a death note on Robin
Hello stranger, fancy meeting you on this log over the river
You two duel, I’ll be here playing music
Robin just fell in the river but his hat remains dry
And Little John has joined Robin’s gang
Everyone… TO SHERWOOD OAK!!
Reading – Sounds like Prince John’s on a murder rampage
STOP WASTING WINE!!
We then find The Friar snoring by a tree
Nice of Robin to do Friar’s fishing for him
Look fat man, you will give me a piggy back ride across this river
Friar’s cheating! He just raked at Robin’s nose!
Why do all of Robin’s fights end up in rivers?
Remember earlier I said this film didn’t look like a film from the late 30’s… It sure feels like one
34 minutes in and I somewhat know what’s happening – It’s just taking a while to get to the climax
Sir Guy? Terrible name and a terrible fleet as he’s just been robbed by Robin
Those look like some rough falls
Well that’s one way to flirt with the enemies women
This woman doesn’t care about anything
Is that a fried duck?
Taking from the rich and giving to the poor – Sounds like a good idea
See rich woman, your greed caused these poor people’s houses to be burnt down
Return back to Nottingham Castle as you are you bastards
So… Has rich woman had a change of heart – I have no idea what her name is?
One of the Prince’s men suggests an archery tournament to capture Robin
Time for the archery tournament where the winner gets… a golden arrow!
So…. We’re not gonna mention how Sir Guy & Co. got their change of clothes?
It’s taken me 54 minutes to know Rich Woman’s name – It’s Marion
Why is Robin dressed like a homeless wizard?
Look… I’m leaving for Norwich in the morning so do what you want with Robin when I leave
And Robin wins the tournament
All those men and not one of them can grab Robin
And just as I type that, Robin gets arrested
Starting to fall asleep a little to this
So… Sir Guy is now in charge and sentenced Robin to be hanged by morning
Those head rests that Marion has been wearing are horrible
Marion visits Robin’s camp to join their camp
Time to hang Robin in front a capacity audience
It’s only now that we’ve had our first pair of ripped tights
Marion’s plan actually worked and Robin escapes on a horse with his gang
Did Robin just sneak into Marion’s room?
“When he’s between your legs, he’s as weak as water” – Is that how you describe sex?
So… If you don’t love Robin then why did you let him live?
Oh wait… She’s changed her mind and just kissed Robin
So… Did Marion agree to be a spy for Robin at the castle?
Who’s this man?
Doesn’t matter he’s left
And Prince John has returned and his men plan to kill King Richard by the fire
Wait… John and Guy are brothers?!?
Why does Marion’s mother look like a garden gnome?
And Marion’s has been caught for helping the enemy
Really? You’re gonna kill a woman with a sword? IN 48 HOURS!??!
Really dragging now
Wait… Who’s he?
Wait… HE’ S KING RICHARD!!!!!
Time to make Prince John a King
Bit late on that music cue there guards
Ah… John and Richard are brothers! Not John and Guy
How to kill a bunch of guards in one go – Drop a table on them
You guys fight, I’m off to free Marion
See, I am a nice guy, I’ll give you your sword back so we can resume fighting
That was a good shot with the shadows
And Guy has been killed by Robin
Robin’s clearly bent his sword
Doesn’t matter because his army will have all the enemy swords
And John and his men have been banished from England by order of Richard
And Richard just married Robin & Marion – Can Kings be priests?