Title: The Adventures of Robin Hood
Directors: Michael Curtiz and William Keighly
Original Release: 1938
Choice: My Wife's
My Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Words of Note
Quite a number of Robin Hood movies have been made over the years. I have seen at least four myself. But the 1938 classic starring Errol Flynn is the standard by which all others are judged.
In England, the legend of Robin Hood goes back hundreds of years, references to be found as early as the 13th century. However, much of what has come to be accepted as part of his story has been invented relatively recently. The idea of stealing from the rich and giving to the poor, for instance, did not appear until the 19th century. Also, Robin Hood was a commoner for most of his history, his portrayal as a displaced nobleman relatively new, as is his portrayal as a royalist devoted to King Richard the Lionheart.
The Adventures of Robin Hood was Warner Brothers' first Technicolor feature. Despite the big budget required to film, the movie was a box office smash and won three Oscars. The lead was also probably the defining role of the dazzlingly handsome Flynn's career. There's eye candy in both dressing rooms for this one, with the beautiful Olivia de Havilland cast as Maid Marion. In addition to being a satisfying film visually, the movie's score won an Oscar for Erich Wolfgang Korngold and became a popular concert piece in its own right.