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The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Family | 26 June 1952 (USA)
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With King Richard away at the crusades, Prince John rules England with an iron fist and tasks the Sheriff of Nottingham with the collection of high taxes and the capture of outlaw Robin Hood.

Director:

Ken Annakin

Writer:

Lawrence Edward Watkin (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Todd ... Robin Hood
Joan Rice ... Maid Marian
Peter Finch ... Sheriff of Nottingham
James Hayter ... Friar Tuck
James Robertson Justice ... Little John
Martita Hunt ... Queen Eleanor
Hubert Gregg ... Prince John
Bill Owen ... Stutely
Reginald Tate Reginald Tate ... Hugh Fitzooth
Elton Hayes Elton Hayes ... Allan-a-Dale
Anthony Eustrel ... Archbishop of Canterbury
Patrick Barr ... King Richard
Anthony Forwood ... Will Scarlet
Hal Osmond Hal Osmond ... Much the Miller
Michael Hordern ... Scathelock
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Storyline

Young Robin Hood, in love with Maid Marian, enters an archery contest with his father at the King's palace. On the way home his father is murdered by hench men of Prince John. Robin takes up the life of an outlaw, gathering together his band of merry men with him in Sherwood Forest, to avenge his father's death and to help the people of the land that Prince John are over taxing. Written by McGinty <McGinty@aol.com>

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An all-live-action picture.


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Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 June 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Story of Robin Hood See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$4,578,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Patrick Barr would later play King Richard in two episodes of The Adventures of Robin Hood, Richard the Lion-Heart & Secret Mission. See more »

Goofs

In one scene Maid Marian is wearing a dress with a zipper in the back. Zippers weren't invented for another thirteen centuries. See more »

Quotes

Maid Marian: Just what do you think you are doing?
Robin Hood: Getting up.
Maid Marian: You are not. Come now, a sup of barley broth.
Robin Hood: I'm sick to death of barley broth. And once more I've been bullied long enough by you and that turniped faced friar.
Friar Tuck: Hmph!
Maid Marian: Now you drink this!
Robin Hood: You drink it!
Friar Tuck: [sits on Robin Hood so he can't move] Pour it down his throat.
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Connections

Version of When Things Were Rotten (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Whistle My Love
(uncredited)
Music by George Wyle
Lyrics by Eddie Pola
Sung by Elton Hayes
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Stands Up on it's Own
6 January 2005 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I remember as a small lad seeing this on Walt Disney's hour television show where he regularly segmented his feature films for broadcast. Unfortunately this Robin Hood gets overlooked next to Errol Flynn's and the silent with Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. but it has enough merit to stand on its own.

Richard Todd is a dashing Robin Hood and he was at the height of his career when he did this film for Walt Disney. Todd was a fine performer and should have had a much bigger career than he did.

The cast is filled out with a fine group of British performers. Two in my opinion really stand out. Peter Finch gets his first real exposure to American audiences as the villainous Sheriff of Nottingham. He probably had the biggest career of all the cast members.

Secondly the booming James Robertson Justice as Little John is never bad in any film he was ever in. The classic battle between Robin Hood and Little John with staffs on a log bridge was never done better.

During the 1950s this version also had competition from television where Richard Greene had a successful series for about seven years. The TV series was a good one, but this film doesn't have to yield to it either.

A fine adventure film, the kind just not being made any more.


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