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Columbia first cast Gig Young as the heavy in this film, then suspended him when he refused the role. Actor Alan Hale died in 1950 and Rogues of Sherwood Forest was his last film. In addition to this film, Hale appeared as "Little John" in both the 1922 United Artists film Robin Hood, and in the 1938 Warner Bros. film The Adventures of Robin Hood.
The story of Robin Hood has been the basis for numerous films. The earliest was a one-reel film made in the United States in 1908 by Kalem. A British film Robin Hood and His Merry Men was produced the same year. Another version was made by Thanhouser Film Corp. in 1913, starring William Russell (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20; F1.3752.) A fourth version was directed by Allan Dwan for United Artists in 1922, starring Douglas Fairbanks (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.4663). In 1938 Warner Bros. released The Adventures of Robin Hood starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland and directed by Michael Curtiz and William Keighley (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.0021). RKO and Walt Disney British Productions co-financed The Story of Robin Hood in 1952. This production starred Richard Todd and was directed by Ken Annakin. In 1961, Columbia released Sword of Sherwood Forest, starring Richard Greene, who also starred in the television series Robin Hood, which was broadcast on the CBS network from 1955-58. In 1964, Warner Bros. produced Robin and the Seven Hoods, directed by Gordon Douglas and starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr.
A Challange for Robin Hood was made by Hammer Film Productions in 1967, and starred Barrie Inhham and Gay Hamilton. C. M. Pennington-Richards directed this British production. Another film based on the Robin Hood character, The Ribald Tales of Robin Hood, was produced by P.B.S. Co-Mondo in 1969. It was directed by Richard Kanter and starred Ralph Jenkins and Dee Lockwood (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1961-70; F6.4839, F6.4139, F6.0730). Robin and Marian, made by Columbia in 1976, starred Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn as the aging lovers. In 1991, Morgan Creek released Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves starring Kevin Costner and directed by Kevin Reynolds. The Costner film, as well as other Robin Hood films, was parodied in the 1993 comedy film Robin Hood: Men in Tights, directed by Mel Brooks and starring Cary Elwes and Richard Lewis. An American television movie entitled The Adventures of Robin Hood, starring Patrick Bergin and Uma Thurman, was released theatrically overseas by Twentieth Century-Fox.