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The ONLY Robin Hood!
Hollywood can remake this film 50 times and it will never, ever be as good as this one! The casting alone is worth the price of admission but the acting - oh, my, the acting! - is nothing short of superb. Errol Flynn was gorgeous as Robin and played this part to the hilt, with his antagonist, the great Basil Rathbone as Sir Guy, matching him in the good vs. evil morality of this play. Few realize that both Flynn and Rathbone were incredible fencers in their own right and this served to make their swashbuckling scenes electrifying both here and in "Captain Blood." Claude Rains, always at his best in a smarmy role, is the perfect Prince John who tries to usurp his absent brother's throne. Una O'Connor, just one of the many great character actors in this film, has you giggling as she performs her role as Maid Marian's nurse, Bess. Olivia de Haviland, so young and beautiful, is perfection as Maid Marian. There isn't a lull in the entire film, as Michael Curtiz saw to it that this film clipped along with magic in every scene. The archery tournament is extraordinary but pay particular attention to the swordfighting scenes between Flynn and Rathbone. Some were actually choreographed by the two actors themselves and each move is daring and spectacular! Don't be afraid of allowing your children to watch this film. They will love it!
All Time Favorite.
This is one of the first movies I ever fell in love with as a kid. Its such a fun movie to watch, but it also is memorable and meaningful. The acting is absolutely spot on from Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, and Claude Rains (as well as from the entire supporting cast). The score is unbelievable, and probably my favorite of any movie. Overall, The Adventures of Robin Hood remains a classic but is also still relevant and enjoyable 70 years later.
Bob, I believe you're correct. Maid Marion's horse was named Golden Cloud. Roy bought the palomino and changed its name to Trigger. That's the story I heard.
Errol Flynn puts the biggest smile on my face :)
I just bought this movie, because I love it so much, I need to see it more often than they play it TCM!
One of the Greatest
- Mr Ed
One of the 10 greatest movies ever made. It will never be equaled. Flynn at the top of his game.
The Music of Erich Wolfgang Korngold
- J. Neola
The magnificent original music score for "the Adventures of Robin Hood" by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, the great child prodigy of 20th Century classical music is, in the opinion of many, many serious scholars of film music arguably the greatest music score in the entire history of motion pictures. And it is easy to understand as Korngold's music isn't background music but foreground music that shapes character and mood, delineates action, and propels the narrative. Written as though it were "an opera without words", the score has at least 15 major and minor leit motifs that brilliantly delineate everything you see, everything you hear, everything you feel. This score is the Gold Standard by which all others pale and this score is why Korngold -- even though he only composed the scores for about 16 movies in total (for his movie scores were only a small part of his creative output) -- remains the most influential, most distinguished, and most respected composer in the history of the movies.
The Adventures of Robin Hood
More than a review, I have a question. Hopefully someone can answer it. Is it correct that the Palamino horse that Olivia De Havelland rode in that movie was Roy Rogers' "Trigger".Thank you.
Two Great Villains
- Basil Claude
to think that Rathbone was the King's swordsman.Claude and Bones seem to have a good time here (love when in Marian's room the way he says "castle").Or the meeting in the hall with Rains,Rathbone and Love witnessed by Olivia.The scenes with Rathbone and Rains,Rains,Cooper and Rathbone with "that bonnet" that Cooper wears after the kidnapping of Rathbone's troops in the forest,Rathbone's nudging Olivia in "Robin's hanging scene".Love these two veteran good/bad guys,too bad they weren't on screen together again.
A fun movie that has stood the test of time
Too light on drama and realism? Unchallenging and artificial? More of a cartoon than a cartoon? Do we really want to work that hard watching a movie? Sometimes it's nice to just sit back, relax, and escape for a couple of hours. This movie has delivered that over the years and continues to do so with a great cast, cinematography, and score.
Robin Hood, One of the Best Ever
- Graham Thomas
One of the best films ever made in every category. Errol and Olivia as beautiful as they'll ever be, Claude at his oiliest, Basil is DOA from scene 1, art direction, cinematography, costumes, color, all the character actors etc, etc,. Particularly noteworthy for editing. I put it just behind Jaws- the pace never flags. Korngold's score is the icing on the cake.Some criticism that it is a bit lightweight are credible, but remember when it was made, and clearly the director wanted to be faithful to his sources. I can only imagine seeing this as a kid the year it was made, it would have transported me!No one ever mentions its influences, in particular the influence of the great Golden Age illustrator Howard Pyle and especially NC Wyeth, both bringing imagination and a cinematic quality to the early classic adventure books. Look at Wyeth's sun-dappled scenes before you watch the film.
Great Rathbone Turn As Gestapo-like Minion
- Alwaya Apleasure
He makes this picture a must for me.Good Flynn film,but not what it is without Rathbone.He was stagy actor,but what presence!I'd take him over Robin,even if he was evil.
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
- Mr. Blandings
Definitely a lively and nicely filmed adaptation of the legend, but it was far too light on drama and realism for my tastes. It also lacked any sense of urgency or danger. When Robin has no problem single-handedly fending off a thousand castle guards in the first big scene you know how unchallenging and artificial the movie is going to be. Except for Marion, who all-to-quickly switches sides, there is no character development here whatsoever. They're all one-dimensional hero types who can do just about anything without much of a struggle. I can understand producers wanting to make a light-hearted adventure film to appeal to kids and families but, heck, even Disney's animated Robin Hood had scarier, more dramatic scenes, and with nastier villains. And when the romance between two anthropomorphized foxes is more developed and touching than it is between the flesh-and-blood Errol and Olivia ... well, it's a case of a live-action film being more of a cartoon than a cartoon. While I did like the occasional touches of humor between the Merry Men, and while I certainly respect the film's historical importance, I just found it all overly simplistic when it could have been so much more.
The greatest Robin and villain,Sir Guynot just of the devil,but the Reich
The Best Robin Ever
- Baron Locksley
Never ceases to delight.Ms DeHavilland can be super proud of this gem.Would love to hear her stories of all her castmates,esp Baz and Claude
Best Sword Fight Ever
One of Flynn's best known.I watch it for Rathbone's intense portrayal of a Hitler-like minnion,the real power behind the thrown.He's cool,bides his time and strikes,but the allies are ready.Hopefully,it gave hope to those in peril during the dark days of pre-WWII.
Perfect in every way
Delightful movie, beautiful score, gorgeous Technicolor. Perfect casting and acting. Unforgettable screenplay. My favourite movie of all time!
Make Way For Sir Guy
To me,this picture would not be the same without Rathbone.Not just his swordsmanship,but chemistry and even matching with Flynn.He made Flynn strive to learn more about his craft than just stunts,and flirting with Miss Olivia.And she is a lovely lady love for either.Robin is an ideal,and thank goodness for movies like this with the horrors in Europe and Asia before,during and after this film came about!
The Adventures of Robin Hood
- Dashiell Barnes
Flynn gives the performance he was born to play in this Michael Curtiz cinema masterpiece. Even by today's standard's the film is fast- paced & exciting, added by Erich Wolfgang Korngold's score. Strong visuals and fight scenes are masterfully filmed. My only complaint is that it didn't win a 'Best Picture' Academy award. I give it a 4.5/5.
Great fun, great film.
- alexander perez
Errol Flynn truly is the Robin Hood of ALL Robin Hoods! this is a spectacular technicolor adventure film (one of the greatest), with great stars like Olivia de Havilland as Maid Marian, Claude Rains as Prince John, Basil Rathbone as Sir Guy of Gisbourne, etc. great action sequences, along with Erich Wofgang Korngold's wondrous score (the Merry Men March for instance), what's not to love about this fillm?
The Adventures of Robin Hood
- Greg Zatara
The best Robin Hood Movie and the best Actor Errol Flynn, you can't go wrong.
The Adventures of Robin Hood
- Mark Sutch
The Adventure of Robin Hood rocks!
I loved this movie! It's got action, suspense and romance! Errol was brilliant as Robin. Basil Rathbone was great as Sir Guy of Gisbourne. I loved Basil as Holmes also. Basil is a great bad/good guy. The swordfighting towards the end was awesome. I could watch it over and over and never get sick of it. All of the actors were awesome. Loved it.
The Adventures Of Robin Hood (1938)
- Sara Ann
Wonderful movie! Errol Flynn is still Robin Hood. Unsurpassed!
Exuberance and Charm Personified!
- Bradley E. Lacey
The Adventures of Robin Hood starring Errol Flynn is an absolute delight. I had not watched this film in years, and viewing it afresh served to bring forth its many pleasures for a movie-lover like myself. The exuberance and charm brought to bear upon the story makes all would-be pretenders look second-rate. Errol Flynn's portrayal can't be beaten. Kevin Costner fell flat in the 1990 movie and I fear the new film starring Russell Crowe will be, while well-done in its own way, grim and ponderous (though I hope to be proven wrong!). The acting is absolutely delightful. I would imagine that Claude Rains and Basil Rathbone had a ball making this film. Olivia deHaviland glowed throughout the film, her smile proving ever heart-warming and the beauty of her clothing simply enchantingeven the most casual viewer (the fact that the technicolor was right on the money, bringing everything to a vivid clarity, provides the film with yet another boast and yet another reason to watch the film - over and over again!).The supporting cast is a veritable cornucopia of veteran members of the old Hollywood "system": Eugene Pallette, Alan Hale, Una O'Connor, Melville Cooper, and many more. Those faces and voices and body types and personalities that adorn the films of that earlier era are all here in merry abundance.And the dialogue! Where else will you find such lines as "Not so close, my ponderous one!" or "You infernal idiot!" Errol Flynn has the pleasure of sending off Rathbone's Sheriff with the line, "It will teach you a lesson in humility if not of mercy," as well as his magnanimous words to Alan Hale upon their first encounter as each tried to cross a log over the river, "I love a man that can best me!" I think that capture the of the spirit of the entire film, let alone Robin Hood. I don't see how anyone can not feel exuberant throughout and after watching thistruly great movie.
One of my favorites!
- David Jackson
Earlier this evening I saw "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (1938) again for the first in years. It's as enjoyable and entertaining as ever. This is one of my favorite movies of all time and one of Errol Flynn's best films. When I think of Robin Hood one my images is of Errol Flynn playing the role. The other image is from the 1973 Disney animated film "Robin Hood," where the characters are animals and Robin Hood is a fox. Both images were formed when I first saw these films as a child. Thanks TCM for showing a true classic and one of my favorites!
A Swashbuckling Romantic Epic.
- Frank Harris Horn
Errol Flynn is at his swashbuckling best in the title role of the hero of Sherwood Forest, who leads his merry band of outlaws to fight the tyrannies of Prince John and Sir Guy of Gisbourne. Olivia de Havilland is well-cast as the beautiful Lady Marian Fitzwalter. Claude Rains and Basil Rathbone are perfect for the roles of the tyrannical Prince John and the villainously cunning Sir Guy of Gisbourne. The movie's composer, Erich Wolfgang Korngold won an Academy Award for Best Original Score. The movie also won two more Oscars for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (Color) and Best Film Editing. With Alan Hale, Patric Knowles, Herbert Mundin, Eugene Pallette, Melville Cooper, Montagu Love, Una O'Connor, Ian Hunter, Robert Warwick, Lionel Belmore, Holmes Herbert, Harry Cording & Olaf Hytten.
Perfectly Cast Movie
Perfect movie, perfect cast...the soundtrack compares to none. My all-time favorite movie with my all-time favorite actor, Errol Flynn.
The Only Robin Hood
Only Errol Flynn truly brings Robin of the Hood to life--and only Olivia de Havilland can be Maid Marian. Superb all-around.
- T Luebben
Korngold's wonderful music is used almost perfectly in this great example of Hollywood entertainment. Watch and listen, and enjoy perfection from beginning to end!
Robin Hood (1938) The best
- Nick Patrizio
One of my all time favorites ! Olivia DeHaviland and Errol Flynn have the right chemistry to make this award winner that it is.I have been watching this version since I was 10 years old. It is still as spectacular today as it was then!
Errol Flynn as Robin Hood
- Bruce Davis
Flynn defines Robin Hood more than any actor ever has or ever will. His performance in "The Aventures of Robin Hood" have stood the test of time and will forever remain the perfect definition of this cinematic character.Flynn was Hollywood's greatest swashbuckler and, in my opinion, one of Hollywood's most underrated actors. His performances in films such as "Too Much Too Soon", "Gentleman Jim", "Objective Burma" and others never receive the recognition of his swashbuckling roles. If you ever get the chance to watch his other roles, I urge you to do so.
The BEST swashbuckler of all
I first saw this movie on TV, (in B & W...what a shame) with my dad when I was about 6 years old. I thought it was great then, and 40 years later I like it better every time I see it. The cast is perfect, the photography is perfect, the scipt is a hoot, and the music is wonderful and rousing...the absolute very best of the genre. The verval jousting is as sharp as the rapier duels. A great movie from a year that brought lots of great movies.
A classic that never gets old!~
- Tomas Rosales
The moment the score by Erich Korngold begins and the Warner Bros shield appears on the screen... you are transported to a lush Technicolor spectacle of chivalry, adventure, drama, and love.Errol Flynn is the dashing, hero... and Olivia DeHavilland as the lady fair, Maid Marian. With a wonderful stellar cast of character actors... chief among them, Claude Rains as Prince John, and Basil Rathbone as the sly and evil Sir Guy of Gisbourne... this 1938 film outshines them all.Never a dull moment...always light, with shots of comedy wit... and drama that always hit's the bull's eye.Never to be outdone... the original is the best by far!~Errol Flynn at his zenith!~
Perfectly Cast Movie...
No one, and I mean no one, could ever outdo Errol Flynn as Robin Hood or asany swashbuckler! The perfect movie from start to finish.