Rogues of Sherwood Forest


1h 20m 1950

Brief Synopsis

Robin Hood's son reunites the Merry Men when King John reverts to tyranny.

Film Details

Genre
Action
Adventure
Historical
Release Date
Jul 1950
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 20m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7,190ft (8 reels)

Synopsis

England in the year 1214 is suffering under the reign of the tyrannical King John I, brother of the late King Richard I. King John amuses himself by attending jousts, one of which will feature a match between Sir Baldric, champion of Flanders, and England's Robin, Earl of Huntington, son of the famed Robin Hood of Sherwood Forest. Determined to take revenge on Robin's father for conspiring with Richard to bring about his exile, King John has made arrangements with Sir Baldric to kill the young Robin during the event. During the joust, Robin discovers that his lance has been tampered with, but he uses his skills to win the match nevertheless. Afterward, Robin shifts his attention to the lovely Lady Marianne, the king's ward, of whom he is enamored. Despite his feelings for Marianne, Robin accuses her of having known about the king's scheme, then departs for Nottingham. En route, Robin and his cohorts discover that the king not only has rejected his predecessor's tax reforms, but has enacted a law demanding English subjects pay a prohibitive tax, and is extracting money from them in a cruel manner. The king has ordered the new tax so that he can purchase the services of the Flemish militia to crush the Anglo Saxons. At every turn, the young Robin encounters the king's officials forcing English subjects to pay taxes, but he manages to fight them off in the name of the people. Robin and his father's faithful friend Little John are eventually arrested for their acts, charged with treason and ordered to die on the gallows. However, their execution is prevented with the clever help of Marianne, who provides Robin with tools to help him escape from his cell. After overpowering his guards, Robin flees the prison in disguise and takes refuge in an outlying cave. He then assembles an army consisting of his father's old friends and sympathizers, including Friar Tuck, Alan-a-Dale and Will Scarlett, and vows to give the king no rest until he reverses his cruel taxation practices. Robin is successful in thwarting the king's tax collection efforts with the help of Marianne, who sends him word of the collectors' movements by attaching notes to homing pigeons that fly to him. Soon after, an attempt is made by the king to incriminate Robin in the murder of three of the wealthiest men in the kingdom, all of whom were poisoned by the king himself. The king then arranges Marianne's marriage to the Count of Flanders, a term of the king's secret deal with the count, and issues a proclamation of their wedding. Robin learns of the wedding but knows that Marianne does not wish it, so he sends her a message instructing her to insist that the wedding be held at St. Dunstan's Abbey. Along the route to St. Dustan's, Robin and his men lie in wait for the royal procession. As the procession passes, Robin engages the king and his troops in a battle and wins. Following his victory, in 1215, Robin leads the people of England to force King John to sign a charter that will bring about the end of his tyranny, and they name the charter the Magna Carta.

Cast

John Derek

Robin, Earl of Huntington

Diana Lynn

Lady Marianne

George Macready

King John

Alan Hale

Little John

Paul Cavanagh

Sir Giles

Lowell Gilmore

Count of Flanders

Billy House

Friar Tuck

Lester Matthews

Alan-a-Dale

William Bevan

Will Scarlett

Wilton Graff

Baron Fitzwalter

Donald Randolph

Archbishop Stephen Langton

John Dehner

Sir Baldric

Gavin Muir

Baron Alfred

Tim Huntley

Baron Chandos

Paul Collins

Arthur

Campbell Copelin

Officer

James Logan

Officer

Harry Cording

Officer

Tom P. Dillon

Officer

Tom Stevenson

Officer

Keith Hitchcock

Officer

Guy Kingsford

Officer

Patrick Whyte

Officer

Keith Mcconnell

Officer

Charles Heard

Man at arms

Valentine Perkins

Milk maid

Fran Shore

Milk maid

Gillian Blake

Lady-in-waiting

Christofer Cook

Little boy

Trevor Ward

Peasant

Alex Frazer

Farmer

Reginald Sheffield

Farmer

Pat Aherne

Trooper

Symona Boniface

Charcoal Burner's wife

Leslie Denison

Officer K

Olaf Hytten

Charcoal Burner

Paul Bradley

Court official

Russ Saunders

Acrobat in trio

Ray Saunders

Acrobat in trio

Walter Cook

Acrobat in trio

Matthew Boulton

Abbot

Edwin George Wurzberg

Juggler

Leslie A. Scott

Juggler

Walter Pietila

Acrobat

George Suzanne

Acrobat

Lumsden Hare

Warwick

Nelson Leigh

Merton

Colin Keith Johnston

Munster

John Goldsworthy

Clyde

Lois Hall

Pretty girl

Art Foster

Cell guard

Glenn Thompson

Cell guard

Jimmy Aubrey

Vesey O'davoren

Charles Jordan

Robert Hale

Henry Hebert

Tom Kingston

George Morrell

Bobby Powell

Mary Adams Hayes

Royden E. Clark

Barbara Ruth

Byron Poindexter

Film Details

Genre
Action
Adventure
Historical
Release Date
Jul 1950
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 20m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7,190ft (8 reels)

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Trivia

Notes

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.