Video Release: August 1, 2011
Studio: Warner Home Video
Arguably Flynn's greatest role, this is the swashbuckling spectacle about the infamous outlaw and his band of merry men who "robbed from the rich and gave to the poor." Robin Hood fights for justice against the evil Sir Guy of Gisbourne, while striving to win the hand of the beautiful Maid Marian. A rollicking adventure never outdone by remakes, this epic features great sword play, music, characters and storybook. Shot in glorious Technicolor.
One of the earliest films to use three-color Technicolor and, at the time, the most expensive film Warner Bros. had produced ($2 million). William Keighley started directing the film, but Curtiz finished the filming. According to Variety, Curtiz took the helm because Keighley became ill but, according to Halliwell, Curtiz became director because "it was felt that the action lacked impact." The film is based on, according to the credits, "ancient Robin Hood legends." Additional cast: Leonard Willey (Sir Essex) and Colin Kenny (Sir Baldwin). Additional credits: Irving Rapper (dialogue director) and Louis Van Den Ecker (technical advisor). W. Howard Greene was the Technicolor photographer. Copyright 1938 Warner Bros., renewed 1966 United Artists Television. Colorized version coyright Turner Entertainment Company 1987.