The Front Row View: The Adventures of Robin Hood

The Front Row View is a regular column by Great Stories contributor Jim Cannizzaro.  He is a veteran community theater leading man, seasoned blogger, movie enthusiast, and family man.


[Editor’s Note:  Jim posted this nod to a Hollywood classic on May 16th in another forum]

Whoops, I’m one day late—one of classic Hollywood’s greatest entertainments premiered on May 15th, 1938: Michael Curtiz and William Keighley’s swashbuckler The Adventures of Robin Hood. I have some great memories of watching this one Saturday afternoons with my dad. The incomparable Errol Flynn as Robin Hood (a triumph of casting), the impossibly pretty Olivia de Haviland as Maid Marian, and the most hissable villains to oil their way across a movie screen, Claude Rains’ Prince John and Basil Rathbone’s Sir Guy of Gisbourne. The best swordfight in movie history. A boisterous supporting cast in a perfectly paced classic. All in shimmering Technicolor. Welcome to Sherwood!


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