7 comments on “The Adventures of Robin Hood

  1. Color never seemed as…”colorful” as in this movie. It is almost like color film was developed specifically with The Adventures of Robin Hood in mind.

    I wish I could see this movie in a theater. Even though I love it on TV it seems too grand for the small screen.

    • You’re pretty close: TAoRH was in fact Warner’s first film shot in three-strip Technicolor. The art design was based on the book illustrations of Howard Pyle, NC Wyeth, and Louis Rhead. Director Michael Curtiz (who had one of the most astonishing visual geniuses in film history) wanted to make the most of both the new color technique *and* the design grammar of these outstanding artists. The result was like nothing before or since. It really is my favorite film, just edging out /Das Boot/ and /The Man Without A Past/.

  2. This is a great movie. And I have to agree with Kevin’s colour comment above.
    You’re right, the action scenes are great. They keep our intereste today even though they wree made over 70 years ago. But apart from the action, everything else is top notch as well, especially the writing. There’s some great dialogue here, which is wonderfully delivered by the actors.
    The scene where Robin walks into the castle with the deer and joins the feast is the moment this movie won me over completely.

  3. I don’t remember the details, but as I recall, the Technicolor people had a particular woman in the 30s who went to the color-movie sets when they were being shot and supervised (and approved) the use of color in the props, costumes, backgrounds, etc.

    With regard to that deer (again, as I recall): Robin shoots a stag and then details an old guy to bring it along (somehow); then later, Robin strolls into the hall with it over his shoulder, which made me smile. I suppose that the animal had been dressed out by then, and it has mysteriously shrunk to the size of a youngster, but even then, if you’ve ever tried to throw a deer carcass over your shoulder, it’s no mean feat. And that’s not counting the ticks and fleas that are beginning to abandon ship by then.

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  5. Actually “Robin Hooding” an arrow with another is not uncommon; archers do it all the time and generally hate it: it costs them TWO expensive bits of ordinance. Of course, it’s generally by accident. ;D

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