Errol Flynn is back in yet another swashbuckling role. This role is what defined his Hollywood career as Robin Hood. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) is when the brother of the king plans to overthrow the throne in his absence, Robin Hood and his army plan to stop him as well as capture the heart of Lady Marian.
Prince John steals the throne from his brother, King Richard, and nobleman Robin Hood decides to stop him by recruiting an army to steal from the rich to give to the poor. What do you think about that? Do you find doing that right or wrong? This technicolor film involves the dashing, heroic Errol Flynn shooting many arrows, swooning the ladies, and very handy with a sword. We would see many plots like this in the future for films like Star Wars where the lower class outsiders would go against the powerful.
Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland (who is 101!) still have the best chemistry with each other. Considering this is their third film together, they better! Just like in Captain Blood, this would be another romance that starts in two people who misunderstand each other to eventually falling into each other’s arms. It’s hard to believe that James Cagney was about to take on the roll. I don’t think I can picture him with an arrow instead of a gun:) This film had a $2 million budget which was the most expensive Warner Brothers film at the time. The Adventures of Robin Hood brought back swashbuckling from the silent film era and helped become one of the best action-adventure films. It won the Academy Award for Best Film Editing, Best Art Direction, and Best Original Score but lost Best Picture to You Can’t Take it With You. There would be many film adaptations and film series to follow of Robin Hood. Love romance, sword play, good vs. evil, and action/adventure? Here’s the film for you!
Here is a copy of the Errol Flynn classic and please comment what you think: