by The Collected Mutineer
We all know the story of Robin Hood. It’s a folk tale (arguably inspired by a real person) that has been retold countless times in literature. What’s more, the legendary good thief has either starred in or appeared in upwards of 70 films and TV shows, beginning as early as 1908. And we’re not done there. Yet another film is coming out in November, starring Kingsman‘s Taron Egerton. And there are least 3 other upcoming films, including one from Disney. What is it about this hero that we love so much? Whatever the reason, I have a clear favorite when it comes to Robin Hood movies.
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) stars Errol Flynn and Oliva de Havilland as Robin and Marion. The rest of the cast is just as memorable, with Basil Rathbone and Claude Rains in the primary villainous roles, and Alan Hale and Eugene Pallette as part of the Merry Men. Having read various reviews over the years, I know I’m not alone in my opinion that this film is the definition of Robin Hood the way we know him today. It’s not just a prime example of Technicolor filmmaking or fine acting, but quite simply, an exquisitely told adventure story. It has everything an audience could want—a familiar but compelling plot, amazingly choreographed fight scenes, and lots of snarky sass. Oh, and fantastic chemistry between our main characters.
I could go on, but I feel like anything I write won’t do this film justice. Take my advice and watch these timeless clips to get a good feel for it instead. Don’t stop there! You can buy it to watch right now on everything from YouTube to Google Play.