Robin Hood - on the Screen

Robin Hood - Prince of Thieves
Robin Hood - Prince of Thieves

A Pictorial History of Robin Hood in the Movies from Douglas Fairbanks in 1922 to Russell Crowe in 2010.

Robin Hood (1922)
Robin Hood (1922)
Robin Hood (1922) poster
Robin Hood (1922) poster



Douglas Fairbanks as the Earl of Huntingdon in Robin Hood (1922) directed by Allan Dwan and also starring Wallace Beery as King Richard the Lion-Heart, Enid Bennett as Maid Marian, Sam de Grasse as Prince John and Alan Hale as Little John. 127mins.

At a cost of $1.4m Robin Hood was one of the most expensive films of the silent era. The castle set was one of the largest ever built.

IMDB rating 7.5

Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) poster
Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) poster

The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) directed by Michael Curtiz and William Keighley, starring Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains and Alan Hale.

One of the greatest swashbucklers in Hollywood history and the film that made Flynn a major star. The most expensive WB movie at that time and one of the biggest hits of the late 30's. Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.

IMDB rating 8.0

Bandit of Sherwood Forest - poster
Bandit of Sherwood Forest - poster

The Bandit of Sherwood Forest (1946) directed by Henry Levin and George Sherman and starring Cornel Wilde, Anita Louise, Henry Daniell, Jill Esmond, George Macready and Russell Hicks as Robin Hood.

Robin Hood is getting too old and his son Robert, played by Cornel Wilde, takes over the family business of robbing from the rich and giving to the poor. Henry Daniell plays the villainous William of Pembroke. IMDB raing 5.8

Rabbit Hood (1949)
Rabbit Hood (1949)


Rabbit Hood (1949) directed by Chuck Jones and starring Bugs Bunny, voiced by Mel Blanc.

Bugs is poaching carrots from the royal gardens and confronts the Sheriff of Nottingham. Watch out for a guest appearance from Errol Flynn.

IMDB rating 7.6

Rogues of Sherwood Forest
Rogues of Sherwood Forest
Rogues of Sherwood Forest - poster
Rogues of Sherwood Forest - poster



John Derek's turn to wear the tights in Rogues of Sherwood Forest (1950) directed by Gordon Douglas and also starring Diane Lynn, George Macready and Alan Hale.

This was Alan Hale's third and last time playing Little John, he died a few months before the film premiered.

IMDB rating 5.2

Ivanhoe (1952) poster
Ivanhoe (1952) poster



Ivanhoe (1952) directed by Richard Thorpe and starring Robert Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Fontaine and George Sanders. Based on the novel by Sir Walter Scott.

Sir Wilfrid of Ivanhoe (Taylor) is helped by Sir Robin of Locksley (Harold Warrender) and his men to rescue the beautiful Rowena (Taylor) from the clutches of De Bois-Guilbert (Sanders). Music by Miklos Rozsa.

IMDB rating 6.8

The Story of Robin Hood
The Story of Robin Hood
The Story of Robin Hood (1952)
The Story of Robin Hood (1952)



Richard Todd as Robin Hood in Disney's The Story of Robin Hood (1952) directed by Ken Annakin and also starring Joan Rice, James Robertson Justice and Peter Finch as the Sheriff of Nottingham.

Maid Marian's dress has a zipper visible at the back in one scene, zips were invented about 100 years ago.

IMDB rating 6.8



Made by the Hammer Studios and their first film in colour. The Men of Sherwood Forest (1954) directed by Val Guest and starring Don Taylor as Robin Hood, with Reginald Beckwith, Eileen Moore, Douglas Wilmer and Patrick Holt.

Don Taylor later turned director on films like Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971), Island of Dr, Moreau (1977) and Damien Omen II (1978).

IMDB rating 5.7

Robin Hood Daffy
Robin Hood Daffy

Robin Hood Daffy (1958) directed by Chuck Jones and starring Daffy Duck and Porky Pig, voices by Mel Blanc.

Daffy tries to prove he is Robin Hood to a disbelieving Porky Pig (as Friar Tuck) and after several failed attempts to impress Porky he gives up, shaves his head and changes his name to Friar Duck.

IMDB raitng 8.0

Sword of Sherwood Forest (1960) poster
Sword of Sherwood Forest (1960) poster

Sword of Sherwood Forest (1960) directed by Terence Fisher and starring Richard Greene as Robin Hood, Sarah Branch as Maid Marian, Peter Cushing as the Sheriff of Nottingham, Nigel Green as Little John, Niall MacGinnis as Friar Tuck and Oliver Reed as Lord Melton. Produced by the Hammer Studios.

Richard Greene was popular as Robin Hood in the British TV series The Adventures of Robin Hood (1955-1960). IMDB rating 5.6

Robin Hood and the Pirates - poster
Robin Hood and the Pirates - poster



The Italians had a go at the Robin Hood legend with Robin Hood and the Pirates (1960) directed by Giorgio Simonelli and starring ex-Tarzan Lex Barker as Robin, with Jocelyn Lane and Walter Barnes.

One review states that the screenplay is a series of cliches and resembles an 11-year old's essay.

IMDB rating 3.4

Walt Disney's Robin Hood
Walt Disney's Robin Hood
Walt Disney's Robin Hood
Walt Disney's Robin Hood

Walt Disney's animated version of Robin Hood (1973) directed by Wolfgang Reitherman and starring the voices of Brian Bedford (Robin Hood), Monica Evans (Maid Marian), Phil Harris (Little John), Andy Devine (Friar Tuck), Terry-Thomas (Sir Hiss) and Peter Ustinov (Prince John / King Richard). The song "Love" was Oscar nominated.

IMDB rating 7.5

Robin and Marian
Robin and Marian
Robin and Marian - poster
Robin and Marian - poster


Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn as Robin and Marian (1976) directed by Richard Lester and also starring Robert Shaw as the Sheriff of Nottingham, Richard Harris as Richard the Lionheart, Nicol Williamson as Little John and Ian Holm as King John.

The script was titled "The Death of Robin Hood" at one point which was a bit of a spoiler. The film deals with Robin and Marian in their last years together. Music by John Barry.

IMDB rating 6.6

Time Bandits
Time Bandits

John Cleese as Robin Hood in the comedy fantasy Time Bandits (1981) directed by Terry Gilliam and also starring Sean Connery as King Agamemnon, Ian Holm as Napoleon, David Warner as Evil Genius and Ralph Richardson as Supreme Being.

A little boy gets involved in the time travelling adventures of a group of dwarves.

Robin Hood: (to one of the dwarves) And you're a robber too. How long have you been a robber?
Strutter: Four foot one.
Robin Hood: Good lord! Four foot one? Well that is a long time, isn't it?

IMDB rating 6.9

Robin Hood - Prince of Thieves
Robin Hood - Prince of Thieves
Alan Rickman in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves
Alan Rickman in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves

Kevin Costner as Robin Hood - Prince of Thieves (1991) directed by Kevin Reynolds and also starring Morgan Freeman as Azeem, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as Maid Marian, Christian Slater as Will Scarlett, Nick Brimble as Little John, Michael McShane as Friar Tuck, Brian Blessed as Lord Locksley, Michael Wincott as Guy of Gisbourne and Alan Rickman as the Sheriff of Nottingham. Music by Michael Kamen.

A hugely successful and entertaining re-telling of the old legend. Alan Rickman enjoyably over-the-top as the mad, bad Sheriff of Nottingham. That damn song "Everything I do, I do it for you" by Bryan Adams, was number one in the charts for months and months and was nominated for an Oscar.... IMDB rating 6.8

Robin Hood (1991) poster
Robin Hood (1991) poster



Robin Hood (1991) directed by John Irvin and starring Patrick Bergin as Robin, Uma Thurman as Maid Marian, Jurgen Prochnow as Sir Miles Folcanet and Edward Fox as Prince John.

Premiered on TV in America and shown in theaters in Europe.

IMDB rating 5.8

Robin Hood- Men in Tights
Robin Hood- Men in Tights
Robin Hood - Men in Tights - poster
Robin Hood - Men in Tights - poster



Robin Hood - Men in Tights (1993) directed by Mel Brooks and starring Cary Elwes as Robin Hood, Amy Yasbeck as Marian, Richard Lewis as Prince John, Roger Rees as the Sheriff of Rottingham, Dave Chapelle as Ahchoo, Isaac Hayes as Asneeze and Patrick Stewart as King Richard.

Little John: Let me introduce you to my best friend: Will Scarlett.
Scarlett: Scarlett's my middle name. My full name is Will Scarlett O'Hara.

IMDB rating 6.4

Robin Hood (2010)
Robin Hood (2010)
Robin Hood (2010) poster
Robin Hood (2010) poster

Russell Crowe as Robin Hood (2010) directed by Ridley Scott, also starring Cate Blanchett as Marion Loxley, Max Von Sydow as Sir Walter Loxley, William Hurt as William Marshal, Mark Strong as Godfrey, Oscar Isaac as Prince John and Danny Huston as King Richard the Lionheart.

At one point Russell Crowe was to play both Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham, and probably Maid Marian too for all I know. But luckily sanity prevailed. In an interview Ridley Scott said the only previous Robin Hood film that was any good was Robin Hood - Men in Tights.

Russell Crowe stormed out of one interview when he was asked why Robin Hood had an Irish accent in the film. Crowe was striving for a Nottingham accent. "You've got dead ears, mate. You've seriously got dead ears if you think that's an Irish accent." He angrily replied.

The film reportedly cost an astonishing $200m to make, probably more than all the Robin Hood films mentioned on this page combined! It grossed $321m worldwide.

IMDB rating 6.8

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FloraBreenRobison 4 years ago

You have been a busy photographer. I love it!

This post will be the only one I make on this tonight or I will be in trouble getting to sleep again....

These are the films I have seen in the order you share them:

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Robin Hood (1922)

The adventures of Robin Hood

Ivanhoe

Robin Hood (1973)

Robin and Marion

Films I would like to see that I haven't yet seen - for sure: the animated ones:

Rabbit Hood

Robin Hood Daffy

I won't go looking for it, but if it came on tv I would check out Alan Hale's last film in which he once again played little John, because it was his last.

But the only two I've seen multiple times are the 1922 and 1938 versions. (I am a fan of Fairbanks, Sr. -and his son too. Jr. lived to be a ripe old age)


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks Flora, appreciate the comment. I haven't seen some of these films either but writing about them has got me interested in checking a few out next time they're on TV. I couldn't resist adding a couple of WB cartoons to the mix just to change things a bit. :)


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

I am thinking I need to check out Alan Hale Sr.'s career out more...I had no idea he played Little John three times...sad he died so young....I feel sorry for the Skipper.

Wow I had no idea that there were so many Robin Hood movies out there...I feel I have to turn in my classics movie membership card for failing so miserably in this category.

I just watched Time Bandits yesterday, and Cleese makes for a very funny Robin Hoood, too bad he was not in the movie more. I would say my favorite Robin Hoods are in order (1) Errol Flynn (2) Cary Elwes and (3) Sean Connery. Sadly I am only familiar with one or two of the other movies.

Can we add Orlando Bloom to the list? If you listen to the commentary of the Director's cut of Kingdom of Heaven...the writer visualized that the knight that Orlando plays could have become Robin Hood when he goes back to England....crusades...knights...King Richard....swords....Orlando.....Robin Hood?...that is what I am selling....are you buying?

Another outstanding hub....with tons of great posters and photos....thanks for enlightening me on the subject of Robin Hood movies...voted up and across the board.


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks Bruce, your comments, votes, info and observations are appreciated.

If you think there are too many Robin Hood films wait till you see my Tarzan hub.

Orlando as Robin Hood, a sequel to Kingdom of Heaven. Interesting idea there. But didn't Orlando play Robin Hood already? In the Lord of the Rings trilogy? :) The way he was firing those arrows even Flynn would have been impressed.

Thanks as usual for posting.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Great photos Steve, Errol Flynn is my favourite Robin Hood. My favourite photo here is the one of Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn. I haven't seen that film and I usually think of Robin being a younger fella but I'd settle for Sean any day!


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Hello Jools, thanks for commenting. "We shail into hishtory" That was my Sean Connery impersonation. :) It's been years since I saw Robin and Marian, I wouldn't mind seeing it again. Robert Shaw as the Sheriff of Nottingham oooh. Thanks for popping in.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

As Billy Connolly quipped in his best Sean impression Steve, your hub "was a shite for shore eyesh". I just love Sean and Robrt Shaw too so I will trawl over to You Tube later to see if I can find any clips.


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FloraBreenRobison 4 years ago

Slept most of the day and now I'm awake. Grrr.

Posters:

I love the Fairbanks colour poster near the top of the page.That one is my favourite. I also like the Don Taylor as Hood poster. I don't remember the Flynn/De Haviland poster.


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Jools, a shite for shore eyesh, funny stuff. I was watching the trailer for the new Pixar movie Brave last night and I'm almost sure that's Connolly narrating. Sounded like him.

Flora, I love those old posters, as you can tell by now. That Flynn poster is a little strange, definitely a reissue, the picture of deHavilland is from another film.

Adventures of Robin Hood was re-released in 1948 and was a big hit all over again giving Flynn's career a much needed boost.


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Robwrite 4 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

Hi Steve; I've always loved Robin Hood. "The Adventures of Robin Hood" has always been one of my favorite films. Errol Flynn will always be the best Robin Hood to me. I don't think anyone else comes close. As much as I like Sean Connery, he just didn't do it for me as Robin the way Flynn did.

The recent versions of Robin (Costner and Crowe) have been awful. I'd have thought Viggo Mortinson-after seeing him play Aragorn-would have made a good Robin Hood.

Fun hub. Great collection of pictures.

Rob


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks Rob, not a great film but I did enjoy the Costner version, mostly because of Alan Rickman's scenery-chewing performance I guess.

The Russell Crowe version was just too humourless, Ridley Scott was remaking Gladiator in Sherwood forest. But I still bought it on blu-ray. :)

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