THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (1938) C 102m dirs: William Keighley & Michael Curtiz
w/Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains, Patric Knowles, Eugene Pallette, Alan Hale, Melville Cooper, Ian Hunter, Una O'Connor
The quintessential swashbuckler! Flynn is dashing as the legendary folk hero who robs from the rich and gives to the poor. The superb Technicolor film is overflowing with breathtaking adventures in Sherwood Forest and Nottingham Castle as Robin Hood matches wits with King John and attempts to return King Richard to his throne.
From The Movie Guide: "This is one of the truly great adventure films of all time, and features a terrific performance by the perfectly cast Flynn. Handsome, dashing, and athletic, Flynn is everything that Robin Hood should be, with a wicked sense of humor to boot. His adversaries are all memorable villains, particularly Basil Rathbone as the conniving Sir Guy of Gisbourne. Rathbone spent many hours with a fencing instructor to prepare for his climactic duel with Flynn, one of the most exciting battles ever put on film. Only a spirited and extravagant production could do justice to the Robin Hood legend; this film is more than equal to the task. [Erich Wolfgang] Korngold's score won a much-deserved Oscar, as did the editing [Ralph Dawson] and art direction [Carl J. Weyl]."
THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture.