The Adventures of Robin Hood: Me, Watch an Adventure Film?

Yay, I did it! I actually sat down and watched one of the classic movies I thought I’d never get myself to watch. See this previous post for a list of some of those movies. That may not seem like something to get excited about, but if you knew how little patience I have for watching the kind of movies I typically don’t like, you’d know how big of an accomplishment that is for me. :-)

After I wrote that post, I was encouraged by the reviews of a couple of my fellow classic movie bloggers to watch The Adventures of Robin Hood starring Errol Flynn and Olivia De Havilland, which I did last week.

The main thing that was keeping me from watching that movie is that it is an adventure film set in the year 1191, and that is so different from the type of movie I usually enjoy watching. But after reading a review by Audrey from the blog Fedoras and High Heels, I realized that out of all the movies on my list, it was the one I was most likely to enjoy. I figured even if I didn’t like the setting, I would at least be captivated by the beautiful Technicolor images and the charm of Olivia De Havilland and Errol Flynn.

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You can read Audrey’s review here, and while you’re there make sure you stay a while and check out more of her wonderful blog. She provides really informative reviews, includes lots of great pictures, and writes about many other things vintage or retro. I’d also like to give a shout out to Jandy from the collaborative film website Row Three, who was kind enough to stop by and offer her thoughts on The Adventures of Robin Hood and the other movies on my list. Her high praise of the movie was confirmation that it was one worth watching. You can find her contributions to the Row Three website here. Jandy writes great articles about both classic and modern films so she provides something for movie fans of all eras to enjoy.

A Timeless Romance

So were they right, did I like the movie? I’d definitely have to say yes. That’s not to say there weren’t things I didn’t like about it. I’d still prefer a movie set in more modern times, and I got a bit bored with some of the fighting and chase scenes, but overall I found the movie to be fun and entertaining, the vivid colors to be beautiful, and the chemistry of Olivia De Havilland and Errol Flynn to be enchanting.

The romance between their two characters, Maid Marian and Robin Hood, brought such a timeless aspect to the movie that it ultimately didn’t matter what the time period of the movie was. The two made a total of 8 movies together, and it wasn’t difficult to see why they were paired together so often.

Excellent performances by other great actors such as Claude Rains, Basil Rathbone, Eugene Pallette, and Alan Hale also made the movie worth watching. So if pre-conceived notions about the movie are stopping you from watching The Adventures of Robin Hood like they did with me for so long, I would definitely encourage you to give it a try. The movie is available as both a single DVD or as a two-disc special edition DVD from the Turner Classic Movie shop.

If you have watched The Adventures in Robin Hood, what are your thoughts on the movie?

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6 Responses
  1. Audrey says:

    Thank you for the kind words about my blog. I’m so glad that it prompted you to see the movie and that you enjoyed it. I’m totally not into adventure-type films either (I usually zone out or fast-forward during the fights!) but I like this one because of the many great performances, the great actors, and the gorgeous cinematography.

  2. Jandy Stone says:

    Thanks for the shoutout! I’m certainly glad you enjoyed the film – I admittedly do like adventure films a lot, but The Adventures of Robin Hood is pretty much the cream of the crop. And such glorious Technicolor. I love black and white film, but I can’t imagine how incredible seeing this film must’ve been in 1938. And you’re right, there is a veritable who’s who of wonderful character actors in here. They add so much.

  3. [...]  The Adventures of Robin Hood – Earlier in the year, I had done a post about some well loved classic movies that I just could not get myself to watch, and this movie was the only one from that list that I ended up watching. One of my goals for 2012 is to watch the rest of the movies on the list. [...]

  4. John says:

    Flynn and DeHavilland had great chemistry. I am a big fan of both. You might want to try Gentlemen Jim an Errol Flynn film I think you will enjoy.

    Also the great chemistry between DeHavilland and Cagney in the Strawberry Blonde makes the movie unforgettable.

  5. John says:

    In addition to Robin Hood, my Errol Flynn essentials include: They Died With Their Boots On, Gentlemen Jim, Captain Blood and The Charge Of The Light Brigade.

    I have grown to really appreciate Flynn as an actor over the last few years. A recent Errol Flynn box set came out about two years ago called the Errol Flynn Adventures, a TCM Spotlight. I had originally purchased it on a recommendation of a family member for the film Northern Pursuit. N.P. was a nice film but I feel all the other movies in this set are much better.

    My favorite being Uncertain Glory with Flynn and Paul Lukas. Here Flynn is a condemned French prisoner who volunteers to pose as a wanted man. In Edge Of darkness Flynn teams with Ann Sheridan as ordinary Norwegian citizens battling the Nazi occupiers. Objective Burma and Desperate Journey round out this tremendous box set. This box set would definitely make a nice starter set in experiencing the greatness of the actor Errol Flynn.

  6. John says:

    Just watched the ending of Gentleman Jim, a great Errol Flynn film that is so much more than a boxing film. This Raoul Walsh masterpiece has a special ending as Gentleman Jim Corbett (Flynn) and John L Sullivan (Ward Bond) exchange kind words to each other after their monumental battle in the ring. Gentlemen Jim says all the right things and exudes class, something sorely lacking in today’s culture and sport’s world. John L is equally classy in his responses.

    It is what you are supposed to do when you are an athlete in any sport, show humbleness, respect and class for any opponent. This should be viewed by any young aspiring athlete today. The scene is quite touching. They just don’t make films like this anymore.

    http://mlvb.net/www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iShuZvyDHA

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