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The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952)

The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952)

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Better known as The Story of Robin Hood, this colorful costume adventure was the second made-in-Britain production for Hollywood's Walt Disney. Avoiding the familiar episodes covered in previous "Robin Hood" films, this Disney effort still manages to adhere to the basic chronology. Richard Todd stars as the Earl of Huntington, who loses his title and his lands after besting the despotic Sheriff of Nottingham (Peter Finch) at an archery tournament. Reinventing himself as Robin Hood, our hero rounds up other victims of the oppression of the Sheriff and his dictatorial liege Prince John (Hubert Gregg), and thus the "Merry Men" are born. Robbing the rich to give to the poor, Robin manages to elude the villains and to prove his loyalty to John's brother Richard the Lionhearted (Patrick Barr) by raising the money for Richard's ransom. The Queen (Martita Hunt) is to deliver the ransom to Richard's Austrian captors, but Prince John schemes to steal the money and place the blame on Robin Hood. Maid Marian (Joan Rice) gets wind of this plan but is locked in John's dungeon before she can warn Robin and his men. How can virtue triumph with these odds? But triumph it does, as everyone in the audience knew it would. The success of The Story of Robin Hood inspired Disney to produce two additional British films, The Sword and the Rose and Rob Roy, the Highland Rogue.
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PG
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Kids & Family
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Walt Disney Productions

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Cast

Richard Todd
as Robin Hood
Joan Rice
as Maid Marian
Peter Finch
as Sheriff of Nottingham
James Hayter
as Friar Tuck
Martita Hunt
as Queen Eleanor
Bill Owen
as Stutely
Hubert Gregg
as Prince John
Michael Hordern
as Scathelock
Patrick Barr
as Richard I the Lionheart
Reginald Tate
as Hugh Fitzooth
Hal Osmond
as Midge the Miller
Clement McCallin
as Earl of Huntingdon
Anthony Eustrel
as Archbishop of Canterbury
Anthony Forwood
as Will Scarlett
David Davies
as Forester
Archie Duncan
as Red Gill
Julian Somers
as Posse Leader
Jack Taylor
as The Merrie Men
Bill Travers
as Posse Man
Elton Hayes
as Allan-a-Dale
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Critic Reviews for The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men

All Critics (2)

Pedestrian Disney, basis for TV series with Richard Todd.

March 23, 2008
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Audience Reviews for The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men

The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men is a cheerful live action Disney adventure that is overlooked for no good reason. The movie has a great cast and unique songs that are on par with the more well known Disney classics. One song in particular, "Whistle My Love", is absolutely beautiful and supports a romantic scene that any Disney lover will appreciate. (First viewing - In my mid-twenties)

Adam R
Adam R
½

One of the best renditions of the Robin Hood Legend, second only to The Errol Flynn version.

Kyle S
Kyle S

Super Reviewer

½

It's not bad, but it was a pointless movie to make. It doesn't improve on Errol Flynn's version at all, in fact it's inferior. I think it's a little bit more kid friendly, but that's about it. The acting was so-so and the story flows about as good as it can. Overall, it's better than the Kevin Costner version, but that's something not too hard to achieve.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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