The Bandit Of Sherwood Forest Reviews
The sets built for the film were reused in the Three Stooges shorts Squareheads of the Round Table, Fiddlers Three, and The Hot Scots, and again for the 1948 film The Prince of Thieves
I think that Cornel Wilde was absolutely brilliant throughout this movie as Robert of Nottingham, I think that he played the part so well throughout this movie.....I think that this is such an entertaining movie 2 watch, its got a good cast throughout this movie....man this is such an enjoyable classics movie 2 watch, its got a great cast throughout this movie.....
‚??The Bandit of Sherwood Forest‚?? opens with green clad archers on horseback of every description assembling in the eponymous woods to hear an elderly Robin Hood (Russell Hicks of ‚??Tarzan‚??s New York Adventure‚??) address them about the tyranny that has loomed up in the personage of the Lord Regent, William of Pembroke (Henry Daniell of ‚??The Sea Hawk‚??), who intends to repeal the Magna Carta. Later, after Pembroke has abolished the Magna Carta, Robin Hood delivers a passionate speech at the Council of Barons in Nottingham Castle against Pembroke‚??s actions. The other barons capitulate to Pembroke, but Robin refuses to accommodate him. Consequently, Pembroke banishes the former outlaw and confiscates his wealth. Robin warns the Queen Mother to watch over her son because Pembroke may try to kill him. Naturally, the Queen Mother refuses to believe that Pembroke could behave so monstrously.
Meantime, the wily Pembroke plots his strategy. First, he separates the Queen Mother from the young King of England (Maurice Tauzin of ‚??The Piped Piper‚??) and orchestrates the demise of the monarch at the castle. Pembroke plans to have the young king plunge to his death from the tower where he has arranged for the youngster to lodge. Pembroke‚??s best-laid plans go awry when the Queen Mother (Jill Esmond of ‚??The White Cliffs of Dover‚??) and Lady Catherine Maitland (Anita Louise of ‚??A Midsummer Night‚??s Dream‚??) escape from the castle. Pembroke dispatches search parties, but they return to the castle at dusk. Instead, Robert (Cornel Wilde of ‚??High Sierra‚??) stumbles upon them in the woods. Lady Catherine and the Queen Mother try to masquerade as scullery maids. Robert doesn‚??t believe a word of it, especially after he gets a glimpse of Lady Catherine‚??s silk stocking. Eventually, our hero discovers the identities of the women, and Robin sends Allan-A-Dale in the guise of a minstrel to the castle. Allan-A-Dale eavesdrops on Pembroke and the Sheriff of Nottingham as they discuss murder.
Before this can happen, our heroes masquerade as religious figures who request shelter for the night at Nottingham Castle. Lady Catherine poses as the ill Prioress of Buxton. Initially, Fitz-Herbert (perennial villain George Macready of ‚??Gilda‚??) believes that the appearance of church people will derail their plans. On the contrary, argues Pembroke, the church people will serve as ‚??witnesses to the fact that the king died by accident.‚?? Later, Fitz-Herbert leaves with a regiment to scour the countryside for the heroes when he runs into the real religious figures. Although they manage to rescue the king, Robert, Lady Catherine and Allan-A-Dale are captured. Pembroke plans to hang them, including Lady Catherine. Robert demands his right as a nobleman in the law of trial by combat. Pembroke accedes to Robert‚??s wishes and then locks the protagonist up with no food or water for three days. The sly Pembroke also orders Fitz-Herbert to assemble the archers and have them ready to fill Robert with arrows if he gains the upper hand. Little do the villains know that Lady Catherine has been sharing her food and drink with Robert while he maintains a starved attitude. Meantime, Robin and his men take the king to safety and infiltrate the castle while Robert and Pembroke clash swords.
Clocking in at a trim 86 minutes, ‚??The Bandit of Sherwood Forest‚?? is a brisk swashbuckler on a budget. Presumably, neither Sherman nor Levin collaborated on this epic. The question is who replaced whom? Interestingly, when the arrow sinks into the screen credit for the two directors, it lands solidly on George Sherman‚??s name. Sherman may have been the alpha director. Undoubtedly, Sherman and Levin helmed separate scenes, perhaps like director Michael Curtiz did after he replaced William Keighley on ‚??The Adventures of Robin Hood.‚?? Incidentally, lenser Tony Gaudio photographed not only the Flynn classic, but also he was one of three photographers on the Wilde version. Lensers George Meehan of ‚??The Black Parachute‚?? and William E. Snyder of ‚??Creature from the Black Lagoon‚?? also received credit as directors of photography on ‚??The Bandit of Sherwood Forest.‚?? Some of the casting choices are quite novel: western tough guy Ray Teal plays Little John and Edgar Buchanan portrays Friar Tuck. The scene where Buchanan‚??s Friar Tuck tangles with Robert has got to be the only time that Buchanan worked up a sweat on screen. Typically, Buchanan specialized in slippery, conniving, sedentary supporting characters, but here he displays incredible agility.