The Adventures of Robin Hood

Director: Michael Curtiz Run Time: 102 min. Rating: PG Release Year: 1938

Starring: Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains, Errol Flynn, Olivia De Havilland, Patric Knowles

Robin of Locksley, a noble Saxon (Flynn), sees the people of England exploited by the Normans and their leader, Prince John (Rains), who’s seized the throne in his brother Richard’s absence. Robin and his followers work to undermine the corrupt regime until King Richard’s return. With Maid Marion (De Havilland) as love interest and Sir Guy Gisbourne (Rathbone) as nemesis, Robin is kept constantly occupied.

This rousing, gorgeously photographed adventure movie exemplifies the magical heights Warner Brothers attained in the Golden Age of Hollywood studios. Bolstered by a consistently clever script, with both humor and romance complementing the derring-do, Curtiz’s Robin Hood is a milestone in Hollywood cinema: the first, and perhaps best, color swashbuckler.