Classic Film Tuesday: The Adventures of Robin Hood

1938 – Action, Romance

Free Show


Tuesday, April 17

  • 1:00pm


“In these cynical days when swashbucklers cannot be presented without an ironic subtext, this great 1938 film exists in an eternal summer of bravery and romance.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

The film ties together the various ancient anecdotes with a storyline bounded by the capture in Austria of Richard the Lionheart (Ian Hunter) on one end and Richard’s triumphant return to England on the other. Robin Hood is already an outlaw at the outset of the film, while Maid Marian (Olivia de Havilland) is initially part of the enemy camp, as one of Prince John’s (Claude Rains) entourage. Marian warms up to Robin’s fight against injustice (and to Robin himself), eventually becoming a trusted ally. The chestnut-colored Palomino horse ridden by de Havilland in the Sherwood Forest scenes later gained screen stardom as Roy Rogers’ Trigger.

Genre: Action, Romance    Rating: PG    Runtime: 102 min      Language: English

Sponsored by: The Dr. Joseph F. Karpinski Sr. Foundation