Douglas Fairbanks in Robin Hood

This is a 1922 public domain silent film version of the classic "Robin Hood" with Douglas Fairbanks, Alan Hale and many others.

In this film version of "Robin Hood" King Richard goes on the Crusades leaving his brother Prince John as regent, who promptly emerges as a cruel, grasping, treacherous tyrant.

Apprised of England's peril by message from his lady-love Marian, the dashing Earl of Huntingdon endangers his life and honor by returning to oppose John, but finds himself and his friends outlawed, and Marian apparently dead.

Enter Robin Hood, acrobatic champion of the oppressed, laboring to set things right through swash buckling feats and cliffhanging perils! A rousing, fast-moving silent movie that established the character as a devil-may-care adventurer with a passion for justice and the wistful Maid Marian -- in that order.

Fairbanks wrote the screenplay and financed the then astronomical $1.5 million film- the most expensive film of its time. It also includes Spanish subtitles.


This film was long thought to be lost, but was rediscovered in the 1960s.

This movie has the distinction of being the first movie to have a gala premiere. Theater owner Sid Grauman conceived the idea. The premiere was held at Grauman's brand new Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.

The official title of this movie is "Douglas Fairbanks in Robin Hood." The poem at the beginning is "Old & New" by Charles Kingsley. (The predecessor to Mel Brooks "Men in Tights.")


Directed by Allan Dwan 
Writing credits Douglas Fairbanks
(story) (as Elton Thomas)
Kenneth Davenport uncredited and
Edward Knoblock uncredited
Allan Dwan uncredited
Lotta Woods uncredited

Cast (in credits order) verified as complete
Wallace Beery...King Richard the Lion-Hearted
Sam De Grasse...Prince John
Enid Bennett...Lady Marian Fitzwalter
Paul Dickey...Sir Guy of Gisbourne
William Lowery...The High Sheriff of Nottingham
Roy Coulson...The King's Jester
Billie Bennett...Lady Marian's serving woman
Merrill McCormick...Prince John's henchman
Wilson Benge...Prince John's henchman
Willard Louis...Friar Tuck
Alan Hale...The Squire/Little John
Bud Geary...Will Scarlett (as Maine Geary)
Lloyd Talman...Allan-a-Dale
Douglas Fairbanks...Earl of Huntingdon/Robin Hood

Producer: Douglas Fairbanks
Audio/Visual: sound, color

133 min / UK:117 min (video) / 127 min

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Robin Hood - Men in Tights DVD (1993)

Director: Mel Brooks essential video
It's not Blazing Saddles, but there are some chuckles to be found in Mel Brooks's 1993 spoof of the Robin Hood legend. Cary Elwes is Robin (with a lighthearted jab at Kevin Costner's bad English accent in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves), while Richard Lewis plays an angst-ridden King John, and Roger Rees a snotty Sheriff of Nottingham. Comic David Chappelle has some good moments as the only black member of Robins's noble thieves, and Brooks does his own spin on Friar Tuck: Rabbi Tuchman. The song-and-dance sequences featuring a chorus line of the Merry Men ("We're men / men in tights") is vintage Brooks, but otherwise the film can't get any traction. --Tom Keogh

Cary Elwes stars as Robin Hood, the dashing defender of the down-trodden, who along with his merry men and Maid Marion, resides in Sherwood Forest. There they have become together to fight against the seriously neurotic Prince John, the not quite-evil Sheriff of Rottingham, and the mad scorceress Latrine. Studio: 20th Century Fox. DVD Release Date: September 5, 2006. Run Time: 104 minutes.

Robin Hood - Season 1 DVD (2006)

Starring: Jonas Armstrong, Lucy Griffiths Every generation gets the Robin Hood it deserves. After a dashing adventure (The Adventures of Robin Hood), a ponderous retelling (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves), spoofs (Mel Brooks' When Things Were Rotten and Robin Hood: Men in Tights), and even a cartoon (Disney's Robin Hood), this thoroughly modern 2006 BBC series brings cheeky wit, exuberant action, and fierce fencing and special effects-enhanced archery to the party. Scruffy Robin (Jonas Armstrong) returns home from the Crusades war-weary and "changed." But when he finds the countryside under the taxing grip of the brutal (he crushes birds with his bare hands!) Sheriff (Keith Allen) and his glowering lieutenant, Guy of Gisbourne (Richard Armitage), he takes up his bow and arrow against the injustice.

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The Adventures of Robin Hood (Two-Disc Special Edition) DVD (1938)

Starring: Melville Cooper, Errol Flynn Director: Curtiz, Michael

Errol Flynn is eternally charming as Robin, defender of the poor, in this rousing family adventure that co-stars Olivia de Havilland and Claude Rains. Year: 1938 Director: Michael Curtiz, William Keighley Starring: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains, Alan Hale essential video

Dashing Errol Flynn is the definitive Robin Hood in the most gloriously swashbuckling version of the legendary story. Warner Brothers reunited Michael Curtiz, their top-action director, with the winning team of Flynn and Olivia de Havilland (Maid Marian) and perennial villain Basil Rathbone as the aristocratic Sir Guy of Gisbourne, and pulled out all stops for the production. It became their costliest film to date, a grandly handsome, glowing Technicolor adventure set to a stirring, Oscar-winning score by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.

The decadent Prince John (a smoothly conniving Claude Rains) takes advantage of King Richard's absence to tax the country into poverty but meets his match in the medieval guerrilla rebel Robin Hood and his Merry Men of Sherwood Forest, who rise up and, to quote a cliché coined by the film, "steal from the rich and give to the poor." Stocky Alan Hale Sr. plays Robin's loyal friend Little John (a part he played in Douglas Fairbanks's silent version), Eugene Palette the portly Friar Tuck, and Melville Cooper the bumbling Sheriff of Nottingham. Flynn's confidence and cocky charm makes for a perfect Robin Hood, and his easygoing manner is a marvelous counterpoint to Rathbone's regal bearing and courtly diction. The film climaxes in their rousing battle-to-the-finish sword fight, a magnificently choreographed scene highlighted by Curtiz's inventive use of shadows cast upon the castle walls. --Sean Axmaker. Studio: Warner Home Video. DVD Release Date: September 30, 2003. Run Time: 102 minutes

Robin Hood (Most Wanted Edition) DVD (1973)

Starring: Brian Bedford, Phil Harris
Director: Wolfgang Reitherman

A long time ago, in a faraway land, legend tells an extraordinary tale of courage and friendship.... Get ready for swashbuckling adventure, unforgettable characters, memorable music, and lots of laughs in Disney's ROBIN HOOD, one of the most cherished animated films of all time. Heroic Robin Hood -- along with his trusted companion Little John and his devoted band of merry men -- conjures up one famously funny and daring deed after another to outfox greedy Prince John and bring happiness to the residents of Sherwood Forest. THE MOST WANTED EDITION DVD also features a forest full of merriment with a never-before-seen alternate ending, all-new games, and Disney Song Selection, plus a new digital transfer, 5.1 Surround Sound, and much more! Studio: Walt Disney Video. DVD Release Date: November 28, 2006. Run Time: 83 minutes.

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