Monday, September 27, 2010

Olivia Goes to Sherwood Forest

This week, our discussion looks at the ever wonderful The Adventures of Robin Hood.  I have to admit that it is hard to add anything worthwhile to a discussion of this movie.  Oh, I'm willing to admit to some flaws - perhaps Errol's tights are a little to green and shiny; perhaps Sherwood Forest is a TAD too perfect, but still - has ANYONE ever approached a role with a more appropriate swagger than Flynn.  His introduction to our Ms. de Havilland is perfect: "Welcome to Sherwood, my Lady", issued with aplomb from a tree limb! And then there is Olivia - so beautiful, radiant even, as Maid Marian.  She is spunky, in all the best senses of the word, brave, and daring.  Here, she is put on trial for helping Robin's cause:



And then, there is the wonderful character castings - the ever wonderful Claude Rains as Prince John. He is unctuous, supercilious, and all-together bad to the bone.  And we have his perfect match in Basil Rathbone as Sir Guy of Gisbourne. His fencing scene with Flynn is wonderful - and it so delightful to remember that Rathbone was himself an excellent fencer; easily the match of anyone to whom he (almost always) lost to.  Eugene Pallette as Friar Tuck is delightful (though I always seem to see him in The Mark of Zorro, bopping the enemy on the head as he mutters, in his gravel voice, "God forgive me"). And of course, let us not forget Alan Hale as Little John, and Una O'Connor as Marian's maid Bess.  This is a perfect cast - a wonderful representation of the brilliant character casts available at Warner Brothers.

Tune in next time for another Olivia de Havilland movie. 

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