And then, there is the perfect character castings - the ever wonderful Claude Rains as Prince John. He is unctuous, supercilious, and all-together bad to the bone. His perfect match in evil is provided by Basil Rathbone as Sir Guy of Gisbourne. His fencing scene with Flynn is magical - 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 an exceptional cast - a representation of the brilliant character casts available at Warner Brothers.
Tune in next time for another Olivia de Havilland movie.