“The Adventures of Robin Hood’s” plot takes place in late 12th century England, where Prince John has taken control of the throne, in the absence of his brother, King Richard the Lionheart, who has been captured and made a prisoner by Leopold of Austria, while returning from the Crusades. When John starts to oppress the Saxon commoners, Robin, a Saxon Earl, takes refuge in Sherwood Forest, and organizes a group of “merry men”, intent on thwarting Prince John and his followers…the film is not exactly good history, but great cinema. Many of the familiar elements of the Robin Hood story are included, including Robin’s initial meetings with Little John and Friar Tuck, his incognito participation in an archery tournament, and his daring escape from the gallows.
Despite a wonderful supporting cast, great scenery, filmed in Technicolor, and a riveting music score conducted by Oscar winner Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Errol Flynn still walks away with the picture…his charm, looks, charisma, and athleticism still hold up after 72 years. If a prime Errol Flynn had done “The Adventures of Robin Hood”, in 2000, we’d probably, by now, be up to it’s fourth sequel. Unlike those fans of Johnny Depp’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, devotees of Flynn must be content to watch “Robin Hood” over and over again, which, obviously, they’re more than willing to do.