Sir Robin of Locksley, defender of downtrodden Saxons, runs afoul of Norman authority and is forced to turn outlaw. With his band of Merry Men, he robs from the rich, gives to the poor and still has time to woo the lovely Maid Marian, and foil the cruel Sir Guy of Gisbourne, and keep the nefarious Prince John off the throne. —IMDb
Michael Curtiz was one of Hollywood’s most prolific and colorful directors. Born to a well-to-do Jewish family in Budapest, he ran away from home at age 17 to join a circus, then trained for an acting career at the Royal Academy for Theater and Art. He worked as a leading man at the Hungarian Theatre before directing stage plays and then films. His first cinematic effort was Az Utolsó Bohém (1912), which was also the first feature-length film ever made in Hungary. Curtiz soon moved on to the more progressive Danish film industry, returning to his homeland in 1914 and serving a year in the Austro-Hungarian infantry before resuming his film career. While it may be arguable that Curtiz was Hungary’s finest director, he was certainly its busiest, making no fewer than 14 films in 1917, most of which starred his first wife, actress Lucy Dorraine. When the Hungarian film industry was nationalized by the new communist government in 1919, Curtiz packed his bags and headed for Sweden… read more
William Keighley’s professional career spanned three distinct mediums: the theatre, motion pictures and, finally, radio. Initially trained as a stage actor and Broadway director, he arrived in Hollywood shortly after the advent of sound, landing a job with Warner Brothers (where he spent most of his career) as an assistant director and dialog director before helming his first film there in 1932. Keighley’s gangster films of the period, such as ‘G’ Men (1935) and Bullets or Ballots (1936), are models of the kind of fast-paced, tightly made, exciting films that Warner’s specialized in—and which kept the cash flowing in during the studio’s devastating losses of the period. Interestingly, although his career is closely associated with the meteoric ascent of James Cagney, the two men did not particularly care for each other, as Cagney was somewhat put off by what he felt were Keighley’s phony European affectations (something the director acquired during his tenure on Broadway in the early… read more
Dentre as versões para a história de Robin de Sherwood que conheço, essa feita em 1938 é a mais 'viva', digamos assim. Viva na memória - porque assisti muito na TV nos 80s - e também nas sua cartela de cores. É um verdadeiro carnaval multicolorido, uma aventura 'kitsch'! O technicolor é mesmo a grande atração nesse capa-espada de cenários pouco reais, amores de back projection e (feliz) final conhecido. Necessário!
Warner Brothers magnificent technicolour production of the Robin Hood myth is the definitive adventure romance from Hollywood’s golden age. A product of a sharply efficient production line ethos, rather… read review
Warner Bros. was absorbed in the world of seedy crime dramas when it was bitten by the Technicolor epics craze running rampant in Hollywood and began production on The Adventures of Robin Hood. Originally… read review