The Bandit of Sherwood Forest
|The Bandit of Sherwood Forest|
|Directed by||Henry Levin|
|Written by||Wilfred H. Petitt|
|Story by||Paul A. Castleton|
& Wilfred H. Petitt
|Based on||Novel Son of Robin Hood by Paul A. Castleton|
|Produced by||Leonard S. Picker|
George B. Meehan
|Edited by||Richard Fantl|
|Music by||Hugo Friedhofer|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Box office||$3 million (US rentals)|
3,410,235 admissions (France)
- Anita Louise as Lady Catherine Maitland
- Jill Esmond as the Queen Mother
- Edgar Buchanan as Friar Tuck
- Cornel Wilde as Robert of Nottingham
- Henry Daniell as the Regent, William of Pembroke
- George Macready as Fitz-Herbert
- Russell Hicks as Robin Hood, Earl of Huntingdon
- John Abbott as Will Scarlet
- Lloyd Corrigan as the Sheriff of Nottingham
- Eva Moore as Mother Meg
- Ray Teal as Little John
- Leslie Denison as Allan-A-Dale
- Ian Wolfe as Lord Mortimer
- Maurice Tauzin as The King
- Miles Mander as Lord Warrick
- Mark Roberts as Robin Hood's Man
- Harry Cording as Prioress Guard (uncredited)
- Harry Wilson as Outlaw (uncredited)
Producer Clifford Sanforth said he got the idea to make the film when his little son saw The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) asked his father whether Robin Hood had a son. Sanforth tracked down and bought the film rights to the novel. In April 1944 Sanforth announced he would make a series of films about the son of Robin Hood for Republic Pictures starring archer Howard Hill.
In early 1945 the project moved to Columbia Pictures where Sanforth was to produce with Leonard Picker. MGM objected to the title The Son of Robin Hood claiming they had the rights to use the words "Robin Hood" as they had bought screen rights to an operetta of that name by Reginald de Koven. This resulted in Columbia deciding to use the title The Bandit of Sherwood Forest.
The casting of Cornel Wilde and Anita Louise was announced in March 1945 and filming began in April.
The film featured the first cinema use of helicopter mounted cameras used during the scene of the storming of the castle.
Variety wrote, "There is considerable ineptness in writing, production and direction but it still stands up as okay escapist film fare for the not-too-critical. There is a concentration of chases and ‘they-went-thata-way’ flavor about the doings that hints at the western feature training of producers and directors. Wilde is properly swashbuckling as the hero, and probably had himself a time enacting the dare-and-do". The New York Times wrote, "Cornel Wilde is dashing and flashes a toothsome smile as the virtuous "bandit" of Sherwood and Anita Louise is beautiful, though perhaps a bit more coquettish than a maiden fair should be. All the rest, including Russel Hicks as the elder Robert, pitch into their roles with picturesque extravagance. "The Bandit of Sherwood Forest" is the kind of entertainment that makes one wish one could be a boy again—if only for an hour and a half."
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