- Nox 2019
Men of Sherwood Forest
Robin Hood, der Rote Rächer
Michael Carreras for Hammer
directed by Val Guest
starring Don Taylor, Reginald Beckwith, Eileen Moore, David King-Wood, Douglas Wilmer, Harold Lang, Ballard Berkeley, Patrick Holt, Wensley Pithey, Leslie Linder, John Van Eyssen, Vera Pearce, John Stuart, Leonard Sachs, Jocelyn Lane
written by Allan Mackinnon, music by Doreen Corwithen
Robin Hood, Hammer's Robin Hood
To announce his return to England, King Richard (Patrick Holt) has sent a toy,
the Little Sarazene, containing a hidden message of the whereabouts of
his arrival. to his loyal noblemen. However, the Little Sarazene was stolen,
& Moraine (John Stuart), the most loyal of the King's men, knows no other
way but to call on infamous outlaw Robin Hood (Don Taylor) for help.
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Robin, himself a Royalist, of course happily accepts, & soon he has
traced the Little Sarazene down to Belton Castle, which he enters in the guise
of a troubadour. & while Alys (Eileen Moore), the lady of the castle, soon
falls for Robin's charms, Sir Guy Belton (David King-Wood) & his loyal aide
Hubert (Harold Lang) immediately distrust him & try to have him unmasked by
an abbot who knows him by sight. But fortunately for Robin, his merry men have
replaced the abbot with Friar Tuck (Reginald Beckwith), who soon entertains Sir
Belton & company with a bagful of gambling tricks.
It is not until the next day, when Sir Belton has already figured out the
secret of the Little Sarazene, that Robin & Tuck are unmasked by evil night
Saltire (Douglas Wilmer), & laid into chains.
However, since Alys has already fallen for Robiun anyway, she wastes no time
& frees him & the Friar.
& while it doesn't take long for the Friar to be recaptured (& he
later ultimately breaks free by teaching his guards strippoker [!]), Robin
manages to stay aloof & he moves through the castle unnoticed, trying to
find out more about the whereabouts of King Richard's return to England - een
if that means beating it out of Hubert. After he has achieved that he sends out
Alys with a message to ghis merrie men as to where to expect Richard - only to
learn it was all one of Hubert's set-ups to lure Robin's men into a trap ...
In the end though, Robin & his men come to the aide Richard just in
time, as he seems to be losing his fight against the men of Saltire & Sir
Belton, & - as if you didn't expect it - Robin saves his King. Curiously
enough, he does not get his girl in the end (!).
Hammer's first film shot in colour, & one of Hammer's first costume
dramas is a cheaply done swashbuckler that doesn't offer much in terms of
originality, let alone inventiveness. On the other hand however it is an
entertaining little film if you haven't set any high expectations.