All posts filed under: The Adventures of Robin Hood

A Lesson in Three Sword Fights

Change of tone from the whole “WW1 Mystery Letter” question – to which I’m sure we will be returning anon – to the simpler but still baffling question – even if you can’t get Basil Rathbone why do you replace him with Henry Daniell? In case you don’t follow the purport of the question, check this vid out. First you’ll see Flynn’s two epic encounters with RazzleDazzle (as someone called him in the comments today, and which I think is just perfect), in Captain Blood (1935) and The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938); and then you’ll see good ole’ Henry step in to take Baz’s place in The Sea Hawk (1940) (you can also watch the final two if you like,but they aren’t needed for the point and they will just show you a depressingly decaying Flynn speeding towards his early death). The Sword Fights of Errol Flynn from Russ McClay on Vimeo. So, did you watch the Sea Hawk fight? Painful isn’t it. Ok, there are big shadows and ok, there is table-tossing, but …

The Best Candids Ever II

By popular demand (well, ok, one commenter suggested it, but I want to do it anyway so there), here is Episode II of The Best Candids Ever, and again it’s featuring the amazing Adventures of Robin Hood. This time it’s the Baz and Olivia de Havilland. It’s a natural pair with the first photo really as again, the personalities and relationships displayed by the subjects could almost be designed to undercut their personas (personae?) in the movie. They might look like Gisbourne and Maid Marian and be dressed like Gisbourne and Maid Marian – but wait a minute — WTF?… …This Marian is leaning and laughing and clearly flirting her ass off, the shameless hussy. And Gisbourne is obviously enjoying every minute of it. She’s just put her hand up to his face, and he – I’m feeling a little outraged here people – is kissing her palm! I think what we need to ask is – does Robin know this is going on? Shouldn’t somebody tell him!!!?

The Best Candids Ever…

Thought I’d do an occasional series of the best candid photos I know of. And to kick off here’s one featuring not just one but two of my heroes – the Baz and the Flynn! What I love about this – in addition to the two lovely guys – is the way it’s captured a moment in their lives with a kind of documentary honesty that’s quite rare in Hollywood pics, even in candids, and the way the personalities of the three people are being so eloquently expressed. It’s a bit like one of those old master paintings of historical scenes where everyone is frozen in some attitude that tells the story of who they are and what they’re thinking. And what’s great is the way this story is almost the antithesis of anything you’d expect from their screen roles in the movie they’re in the midst of making. Flynn/Robin Hood, the action hero, is caught, not in his Lincoln Green, but formally dressed in chainmail, his face unguarded and almost shy. Rathbone/Gisborne, the villainous …