100 years of Robin Hood
By Susan King
James Cagney was originally cast to play Robin for Warner Bros., but after he left the studio due to a contract dispute in 1935, the production was halted for three years. By 1938, Errol Flynn (pictured) was the studio's go-to swashbuckling hero thanks to his roles in "Captain Blood" and "Charge of the Light Brigade." And he achieved superstar status with "The Adventures of Robin Hood," one of Warner Bros.' first films in Technicolor.
Dripping with sexuality, good humor, panache and swagger, Flynn's Robin of Locksley captures not only the derring-do of the character, but also the more dramatic side of his fight for injustice, uttering such delectable lines as "Men, if you are willing to fight for our people, I want you!" and "It's injustice I hate, not the Normans."
"The Adventures of Robin Hood" has the distinction of being the only movie about the legend nominated for the best film Oscar. Continue reading this story.
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