Reel/Real Impact: Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

Real/Reel Impact

The Adventures of Robin Hood became the year’s sixth-highest-grossing film, earning over $4 million; average ticket price was 25 cents.

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Warner was so pleased with the results that it cast Flynn in two more color epics, Dodge City and The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex.

Errol Flynn is Robin Hood

Errol Flynn’s name and image became inextricably linked with that of Robin Hood in the public consciousness, even more so than Douglas Fairbanks, who had played the role previously.

Flynn and De Havilland: Screen Team

This was the third film to pair Flynn and Olivia de Havilland after Captain Blood and The Charge of the Light Brigade. They starred together in eight films, Four’s a Crowd (1938), The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939), Dodge City (1939), Santa Fe Trail (1940), They Died with Their Boots On (1941) and Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943).

Spoofs

Scenes and costumes worn by the characters have been imitated and spoofed.

In the Bugs Bunny animated short, Rabbit Hood, Bugs is told by a dim-witted Little John that “Robin Hood will soon be here.” When Bugs meets Robin, he is stunned that it is Errol Flynn, in a spliced-in clip from this film.

Other parodies were Daffy Duck and Porky Pig in Robin Hood Daffy and Goofy and Black Pete in Goof Troop’s Goofin’ Hood & His Melancholy Men.

In Disney’s 2010 animated film Tangled, the personality of Flynn Rider is inspired by that of Errol Flynn, using his surname.

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