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With: Douglas Fairbanks, Wallace Beery, Sam De Grasse, Enid Bennett, Paul Dickey, William Lowery, Roy Coulson, Billie Bennett, Merrill McCormick, Wilson Benge, Willard Louis, Alan Hale, Bud Geary, Lloyd Talman
Written by: "Elton Thomas" (a.k.a. Douglas Fairbanks), Allan Dwan
Directed by: Allan Dwan
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 133
Date: 10/18/1922

Robin Hood (1922)

4 Stars (out of 4)

Good 'Hood'

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

After his hit swashbucklers The Mark of Zorro (1920) and The Three Musketeers (1921), actor/producer Douglas Fairbanks had enough clout to put together the most expensive movie of its time, Robin Hood (1922), (though Erich von Stroheim may have spent just as much on his Foolish Wives the same year). It's by far the best and most joyous Robin Hood movie ever made; beside Fairbanks, even Errol Flynn appears to be standing still. This Robin Hood even explains why, if Robin Hood is such a sterling fighter, didn't he go off to fight in the Crusades with King Richard? Director Allan Dwan had worked with Fairbanks on several two-reelers, and would go on to direct his last silent film, The Iron Mask (1929). Dwan would continue working, making "B" pictures up until the 1960s, and finishing up with something like 500 films on his resume before he died. But Robin Hood is arguably his masterpiece.

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