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The Bandit of Sherwood Forest
Cornel Wilde, Anita Louise, Jill Esmond, Edgar Buchanan
Directed by George Sherman and Henry Levin
Columbia 1946 Technicolor
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment 2010
82 minutes Fullscreen

The Bandit of Sherwood Forest could have as easily been titled Son of Robin Hood for that is what it is. This swashbuckling adventure is one of four recent Robin Hood DVD reissues that also include Prince of Thieves (1947 with Jon Hall), Rogues of Sherwood Forest (1950 with John Derek), and Hammer Films' Sword of Sherwood Forest (1960) with TV's Robin Hood, Richard Greene(1960).

The Earl of Huntingdon aka Robin Hood opens The Bandit of Sherwood Forest with a bit of exposition: The Regent of England has abolished the Magna Carta giving citizens right and has usurped the throne. Robert of Huntingdon aka Robert Hood and his new band of merry men must fight for truth, justice, and the ... British way. Of course, there is a love interest to be kidnapped and threatened, Lady Catherine (Played by Anita Louise).

All of this should require swashbuckling, good humor, and so on.  This is, after all, what any good Robin Hood or Robert Hood movie is all about.

Unfortunately, this Robin Hood DVD is a bit thin on the sword fights and it takes about half the movie for some any action to start. Even at that, the sword fighting is almost inexistent aside from a scene between Robert Hood and the bad guy.

The good humor is there though in almost as great quantity as the "tell us the plan again to make sure we understand everything" scenes.

There are a few plot holes here and there such as the Queen not recognizing the young Earl's colors on his saddle and mistaking him for a woodsman but, you know, he does have an American accent.

The Bandit of Sherwood Forest is decent entertainment if you like Robin Hood stories.

This DVD is addressed to an older audience who saw these movies way back when. The information blurb on the back of this and the other DVD in this series is in some bizarre beige on darkish brown typeface and very hard to read.

Also in this series: Prince of Thieves - Robin Hood Collection


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