Long Live Robin Hood!

I have a question for my younger readers this eve.

First — let me set the scene. Since I’m over movies on the paid outlets (Amazon Prime, Netflix, Tubi) in general, I often stop at Good Will or other resale shops and look through their DVD collections. I often find great movies I’ve seen before, all around $1.99 a piece… so much less than renting a movie.

Last week hubby and I came across the movie Robin Hood with Errol Flynn and Olivia De Havilland from 1938. For us boomers, it’s a classic. 

When I sat down tonight and watched it, I also went to IMDB to read the trivia about the movie (I LOVE behind the scenes gossip!)

In IMDB there are 15+ movies named a version of Robin Hood, plus a number of TV series with similar titles. Many attempts to portray the legend, only one real version. The 1938 version.

But that’s a baby boomer talking.

So my question for my younger friends — do you even know about the Errol Flynn version? Do you hold it in high regards? Or are you more in tune with the more modern versions?

I’d love to know the movie tastes of my younger creative muses. My son is in that category, and he really likes the oldie version. But that is more because we as parents made him watch it a half dozen times during his 39 years on earth.

I love today’s movies — I love special effects, CGI, I enjoy stories about topics that were taboo 10 or 20 or 30 years ago. Today’s actors are knock outs, today’s women foxes. Makes me wish I were 25 again.

But there’s something about the classics that never get old. They are always fresh and sometimes overdone and bright and delightful.

Many are from a time when technicolor was new. There were no light sabers or space travel or computer generated dinosaurs. There was a bit of trick photography, a lot of cardboard backgrounds, and a fuzzy hue over most photography.

But the old movies have such a solid place in cinematographic history. When movies first became popular it was all the entertainment civilization had. 

Think of Robin Hood. Casablanca. White Heat. Gone With the Wind. Perhaps not the most realistic of photography or dialogue or staging. But it was new and real. 

And that’s why I was like a kid at Christmas to find Robin Hood in Good Will discount DVD section. It was like finding a ruby on the sandy beach. We snatched it up before someone else dare find it.

My younger friends — would YOU have snatched up a movie from the late 30’s? 40’s? 50’s? 

What do you consider a classic? A keeper?  I’d love to know what you consider a classic.

Even if you are yet to BE a classic….




6 thoughts on “Long Live Robin Hood!

  1. I enjoy most newer versions of Robin Hood too! But if you ever come across the 1938 version (in technicolor!) do watch it! It is corny and over the top, but Errol Flynn is such a rogue and was an inspiration to those who followed.

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  2. So long ago I barely remember it… is that the one from the early 70s? I thought I read Errol Flynn had a son that starred in it. And the Ghost and Mrs. Muir is soooo much a classic. I love that movie too.


  3. Well, I’m not young but I had to comment since this movie was one of my favorites as a kid. Had a wicked crush on the man. I’m so envious of you finding that DVD. Way to go!


  4. I love all the Robin Hood movies, even the Kevin Costner one! I am certainly a boomer but have not seen the 1938 version. I do find the really old movies a bit stilted and overacted. But a classic is a classic and I always prefer them over action movies.


  5. “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir “.
    And yes, the Errol Flynn version was the best!
    Did you ever watch the TV series of Ivanhoe?


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