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The Adventures of Robin Hood - Queen Eleanor

episode 1.8

UK 1955
produced by
Sidney Cole for Sapphire Films/ITV
directed by Dan Birt
starring Richard Greene, Bernadette O'Farrell, Archie Duncan, Alexander Gauge, Alan Wheatley, Jill Esmond, Gerald Cross, Ballard Berkeley, John Drake, Willoughby Gray
written by Eric Heath

tv-series
Robin Hood, Robin Hood (Richard Greene), Adventures of Robin Hood, Adventures of Robin Hood (1950's)

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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The Queen Mother Eleanor (Jill Esmond) travels the country to raise funds for King Richard's crusade - much to the dismay of the Sheriff of Nottingham, who has no desire that the money she has raised ever leaves the country. But he plays along nevertheless and makes a large donation to the Queen - and at the same time urges her to not pass through Sherwood Forest ... to which the Queen even agrees, but Maid Marian (Bernadette O'Farrell) persuades her to do so nevertheless, as she is sure the Sheriff will try to rob her.

So while the Queen sends all of her guards on the route the Sheriff has suggested, only she, her right-hand man Bruno (Gerald Cross) and Maid Marian take a stroll through Sherwood. But Bruno is a traitor and has told the Sheriff about the Queen's plans, so the Sheriff has a few of his men dressed up as Robin Hood's merry men and lie in waiting ... but they are spotted by Friar Tuck (Alexander Gauge) who reports the whole thing to Robin Hood (Richard Greene), who has the perfect plan ... why not use the foresters, the sworn enemies of Robin Hood, to engage in battle with the Sheriff's men dressed as outlaws, while the Queen can safely pass. Of course the plan works, and Bruno is even found out as a traitor.

 

As such, the episode is an ok entry in the series, but it raises an interesting question (which by the way is explained in no other version of the story neither): How come fundraising for the crusades - which doesn't concern the poor in the country in the least but is just the private sport of a unworldly monarch - and sending it out of the country is alright while collecting taxes is dead wrong ? Then again though one must bear in mind that the whole Robin Hood-legend has little to do with historical facts in the first place but is supposed to be an entertaining adventure yarn ...

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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