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The Adventures of Robin Hood - The Challenge

episode 1.7

UK 1955
produced by
Sidney Cole for Sapphire Films/ITV
directed by Ralph Smart
starring Richard Greene, Archie Duncan, Ian Hunter, Alan Wheatley, Alexander Gauge, Bernadette O'Farrell, Patricia Burke, John Drake
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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Even though he hasn't got a penny, benevolent nobleman Sir Richard (Ian Hunter) wagers with the Sheriff of Nottingham (Alan Wheatley) that the archers of Sherwood Forest - namely Robin Hood (Richard Greene) - are better than those of the Sheriff. And the Sheriff agrees to the wager, and even promises the Sherwood Forest archers to leave the contest - to be held in Sir Richard's castle - in peace. Of course, Robin, who has come with Little John (Archie Duncan) and Friar Tuck (Alexander Gauge), wins the contest with ease, but afterwards, the Sheriff is suddenly in the greatest of hurry to get rid of the outlaws,  so much in a hurry that Robin smells a trap and forces two of the Sheriff's men to go out in his and Little John's outfits ... and really, no sooner have they passed the gate are they apprehended by the Sheriff's men. And the Sheriff fails to notice the mistake until he is out of the castle as well, and Sir Richard closes the gates behind him.

Now the Sheriff lays siege to Sir Richard's castle ... but for some reason, Robin, Little John and the friar do not care in the least, instead they have a week-long party and slowly eat up Sir Richard's provisions. So Sir Richard remembers a secret passageway of old that has since caved in, but all on his own, he digs the way free again.

When he presents his guests with his ingenious escape route though, they are les than thrilled, instead promise to not desert him and stay with him till the bitter end ... then they party on. So Sir Richard leaves his castle himself and shows up at the Sheriff's side, telling him that his guests have left hours ago. The Sheriff is so enraged that he doesn't even doublecheck Sir Richard's claims but orders his men to leave on the double.

Then Sir Richard lures Robin, Little John and the friar out of the castle, and closes the gates behind them as well - since a man's home is his castle.

 

Quite humourous episode actually that manages to make one even giggle. And if you say that the humour is predominantly childish, you are probably right, but thenm again, this series was predominantly made for children after all.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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