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The Adventures of Robin Hood - The Knight who Came to Dinner

episode 1.37

UK 1956
produced by
Sidney Cole, Hannah Weinstein (executive) for Sapphire Films/ITV
directed by Ralph Smart
starring Richard Greene, Ian Hunter, Alexander Gauge, Archie Duncan, Alan Wheatley, Frank Royde, Bernadette O'Farrell, Robin Bailey, Willoughby Gray, Victor Woolf
written by Eric Heath, Lawrence McClellan, music by Edwin Astley

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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It is a tradition with Robin Hood (Richard Greene) and his merry men to invite a guest of honour to every feast they are having, which means nothing more than kidnapping some nobleman, relieving him of half the money on his body, and in return letting him participate at the feast. Robbery of course, but that's why Robin and his men are outlaws, right?

Anyways, noblemen are hard to find these days, and since Little John (Archie Duncan) and Friar Tuck (Alexander Gauge) have gotten especially hungry during the preparations of the feast, they kidnap the first man they can find, someone who looks more like a scarecrow than a nobleman, dress him up as a knight and present him to Robin. The good news is, the scarecrow really turns out to be a nobleman, Sir Richard of the Lea (Ian Hunter) ... but the bad news is that he has no money, is on the way to the abbot (Frank Royde) to ask an extension for his loan, but is very likely to lose all his lands and castle by tomorrow evening since the abbot is not a forgiving man.

Robin and his men have no hearts of stone of course, so instead of robbing Sir Richard of the little he has got, they provide him with the money he needs (as a loan) and send him off to the abbot accompanied by Friar Tuck dressed up as his squire.

Though he has the money, Sir Richard at first asks the abbot for an extension, and when that's not granted at least for a donation so he can make it through the winter - which is granted, and Sir Richard immediately has it redistributed among the poor before paying the abbot in full using Robin's money. At this point Friar Tuck as Sir Richard's squire pretends to switch allegiances and tells the abbot of another nobleman in desperate need of a loan - and this way lures the abbot through Sherwood Forest carrying the money paid to him by Sir Richard ... and of course, he is soon held up and robbed by Robin and company ...

 

Rather amusing episode actually, one which is low on Robin Hood's heroics for a change and high on Friar Tuck's comedy in exchange. Sure, the humour is a tad childish in nature, but let's face it, this program was originally intended for children.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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