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Edgar (Alfie Bass), one of Robin Hood's (Richard Greene) Merry Men
sneaks away from the outlaws' hideout to spend some quality time with his
wife (Dorothy Alison) he left behind in a neighbouring village. But
Humphrey (Willoughby Gray), one of the Sheriff's (Alan Wheatley) spies,
spots him and spills the beans to his master ... who has the glorious idea
to pin an unsolved murder that occured in that village on Edgar - even if
the murder victim was a poor man himself, and the Merry Men are known for not
murdering poor folks.
Soon enough, Humphrey makes up enough evidence to frame Humphrey and
suggests a trial by ordeal - which means the accused has to put his hand
into boiling water ... and if the hand comes out unscathed (fat chance),
Thank God though Robin hears of this, and he, Friar Tuck (Alexander
Gauge) and Little John (Archie Duncan) set out for that village and start
investigating on their own ... and soon enough they find evidence pointing
in all kinds of directions but away from Edgar - and finally the niece of
the murdered man confesses to the Friar that she saw none other than
Humphrey commit the murder, but kept her mouth shut because he threatened
to burn her as a witch.
A tad formulaic, but well-made and well-acted.