Sir Robin of Loxley returns to England from fighting in the Crusades to discover that the notorious Sir Roger DeLisle has been given his family’s lands and castles, and has had Robin declared an outlaw.
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Season 1 Ep.14: The Betrothal
Gambling has always been a full-time occupation with the outlaws – gambling on their luck against the Sheriff. But Sir Richard couldn’t pay the price of his gamble: he now has a month to pay the money or forfeit his estate.
Reason of the public domain status: Never registered in the Library of Congress
The original Robin Hood series, intended primarily for children, featuring Robin of Locksley and his merry men in Sherwood Forest, who protect England from the evil machinations of Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham, while good King Richard is away at the Crusades. An unusual television series at the time in that it frequently re-used the same actors in different roles, or different actors in a recurring roles. The legend of Robin Hood is given a grand retelling in this popular an long running series made for television (1955-58). Filmed in Great Britain with the handsome and dashing British actor Richard Greene as Robin, the “outlaws” of Sherwood Forest watch over the people of England and protect them from the cruelty and greed of the ruling aristocrats. The series is set in the 12th Century, during the reign of King Richard I. Robin Hood, a nobleman, is forced into the life of an outlaw, dwelling in Sherwood Forest with a band of men who right the wrongs committed by the rich and powerful against the poor and defenceless. Robin Hood’s enemy in the series is the Sheriff of Nottingham who, with his cohorts, schemes to capture the outlaw by any means possible. Lady Marian Fitzwalter (Maid Marian), a young noblewoman and Robin Hood’s lover, keeps him informed of the Sheriff of Nottingham’s whereabouts and intentions. Episodes are punctuated with manly deeds of derring-do, tense escapes and pursuits, princely tournaments, the thundering hoofbeats of powerful steeds, the clattering of flashing swords, and the whizzing of fatally-placed arrows. One strong point of the show was the seamless history lessons. The producers hired English historians as consultants, which was a great help in plotting. For example, in “A Year and A Day” (Series 2), a refugee peasant explains that, under English law, a peasant who escapes serfdom and lives in a city for “a year and a day” is a free man, given the man lives openly, not in hiding. When Robin Hood helps the peasant move about the city, the Sheriff invokes “the law of hue and cry”, explaining that any man within hearing must drop his chores and help apprehend the felon. In “A Christmas Goose” (Season 3), a boy’s goose nips a lord’s horse so the lord is thrown. The lord condemns the goose to death – for his Christmas dinner. But Robin Hood counters that under English common law, an accused animal is entitled to a fair trial, the same as a human. While Robin Hood drags out the trial, Friar Tuck gets the cook drunk and switches geese. When the deception is revealed, the lord relents and pardons the goose. Another strong point were the supporting characters, who were clever and likable. In “The Goldmaker’s Return” (Season 2), Robin Hood is away in France on a mission. The Lady Marian, Little John and the other Merry Men carry the day without the star of the show ever showing his face.
Cast and Crew:
Director: Ralph Smart
Richard Greene, Alan Wheatley and Leo McKern
Original Air Date: 1955
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