Cast and Crew: Michael Curtiz (Director); Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains, Alan Hale
What It’s About: Sir Robert of Locksley (Errol Flynn), a Saxon nobleman loyal to (Norman) King Richard, lives as a brigand in the forest in protest of the illegitimate and rapacious (also Norman) regime of Prince John (Claude Rains with odd hair coloring) and his henchman, Sir Guy of Gisbourne (a razor-sharp Basil Rathbone). After enlisting some henchmen of his own (Friar Tuck and Little John, played by familiar Flynn sidekick Alan Hale) and abducting royal ward Maid Marian (Olivia de Havilland) during a successful highway robbery, Robin Hood convinces her of the righteousness of his cause and the two spend the remainder of the film rescuing one another from the machinations of Prince John and company. Nominated for Best Picture, the film won Oscars for Art Direction, Film Editing and Original Score.
Why Watch it Today?: Celebrate Tax Day with a movie about the redistribution of wealth. Of course, if the IRS sent Errol Flynn and a bunch of stunt men in green tights, dancing and singing while helping themselves to your 25% (or 15%, or 28%, or whatever it is you may pay), they might be a bit more popular in their efforts to take from the rich and give to the poor. There are many, many, many Robin Hood films, and many of them are good — but this is the one classic to rule them all. Enjoy.