Monday, April 9, 2012

Jason watches ROBIN HOOD (1922)

At the Stanford Theatre, with Dennis James rockin' the Mighty Wurlitzer organ with the original score written for the movie. He introduced it as a score that many self-professed scholars claim is lousy. It's repetitive, it sets mood more than matching the actual action. But Dennis didn't care, he's a purist and historian who will play the original music. And for what it's worth, I thought the score worked just fine (with Dennis livening it up a bit so it wasn't quite so repetitive.)

As for the story, Douglas Fairbanks plays Robert, Earl of Huntingdon who later becomes Robin Hood (but not until halfway through the movie.) Wallace Beery plays Richard the Lionhearted. Against them are Prince John (Sam De Grasse) and Sir Guy of Gisbourne (Paul Dickey.) Maid Marian is played by Enid Bennet, who is appropriately in danger quite often, but not given much more to do. The first half is pretty slow, as King Richard and Huntingdon lead their army on a crusade, Gisbourne and Prince John plot against them, and when Huntingdon escapes and finally returns to England, he finds a band of men opposing John's tyranny hiding in Sherwood Forest, just needing a leader to guide them. So he becomes Robin Hood, and the fun really starts. The sets are huge and grand (it was the first movie to cost over $1 million) and while allegedly Fairbanks was afraid he would be overshadowed by the sets, ultimately he has a grand time as an eternal child climbing the walls and sliding down the curtain.

Oh, and as someone who grew up with the Disney animated Robin Hood, I can say that the Merry Men in this version are even merrier with all their dancing, jumping, and pirouetting.

Running Time: 127 minutes
My Total Minutes: 276,570
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