Mill Creek Entertainment is proud to release together in one DVD set, all four seasons of The Adventures of Robin Hood, starring Richard Greene as everyone's favorite hero of the common people. Now all 143 episodes of this... more » fan favorite television series can be found in one eye-catching package. This classic television series ran from 1955 to 1960, featuring the tales of Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men. Richard Greene stars as our gallant hero who fought the forces of the evil Prince John, his local official the Sheriff of Nottingham and any aristocrat or ne'er-do-well who threatened the common people and loyal subjects of King Richard. Robin and his band lived in the shelter of Sherwood Forest, fighting their foes and hoping for the day when their beloved King Richard will return from the Crusades to rule once again.« less
"THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD was a half-hour British TV show designed for American export. Its target audience was children, so "Robin" aired on the CBS-TV network, Monday nights at 7:30. The series lasted four seasons, from 9/26/55 to 11/12/60. Cast members of "Robin Hood" often appeared in multiple roles and regular characters were at times portrayed by different actors.
In MILL CREEK ENTERTAINMENT's complete series box, the first three 39 chapter seasons are contained on 9 single-side recorded discs. The 26 episodes of season #4 have been compressed onto two DVDs.
REGULAR CAST (all seasons) Robin Hood: Richard Greene Prince John: Donald Pleasence; Hubert Gregg (3) Little John: Archie Duncan (1-4); Rufus Cruikshank (1) Sheriff of Nottingham: Alan Wheatley (1, 3-4); John Arnatt (2) Friar Tuck: Alexander Gauge Sir Richard: Ian Hunter Maid Marian Fitzwater: Bernadette O'Farrell (1-2); Patricia Driscoll (3-4) Will Scarlet O'Winchester: Paul Eddington
ACTORS PORTRAYING MULTIPLE CHARACTERS: Alfie Bass, John Baker, Peter Bennett, Patricia Burke, Kenneth Cope; Harry H. Corbett, Nigel Davenport, John Dearth, Paul Eddington, Max Faulkner, Willoughby Gray,Neil Hallett, Paul Hansard, Martin Lane, Simone Lovell, Edward Mulhare, Shaun O'Riordan, Philip Ray, Anne Reid, Michael Ripper, Leonard Sharp, Tony Thawnton, Patrick Troughton, Victor Woolf, Terry Yorke
SYNOPSIS for THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD: While he is off fighting the Crusades, King Richard charges Robin and his men with the protection of his kingdom. Robin's chief protagonist is the wily Prince John.
ALSO FROM MILL CREEK ENTERTAINMENT: Although no sign of restoration is apparent, transfer quality of MCE's public domain TV show films is uniformly good. Another interesting British-made television program from this era is SHERLOCK HOLMES - The Complete Series, also available from MILL CREEK ENTERTAINMENT at a bargain price.
For a list of all episodes, including original airdates and guest actors, see COMMENT #1, link for which is located directly below this review."
Old movie charm in a T.V. series
S.E. Poza | Rimersburg, PA | 10/05/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought the 4 individual seasons of this series at a higher price, and felt it was worth over $40 for all of them. This is a great old-fashioned series which has aged very well. The stories are all nice little adventures that still play out quite well in the modern era. There is minimal violence and the actors are all very good in their roles. After watching all of the episodes, I'm impressed by the variety of stories that were told. Obviously, the endings are pretty happy, but that doesn't have to be seen as a bad thing.
Note that the series is in black and white, and there is some sound volume and quality fluctuation, but nothing that makes it hard to understand or unwatchable. If you like charming old adventure movies, I'd strongly recommend buying this collection."
No Better Greene in Sherwood Forest
Pit O'Maley | Alameda, Ca United States | 01/11/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This TV series has hung in my memory over 40 years, obviously my first introduction to english culture, long before seeing Errol Flynn in the big screen version of Robin Hood. This is an early review of this series, mind you, before seeing the 90 or so remaining episodes. No matter. If you like "I, Claudius, " and "Poldark," you must see this wonderful black-and-white introduction to the British standards of locale/studio dramatizations. With adult eyes, I am amazed at the way the writers avoided trampling the Hollywood scene cliches to this fable, realizing they had more time to add depth and imagination to this Robin Hood, maintaining its plausability along the way. For instance, how did Robin gain leadership over the men of Sherwood Forest? He earned it, reluctantly, by displaying a deeper wisdom in proving himself. Having seen the early (1929)silent Fairbanks "Robin Hood," shot in romantic hues of light and dark, with spare period furniture,it is apparent to me now that the British team of craftsmen may have had that in mind in their location shooting.The noblemen do speak more eloquently than the peasantry, but each has their code of honor or dishonor accordingly. If you have kids and would like to introduce them to the harmless myths like Robin Hood that will remain with them years later, this is a great introduction like Life 101. Episodes will pit greed against obligation; obligations to king or the gang; right versus might. Loyalty to the gang or the family. There is clearly a logic and rationale upon which each episode hangs. We are rational beings is what Robin Hood argues throughout and that right gets contested and we must be fit for that contest daily.There is a greater need for this moral fable today, wouldn't you agree? Richard Greene as this TV Robin Hood, makes clear from the start the importance of words, honor, loyalty; our priorities; and that they fit our actions in determining the outcome of our affairs. And, of course, 90 or so episodes later, we think we have viewed a harmless fable. After college, we call it philosophy without text-editing crib sheets. Of the many reasons to admire this series, the one most impressive is how well this series holds up to the TV period dramas 25 years later. "
Best thing EVER on television
counterrev | Eustace, Texas | 12/03/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I found the dvd for the first season in a discount store five-dollar bin. Came home, watched one episode, and suddenly remembered all the best feelings I experienced as a kid, fifty something years ago. I'm pretty sure this show had a lot to do with pushing me toward the Church, but I'm funny like that. Sure enough, AMAZON carries all four seasons. I've ordering sets for all my Godchildren and Grandchildren. "They handled all the trouble on the English country scene [seriously? "scene"?] and still found plenty of time to sing!" They didn't just sing in their extra time, mark you---they FOUND the time! "Yo, Robin! We gonna have time to sing before we hold up the Sheriff?" "Oh, we'll FIND the time to sing, Little John!" I loved those guys---I still do. No better bang for the buck, anywhere."
Leanne Halling | BEAVERTON, OR, US | 12/16/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"You know how you feel drawn to programs that make you feel like you're spending time with good friends? The Adventures of Robin Hood DVD series with Richard Greene are just that. These are the shows you want to watch every day as opposed to the ones you only watch once in a while. There's just something about the English countryside setting, medieval time period, superb acting, and well written stories which beckon my 14 year old son and I to spend our afternoon with Robin Hood and his band of merry men, Maid Marian, and yes, even the Sheriff of Nottingham. This is entertainment the way it should still be; wholesome, glorifying: chivalry, respect, and morals--unlike the amoral trash they pass as entertainment these days. I'm very happy to have found this series and that it is made available to us. We have all four seasons. I wish there were more!!"