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The Adventures of Robin Hood

The Adventures of Robin Hood. Two episodes from the acclaimed long running TV series from 1955.

AIRED: November 12, 2017 | 0:54:20

(energetic jive music)

- [Announcer] Now wasn't that nice?

- Hello, everyone.

I'm Jessica Greenwell, and welcome

to I Remember Television again.

Today, we focus on a character

with whom you're all unquestionably familiar, Robin Hood.

While we've all heard the name,

we might not all know his storied history.

Although he's been the main character

of a major motion picture just this decade,

Robin Hood has origins in folklore

tracing back to ballads at least seven centuries ago.

People debate whether the legend was rooted in mythology,

in reality, or neither.

However he began, the character has endured

through countless retellings,

some of the most notable examples include

the earliest surviving text, Robin Hood and the Monk,

the first printed version, A Gest of Robyn Hode,

Howard Pyle's classic 19th century novel,

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood,

and Disney's animated film

about an anthropomorphic fox Robin Hood.

Tonight, we will be enjoying the classic TV series.

Robin Hood, as the show was simply known,

ran for four years, lasted 143 episodes,

and was significant for numerous reasons.

It was produced by Hannah Weinstein,

a trailblazer among women in television.

It featured many episodes

written by members of the Hollywood blacklist,

whose situation Weinstein wanted to mitigate.

It had a theme song which became iconic,

so much so that Monty Python parodied it

with their song, Dennis Moore.

It helped put ITC Entertainment,

later the producers of The Prisoner

and the Muppet Show on the map,

and it spawned a tremendous amount of merchandise,

such as jigsaw puzzles and toy bows and arrows.

But most importantly, it was just a fantastic show.

Don't take my word for it, though.

See for yourselves with the very first episode,

aired in the U.S. on CBS on September 26th, 1955,

and written by Ring Lardner Jr.

under the pseudonym Lawrence McClellan,

the beginning of the adventure

that was the Robin Hood series,

The Coming of Robin Hood,

As I Remember Television.

("Robin Hood Theme Music" by Edwin Astley)

♪ Robin of Loxley, a knight bold and good. ♪

♪ Back from the Holy Wars becomes Robin Hood. ♪

(soldiers singing drunkenly)

- [Guard] North post, all quiet!

- [Guard] West tower, all quiet.

(footsteps crunching)

- [Guard] Gate tower, all quiet!

- [Guard] East post, all quiet.

- It's Master Robin.

It's Master Robin!

Tom, it's Master Robin!

- Martha, it's good to see you.

- Oh, Master Robin.

- Tom...

- You came back.

Heaven be praised, the pilgrim found you.

- At the very gates of Jerusalem,

but it was months before I could start home.

- I said the day of vengeance would come, Martha.

Master Robin will strike down every last one of them.

- I've had my fill of bloodshed

over the past four years, Tom,

crusading with King Richard.

I've come back to visit my father's grave

and claim my inheritance.

Then, I want to settle down peacefully.

- There's no peace left!

They'll kill you unless you kill them first.

- Kill me?

Who'd want to kill me?

- Sir Roger de Lisle, and the rest of the Normans

that swill their wine up in the manor house.

- When did this Roger de Lisle move into the manor?

- It was a year ago.

Loxley Hall stood empty. Then he came to the gate,

waving a scroll with a big red seal on it.

Watt Tadmore told them you'd be back from the crusade,

and they flogged him till he was well nigh dead.

- Poor Watt.

But I'll make it up to him as soon as I get my lands back.

- You'll not get them back, not unless you kill.

Cut off their heads.

Man and woman alike, starting with Roger de Lisle.

Kill, that's the only way!

- You'd best lie back in your bed, Tom,

or you'll shout yourself into the grave.

I'll get you some hot broth.

- [Tom] He doesn't understand.

Master Robin doesn't understand.

- I know Tom sounds daft to you,

but he's not to be blamed.

- Why should I blame him?

He's loyal and faithful,

and I can see he's suffered for it.

- Night and day we've lived in fear of our lives.

- I heard rumors of these evil things, Martha.

That's why I came back.

I can see I stayed away too long.

- Everything's changed since you went, Master Robin.

Sometimes I think when Tom raves

about blood and death to the Normans,

he's the only sane one of us left.

- It's time I made myself known to these guests of mine.

- And the stupid dog of a Saxon serf

refused to get down on his knee.

So, I drew my sword and sliced off an ear! (laughs evilly)

More wine!

Be quick! I've told you to keep the cups filled.

Where was I?

- You were carving up a serf, my bold liege.

- Ah, so I was. (chuckles)

Well, the stupid fellow came at me with his bare hands.

So I pinned him to the wall.

Ah, Gilbert, what do you want?

- A gentleman wishes to see you, my lord.

- How dare you interrupt us?

Let him wait. (laughs)

- But he refuses, sir. He says his business is most urgent.

- Urgent?

Who is this impudent fellow?

- He gives his name as Robin of Loxley.

(lyre strums dramatically)

- Robin of Loxley?

That'simpossible. He is dead.

Everybody knows that.

I have apaper to prove it!

- I'm here to disprove the paper, my lord.

It's true I was wounded in the service of the King,

but I'm very much alive, as you can see.

- You're alive, yes.

But you're not Robin of Loxley.

- Under ordinary circumstances,

I'd take it ill to have my word doubted.

But you are, in a sense, guests in my house,

whether invited or not.

All I ask is that you leave my home as soon as possible.

If you do so peacefully, we can forget what's happened.

- Most generous of you.

All he wants is that we should give up our home

and our land, and turn them over to him.

-My home, andmy land.

- So you tell us.

But I say Robin of Loxley isdead,

and you're an imposter!

- You can easily test whether I'm an imposter or not.

Call in the people from the estate

and ask them who I am.

- (laughs) The testimony of a Saxon serf means nothing.

- I have another witness.

A Norman witness of high standing,

but I prefer to bring him

to the attention of the Sheriff of Nottingham,

if you force me to take my cause there.

- (chuckles) What purpose could that serve?

The Sheriff himself commissioned me

to take over this house and land,

and to maintain peace and order.

- Since my return, I've seen little peace and less order.

- I've no wish to argue these matters with you.

Your claim is preposterous.

Robin of Loxley is dead.

He was killed in the Holy Land.

His father died, leaving no other heir.

- No other heir but me.

Look at his picture. You can see a resemblance.

I see you've closed your eyes

as well as your ears to justice.

- I meant to have that piece of rubbish

thrown out long ago.


Take this picture out and burn it.

(dramatic music)

- Sir Roger, Lady de Lisle,

forgive me for interrupting your dinner.

Perhaps I made a mistake in coming here.

The mistake I made was to waste my breath on a scoundrel

who shall answer to me either in court or by the sword!

- After him!

Don't let him get away!


All together, faster!

(dramatic music)

Will! Gilbert!

Gilbert, this way!

(dramatic music)

(swords clashing)

- Open the door!

Or I'll have it broken down!

Open the door!

What a cowardly pair of heels he's shown.

And they let him get away, the fools!

- We can't all be as bold as you, my dear.

But what of his threat to go and see the Sheriff?

- Yes, we mustdo something.

I'll think of something.

I'll see the Sheriff this very night.

Have no fear, my lady. We can trust the Sheriff.

- Quite, my dear, so much more prudent

than trusting to the sword.

(gentle music)

(foliage rustling)

(arrow thwacks)

- Well, we've caught the lad!

Get over here!

- [Hunter] No, no! No, please!

- [Forester] Get over here!

- [Hunter] No, no! No, please!

Please, I'm begging your favor!

- [Robin] Good morning to you.

- Who are you?

- A traveler.

A soldier of the King,

returned from the war in the Holy Land.

You caught this fellow stealing a deer?

- Yes, we're just carrying out the punishment.

We're royal foresters.

- What is the punishment?

- Very unpleasant one, I assure you.

In this case, it's eyes, fingers, and the forest.

- You're going to dothat to him,

just for killing a deer?

- Well, I don't like it any more than you do.

You'd better go talk to Prince John,

or whoever settles these matters for him.


- Touch him with at that,

you'll get an arrow through your throat.

- You're a bold fellow, aren't you?

- Think you can kill all three of us?

- If I have to.

Now, untie him, and then leave.

- Our duty doesn't include getting ourselves killed.

You can have him, for now.

- We'd better get away from here

before they get their courage back.

What are you going to do now?

You can't go near your home, that's certain.

- My children are starving,

I'd like to get some meat to them.

- Tell me where they live, and I'll take it to them.

- My home's over at the crossroad.

- But, where canyou go? That's the question.

- I'll have to find the outlaws,

spend the rest of my life in hiding.

- The outlaws?

- Somewhere in Sherwood. That's all anybody knows.

Deep in the forest.

- Englishmen forced to live in the forest,

like hunted animals.

(suspenseful music)

(regal horn music)

- [Robin] Where do I find my lord, the Sheriff?

- That way, my friend.

- I wish to see the Sheriff.

- State your name, and the nature of your complaint, please.

His Worship can't see everyone at once.

- My name is Robin of Loxley,

and I wish to bring charges.

- Ah yes, the complaint against Sir Roger de Lisle,

I know all about it.

- [Robin] You do?

- Will you kindly wait over there?

I don't know when the Sheriff can get to you.

- Since you know who I am,

perhaps you also know that I've come a long way

from the Holy Land.

- You crusaders are all alike!

You volunteer to go to the war of your own accord.

Nobody makes you go, and then you expect

special consideration because of it!

Now, please take your turn.

Perhaps he will be able to do something for you

late tomorrow, or the next day.

(whistles tunelessly)

(dramatic music)

(pensive music)

Robin of Loxley.

The Sheriff awaits you.

- But all these people were ahead of me.

- His Worship thought your case too important to be delayed.

- Very considerate of him.

- Let him pass.

- [Robin] What's Sir Roger de Lisle sitting up there for?

- [Clerk] A useful custom of the Norman lords.

They sit in judgment on their own cases.

- Who's the other one?

The Count of Severne, Sir Roger's cousin.

- Soyou are the man who claims to be

the son of the late Edward--

- Iam the son of the late Edward of Loxley,

Master of the King's Foresters in this shire.

- [Sheriff] That is a matter we are here to decide.

- I hardly expected to find

the man who stole my property

sitting with you in judgment.

- Watch your words, I warn you!

- We are here only for consultation.

- Before we hear your claim,

there is a question I should like to ask you.

What were you doing at the hour of dawn this morning?

- What's that got to do with my claim?

- Answer the question, please.

Is it not a fact that you were in Sherwood Forest?

And that you willfully obstructed the King's justice?

- Hardly justice.

I did prevent some foresters from committing an act

of barbarous cruelty.

- A full confession!

- You have not only admitted your guilt,

but you remain arrogant.

In my judgment, you should be declared guilty

and sentenced to imprisonment.

- Plus the forfeiture of his estates.

- The forfeiture of your estates.

That is customary.

- The title of Royal Forester passed to me from my father,

and I was within my rights this morning, as you well know.

This is a crude attempt to justify the theft of my property.

- Forfeiture of your estate to the crown.

Is there anything further?

- You dare to speak in the name of the crown.

I bear a letter from King Richard,

who shall hear of this by the first courier to the crusades!

- May we see this letter?

- You doubtless recognize the royal seal?

The first part is some remarks

His Majesty was good enough to make

about my military service.

The second asks all officers of the crown

to give special assistance to any cause of mine.

- My lord, I protest!

This is undoubtedly a forgery.

- The seal is authentic.

Why was I not shown this before?

- This used to be a court of justice.

Whether one bore a king's letter or no.

- It is clear that there has been a grave injustice

and that you are who you say you are.

If there is anything we can do for you,

as well as the full restitution of Loxley Hall,

together with all its lands and people?

- [Robin] When may I expect this restitution?

- Sir Roger will doubtless have made

all the necessary arrangements by noon tomorrow?

You will then meet at your estate

and he will hand over the documents.

- My lords.

- What in heaven's name are you thinking of?

- A man who has the ear of the king

can be a great danger.

This could not be handled in the ordinary way.

- But my estates!

- Hold your tongue, Roger,

and listen to what his lordship has to say.

- If you want the estate, you will have to earn it.

- Earn it?

You mean, work for it?

- You can't hand an estate over to a man

unless he's alive, can you?

Nor can King Richard receive any messages from a man who has

unfortunately met with a fatal accident.

- Accident...

- May we take our leave while I explain to my cousin

your brilliant solution to the unfortunate return

of young Loxley?

(gentle music)

- [Herald] Robin of Loxley.

- William!

(dramatic music)

Good morning to you, sir.

- Good morning.

- The documents are completed and ready for signing.

If you'd just come this way?

- This was my father's when he first served

with our King Richard.

- [Roger] My lady and I have a lot to do

before we leave the house.

If we may proceed to business?

- I don't desire to cause you

any inconvenient haste in your departure.

- [Roger] It is quite convenient to leave today.

- In that case, let us sign the papers.

- This is the deed in which

I renounce my claim to your estates.

The notary has prepared this document for your signature.

- What is this paper that you wish me to sign?

- You may read it for yourself.

It's merely a document releasing me from all--

- Beware, Master Robin!

- Now, William!


- Go quickly, Master Robin!

They're going to kill you!

(dramatic music)

- Gilbert, call up the guards!

You willhang for this!

(gentle music)

(shrill bird call)

(bird call)

- Your purse, Sir Knight, and make it quick!

- You're the men I've been looking for.

- You're looking for us?

- I thought the quickest way to find you

would be to build a fire.

So that instead of going to the outlaws,

the outlaws would come to me.

- What do you want with us?

You're not a poor man.

Look at your clothes. You're a rich Norman.

- Neither Norman nor rich.

- Then what are you, a spy?

- A spy? (chuckles)

I'm wanted for the murder of Sir Roger de Lisle.

- You killed de Lisle?

I don't believe you.

- I didn't.

I said I was wanted for his murder,

not that I was guilty.

- He's making sport with us. - Wait.

Now listen, my friend.

We're outlaws, because that's what Norman law has made us.

They took our land for taxes,

treated us like cattle.

There's a price on our head. So the Sheriff

has sent out informers and spies,

and we think that you'reone of them!

- I've told you the truth.

If you try to rob or attack me,

you're doing the same thing to a friend

that you're accusing your enemies of doing to yourselves.

- Oh, fine words won't save you.

This glade is thick with arrows,

and they're all pointing atyou.

- Wait, Will!

I know him. He's the one that saved me from the foresters.

The man with the hood.

- Are you certain?

Look at him closely.

Make no mistake.

- In truth, Iknow it!

He saved my life.

- And made three foresters take to their heels.

- [Outlaw] I swear he's the one.

- Why are you seeking us?

- To join your band.

- To join us?

- [Outlaw] Give him a chance, Will.

- What's your name?

- Robin of ...



- Robin of the Hood.

♪ Robin Hood, Robin Hood, riding through the glen. ♪

♪ Robin Hood, Robin Hood, with his band of men. ♪

♪ Feared by the bad, loved by the good. ♪

♪ Robin Hood, Robin Hood, Robin Hood. ♪

♪ He called the greatest archers to a tavern on the green. ♪

♪ They vowed to help the people of the king. ♪

♪ They handled all the trouble on the English country scene, ♪

♪ and still found plenty of time to sing! ♪

♪ Robin Hood, Robin Hood, riding through the glen. ♪

♪ Robin Hood, Robin Hood, with his band of men. ♪

♪ Feared by the bad, loved by the good. ♪

♪ Robin Hood, Robin Hood, Robin Hood! ♪

- Now you've seen this show's version

of how our hero became the Robin Hood we know and love.

You've also been introduced to the format of the incredibly

but unsurprisingly popular theme song during the credits,

and a small tailor-made tune teasing the plot

at the beginning of each episode.

Many adventures followed,

starting with our other offering for tonight.

Robin Hood's second episode, again written secretly

by Ring Lardner Jr., The Moneylender.

("Robin Hood Theme Music" by Edwin Astley)

♪ Trapped by the Sheriff

♪ stands Robin like a mighty rock, ♪

♪ and falls ere to the brave Will Scatlock. ♪

(outlaws rabbling)

(whimsical music)

- Hey, Robin?

They say you're an archer.

- I have pulled a bow.

- Can you split the wand?

- I can try.

(men laughing)

- (laughs) No, Edgar, no! Your swing's too wide.

You look as if you're mowing oats.

Now, hold your staff at the quarter.

(arrow thwacks)

- Black feathers.

- All is well.

- Why, it's Will Scatlock.

Any luck, Will?

- What did you get, Will?

What have you got in the purse, gold?

- Ah, the outlaws of Sherwood Forest

are making quite a name for themselves!

(men laugh)

A king's ransom!

- Must be near a hundred guineas.

- And jewels.

- What goose did you pluck today, Will?

- [Will] Some kinsmen of Sir Phillip's

They're on their way to the castle.

- Any trouble?

- No, the guards just ran like mice.

Give me that.

- Cheek, head, low.

- We've brought in some treasure.

- So I see.

- Aren't you two interested in gold?

- Watch your head, Edgar.

- The lads say it's worth 80 guineas.

- That's a good many guineas.

That's a fair parry.

- It's a good many more than you've brought in

since you joined us.

(men murmur)

- Our turn's coming, isn't it, Edgar?

- Thanks to you, Robin.

He's a good teacher, Will.Ooh!

- Oh, perhaps I should take a lesson from the master.

- I don't think you need any lessons in fighting, Will.

- Then I can giveyou one.

(men laugh)

- Get him, Will.

- Deal him one!

(staffs clashing)

- You were against us

robbing Sir Phillip's party, weren't you?

- I said nothing.

- But it was in your head.

- True, I would have chosen someone else to rob.

- When you need weapons and supplies, you rob,

and the devil care who.

- Sir Phillip is a good man, and a good friend of mine.

- Oh, sothat's it.

He's one of thegentry.

He's not really one ofus.

(staffs clashing)

- Sir Phillip treats his people well.

The country's full of those who don't.

Why don't you robthem?

- Keep your advice until you're asked,

or I'll ram it down your throat!

- Will, you're a better man than some of your deeds.

But it's true that so far, I haven't earned my keep.

- Ugh...

- Come on, Edgar. Let's go and try our hands

at our new craft.

(Edgar laughs)

(gentle music)

- How about him?

- He's an unpleasant looking character.

- Iknow him. That's Herbert of Doncaster.

- Is he a friend of yours?

- The devil he is!

I hate moneylenders, especiallythat one.

- Tell me the worst about him,

so I can commit my first robbery with an easy conscience.

- Well, he comes around in winter,

when the people are hard put to it to find food,

and lends them a few shillings.

- That doesn't sound so bad.

- Yeah, but he collects twice as much as he lends.

And those that can't pay,

his friend the Sheriff arrests them.

- Excellent. He's our man.

To your post!

(pensive music)



Take cover.

- What?


What the devil, you!

- Quiet, quiet.


- Are you sure?

- I heard stealthy footsteps in the forest.

It must be the outlaws.

(tree rustles)

There it is!

[tree rustles]

- Ha ha, probably a deer. (chuckles)

You are a cautious feller, and no mistake.

Lettin' an animal scare ya, humph.

- Ihave to be cautious. I carry a full purse.

- Oh...

Are you a merchant?

- No, I'm a sort of a collection agent.

As we're both going the same way,

let's go together. It's safer in pairs.

- Oh, as you will.

(tree rustling)

(Herbert yelling)

Hanged feller!

You nearly broke me neck!


- I thought I heard them.

- Oh, your community is a greater menace than the outlaws.

Getoff me! (groaning)

Oh, probably a rabbit!

- You can afford to be brave,

since you probably carry no more than a few shillings.

- Yeah...

- Areyou a merchant?

- Well, no. Not exactly.

I'm a sort of a collection agent myself.

- Ah, then we're colleagues.

Aren't you afraid of losing your money?

- Oh, no. Not really.

I fancy I could outwit a simple-minded outlaw.

(tree rustling)

- To cover!

- Here, hold on!

Let's have no more of this hurtling into ditches.

- I wish my mind was eased about my money.

- Oh, put your money in yourboot!

- In my boot?

- Yes, in your boot.

And leave a few shillings in your purse

for the outlaws, if they should stop us.

- What a splendid idea.

- Yeah!

- Excuse me.

My mind's at ease.

But now my foot hurts.

- Ah, security must always be gained at some sacrifice.


- Hand over your purses!

- Do what he says. - Be quick about it.

- Yes, sir! Yes, sir! We'll do anything you say. Only

please don't look at our boots.

- Boots?


Boots, eh?

Ahhh, crafty!

Come on, hand them over!

- Acorns?

You said you were a collection agent!

- I am. I collect acorns.

- And, you. Come on!

And the other one.

(boot rattles)

- [Robin] Ah... (chuckles)

- Ohh...

Look what your friend collects, Robin.

- Robin?


You'reone of them!

You're one of the outlaws!

The Sheriff will hang you for this!

- That's right.

Now run along, and give my compliments to the Sheriff.

- But what about me boots?

- Boots?

Oh, yes. Very nice boots!

Go on!

(mysterious music)

- These must be the people he collected from.

Do you recognize any of the names?

- Dunno.

Ooh, I know Hawkins.

He lives at Kirkbury.

- Is it far from here?

- On the edge of the forest. Why?

- If a moneylender collected double,

then half this money belongs to the victims.

We'd better make haste. This is a long list.

(gentle music)

(dog barking)

- Mother!

- Strangers. - Trouble.

- Hawkins?

- Aye, isn't that the moneylender's list?

- Yes. We ran into Herbert of Doncaster on the road,

and arranged to do some of his businessfor him.

In November, you borrowed two silver marks?

- True, and I took my pig to Nottingham last week

and sold it to pay the debt.

- There must be some mistake.

- I tell you I paid,

and there's no use trying to collect more,

'cause we haven't a farthing left.

- I'm not trying to collect more.

- It's written here that you paid backfour silver marks.

- Aye, and we shall go hungry because of it.

- I'm not surprised

when you pay back double what you borrow.

Give him backtwo silver marks.

- Bless you, gentlemen.

- Aye! I'm grateful for this, friend.

It can make a lot of difference.

- Are you on the moneylender's list?

- Yes. - What's your name?

- Hugh of the Wood.

I borrowed three marks last winter.

- What did you pay back?

- [Hugh] Six.

- Give him back three marks.

- If we should ever want to borrow money again,

can we findyou in Nottingham?

- No, our headquarters are in Sherwood Forest.

- The men of Sherwood!

I'veheard about you.

- [Robin] You've probably heard

that we're thieves and outlaws.

- No. Well, I mean, one of the Sheriff's men did say...

- These are strange times, Hawkins.

When the Sheriff protects those who steal,

and brands as thieves those who return the stolen goods.

Now, where's Thomas Tyler?

- Up over.

- Come on, Edgar.

(rooster crows)

(uplifting curious music)

(coins tinkle)

- Who's arrow is that?

- I know nothing.

I just found it in my door.

- Wouldn't have come from Sherwood Forest, by any chance?

- The outlaws?

Why shouldthey leave money?

- That's what I intend to find out.

I'll take this arrow to my lord, the Sheriff.

(comical music)

(men laughing)


(men laughing)

- Sheriff, Sheriff!

They robbed me!

- Who robbed you?

- The outlaws in the forest.

And, look! They took me boots!

- Sit down, then.

Had you collected the money?

- Yes, they took 15 pounds.

- If you collected 15 pounds, my share is five.

Bring it to me this afternoon.

- But I told ya, theyrobbed me!

- Exactly. They robbedyou, not me.

I expect my share to be paid in full.

- Well, you're as much to blame as I am!

You're supposed to protect honest people

like me from out...laws.

- How did they find the money in your boots?

- Itold one of them.

- You what?

- Well, you don't understand.

I thought he was respectable, like me.

He spoke like a gentleman.

- You can't tell the difference between

a gentleman and a cut-throat? Youdeserve to be robbed.

- But I tell you, this one they call Robin

would have fooled anybody. Evenyou.

- Robin?

They called him Robin?

- Yes.

- I might haveguessed it.

Howard! - Yes, sir?

- You remember Robin of Loxley?

- Yes, sir.

- I have reason to believe that he's joined the outlaws

in Sherwood Forest, and I think this arrow is his

that my man brought in.

- In that case, the outlaws will be

even more dangerous, sir.

He's a trained soldier,

one of the finest archers in England.

- Don't tell me what I already know!

Find a way to capture him.

Lay some sort of trap.

- Have to be a clever one.

He's nobody's fool.

- We might offer some more of the same bribe.

Send Herbert back again, with a new

pair of boots stuffed with gold.

- Ah, notme! I don't want anything more to do

with that feller. I just want me gold back.

-Our gold.

(coins tinkle)

- You said that there were 15 guineas.


- That was before we gave half of them back.

- Before you...?

What sort of outlaws are you, robbing and givingback?

- To the people it belonged to, not the moneylender.

- Robin, this isyour doing.

Can I give you fair warning?

If you're staying with us, you'll follow our rules.

We're here to stay alive, keep out of the Sheriff's reach,

not to right wrongs done to others.

- If we throw in our lot with people who are wronged,

we stand a better chance of staying alive,

and out of the Sheriff's reach.

- There's a (mumbles), lads.

On the Wattling Road.

Old John of Lincoln and his wagon full of wine.

- How much of a guard?

- Just old John and his two boys.

We can catch them before they get to the village,

while they're still in the forest.

- I wonder if it's worth it.

- It's worth it, all right.

John of Lincoln has the best wine in Nottinghamshire.

- I meant worth the risk.

- Now what's sticking in your gullet?

Old John's a swine, and arich one at that!

- I wasn't thinking of that.

Their shipment of wine just went through last week.

Doesn't it strike you as odd

that another one's going through so soon?

- Odd or not, we're thirsty.

What do you say, lads?

Do we rob the wagon?

- [Lads] Yeah!

- You can stay behind if you're afraid.

- Andmiss all the fun?

I'm coming along.

(gentle horn music)

- Tell your boys to drop their bows, John of Lincoln,

or their mother will be a sorry woman tonight!

(dramatic music)

(men yelling)

(horn blares)

- Do that again, and next horn you hear will be Gabriel's!

Get them in here, get them!

- Whoa.

(men yelling)

(men muttering)

(dramatic music)

- It's a trap! Take cover!

- Now's our chance!

(dramatic music)



- We can't hang round here.

They'll be on us from both sides.

- We'll have to run for it.

Scatter to the bush!Ooh!


- Gently with him, lads. I'll cover your retreat.

- Run for it! I'mdone for.

(dramatic music)







(men murmuring)

- How many arrows have you left?


(pensive music)

- Careful, Robin.

The Sheriff's men are all around us.

- [Robin] We have a wounded man; we need your help.

- Aye, so I see.

Make for my home, 'tis only 100 paces.

Leave the rest to me.

(Will groans)

- You and Nailer take Will by the edge of the forest,

till you're clear of the trap.

Then cut down through Badger's Hollow.

- What about the Sheriff's men?

- You and I will hold them off,

then hide in Hawkins' hut.

- How many are there?

- Two, for sure.

There they are!

- They won't get away.

Close in!

- Get your hands off me! I've done nothing.

Your Lordship!

- Finish him off.

- I'm no outlaw.

This is myhome.

- He's right. He belongs to Lord Severne. I know him.

- Why did you let them get into your house?

-Let them?

They said they'd kill me!

- You're lying.

- No, I'm not!

Ihate outlaws. I can prove it to you.

You can burn me house down, so long as you wipe'em out!

- Not a bad idea. Get a torch.

- Someone will have to run in with it.

- [Guard] No telling how many arrows they've got left.

- You, that's how you canprove your loyalty.

- I don't mind burning me house down.

Me wife and child are in the field.

- If he hesitates, run him through.

(Hawkins whimpers)

(dramatic music)

- They're not coming out. They'll be roasted to death!

- Roasting or hanging, what's the difference?

(melancholy music)

- You all right?

(triumphant music)

(melancholy lute music)

- You were right, Robin.

The wine was too costly.

Too much blood in it.

- What can I do for you, Will?

- Take, take my place.

You're an odd sort, Robin.

But, I think you're the man they'll remember.

- [Robin] We'll rememberyou.

- Follow...follow Robin,

Robin Hood.

(melancholy music)

- A brave man's sword should not outlive him.

(metal clangs)

(dramatic music)

♪ Robin Hood, Robin Hood, riding through the glen. ♪

♪ Robin Hood, Robin Hood, with his band of men. ♪

♪ Feared by the bad, loved by the good. ♪

♪ Robin Hood, Robin Hood, Robin Hood. ♪

♪ He called the greatest archers to a tavern on the green. ♪

♪ They vowed to help the people of the king. ♪

♪ They handled all the trouble on the English country scene, ♪

♪ and still found plenty of time to sing! ♪

♪ Robin Hood, Robin Hood, riding through the glen. ♪

♪ Robin Hood, Robin Hood, with his band of men. ♪

♪ Feared by the bad, loved by the good. ♪

♪ Robin Hood, Robin Hood, Robin Hood. ♪

- Powerful, wasn't it?

We watched Robin become the leader of his group of outlaws

after establishing his reputation in lore

as the man who steals from the rich

and gives to the poor.

There's certainly something appealing

about such a mythic hero.

A great story is only part of a show's success, though.

It's also of paramount importance

how well said story is told.

On that note, it's easy for fans of television history

to see why this series was such a smashing success.

Coming not long after, the norm for television

was still a stationary camera in a single room.

Robin Hood wowed fans

with its outstanding location shooting,

intricate costumes, haunting music,

and deft choreography.

In many ways, it carved out the path

since followed by beloved programs

such as Game of Thrones, Spartacus, and The Tudors.

From one piece of television history to another,

join us next week for a look back

at a very different sort of series,

the legendary variety show hosted by Milton Berle.

As I Remember Television, again.


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