Release dateMarch 13, 1952 (1952-03-13) (Premiere-London)
June 26, 1952 (1952-06-26) (US) WriterLawrence Edward Watkin (screenplay) CastRichard Todd (Robin Hood), Joan Rice (Maid Marian), Peter Finch (Sheriff of Nottingham), James Hayter (Friar Tuck), James Robertson Justice (Little John), Martita Hunt (Queen Eleanor) CharactersRobin Hood (Richard Todd), Maid Marian (Joan Rice), Friar Tuck (James Hayter), The Sheriff of Nottingham (Peter Finch), Little John (James Robertson Justice) Similar moviesThe Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
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The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men is a 1952 live action Disney version of the Robin Hood legend made in Technicolor and filmed in Buckinghamshire, England. It was written by Lawrence Edward Watkin and directed by Ken Annakin. This is the second of Disney's complete live-action films, after Treasure Island (1950), and the first of four films Annakin directed for Disney.
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Richard Todd as Robin Hood
Joan Rice as Maid Marian
Peter Finch as the Sheriff of Nottingham
James Hayter as Friar Tuck. Hayter would later reprise his role as Friar Tuck in the 1967 Hammer film A Challenge for Robin Hood.
James Robertson Justice as Little John
Martita Hunt as Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine
Hubert Gregg as Prince John
Elton Hayes as Alan-a-Dale
Anthony Eustrel as the Archbishop of Canterbury
Patrick Barr as King Richard. Barr would later reprise King Richard in two episodes of Adventures of Robin Hood.
Anthony Forwood as Will Scarlet
Bill Owen as Will Stutely
Louise Hampton as Tyb, aged nurse of Maid Marian
Richard Graydon as Merrie Man
Production began in April 1951 at Denham Film Studios in London. This was the second movie Disney made in the United Kingdom, the first being Treasure Island (1950). These and several other Disney films were made using British funds frozen during World War II. The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men was filmed in 3-strip Technicolor.
The world premiere was in London on March 13, 1952; the New York opening was on June 26, 1952. In the wake of this film a promotional short entitled The Riddle of Robin Hood was produced.
The film was one of the most popular in Britain in 1952.
A Laserdisc was released in 1992, a VHS tape was released in 1994 (the Walt Disney's Studio Film Collection) and a limited Disney Movie Club DVD was released in July 2006. All releases are 1.33:1 fullscreen in monaural (as shot).
A Disneyland Records LP of four songs from the soundtrack with narration by Dallas McKennon was released in 1963.