For no other reason than it was a favorite of mine as a child a series of Reviews of the British Action Series:The Adventures of Robin Hood that ran from 1955-1959
Summery: Sir Robin of Locksley comes home from the Crusades to find the land changed.
Plot: Sir Robin of Locksley arrives at his Castle, seeing it occupied he sneaks to his servant Tom’s quarters who informs him Sir Roger De Lisle has occupied it and he will not be able to regain it without a fight. He is announced at table and is told that he is an imposter as Sir Roger has a paper to prove Robin of Locksley is dead. When Robin Threatens to take his claim De Lisle scoff and a confrontation ensues. Robin escapes wounding to of De Lisle’s men. De Lisle’s that night goes to Nottingham to speak to the Sheriff while Robin camps in the woods. That evening Robin confronts and chases away three foresters about to put out the eyes and cut off the fingers of a man poaching a deer and afterwards goes to down to see the Sheriff. Will he get justice in Nottingham? or will an unexpected act change his life forever.
Familiar Faces: Leo McKern who will later be known as Rumpole of the Bailey plays Sir Roger De Lisle. Alan Wheatley (the Sheriff) will later be the first ever victim of a Dalek in Doctor Who.
Multiple Roles: Character Actor Willoughby Gray will play two different speaking roles, while Victor Woolf will have three plays 3. Two other servants of Sir Roger will double as outlaws.
What the leftist writers were selling: The entire theme of the recognized authorities as corrupt (the “blacklisted” are the real heroes)
The Ironic Truth: Robin actually represents the actual authority (King Richard) The blacklisted communists are actually like the Sheriff supporting those who wish to usurp the proper authority.
Memorable quote: “You crusaders are all alike, You volunteer to go to the war of your own accord, nobody makes you go and you expect special consideration because of it”
Modern conservative theme: The quote from the sheriff’s clerk is exactly how the left feels about those who fight for the country
A modern leftist would be outraged at: The idea of the crusader as a hero.
Final verdict: A nice combination of action to establish the series three stars