The legend of Robin Hood is given a grand retelling in this popular and long running series made for television (1955-58). Filmed in Great Britain with the handsome and dashing British actor Richard Greene as Robin, the "outlaws" of Sherwood Forest watch over the people of England and protect them from the cruelty and greed of the ruling aristocrats.
Episode 1 - The Brothers: With the help of Friar Tuck a young serf is allowed to enter the monastery at Whiteby but soon flees the abbey when he learns the Sheriff of Nottingham has imprisoned his older brother on false charges. Tuck and Robin devise a clever plot to reunite the brothers as free men.
Episode 2 - The Intruders: Robin and Little John are on a manhunt, searching Sherwood Forest for two mischievous students who have been staging a series of petty robberies and pretending all the time that they are a part of Robin Hood's Merry Men. Once caught, Robin proceeds to teach the young scholars a lesson of his own.
Episode 3 - Food for Thought: Villagers from Upper Minton come to Robin Hood's camp with news of another costly tax levied on them by the greedy Count Olivier. The tax, the third in a year, is bound to empty their larders. If Robin can't help them there is sure to be a devastating famine in the village.
Episode 4 - The Deserted Castle: Maid Marian leads Robin Hood to an ancient, deserted castle. Here, among the ruins, Robin is amazed to see the Queen Mother who has sought him out for a dangerous assignment, one that will be most beneficial to England and the beloved King Richard.
Richard Greene played Robin Hood in this British television series (1955-1960) as an upbeat and expansive fellow, and a superb small repertory troupe played different supporting roles. The interior backgrounds were mounted on wheels to facilitate fast shooting, and the studio was located near historic Runnymeade Meadow, the ideal locale for the outdoor scenes. Loosely based on the earlier Douglas Fairbanks and Errol Flynn classic films about a forest bandit with a gang that "steals from the rich and gives to the poor" (that were in turn based on poems and stories dating back 600 years), this children's show remains fondly remembered by those lucky enough to grow up with it.