Robin Hood (1922 movie)

1922 film directed by Allan Dwan

Robin Hood is a 1922 silent movie. It stars Douglas Fairbanks. Robin Hood was the first movie to have a Hollywood premiere.[2] The premiere was held at Grauman's Egyptian Theatre on October 18, 1922.

Robin Hood
Directed byAllan Dwan
Written byDouglas Fairbanks
Produced byDouglas Fairbanks
StarringDouglas Fairbanks
Wallace Beery
Enid Bennett
Sam De Grasse
Alan Hale
CinematographyArthur Edeson & Charles Richardson
Edited byWilliam Nolan
Music byVictor Schertzinger
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
October 18, 1922 (1922-10-18)
Running time
127 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguagesSilent film
English intertitles
Box office$1 million (US/Canada)[1]
Robin Hood

The movie's full title is Douglas Fairbanks in Robin Hood. It was one of the most expensive movies of the 1920s. It cost about $1,000,000 to make. The movie is about the famous English outlaw. The movie received mostly good reviews.

In spite of the movie's careful construction, it received some negative responses. Vachel Lindsay thought the movie was "a heavy exhibit of armor that does not move." He thought it a failure because the first half of the movie was basically spectacle.

Nonetheless, Robin Hood was thought at the time to be a milestone in the development of movie art. It would be overshadowed however by the hugely popular Errol Flynn movie of 1938.[3]

Notes change

  1. Variety list of box office champions for 1922
  2. Zollo, p. 313.
  3. Vance 2008, p. 150.

References change

  • Vance, Jeffrey. 2008. Douglas Fairbanks. University of California Press.
  • Zollo, Paul. 2002. Hollywood Remembered: An Oral History of Its Golden Age. Taylor Trade Publications.