The Riddle of Robin Hood 1952

This short promotional film was released by Walt Disney just about the time of the release of his ‘The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men’ and in a very clever move it was given to the BBC to show as and when they wished. As there was only one TV channel here in 1952, and that had a very limited service, this short film was shown again and again at all times but mainly in the mornings when the Test Transmissions were on. It was great publicity for the film release.

It is a good little film.

We see Joan Rice leaving home and cycling to work through the impressive gates of Denham Film Studios where she would become Maid Marian in the Classic Walt Disney Technicolor production

We also see Joan trying to get into her dress in preparation for filming – with some difficulty – but the finished product is wonderful as BELOW

Behind the scenes – Location scenes below

Preparing this lovely dog for action
He looks too kind to be aggressive
Chasing The Sheriff of Nottingham

As far as I know in my possession is the only 16 mm copy in this country outside of the BFI.

It certainly is a curio – but in it’s was quite entertaining and revealing in that there are some ‘behind the scenes’ shots as in some of the stills taken from the print – above.

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