1954 The Men of Sherwood Forest

Men of Sherwood Forest - 1954

A Hammer production released by Exclusive Films (UK) and Astor (USA) 
Copyright MCMLIV by Exclusive Films Ltd. 
RCA Sound Recording 
Produced at Bray Studios, England 

Eastman Colour by Denham Laboratories 77 mins


Opening titles:- "1194 A.D. - England is a troubled land. King Richard the Lion Heart is a prisoner in Germany, with but half his ransom is paid. At home, his brother, Prince John, is intriguing to obtain the Crown himself. In the County of Nottingham Robin Hood and his outlaw band take toll from rich travellers - and it is a brave voyager indeed who ventures through Sherwood Forest." Watch the film on Daily Motion


Art Director J. Elder Wills
Editor James Needs
Production Manager Jimmy Sangster
Assistant Director Jack Causey
Sound Recording Sid Wiles and Ken Cameron
Continuity Renee Glynne
Make-up Philip Leakey
Hairdresser Monica Hustler
Costume Designer Michael Whitaker
Wardrobe Mistress Molly Arbuthnot
Camera Operator Len Harris
Director of Photography Walter Harvey, BSc
Music Composed by Doreen Carwithen
Musical Director John Hollingsworth
Screenplay by Allan MacKinnon
Produced by Michael Carreras
Directed by Val Guest


Robin Hood Don Taylor
Friar Tuck Reginald Beckwith
Lady Alys Eileen Moore
Sir Guy Belton David King Wood
Sir Nigel Saltire Douglas Wilmer 
Hubert Harold Lang
Little John Leslie Linder
Will Scarlet John Van Eyssen
King Richard the Lion Heart Patrick Holt
Walter Ballard Berkeley
Elvira Vera Pearce
Gaoler Bernard Bresslaw
with Wensley Pithey
with Toke Townley
with Michael Golden
with Leonard Sachs


Hammer's first colour production visits territory they would return to on two more occasions - in "Sword of Sherwood Forest" (1960) and "A Challenge for Robin Hood" (1967). 
"Carry On" regular Bernard Bresslaw appears here in a small role. He later starred in Hammer's 1959 Jekyll and Hyde comedy, "The Ugly Duckling" and in "Moon Zero Two" (1968). 
John Hollingsworth remained as chief Musical Director at Hammer for the next nine years.

Details were complied viewing the actual film. 
Source of viewing copy - The Hammer Graveyard Collection