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de Havilland and Errol Flynn in THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD

De Havilland and Flynn embrace in a still from what is probably the most famous if not the best of the various film versions of Robin Hood, Michael Curtiz's THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (1938). This Warner Bros. Technicolor triumph is the most famous of de Havilland and Flynn's films together and they star as the heroic Robin Hood and loyal Maid Marian, alongside a blonde-bearded Claude Rains as the evil Prince John, as well as Basil Rathbone, Alan Hale and Eugene Pallette.  The film was nominated for Best Picture of the year and eventually took home three other Oscars for its art/set direction, editing and musical scoring by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.

A poster from THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD

Audio Clips:

Click Here! Hear a classic bit of dialogue between Robin and Marian in THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (a .WAV file).

Music Clips:

Click here "Prelude" (clip) by Erich Wolfgang Korngold (a .MP3 file courtesy Varese Sarabande).
Click here
"Duel, Victory and Epilogue" (clip) by Erich Wolfgang Korngold (a .MP3 file courtesy Varese Sarabande).

(For help opening any of the multimedia files, visit the plug-ins page.)

Memorable Quotations:

  • "Of course, a lot of people think I'm crazy.  Do you? ...  I'm not really crazy.  I'm just honest." --as Marcia West in IT'S LOVE I'M AFTER.
  • "Darling, you really should get yourself introduced to me sometime." --as Marcia West in IT'S LOVE I'M AFTER.
  • "What are manners?  Little rules for little people." --as Marcia West in IT'S LOVE I'M AFTER.
  • "Aunt Ella, when Basil Underwood feels like a kipper, I'm sure he doesn't feel like an egg -- even an aristocratic one." --as Marcia West in IT'S LOVE I'M AFTER.
  • "I think that everyone should act the way they feel." --as Marcia West in IT'S LOVE I'M AFTER.
  • "You can't kiss me like that and have it mean nothing!" --as Marcia West in IT'S LOVE I'M AFTER.
  • "Have an apple, Mr. Whitney." --as Sprat Ferris in GOLD IS WHERE YOU FIND IT (1938).
  • "I'm afraid of nothing, least of all you." --as Maid Marian in THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD.
  • "You know, you're very appealing." --as Maid Marian in THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD.
de Havilland and Clark Gable in GONE WITH THE WIND

The role that really got de Havilland's dramatic career started was that of the angelic Melanie Wilkes in the Best Picture of 1939, David O. Selznick's production of GONE WITH THE WIND. Shown here in a still from the charity ball with Clark Gable as Rhett Butler, de Havilland earned an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress for this role, her first ever Oscar nomination.

Bette Davis and de Havilland in THE PRIVATE LIVES OF ELIZABETH AND ESSEX

Upon returning to Warner Bros. in triumph after her loan out to David O. Selznick for GONE WITH THE WIND, de Havilland expected star treatment and better roles, but to her dismay she was cast in another period picture with Errol Flynn, and this time Bette Davis had usurped de Havilland's usual romantic leading role, playing Queen Elizabeth in THE PRIVATE LIVES OF ELIZABETH AND ESSEX (1939).  De Havilland was instead relegated to a supporting role as one of Davis' ladies in waiting (in still at left).

Click here"Elizabeth" by Erich Wolfgang Korngold (a .MP3 file courtesy RCA Victor).

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