Saturday, November 12, 2005

Little John, Archie Duncan.


Archie Duncan appeared in the Walt Disney film The Story of Robin Hood ( 1952) as the villain Red Gill (above) who failed to beat Robin in an archery contest, and later tried to assassinate him. Ironic then that three years later he would be playing Robin Hood's most trusted partner Little John in the Richard Greene television series. No other actor has come close to Archie Duncan in combining the qualities of strength, skill, and humour, that make up this essentially gentle giant of a character. After 10 episodes Duncan incurred a broken leg when he heroically pushed a group of children out of the way of falling scenery. This act of bravery earned him a medal, and he returned to the series when fully recovered.
For more information on where Little John met Robin Hood click THIS LINK. To see Little John's grave click THIS LINK. Also visit the Robin Hood Pictures website http://robinhoodoutlaw.blogspot.com/ .

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Robin Hood and his Band of Outlaws

Above: Robin Hood and his merry Men as seen in "Rogues of Sherwood Forest" (1950)
Above: Robin Hood and his band of Outlaws at the end of the BBC Robin Hood series 1 (2006).
Above: Will Scarlet, Little John, and Maid Marian for the internet generation in Beyond Sherwood Forest.
Above: In A Challenge For Robin Hood Barrie Ingham leads a rather clean cut band of outlaws.
This rather colourful interpretation of Robin Hood and his Merry Men is taken from the 1938 classic Adventures of Robin Hood. Note the hat Will Scartlet is wearing! But this is the image of our Saxon heroes which has survived in the public imagination. To see more pictures of Robin Hood and his Bandit Men, often referred to as Robin Hood and his Merry Men click here and here. Also visit the Robin Hood Pictures website http://robinhoodoutlaw.blogspot.com/ .

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