THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD
1938, Warner Bros., 102 min, USA, Dir: Michael Curtiz, William Keighley

In what is commonly acknowledged as one of the most beautiful, spectacular early Technicolor films, swashbuckling Errol Flynn ("Welcome to Sherwood!") rescues lovely Olivia de Havilland from the evil clutches of Claude Rains and Basil Rathbone in a rousing adventure for the ages.


CAPTAIN BLOOD
1935, Warner Bros., 119 min, USA, Dir: Michael Curtiz

Director Michael Curtiz directs one of the best swashbucklers ever made, and the film that made Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland stars. Dr. Peter Blood (Flynn), a man unjustly convicted of treason, is exiled to Port Royal, sold into slavery and bought by the lovely Lady Arabella (de Havilland). He and fellow convicts manage to escape and take over a Spanish galleon, and the pirate Captain Blood is born! Lionel Atwill and villainous Basil Rathbone are standouts in the exceptional supporting cast.


THE STRAWBERRY BLONDE
1941, Warner Bros., 97 min, USA, Dir: Raoul Walsh

"Well, your mother's a bloomer girl, you're a nicotine fiend, are there any more at home like you?" "I have an aunt who's an actress." A perfect showcase for the comedic chops of James Cagney and Olivia de Havilland, this delightfully witty romantic comedy from director Raoul Walsh follows Biff Grimes (Cagney), a good-hearted student dentist who always seems to finish last. Biff finds himself completely conned by his best friend Hugo Barnstad (Jack Carson), who steals away the infatuation of his life, known as "The Strawberry Blonde" (Rita Hayworth), and leaves Biff broken-hearted to pick up the pieces of Hugo's shady business dealings. As Biff's frustration mounts, he picks more and more fights with The Strawberry Blonde's opinionated suffragette best friend Amy (de Havilland), and soon realizes that their relationship is taking on slightly different dimensions than he'd bargained for. Walsh’s personal favorite of his sound pictures. Oscar nominated for Best Score.


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