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Are You With Him?

09 Jun

“Empire Presents 101 Classic Scenes, on sale now, assembles some of the most memorable moments in cinematic history, starting in 1938 with Errol Flynn’s speech from The Adventures Of Robin Hood …”

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“I’ve called you here as freeborn Englishmen, loyal to our king. While he reigned over us, we lived in peace. But since Prince John has seized the regency, Guy of Gisbourne and the rest of his traitors have murdered and pillaged.

You’ve all suffered from their cruelty: the ear loppings, the beatings, the blindings with hot irons, the burning of our farms and homes, the mistreatment of our women. It’s time to put an end to this!

Now, this forest is wide. It can shelter and clothe and feed a band of good, determined men, good swordsmen, good archers, good fighters.

Men, if you’re willing to fight for our people, I want you! Are you with me?

…Then kneel, and swear this oath:

You, the freemen of this forest, swear to despoil the rich only to give to the poor, to shelter the old and the helpless, to protect all women rich or poor, Norman or Saxon. Swear to fight for a free England. To protect her loyally until the return of our King and sovereign Richard the Lion Heart. And swear to fight to the death against our oppressors!”

— Gentleman Tim

 

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  1. Tony

    June 12, 2017 at 12:57 am

    Hi Tim,

    Very nice transcript.

    Also, I couldn’t take my eyes off the video clip. I seem to remember reading something about the setup of how they shot people with arrows, as was seen in the clip. I’m NOT SURE, but looking at the clip I think they really had Howard Hill shooting arrows at people who had a board or something under their shirts. Of course, Hill was so good he could shoot an arrow through the hole in a Life Saver candy, so there was no danger. But that type of thing would never be allowed on the set of a movie today.

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    • Gentleman Tim

      June 12, 2017 at 7:13 am

      You are so right, Tony. Howard Hill was absolutely amazing.
      I’ve been researching his very extensive pre-Flynnian adventures in the Everglades. The many Seminole sites he hunted and explored are still very rarely visited, or even known. I recently visited one that had been lost in time where he learned the skill of hunting with bow and arrow on horseback – something that helped in Hollywood.

      That skill was featured in the first issue of Green Arrow:

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