Robin Hood Matte Painting and Behind The Scenes.

24 Oct

Film Grab

A Beautiful woman on a narrow stairway.

This was probably during the ransom robbery feast scenes.

Before Curtiz took over.

Are those stand ins for the final shot?

What were they discussing?

Some of these I have never seen before.

— twinarchers


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  1. twinarchers

    October 26, 2016 at 12:34 am

    The image from the film is nice because you don’t get to see it for long in the film and a lot of work went into creating it. A fantasy type image.

    • The Zaca

      October 26, 2016 at 1:59 am

      I have long wondered who painted that matt background painting. You know some of the guys who did those back scene paintings for Hollywood went on to become famous and much coveted California “Plein Air” or Impressionist painters who’s works today fetch figures in the six digit range. I would like to know what happened to this massive backdrop painting, does anyone know? Thanks for the post and photos!

      • The Zaca

        October 26, 2016 at 2:02 am

        Oh and let me add, maybe it wasn’t that big after all???? And optical illusion came from the camera making it appear so gigantic????

      • zacal

        October 26, 2016 at 5:07 am

        I saw that painting in person a few years back in Hollywood at a screening of “The Adventures of Robin Hood”. Rudy Behlmer was there (I spoke to him afterwards.) and they recreated the sound effect for the arrows. The matte painting was in the front lobby and was, if not small, then not very big. Just the right size for the camera. But SO well done.

        • Gentleman Tim

          October 26, 2016 at 7:41 am

          That had to be great, zacal. … Was this the event, with sound effects master Ben Burtt?



          • zacal

            October 26, 2016 at 9:09 pm

            Yes!!! They discovered/deduced Warner’s process for recording the sound of an arrow shot by Howard Hill. They then recreated it. And damn if it didn’t sound exactly like those distinctive arrows in ‘The Adventures of Robin Hood’. A fantastic use of sound effects.

            • The Zaca

              October 27, 2016 at 3:38 am

              (insert picture of me bowing low to you here!) THANK YOU so much for filling in on my questions!!! Love this blog….

  2. Gentleman Tim

    October 26, 2016 at 4:39 am

    Beautiful, twinarchers. Thank you. They really and rightfully brought in the best for Flynn.

    I think master matte man Paul Detlefsen may have painted or supervised painting for Robin Hood.


  3. twinarchers

    October 26, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    I can only imagine what it was like back in 1938.

  4. twinarchers

    October 26, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    That is the problem with living in Michigan, we miss out on those kind of shows and guest but we do have the Redford Theatre and they do bring in guest from time to time.

  5. The Zaca

    October 27, 2016 at 3:48 am

    OK gang, and I found this just now. Fun fun fun.…

    • twinarchers

      October 27, 2016 at 9:30 pm

      Thanks for the link, lots of great shots.

  6. timerider

    November 12, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    Thank you sir! I love back stage shots and the mechanics of filmography. It’s fun ti watch crew in action and then the final product.

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