A Curious Pair

10 Mar

At the Wilder Theater on Wilshire, in Westwood…

The Adventures of Robin Hood swoops into the Billy Wilder Theater to restore a measure of innocence to the jaded moviegoer. Splendidly operatic in style and resplendent in its Technicolor trappings, the film endeared Errol Flynn to a Depression-era audience and secured his place in the Hollywood pantheon. Director Michael Curtiz replaced William Keighley when Warner Bros. decided that the action needed more oomph, and the film certainly doesn’t lack for excitement, particularly during the climactic swordfight with Basil Rathbone. UCLA Film & Television Archive is pairing it with Flynn’s American debut, The Case of the Curious Bride, as part of its tribute to Curtiz. Alan K. Rode will sign copies of his new Curtiz biography in the lobby prior to the screening.

UCLA’s Billy Wilder Theater, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood; Fri., March 9, 7:30 p.m.; $10. (310) 206-8013,….

— Tim


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  1. shangheinz

    March 11, 2018 at 6:50 pm


    That`s an odd couple indeed, Merryman Tim. On the other hand, if not for Captain Blood, dear Baz would have made a terrific Robin Hood and Errol could have been a mischieveous Giz. Just listen:…

    • Gentleman Tim

      March 12, 2018 at 12:55 pm

      Well, robinheinz, it’s a long way from Sherlock to Sherwood. Basil sure had the swagger, but not, IMO, the charm or charisma of Flynn. I prefer the wrath of Rathbone as Sir Guy. With that incredible voice and bearing of his, no one can top B.R. at what he did best. … Good to “see” him winning a swordfight (though again not against Flynn), and getting the girl (though still not Olivia, who he always so obviously and desperately wanted, on and off screen.)


      No Olivia for you, Dear Baz!


      P.S. That Tudor Williams Chorus sure is a distant second behind King Erich Korngold, too!

      • shangheinz

        March 13, 2018 at 4:23 pm


        Well Teatime Tim, I beg to differ. Basil`s repertoire spanned from Tybalt to Casanova, Errol`s reputation from Hollywood hero to real life rogue. I think TAORH (my favourite movie of all time) would have worked either way. But then Flynn`s career certainly would have gone in a different direction. More in that of a new Cagney I suppose…

        • Gentleman Tim

          March 13, 2018 at 7:25 pm

          I thought John Leguizamo played Tybalt. Shows ya’ what I don’t know, romeoheinz.

          Regarding Flynn vs. Rathbone: As immortally great as he is, I just don’t think Basil had enough of the right spice for Robin, vis a vis Flynn that is. IMHO, no one yet has equaled Errol, not in that neck of the woods, and I see none on the Hollywood horizon. Baz sure was an historically good bad guy, though .. and immortally awesome in both Sherwood, and Sherlock.



        • Gentleman Tim

          March 14, 2018 at 3:19 pm

          This could take deep thought, hawkbillheinz