The Men of Sherwoof Forest
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Directed byVal Guest
Written byAllan MacKinnon
Produced byMichael Carreras
StarringDon Taylor
Reginald Beckwith
Eileen Moore
CinematographyWalter J. Harvey
Edited byJames Needs
Music byDoreen Carwithen
Distributed byExclusive Films
Astor Pictures (US)
Release date
17 November 1954
Running time
77 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Men of Sherwood Forest is a 1954 British adventure film directed by Val Guest and starring Don Taylor, Reginald Beckwith, Eileen Moore and David King-Wood. The film follows the exploits of Robin Hood and his followers.[1] Doreen Carwithen wrote the score for the film. Produced by Hammer Films it was shot at the company's Bray Studios with sets designed by the art director J. Elder Wills. Exteriors were shot at Bodiam Castle in Sussex.


In 1194, on his return from the Third Crusade, Richard the Lionheart is taken prisoner in Germany. Disguised as a troubadour, Robin Hood builds a plan to rescue him from this tight spot but is captured. The Merry Men then have to fulfil a double mission: find Robin Hood and save the King.



Critical reception

David Parkinson noted in the Radio Times, "a cheap and cheerful Hammer outing to Sherwood, with production values on a par with the infamously parsimonious ITV series starring Richard Greene," concluding "Val Guest directs with little feel for the boisterous action, but it's a tolerable frolic all the same";[2] while TV Guide wrote, "this low-budget swashbuckler is good fun for the undiscriminating."[3]


  1. ^ "Men of Sherwood Forest". BFI. Archived from the original on 16 January 2009.
  2. ^ David Parkinson. "Men of Sherwood Forest". RadioTimes.
  3. ^ "Men Of Sherwood Forest". TV Guide.