The Men of Sherwood Forest

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.

The Men of Sherwoof Forest
"The Men of Sherwood Forest" (1954)
Directed byVal Guest
Produced byMichael Carreras
Written byAllan MacKinnon
StarringDon Taylor
Reginald Beckwith
Eileen Moore
Music byDoreen Carwithen
CinematographyWalter J. Harvey
Edited byJames Needs
Release date
  • 1954
Running time
77 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


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.



  • Director: Val Guest
  • Assistant director: Jack Sangster
  • Screenplay by Allan MacKinnon
  • Photography: Walter J. Harvey, B.S.C
  • Music by Doreen Carwithen
  • Musical director: John Hollingsworth
  • Art director: J. Elder Wills
  • Editor: James Needs
  • Production manager: Jimmy Sangster
  • Produced by Michael Carreras
  • Sound recording: Sid Wiles and Ken Cameron
  • Continuity: Renee Glynne
  • Camera operator: Len Harris
  • Make-up: Phillip Leakey
  • Hairdresser: Monica Hustler
  • Costume designer: Michael Withaker
  • Wardrobe mistress: Molly Arbuthnot
  • Production company: Hammer Film Productions
  • Country: England
  • Aspect ratio: 1.37 : 1 - Eastmancolor - Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
  • Runtime : 77 mn
  • Release date: 17 November 1954
  • Produced at Bray Studio, England

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.
  2. ^ David Parkinson. "Men of Sherwood Forest". RadioTimes.
  3. ^ "Men Of Sherwood Forest". TV Guide.

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Allan MacKinnon

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David King-Wood

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He was born in Tehran, Iran (then Persia), the youngest of four children. His father was William King Wood (CIE, CBE), Director of the Indo-European Telegraph Department and his mother was Daisy Adcock, daughter of Sir Hugh Adcock (who was once the physician to the Shah of Persia).

He studied at Oxford University and was a keen member of OUDS (Oxford University Dramatic Society) appearing in The Radio Times in April 1936 whilst appearing as Richard II.

David King-Wood (he apparently added the hyphen) appeared in British television and films during the 1950s. His Broadway credits include Friar Francis in Much Ado About Nothing (1959) and Adam Hartley in The Hidden River (1957). His British theatre credits include Measure for Measure and Richard III for The Old Vic, seasons with the Birmingham Repertory Company, the Oxford Repertory Company and the Worthing Repertory Company and the 1937 season at the Regent's Park Open Air Festival. He was also a regular performer with the Shakespeare Festival. His film credits include The Blakes Slept Here (1953) The Men of Sherwood Forest (1954) The Quatermass Xperiment (1955) and Jamboree (1957) among others.

During the Second World War, his fluency in five languages, including Japanese, was used to the fore, but at the expense of his theatrical career.

He relocated to New York in the mid-1950s and acted on Broadway for a number of years. David was also the "it" male model for a time and was the "Marlboro Man" for a couple of years. He ended his professional life teaching English and French at St. Bernard's School in New York, as well as directing the annual Shakespeare Play there.

David loved nature, and as an enthusiastic New Yorker, spent many happy hours in Central Park. More than one hundred and fifty of his friends contributed to the David King-Wood Tree Fund, and two European Linden trees have been endowed in his name. There is a paving stone by the Olmsted Flowerbed at Literary Walk, mid-park at Sixty-Seventh Street, as well as the two trees near the East Meadow.

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He mainly worked as an art director, but he also worked in other roles, including director.

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He was a colonel during the Second World War who worked in I.S.R.B. designing, signing and building camouflaged explosive devices for agents operating against the Germans and Japanese. The story he wrote for the film Against the Wind was based upon his wartime experiences.

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Michael Carreras

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As producer, he worked on The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), Dracula (1958) and The Curse of the Werewolf (1960) and She (1965) among over sixty other films. He also wrote a smaller number of screenplays. He later turned his hand to directing, with The Savage Guns / Tierra brutal (1961), Maniac (1963), The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb (1964), Slave Girls (1967), The Lost Continent (1968) and Shatter (1975) among others. In 1971, he took over directing Blood from the Mummy's Tomb after director Seth Holt died partway through filming.

Michael Whittaker (costume designer)

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Reginald Beckwith

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Walter J. Harvey

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Wensley Pithey

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