Thursday, 1 November 2012

HAMMER FILMS: SWORD OF SHERWOOD FOREST: PETER CUSHING SHERIFF OF NOTTINGHAM


Peter Cushing as the dashing yet villainous 'Sheriff of Nottingham' in Hammer's SWORD OF SHERWOOD FOREST (1960) directed by Terence Fisher. The script seems unsure whether the 'Sheriff' is the real villain or not. In fact, Richard Pasco's 'Earl of Newark' is the real baddie (Oliver Reed plays his back-stabbing henchman 'Lord Melton'). 

Cushing says more with a look than most actors can with a soliloquy and though the screenplay never really takes full advantage his true talents it's well worth a watch. Hammer's handsomely mounted film is an adaptation of the popular television series THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD with Richard Greene reprising his starring role. Cushing, second-billed, earned £3,500 for his role.

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