Above is a rare film still of Anthony Forwood (1915-1988) as Will Scarlet from Walt Disney’s Story of Robin Hood and his Merrie Men (1952). ‘Tony’s’ role as Scarlet is sadly not developed in the movie, although he is already installed as a rather dapperly dressed member of the band of outlaws. Scarlet is referred to as ‘Cousin Will’ in a scene where Robin first meets Little John, but seems of a higher class than a yeoman forester, like Robin and his father.
Perhaps (for amusement) my merrie band of Whistling Arrows could fill in the gaps in Lawrence Watkin’s screen play, and explain how Will Scarlet joined Robin’s band of outlaws?
To read more about Anthony Forwood’s life and the historical connections in the legend between Will Scarlet/Scarlett/ Scathelock/ Scadlock and even Alan-a-Dale, please click on the relevant labels.