Huntingdon Manor



Above is a rare image of Huntingdon Manor showing the wonderful attention to detail by art director Carman Dillon (1908 -2000) on Walt Disney’s live action movie the Story of Robin Hood and his Merrie Men(1952). Information about the research and attention to detail by this remarkable woman can be seen here.

Huntingdon Manor appears at the opening of the film and the courtyard is full of hustle and bustle as Marian’s father prepares to go on Crusade with the king. It is here we see some of Carmen Dillon’s artistry and the product of her immense research.
Twenty five interior sets were designed by her, including ‘Nottingham Square’ which was constructed both on Denham lot and on one of the huge sound stages.

6 comments:

Clement of the Glen said...

Carmen Dillon

Huntingdon Manor

Walt Disney's Story of Robin Hood (1952)

Clement of the Glen said...

Sorry about the problems with the text. I will try and sort this out later.

Trish said...

An amazing amount of detail for such a short scene. It's indicative of Disney's commitment to quality.

Albie said...

Don't know why, but it reminds me of the inside of Boughton Pumping Station.....

Neil said...

The set for Robin Hood's camp was over 200ft wide with grassy banks, trees and greenery plus waterfall and it looked good but the set I really love is the bridge over the stream where the staff fight with Little John takes place. Carmen Dillon seems to have been Walt Disney's trusted employee on this film production and she certainly was up to the job. Incidentally The Story of Robin Hood was screened twice per day throughout May at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco. We all missed a treat to see it on the big screen

Clement of the Glen said...

Saw it twice in 1974 at our local cinema..........would have loved to have seen it all through the week but run out of pocket money!