Joan Rice

Mike has recently sent in one of my favourite pictures of Joan Rice (1930-1997) as Maid Marian. This blog is dedicated to Joan's memory. Her portrayal as the girlfriend of the outlaw in Walt Disney's Robin Hood (1952) was a fundamental one and in this - her first major motion picture - she was a huge success. In a recent poll on this site she was voted the best Maid Marian of all time! To read more about the life of Joan Rice please click here.

This still from the movie has been posted before, but I am sure regular readers of this blog will be pleased to see this picture of Joan Rice as Marian again.

Robin Hood in Mickey Mouse Weekly

Part of my collection of memorabilia from Walt Disney's movie the Story of Robin Hood are two copies of Mickey Mouse Weekly. This was a weekly tabloid comic that ran from the late 1930s and was first published by Willbank Publications and later Odhams Press in London. It was the first British comic to use the expensive colour photogravure process.

The two copies that I own date from the time of the release of the live-action movie in 1952.  But sadly I am not sure who the artist was that illustrated the strip (it could have been Jessie Marsh). So perhaps my readers might be able to help?

The colourful strip featured below appeared on the back page of Mickey Mouse Weekly weekending July 12th 1952. 

There is a lot more information on the various comic strip versions of Walt Disney's Story of Robin Hood here.

Louise Hampton

This is another of Laurence's fabulous autograph collection featuring stars of Walt Disney's live-action movie the Story of Robin Hood and his Merrie Men. The one above is the elegant autograph of Louise Hampton who played the character Tyb, Maid Marian's nurse.

To read more about the career of Louise Hampton, please click here.

Disney's Robin Hood Jigsaw Puzzle.

There has been a great deal of interest in these beautifully illustrated jigsaw puzzles, taken from Walt Disney's live-action movie the Story of Robin Hood (1952). Mike contacted me last week, with information that the puzzle above has recently sold for £32 on ebay!

To see more images of these jigsaws from the 1950's and other memorabilia from the movie please click here.

Archie Duncan

A few weeks ago Laurence sent in a picture of his display of autographs and images of the stars of Disney's Story of Robin Hood. To see the whole collection click here.

Many readers  were so impressed, they requested a closer look at his wonderful collection. So he has kindly emailed me individual pictures of each film star. Above is Archie Duncan (1914-1979) in his role as Red Gill. To read more about the colourful life of Archie please click here.