Disney's Robin Hood Comic Strip 4.

This is the fourth edition of the comic strip adaption of Walt Disney's live action movie The Story of Robin Hood and his Merrie Men (1952).

The comic strip appeared in the Belgian Mickey Magazine during the early 1950's and Matt Crandall has kindly sent me copies of the artwork.

To see previous pages of the comic strip please click here.

Richard Todd and Joan Rice

Richard Todd and Joan Rice

Above is a lovely publicity still of Richard Todd as 'Robin Hood' and Joan Rice as 'Maid Marian' in Walt Disney's Story of Robin Hood and his Merrie Men. I discovered this on Ebay recently. The picture seems to have been taken either on set at the outlaws camp or during the romantic Whistle My Love sequence.

After the release of Robin Hood in March 1952, Joan Rice (1930-1997) was at the height of her popularity. In June of that year she spent eight days in Hollywood and then flew on to Fiji for the filming of His Majesty O'Keefe with Burt Lancaster. But sadly her film career soon declined. This site is dedicated to her memory and if you want to read more about her 'Cinderella-like' rise to stardom please click here.

Richard Todd's film and stage success would of course, continue. He made two more live-action films for Disney, Sword and the Rose (1953) and Rob Roy, the Highland Rogue (1953) and his acting career extended into the 1980's. He was named a Disney Legend in 2002.

A little-known fact is that Todd was author Ian Fleming's first choice to play 'James Bond' in Dr No, but due to previous commitments the role eventually went to Sean Connery.

There is now over 49 pages on this blog about Richard Todd (1919-2001) here and a vast collection of images from the movie here.

Clement McCallin (1913-1977)

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Clement McCallin in The Story of Robin Hood

Christian has been extremely busy researching another of the actors that had a short role in Walt Disney's live action movie The Story of Robin Hood and his Merrie Men (1952). This time he investigates the life and career of Clement McCallin:

Clement McCallin plays the Earl of Huntingdon in The Story of Robin Hood and his Merrie Men (1952). A sadly underrated actor, his appearances could have been more developed in the film. As a matter of fact, he only appears in the first scenes before the departure for the Holy Land. I imagine the script writer Lawrence Watkin could have planned his return, together with his King. We only hear from him by Richard at the end of the movie when he tells Maid Marian that her father has returned and waits to greet her at Huntingdon. Happily, he sets the tone for the movie, being the first actor (with Louise Hampton) to appear in the first shot, as he prepares his horse before the departure. Clement does a very reliable, if too short, performance, both as Richard’s most trusted and noble knight and Marian’s father.
I have not found much about this distinguished-looking actor, except on IMDb, whose extracts appear below. It seems, according to his filmography, that he worked mostly for TV, with very few appearances in theatre and feature films.


Date of Birth 6 March 1913, London, England UK

Date of Death 7 August 1977, London, England UK

Mini Bio

Clement McCallin was born on March 6, 1913 in London, England.
He was an actor known for Good Friday (1950), The Rossiter Case (1951) and The Wooing of Anne Hathaway (1938).

Phillippa Anne Gurney (? - ?) Brenda Bruce (? - 7 August 1977) (his death). 

Studied at R.A.D.A. Educated at Stowe.

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Clement McCallin in 'Edward My Son' (1949) with Spencer Tracey and Leueen McGrath

Sykes (TV Series)
Dr. Parker
- Bath (1976) ... Dr. Parker
Happy Deathday
Prof. Esteban Zoltan
The Revenue Men (TV Series)
- A Sleeping Partner (1967) ... Hardcastle
Dr. Finlay's Casebook (TV Series)
Dr. Masters / Mr. MacFarlane / Dr. McCulloch / ...
- They Do It in Africa (1966) ... Dr. Masters
- The Vision (1965) ... Mr. MacFarlane
- Off the Hook (1965) ... Dr. McCulloch
- The Doctor Cried (1964) ... Magistrate

ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Gen. Saint-Haye
- The Corsican Brothers (1965) ... Gen. Saint-Haye

Front Page Story (TV Series)
Colonel Coteston
- Background Only: Not for Publication (1965) ... Colonel Coteston

The Plane Makers (TV Series)
Marlow / Mr. Bentley
- A Lesson for Corbett (1964) ... Marlow
- One of Those Days (1963) ... Mr. Bentley

Kidnapped (TV Mini-Series)
- The Bass Rock (1963)
Suspense (TV Series)
The Rev.
- The Men from the Bush (1963) ... The Rev.

Ghost Squad (TV Series)
Police Inspector
- The Menacing Mazurka (1963) ... Police Inspector
The Old Curiosity Shop (TV Mini-Series)
Mr. Marton
- Episode #1.13 (1963) ... Mr. Marton
- Episode #1.12 (1963) ... Mr. Marton
- Episode #1.11 (1963) ... Mr. Marton
- Episode #1.4 (1962) ... Mr. Marton

BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Series)
John Cumnor
- The Aspern Papers (1962) ... John Cumnor

Beau Brummel
Footman (uncredited)

Rough Shot
Folly to Be Wise
Colonel (uncredited)

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Clement McCallin (second from left) as the Earl of Huntingdon in The Story of Robin Hood

The Story of Robin Hood and his Merrie Men
Earl of Huntingdon

Cry, the Beloved Country
First reporter

The Lady with a Lamp
Richard M. Milnes

The Boy with a Cart (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice)

BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Henry V / Cassius / The Captain / ...
- Henry V (I) (1951) ... Henry V
- Julius Caesar (1951) ... Cassius
- The Secret Sharer (1950) ... The Captain
- Men of Darkness (1950) ... Jean Cordeau
The Rossiter Case
Peter Rossiter

Meurtre dans la cath├ędrale
2nd Priest - prior
The Tragedy of King Richard II (TV Movie)
Good Friday (TV Movie)
Pontius Pilate

The Queen of Spades
Officer in the gaming room

Edward, My Son
Sergeant Kenyon

The Swiss Family Robinson (TV Movie)
Fritz, their eldest son

Stolen Life
Karal Anderson

England's Shakespeare (Documentary short)
Henry V

The Wooing of Anne Hathaway (TV Movie)
Will Shakespeare

Laugh with Me (TV Movie)  
Martin Kerry

Special thanks to Christian for the images and all this information on Clement McCallin. I agree with Christian, it is a pity that Clement didn't appear at the end of the movie as the Earl of Huntingdon and accompany his king into Sherwood Forest. It did seem rather odd that the monarch traveled alone. What do you think?

To read more about the lives of the actors and actresses in Walt Disney's Story of Robin Hood please click here.