Elton Hayes CD Release

Elton Hayes as Alan a Dale

Geoff Waite has been researching the life and discography of Elton Hayes (1915-2001) for many years. He has regularly contributed to this blog and given us fascinating information about the man who played Alan a Dale in Walt Disney's Story of Robin Hood (1952).

Elton Hayes

This week Geoff emailed me with news that Nimbus Records are about to release a selection of music by Elton Hayes as part of their 'Retrospective' series. It is wonderful to think, that once again Elton's songs and ballads will be heard again. So watch this space for more information.

This blog has 28 pages about Elton Hayes's life and career. To read more, please click here.

Film Script Auction

Film script of 'The Story of Robin Hood'

Regular readers of my blog will know that we have been lucky enough to see the original script of Walt Disney's live-action movie The Story of Robin Hood and his Merrie Men (1952). Images of the script were sent to me from Canada by Cindy. They were owned by her father-in-law Noland Blackburn who worked for Walt Disney in the 1950's.

Richard Todd as Robin Hood

Cindy has kindly informed me that the script together with two stills ( shown on this page) from the movie are now up for auction. The link to Heritage Auctions is here. Good luck!

Joan Rice as Maid Marian

The Sheriff Arrives at Robin's Camp

The Sheriff is brought to the camp

Another rare couple of  images to add to the many now on this blog from Walt Disney's live-action version of the Robin Hood legend. Stills like this show the amount of detail used in this wonderful film.

A warning arrow lands at the camp.

These two scenes of Robin's camp in Sherwood were created by Carmen Dillon and her art department. Remarkably, the camp was built on one of the huge soundstages at Denham Studios in Buckinghamshire. But, sadly, The Story of Robin Hood and his Merrie Men (1952) was the last big budget movie made there.

There is much much more on this blog about the making of the film. Just click on the various links to discover the history behind this underrated Technicolor masterpiece.