The Sheriff and his Bow

The Sheriff of Nottingham (Peter Finch) 

We have often discussed on this blog, our hopes that one day we might get the chance to see scenes that were edited out of our favourite movie. The image above is a good example. It was kindly sent in by an avid collector of memorabilia from Disney’s Story of Robin Hood (and a regular visitor to this blog) - Christian Roy.

The movie still shows the Sheriff of Nottingham, played by Peter Finch, about to shoot an arrow. This was probably during the scene in which Robin Hood (Richard Todd) and Friar Tuck (James Hayter) are intercepted by the sheriff and his soldiers. But Robin’s band of outlaws appear and soon begin to rain down arrows on the Sheriff’s men.

In this dramatic scene in the movie, we never see the Sheriff pick up a long bow. It was probably one of many clips that eventually found there way onto the cutting room floor. But, a similar image (below) was used later in ‘Walt Disney's Robin Hood Stamp Book’    published in New York in 1955 by Simon and Schuster. 

The image used in the stamp album

Lets hope that one day we will get a chance to see some of the edited scenes from this wonderful movie.


Clement Glen said...

"The Sheriff and his Bow"

Neil said...

Peter Finch in menacing form here in the film that brought him to the attention of film producers and directors. His teaming here with Prince John played brilliantly by Hubert Gregg was just perfect but as we know Hubert Gregg was a man of many talents and wouldn't be pinned down to making films - although in his autobiography he speaks well of this film and how much he had enjoyed making it. Peter Finch did go on to have a long and successful film career as we know - kick started in my view by this film - although he had been around a while before this.