The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men

The Story of Robin Hood and
His Merrie Men

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Ken Annakin
Produced by Perce Pearce
Walt Disney
Written by Lawrence Edward Watkin
Starring Richard Todd
Joan Rice
Peter Finch
Music by Clifton Parker
Cinematography Guy Green
Walt Disney Productions
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.[1]
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Release dates
  • March 13, 1952 (1952-03-13) (Premiere-London)[2]
  • June 26, 1952 (1952-06-26) (US)[2]
Running time
84 minutes
Language English
Box office $2.1 million (US rentals)[3]

The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men is a 1952 live action Disney version of the Robin Hood legend made in Technicolor and filmed in Buckinghamshire, England. It was written by Lawrence Edward Watkin and directed by Ken Annakin. This is the second of Disney's complete live-action films, after Treasure Island (1950), and the first of four films Annakin directed for Disney.



Production began in April 1951 at Denham Film Studios in London. This was the second movie Disney made in the United Kingdom, the first being Treasure Island (1950). These and several other Disney films were made using British funds frozen during World War II. The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men was filmed in 3-strip Technicolor.


The world premiere was in London on March 13, 1952; the New York opening was on June 26, 1952. In the wake of this film a promotional short entitled The Riddle of Robin Hood was produced.[4]

The film was one of the most popular in Britain in 1952.[5]

Home releases

A Laserdisc was released in 1992, a VHS tape was released in 1994 (the Walt Disney's Studio Film Collection) and a limited Disney Movie Club DVD was released in July 2006. All releases are 1.33:1 fullscreen in monaural (as shot).

A Disneyland Records LP of four songs from the soundtrack with narration by Dallas McKennon was released in 1963.


  1. Jewell, Richard B.; Harbin, Vernon (1982). The RKO Story. New York: Arlington House. p. 266. ISBN 0-517-546566.
  2. 1 2 "The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
  3. 'Top Box-Office Hits of 1952', Variety, January 7, 1953
  4. "- Disney Shorts: 1950ies".
  5. "Robert Beatty in boxing picture.". The Mail. Adelaide: National Library of Australia. 31 January 1953. p. 3 Supplement: SUNDAY MAGAZINE. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
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