The Adventures of Robin Hood Season 1 Episode 3: Dead or Alive

The Earl of Bedford demands a log for his fire, the colossal servant brings this massive piece of kindling but then is harassed and humuliated by the Earl. The servant’s rebellious act forces him on the run from the pursuing soldiers. Cornered, the servant strikes a deal for his freedom with the soldiers that have caught up. The deal requires the servant to pursue the outlaw, Robin Hood, in Sherwood Forest. The outlaws see this giant of a man walking through the Forest, so Robin Hood heads out to investigate with unknown consequences to befall him. With a twist of fate, the giant sees the true intentions of the soldiers and the true intentions of Robin Hood.

Personal Synopsis

This episode introduces to the outlaws, Little John and his story about how he became a notorious outlaw himself. The brawny stout Little John is taken to his whits end by the Earl and finally stands up to his master. Of course this mean punishment. Little John escapes but is soon coaxed into becoming bait to arrest an outlaw, any outlaw. On his task, he comes across Robin Hood who tests out his strength and courage against the same men that would claim his freedom but also take it away. Archie Duncan , who plays Little John, is more familiar to me for his role at Inspector Lestraud in the 1954 TV series Sherlock Holmes. He establishes himself as a man worthy of the Lincoln green and yet shows a softer side of this giant man. Back story always helps the development of the character and we shall see how he pans out in the series.

Original Air-Date:  10 October 1955

Directed by Daniel Birt

Written by Eric Heath 

Robin Hood- Richard Greene

Earl of Bedford- John Rutland

Countess- Agnes Bernelle

Joan- Simone Lovell

Eric/Outlaw- Gabriel Toyne

Nailer- Willoughby Gray

Maid Marian- Bernadette O’Farrell

Alfred/Squire/Outlaw- Victor Woolf

Little John- Archie Duncan

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