Miss Robin Hood

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Miss Robin Hood
"Miss Robin Hood".jpg
Directed by John Guillermin
Produced by John Grierson
Written by Patrick Campbell
Val Valentine
Starring Margaret Rutherford
Richard Hearne
James Robertson Justice
Music byTemple Abady
Cinematography Arthur Grant
Edited by Manuel del Campo
Group 3
Distributed by Associated British Film Distributors
Release date
  • November 1952 (1952-11)
Running time
76 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Miss Robin Hood is a 1952 British comedy film directed by John Guillermin, [1] and starring Margaret Rutherford and Richard Hearne. Other actors involved include Dora Bryan, James Robertson Justice, Peter Jones, Sid James, Reg Varney, Kenneth Connor and Michael Medwin. The film features a variety of unusual camera work such as unexpected extreme close-ups and fast motion sequences.



A writer named Wrigley (Richard Hearne) creates a comic strip character named Miss Robin Hood for a children's story paper. It is a modernized retelling of the Robin Hood legend in which the heroine robs banks with the assistance of a gang of teenage girls and then redistributes the money.

Unfortunately the cartoon is dropped from the paper, and Wrigley leaves his job. However, Miss Honey (Margaret Rutherford), who is director of a home for the orphans of London in Hampstead, recruits Wrigley to carry out a little light safebreaking, believing that he has such skills because he created Miss Robin Hood. Difficulties arise when Scotland Yard becomes involved.


Critical reception

Bosley Crowther of The New York Times wrote, "Even with stalwart Margaret Rutherford playing the principal role—that of a good-natured looney—in this utterly slap-happy film, and even with several cheering flashes of tomfoolery to light the way, the whole thing is just a bit too labored—too fatuous—to be continuous fun." [2] Graeme Clark of the website The Spinning Image wrote, "It's all very fluffy and inconsequential, but with Patrick Campbell contributing to the script and this array of talent in front of the camera, vintage Brit comedy fans are well catered for." [3]

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  1. "Miss Robin Hood (1952) | BFI". Explore.bfi.org.uk. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  2. Crowther, Bosley (27 June 1953). "Movie Review - Miss Robin Hood - British Film, 'Miss Robin Hood,' With Margaret Rutherford Bows at the Beekman". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  3. "Miss Robin Hood Review (1952)". Thespinningimage.co.uk. Retrieved 24 June 2014.