Douglas Fairbanks' Robin Hood may have been a sensation in 1922, but time has not been kind to either the film or Fairbanks' brand of dementedly over-emphatic ham. It's a lavish production with hundreds of extras and massive sets (the staircase, like Alan Hale's Little John, making a reappearance for Errol Flynn's superior 1938 version), but it only works in fits and starts. It's the first half of the film that fares best, focussing on knightly romance in the prelude to Wallace Beery's manically laughing King Richard departing for the Crusades, with some surprisingly effective scenes of wooing and parting. But once Robin and his absurdly mincing men start prancing through Sherwood like a bunch of prima ballerinas on coke, it becomes increasingly laughable and as camp as a very long row of tents to such a degree that even evil Prince John's surprisingly graphic reign of terror can't compensate. Nor is there much in the way of impressive stunt work, leaving a film which never really knows how to make the most of its incredible production values beyond the odd effective scene here and there (according to director Allan Dwan, Fairbanks was never fully convinced about making the film, and it shows). Still, it does have an inspired moment when the Merry Men use a pair of noblemen on ropes for a giant game of conkers that's bonkers enough to forgive at least some of the film's shortcomings.
It's not helped by some of the public domain DVD copies out there, but Kino's 2004 special edition Region 1 NTSC DVD offers a good transfer with some interesting outtakes and a Will Rogers parody from Big Moments from Little Pictures.