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The Adventures of Maureen O'Hara,
This review is from: Our Man In Havana  / Lady Godiva  (DVD)
This film exceeded our expectations, which were moderately low. Forget the the package artwork on this DVD, the film is a little known gem. I've been watching romantic Robin Hood type action melodramas since the '50s but have no memory of having seen this on TV or the cinema. If you have a soft spot for Victor McLaglen then its worth viewing for his role alone; recorded, as it is, so late in his career. This story fulfils all the requirements of the genre in playfully evoking history and reflecting on the nature of : love, honour, loyalty, treachery, comradeship, community and tyranny.
Look out for Rex Reason, of This Island Earth, as a young Harold. Also, surpassing Flynn's Robin and the Ivanhoe of 1952, is an amazing archery trick shot which adds realism to the familiar arrow to the breast of a mail-clad Nrman herald as he completes his announcement of a doubling of taxes on the 'luckless Saxons'.
To top it off, if you are a Maureen O'Hara fan, or just an 'ornry' femimist then here she is in her glory leading the cast and the plot as the dauntless, wise, popular heroine who inspires the finest of values in the hearts of men despite their own clumsiness fecklessness and vanity.
Look out for Clint Eastwood as one of the Saxons !