Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St., will screen 1938’s “The Adventures of Robin Hood” Thursday, Aug. 26 in the Friends Community Room.

The popular Warner Brothers film is considered by many the definitive Robin Hood flick. Action director Michael Curtiz leads a winning cast that features Errol Flynn as Robin Hood, Olivia de Havilland as Maid Marion, Basil Rathbone as Sir Guy of Gisbourne and Claude Rains as Prince John that has a vibrancy as fresh and stirring today as it had years ago.

Flynn’s swashbuckling Robin Hood is a force to be reckoned with, an activist-hero who fights injustice and cruelty, and he is well matched at every level of casting. Supporting cast treats include Eugene Palette as Friar Tuck and Alan Hale Sr. (father of “Gilligan’s Island” skipper Alan Hale, Jr.) as Little John.

The glowing Technicolor adventure is accompanied by an Oscar-winning score by Erich Wolfgang Korngold. The film’s climatic sword fight between Flynn and Rathbone is magnificently choreographed and filmed, with inventive use of shadows cast upon the castle walls.

Special accommodations for persons with disabilities can be made with 48 hours notice by calling 594-0310. The screening is part of a continuing series of literary, film and cultural offerings sponsored by the library and Friends of Rockland Public Library. Admission is free.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to