After I finished my erotic short story, Maid Marian’s Missions, I wanted to look into the portrayals of her in pop culture. So I did some searching for the actresses who have played this character in movies through the years…
The 1922 silent movie Robin Hood starred Enid Bennett as Maid Marian and the swashbuckling Douglas Fairbanks as the title character. The actual title was listed as Douglas Fairbanks in Robin Hood (pretty pandering, huh?), and it costs approximately a cool million bucks, which made it one of the most expensive movies of the ’20s (Wikipedia article). The film poster is lush and pretty:
And I found a fun pic of the crew listening to that new-fangled radio invention with a big horn to blast the sound out (Wallace Beery is there as Richard the Lion-Hearted):
In the next decade, a new version came out: The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), with Olivia de Havilland as Maid Marian and Errol Flynn as the famous robber of the rich and giver to the poor. This movie was a talkie and brought Technicolor to Robin’s green outfit. Here’s Olivia de Havilland as Marian:
In 1976, there came an older hero in Robin and Marian, with Audrey Hepburn as Maid Marian and Sean Connery as Robin Hood. IMDB’s description sounds much different than the swashbucklers of the previous two movies: “Robin Hood, aging none too gracefully, returns exhausted from the Crusades to woo and win Maid Marian one last time.” Here’s a gray-bearded Robin with Marian as they ponder the future next to a nice stream:
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio brought her curls to Marian in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), with Kevin Costner as Robin:
Mel Brooks brought his zaniness to the story in his movie, Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993). This time, Amy Yasbeck played the role of Marian, and Cary Elwes was Robin. Mel himself appeared as Rabbi Tuckman, and other actors in the story include Dave Chappelle, Isaac Hayes, Tracey Ullman, and Patrick Stewart. You’ve got to love Mel Brooks for the great movies he’s created. Amy Yasbeck as Marian:
Cate Blanchett stepped down from the throne she sat in for Elizabeth to suit up as Maid Marian in Robin Hood (2010). Russell Crowe put down the sword he used in Gladiator and picked up a bow and arrow as Robin. Here’s Lady Cate:
Of course, there have been many more movies based on the Robin Hood legend, as well as TV shows, too. But I thought these might have been the most popular. “But,” you’re saying, “you skipped the Disney version!” Yes, I did. I was going for actual people, not for cartoon foxes.
However, I would be remiss if I didn’t bring up another film I discovered, right there on IMDB’s list of Robin Hood movies: The Erotic Adventures of Robin Hood. This film is rated X, and it came out in 1969 (69?? cue the pealing guitar riff!!).
So I wasn’t the first to bring these characters over to the erotic side (not that I thought I was).
The original title of the movie was downright saucy: The Ribald Tales of Robin Hood, His Lusty Men and Bawdy Wenches (from what I’ve heard, the bawdy wenches are the best kind). The movie poster is below, and the ad copy sells it further: “From Gusty [maybe they meant Gutsy], Grubby, Grabby [!] 11th-Century England … An Area and Era of Unparalleled Earthiness Comes the Uncut, Uncloaked Version of one of Anglo-Saxondom’s Best Loved Tales..!” The illustrations in the poster promise much skin and much action.
You can see some pics of the cast at www.whosdatedwho.com, but unfortunately Dee Lockwood, who played Maid Marian, is not among those pictured.
IMDB doesn’t have a photo of her either, but does list other movies she starred in. Miss Lockwood was indeed busy in 1969, as not only did the Robin Hood movie come out that year, but Starlet!, Precious Jewels, Weekend Lovers, and my favorite: The Secret Sex Lives of Romeo and Juliet (she played Juliet) also came out in 1969. The next year, she continued the romp through history with The Undercover Scandals of Henry VIII. Looks like she called it quits for acting after that. But once you’ve played Maid Marian, Juliet, and alongside King Henry VIII, where is there to go?
Cinemedioevo.net has some pics of the movie, and a short video clip of it, too (with some spanking, for those who are into that). Here’s one of the pics, but I don’t know which of the actresses is Miss Lockwood playing Marian: