Miss Robin Hood

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.

Miss Robin Hood
Directed byJohn Guillermin
Produced byJohn Grierson
Written byPatrick Campbell
Val Valentine
StarringMargaret Rutherford
Richard Hearne
James Robertson Justice
Music byTemple Abady
CinematographyArthur Grant
Edited byManuel del Campo
Group 3
Distributed byAssociated British Film Distributors
Release date
  • November 1952 (1952-11)
Running time
76 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


The writer, Wrigley (played by Richard Hearne) creates a comic strip character called Miss Robin Hood for a large newspaper. As the name suggests, the character is female, and is a latterday working of the Robin Hood story in which the heroine robs banks with the assistance of a gang of teenage girls and then redistributes the wealth.

Unfortunately, the cartoon series is dropped, and Wrigley departs. However, Miss Honey (played by Margaret Rutherford), who is director of a home for the orphans of London in Hampstead, recruits Wrigley to engage in a little light safebreaking, on the tenuous basis of having written Miss Robin Hood. Difficulties ensue as Scotland Yard become 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]


  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.

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