Douglas Fairbanks As Robin Hood, 1922
This picture, colorized by Duriez, was taken from the silent film Douglas Fairbanks in Robin Hood. This was not the first Robin Hood film, as the story first appeared on screen in 1908, in Robin Hood and his Merry Men. The Fairbanks film, which has the full title of Douglas Fairbanks in Robin Hood (the title is copyrighted, incidentally), was first full-length Robin Hood film. It was also the first movie to have a Hollywood premiere, which happened on October 18, 1922 at Grauman’s Egyptian Theater. It introduced elements of the story which would become familiar as it was told time and time again.
This early film had a budget of approximately one million dollars, which made it one of the most expensive movies of the 1920s. Part of that expense was incurred by the set: a huge castle which was, according to some, the largest structure built for a silent film, as well as the entire village of 12th century Nottingham. The structures were constructed at the Pickford-Fairbanks Studio.