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Cavalcade of Archery (1946)

Approved | | Short, History | 12 January 1946 (USA)
The famous archer, Howard Hill, demonstrates his skill with various trick shots.

Director:

Howard Hill

Writer:

Roger Q. Denny (narration written by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Howard Hill ... Himself
Knox Manning ... Narrator (voice)
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Storyline

Filmed (mostly edited from stock footage) in late 1945 but released in January of 1946, this short tells the story of archery down through the ages, or as much as can be told in 10 minutes and beginning with Robin Hood. Hello, WB archive footage. Noted archer Howard Hill does some exhibition shooting including a duplication of William Tell's apple-splitting. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Short | History

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 1946 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film opened with unused footage from The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). The costumes worn were those used in the same movie. See more »

Soundtracks

William Tell Overture
(1829)
Written by Gioachino Rossini
Played as background music when 'William Tell' runs away in fear
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An odd little short included with the Robin Hood DVD.
19 January 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

KIDS NO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME (especially the William Tell-inspired stunts)!! This short consists of Howard Hill (who did a lot of the trick archery shots in THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD) demonstrating his craft in full color. I think they chose to do this short in color because the beginning incorporated scenes from this Errol Flynn movie, as normally color film stock was prohibitively expensive--and not widely used in most shorts (aside from MGM's travelogue series). While this color isn't especially realistic, it is very nice for the time--though the details on the print are a tad washed out in many of the scenes.

Hill's skills are rather amazing and the film is entertaining--and quite exciting towards the end. If you see the Errol Flynn film (and you must), look for Hill in a small role as the Captain of the Archers. If you want to see this short, however, the only way I know it can be see is to get the DVD of THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD--as it's one of the extras on the second DVD included in the set.


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