Escape's "Robert of Huntingdon" is based on the legends of English folk-hero Robin Hood. It has been suggested that if Robin Hood was an actual historical figure, he may have been Robert, Earl of Huntingdon. The first reference to this name in the Robin Hood legend appeared in the stage plays The Downfall of Robert Earl of Huntington and The Death of Robert Earl of Huntington by Anthony Munday, published in 1601.
A critical analysis of Escape's adaptation of the Robin Hood legend won't be attempted here. Enjoy this episode for what it is--a romp in the forest with a bunch of talented radio actors who aren't even pretending to have English accents.
As the episode opens, the Sheriff of Nottingham offers a reward for the outlaw Robert of Huntingdon, known as Robin Hood. Additional rewards are also offered for the capture of Little John, Will Scarlet, Friar Tuck, and the other known members of his band of followers.
In a meeting of noblemen to discuss the situation, Sir Martin of Matlock offers his services to the king and the sheriff. He thinks that stealing from the rich to give to the poor is just an excuse to be outlaws. Sir Martin proposes to stop Robert of Huntingdon and his gang by gathering a force of men to storm into Sherwood forest and exterminate them.
When told that his idea isn't feasible, Sir Martin volunteers to go into the forest alone. He will join the outlaws by pretending to be a yeoman who has been wronged by the sheriff. Then, he will gain their confidence and discover where they are hiding.
It doesn't take long for Sir Martin to accomplish just that. Everyone accepts him into the gang except Little John. Will Sir Martin's plan cause Robin Hood and his gang to be captured? Or, will Robin Hood become suspicious, too?
"Robert of Huntingdon" was adapted for radio by Antony Ellis and produced/directed by Norman MacDonnell. William Conrad played Robin Hood. Also appearing were Lawrence Dobkin, Edgar Barrier, Herb Ellis, Jack Kruschen, Vic Perrin, John Stevenson, Harry Bartell, and Peter Leeds. This episode aired on October 26, 1952.
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