Son of the Guardsman
|Son of the Guardsman|
|Directed by||Derwin Abrahams|
|Narrated by||Knox Manning|
|Cinematography||Ira H. Morgan|
|Edited by||Earl Turner|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
Son of the Guardsman is a rare serial with a period setting, in this case 12th century England. The serial is largely based on the Robin Hood legends, to the extent of including outlaws from Sherwood Forest, but it does not include or reference Robin Hood himself.
The serial was produced by the notoriously cheap Sam Katzman and directed by Derwin Abrahams. Robert Shaw starred as the heroic noble-turned-outlaw David Trent with Charles King as his villainous uncle Sir Edgar Bullard.
Set in the High Middle Ages, Sir Edgar Bullard conspires to conquer England. In doing so, he kidnaps the daughter of his rival, Lord Markham. This causes his nephew, David Trent, to turn against him and join the outlaws in Sherwood Forest, who are led by Allan Hawk. Meanwhile, the outlaws of the forest support Prince Richard as the rightful ruler of England, who has been usurped by the regent Lord Hampton.
- Robert Shaw as David Trent, nobleman turned outlaw
- Daun Kennedy as Lady Louise Markham, daughter of Lord Markham
- Robert 'Buzz' Henry as "Roger Mowbry", really Prince Richard in disguise
- Jim Diehl as Allan Hawk, leader of the Sherwood Forest outlaws
- Hugh Prosser as Red Robert
- Leonard Penn as Mark Crowell
- Jock Mahoney as Captain Kenley
- Charles King as Sir Edgar Bullard, David Trent's evil uncle
- John Merton as Lord Hampton, the evil regent
Son of the Guardsman is based on the Robin Hood legends, although it does not include Robin Hood, just the period and Sherwood Forest setting. The serial was made to use costumes and sets left over from feature films, amortising the costs of all the productions involved. Costume drama serials were rare productions for any producer. The serial's subtle was "Gallant Fighter of the Greenwood."
- Outlaws of Sherwood Forest
- Perils of the Forest
- Blazing Barrier
- The Siege of Bullard Hall
- A Dagger in the Dark
- A Fight for Freedom
- Trial by Torture
- Mark Crowell's Treachery
- Crushed to Earth
- A Throne at Stake
- Double Danger
- The Secret of the Treasure
- Into the Depths
- The Lost Heritage
- Free Men Triumph
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