|Son of the Guardsman|
|Directed by||Derwin Abrahams|
|Produced by||Sam Katzman
Melville De Lay (associate)
|Written by||Lewis Clay
Harry L. Fraser
George H. Plympton
|Narrated by||Knox Manning|
Robert 'Buzz' Henry
|Cinematography||Ira H. Morgan|
|Editing by||Earl Turner|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Release date(s)||24 October 1946|
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 exent 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 middle ages, Sir Richard 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 led by Allan Hawk. Meanwhile, the outlaws of the forest support the usurped Prince Richard as the rightful ruler of England, who has been usurped by the regent Lord Hampton.
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 subitle was "Gallant Fighter of the Greenwood."
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