Warner Archive Collection (series)
Jean Simmons portrays young Bess in this rich tapestry of a film that traces the tumultuous, danger-fraught years from Elizabeth's birth to her unexpected ascension to the throne at a mere 25.
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 52 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: August 3, 2010
- Originally Released: 1953
- Label: Warner Archive Collection (MOD)
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Jean Simmons, Stewart Granger, Deborah Kerr, Charles Laughton, Kay Walsh, Guy Rolfe, Kathleen Byron, Cecil Kellaway & Leo G. Carroll|
|Directed by||George Sidney|
|Edited by||Ralph E. Winters|
|Written by||Jan Lustig|
|Composition by||Miklos Rozsa|
|Produced by||Sidney Franklin|
|Director of Photography:||Charles Rosher|
Rating: B- -- Nicely mounted but fictionalized account of royal intrigues, in which Charles Laughton reprised his role of King Henry VIII (after winning Oscar for it back in 1933). Full Review
Simmons as England's first Elizabeth, Granger as the dashing admiral she girlishly adored, Laughton in a brief repeat of his 1933 impersonation of Henry VIII, all at their best in a handsome Technicolor slice of semi-history. Full Review
Description by OLDIES.com:
The mother died under the executioner's axe; the daughter rose to become England's greatest monarch - the brilliant and cunning Queen Elizabeth I. Jean Simmons portrays young Bess in this rich tapestry of a film that traces the tumultuous, danger-fraught years from Elizabeth's birth to her unexpected ascension to the throne at a mere 25. Charles Laughton reprises his Academy Award-winning role as her formidable father Henry VIII. Deborah Kerr plays her last stepmother (and Henry's last of six wives), gentle Catherine Parr. And Simmons' then real-life husband, Stewart Granger, adds heroics as Lord Admiral Thomas Seymour. In a resplendent world of adventure, romance and court intrigue, Young Bess reigns.
16th century love story with Jean Simmons as England's young Queen Elizabeth I, and real-life husband Stewart Granger. Academy Award Nominations: Best (Color) Art Direction-Set Direction, Best (Color) Costume Design.
"Young Bess" tells the turbulent love story of Thomas Seymour and the future Queen Elizabeth. The pair conduct a clandestine affair from the very start because of Seymour's marriage to King Henry's widow, Catherine. Unfortunately for them, Thomas' brother, the plotting Ned Seymour, uncovers the impropriety and uses the valuable knowledge to manipulate "Bess" at court. Desperate, young Elizabeth begs her little brother, now King Edward VI, for help.
- Shot in three-strip Technicolor.
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