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The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex

The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex
Movie: The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex(1939)[tt0031826] This period drama frames the tumultuous affair between Queen Elizabeth I and the man who would be King of England, Robert Devereux, the Earl of Essex. Ever the victor on the battlefield, Devereux returns to London after defeating Spanish forces at Cadiz. Middle-aged Elizabeth, so attracted to the younger Devereux but fearful of his influence and popularity, sends him on a new mission: a doomed campaign to Ireland. When he and his troops return in defeat, Devereux demands to share the throne with the heir-less queen, and Elizabeth, at first, intends to marry. Ultimately sensing the marriage would prove disastrous for England, Elizabeth sets in motion a merciless plan to protect her people and preserve her throne. Written byIMDb Editors
Title The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex
Release Date 11 November 1939 (USA)
Runtime
Genres Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Production Companies Warner Bros.
Bette Davis
Bette Davis...
Queen Elizabeth...
Errol Flynn
Errol Flynn...
Earl of Essex...
Olivia de Havilland
Olivia de Havilland...
Lady Penelope Gray...
Donald Crisp
Donald Crisp...
Francis Bacon...
Alan Hale
Alan Hale...
Earl of Tyrone...
Vincent Price
Vincent Price...
Sir Walter Raleigh...
Henry Stephenson
Henry Stephenson...
Lord Burghley...
Henry Daniell
Henry Daniell...
Sir Robert Cecil...
James Stephenson
James Stephenson...
Sir Thomas Egerton...
Nanette Fabray
Nanette Fabray...
Mistress Margaret Radclif...
Ralph Forbes
Ralph Forbes...
Lord Knollys...
Robert Warwick
Robert Warwick...
Lord Mountjoy...
Leo G. Carroll
Leo G. Carroll...
Sir Edward Coke...

Reviews

gabriela-12 on 24 July 2005
I saw this movie when I was a child in Mexican black and white TV. Now it has been released in DVD in Spain by Divisa(2005) It is clear that true history is absent in most of the historic events related to the story. Essex was actually married to Penelope Rich (and not Gray, as in the movie), which meant nothing to his relationship to the queen. The meeting with Ireland's clan chief Tyrone was thought alright as treason, but when Essex entered London no one rouse with him. He passed a lot of time in his house, far from London, before the Queen made any decision on his final destiny... also Briton's uniforms in Ireland look Spanish...etc. The strange thing is that the story itself, as told by Curtiz, functions well. Davies is great ( a little bit overacting, but, who cares?), as the uncommon woman Elizabeth must have been. She did'not want Flynn to play the part: she asked for Laurence Olivier, but I sincerely think Flynn gave the necessary gaiety and spirits Essex would have had in reality, and Olivier would have spoiled that by his well known acting excesses, playing dark and severe where there should be light and superficial. Both, Davies and Flynn, seem profoundly in love and hate. Constanty driving in and out from and to love and politics. I would'not say this is a great movie, but it's worth while seeing it! (Excuse my English, I write better in Spanish)

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