Young Bess (1953)

Young Bess





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This costume drama was based on the historical fiction of Margaret Irwin, which embellishes the facts of the early years of England's eventual Queen Elizabeth I. It's told in flashback style, starting with the horrible day when King Henry VIII (Charles Laughton) sends away the future queen, young Bess (Jean Simmons), and executes her mother, Anne Boleyn (Elaine Stewart). Some years and several wives later, Henry VIII invites Bess to return to the palace to live with Catherine Parr (Deborah … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Margaret Irwin, Arthur Wimperis, Jan Lustig
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On DVD: Jul 20, 1994

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as Young Bess (Queen El...

as Thomas Seymour

as Catherine Parr

as King Henry VIII

as Mrs. Ashley

as Ned Seymour

as Anne Seymour

as Mr. Parry

as Barnaby

as Mr. Mums

as Lady Tyrwhitt

as Robert Tyrwhitt

as Young Bess (age 6)

as Danish Envoy

as Anne Boleyn

as Kate Howard

as Mother Jack

as Archbishop Thomas Cr...

as Sir William Paget

as Woman

as English Officer

as English Officer

as Executioner

as Council Man

as Council Man

as Council Man

as Halberdier

as Halberdiers

as Stranger

as Court Recorder
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Critic Reviews for Young Bess

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | November 26, 2008
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

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… | August 17, 2012

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for Young Bess

The film contains just enough actual history to maintain a patina of truth but it's really more a star vehicle for Jean Simmons, she's very good, and on that level it's very successful. Laughton gets to chew the high grade ham repeating his Oscar winning role of Henry the VIII.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Costumes aplenty here in fine colorful splendour as intrigue stalks the courts of England. The question as always: who's calling the shots here? Simmons and Kerr are ever photogenic and Granger can wear a costume with the best of them. The outcome, though Hollywood-ised, is history, while the film itself is only mildly amusing.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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