The Virgin Queen

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Having previously portrayed England's Queen Elizabeth I in 1939's The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, Bette Davis reprises the role in the Technicolor-and-Cinescope costumer The Virgin Queen. Harry Brown and Mindret Lord's screenplay proposes that Elizabeth's relationship with adventurer Sir Walter Raleigh (Richard Todd) was somewhat more than cordial. Raleigh is depicted as a charming opportunist, who deliberate leads the Queen on in order to further his chances of heading an expedition to the New World. Complications ensue when Sir Walter falls in love with lady-in-waiting Beth Throgmorton (Joan Collins). Not to be believed for a single moment, The Virgin Queen works well on a swashbuckler level, with Davis outacting everyone in sight-even such veteran scene-stealers as Herbert Marshall, Dan O'Herlihy, and Jay "Caligula" Robinson.

Cast

Bette Davis
as Queen Elizabeth I
Richard Todd
as Sir Walter Raleigh
Joan Collins
as Beth Throgmorton
Herbert Marshall
as Lord Leicester
Jay Robinson
as Chadwick
Dan O'Herlihy
as Lord Derry
Robert Douglas
as Sir Christopher Hatton
Romney Brent
as French Ambassador
Barry Bernard
as Patch Eye
Robert Adler
as Postillion Rider
Ian Murray
as Gentleman of the Bedchamber
Margery Weston
as Dame Bragg
Rod Taylor
as Cpl. Gwilym
David Thursby
as Landlord
Arthur E. Gould-Porter
as Randall the Ship Builder
John Costello
as Town Crier
Nelson Leigh
as Physician
Frank Baker
as Physician
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Critic Reviews for The Virgin Queen

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  • Bette Davis (under a red fright-wig) portrays Elizabeth the First, with Richard Todd as the dashing Sir Walter Raleigh, in a corny but enjoyable story of Tudor England.

    December 5, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Henry Koster's direction is competent, for him, but Franz Waxman's music is no substitute for Erick Wolfgang Korngold's classic score for Elizabeth and Essex.

    March 31, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Virgin Queen

  • Nov 01, 2014
    a strong female lead role played aptly
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • Apr 28, 2009
    Great swashbuckling with Bette Davis giving a forceful performance, and Harold Brown's screenplay providing several memorable segments. Richard Todd wisely gives Davis plenty of room, and she doesn't disappoint.
    hawk l Super Reviewer

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