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English explorer Sir Walter Raleigh (Richard Todd) wants to lead a seafaring expedition to the New World. But, in order to finance the trip, Raleigh needs to win over the formidable Queen Elizabeth I (Bette Davis). The adventurer turns on the charm, seducing Elizabeth so that she'll support his mission. The deceptive games are further complicated when Raleigh falls for lady-in-waiting Beth (Joan Collins). The two must hide their love or face the wrath of the virgin queen.

Cast & Crew

Bette Davis
Queen Elizabeth I
Richard Todd
Sir Walter Raleigh
Joan Collins
Beth Throgmorton
Herbert Marshall
Lord Leicester
Rod Taylor
Cpl. Gwilym
Robert Douglas
Sir Christopher Hatton
Harry Brown
Screenwriter
Mindret Lord
Screenwriter
Franz Waxman
Original Music
Charles G. Clarke
Cinematographer
Leland Fuller
Art Director
Lyle R. Wheeler
Art Director
Paul S. Fox
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Critic Reviews for The Virgin Queen

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (1)

  • 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…
  • 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…

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.
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