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The Virgin Queen (1955)





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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.
Classics , Drama
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Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation

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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
Lisa Davis
as Jane
Barry Bernard
as Patch Eye
Robert Adler
as Postillion Rider
Noel Drayton
as Tailor
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
Ashley Cowan
as Sailor
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Critic Reviews for The Virgin Queen

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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.

Full Review… | March 31, 2008
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Virgin Queen

A great movie showcasing the talents of Bette Davis. Wonderful movie if you like films that teach a little history.

WJ Falls Jr.
WJ Falls Jr.

Betty Davis as Queen Elizabeth, a Palpable Performance of her Triumphs & Loneliness as a Queen who's Priority is England before all else.She was Truely one of the Most Powerful Women that ever lived, Played by arguably the Best Actress of all Time.

Marilee Aschwanden
Marilee Aschwanden

A bit dated (especially the cheesy but mercifully brief fight scenes), but Bette Davis imbues this role with nuance and depth, in a way a lesser actress may not have succeeded. It's definitely odd to watch Joan Collins in these early roles, in the context of who she later became. Great costumes, which I was glad to see in technicolor!

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