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Fire Over England
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A.E.W. Mason (novel)
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Release Date:
5 March 1937 (USA) See more »
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. . . A truly brilliant producer brings you a thrilling tale of love and danger that will live in your memory as long as there is romance in your heart !
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Queen Elizabeth is running this show. The men in her court should be thinking about how to add to the... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nazis or Spanish Armada, It's the Same Message See more (21 total) »

Cast

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Flora Robson ... Queen Elizabeth I of England

Raymond Massey ... King Philip II of Spain
Leslie Banks ... Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester

Laurence Olivier ... Michael Ingolby

Vivien Leigh ... Cynthia
Morton Selten ... Lord Burleigh
Tamara Desni ... Elena

Lyn Harding ... Sir Richard Ingolby
George Thirlwell ... Mr. Lawrence Gregory
Henry Oscar ... Spanish Ambassador
Robert Rendel ... Don Miguel (as Robert Rendell)

Robert Newton ... Don Pedro
Donald Calthrop ... Don Escobal
Charles Carson ... Adm. Valdez

James Mason ... Hillary Vane
Howard Douglas ... Lord Amberley
Cecil Mainwaring ... Lord Illingworth
Francis De Wolff ... Sir James Tarleton
Graham Cheswright ... Mr. Joseph Maddison
A. Corney Grain ... Hatton
Laurence Hanray ... French Ambassador
Roy Russell ... Sir Humphrey Cooper
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Evelyn Ankers ... Lady-in-Waiting (uncredited)
Noel Brophy ... Irishman (uncredited)
Beryl de Querton ... Chief Lady-in-Waiting (uncredited)
Pam Downing ... Courtier (uncredited)
Franklin Dyall ... (uncredited)
Herbert Lomas ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Ralph Truman ... Spanish Inquisition Representative (uncredited)

Norma Varden ... Elena's Governess (uncredited)

Directed by
William K. Howard 
 
Writing credits
A.E.W. Mason (novel)

Clemence Dane (screenplay) and
Sergei Nolbandov (screenplay)

Produced by
Erich Pommer .... producer
Alexander Korda .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Richard Addinsell 
 
Cinematography by
James Wong Howe 
 
Film Editing by
Jack Dennis 
 
Set Decoration by
Lazare Meerson (settings)
 
Costume Design by
René Hubert  (as Rene Hubert)
 
Production Management
Roland Gillett .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wilfred O'Kelly .... assistant director (as W. O'Kelly)
René Clair .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Frank Wells .... assistant art director
William Hutchinson .... set designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jack Rogerson .... sound recordist
A.W. Watkins .... recording director
 
Special Effects by
Lawrence W. Butler .... special effects assistant (as Lawrence Butler)
Edward Cohen .... special effects photographer (as Eddie Cohen)
Ned Mann .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
W. Percy Day .... matte painter (uncredited)
Peter Ellenshaw .... assistant matte artist (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Wilkie Cooper .... camera operator
Paul Barrelet .... photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leonard Isaacs .... music arranger
Muir Mathieson .... musical director
Lionel Salter .... additional orchestrator (uncredited)
 
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92 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Wide Range Noiseless Recording)

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Trivia:
In this film, Vivien Leigh plays "Cynthia" a servant of Queen Elizabeth I, played by Flora Robson. In Caesar and Cleopatraa (1945), Flora Robson plays a servant of Queen Cleopatra, played by Vivien Leigh.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Queen Elizabeth uses a small telescope to check on the progress of her fleet against the Spanish Armada (1588). The telescope was invented in 1608, five years after her death.See more »
Quotes:
Don Pedro:You see, Elena, the whole trouble comes from treating your enemies like human beings. Don't you see, my dear, that if you do that they cease to be enemies. Think what that leads to: the end of patriotism; the end of war; it's the end of everything."See more »
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Referenced in Elizabeth & Essex: Battle Royale (2005) (V)See more »
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O Magnum MysteriumSee more »

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14 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Nazis or Spanish Armada, It's the Same Message, 15 October 1999

Note the date this was made..1937. What a shot in the arm for a people about to fight for their survival....AGAIN. The lines that effectively say "Loved I you, loved I not England more" spoken by Olivier speak for all the Brits that would soon have to turn their backs on a gentle home life. Today we are not faced with that decision and it seems amazing that a human being would have to lay down his life for his country. As Vivien Leigh pleads with her lover (later to be her husband) to remember 'all the sunsets we could see together", you know that she is speaking to the audience of that time in a visceral manner.

Quaintly anachronistic, and let's pray it stays that way.

To watch Raymond Massey play the king of Spain and James Mason play the English 'spy' Vane is worth the price of the movie itself. Logic rears its ugly head, of course, or illogic: Five Englishmen are identified as traitors by Olivier and what happens? Elisabeth puts them under his command to fight off the Spanish Armada. Didn't she ever hear of fragging?

As the English ships are set ablaze and sailed into the Armada, it makes me long for a history book to find out what actually happened. I thought the weather broke the Spanish Armada up before it reached English shores off the coast of Ireland....accounting for the 'black Irish', descendants from those sailors who made it ashore.

Nonetheless, to watch the Lord and Lady of the English stage appear together while their love was young (and both were married to others) is fascinating.

You think you're watching Elisabeth Taylor half the time, with those big expressive eyes. Olivier also sings and plays a lute. His singing voice isn't bad atall, and is he handsome!!!!

When he plays his acrobatic ship and sword fighting tricks, you'll think of Errol Flynn and long for the movie to be colorized. How easy it would be with today's technology to color these wonderful old movies in gorgeous realistic color. And the mood would be enhanced, not destroyed as it might were it a film noir.

When Queen Elisabeth (the first one) says, "I'm only a woman", you'll burst out laughing.....she who made England was 'only a woman'. See it.

So 'Fire over England' was a propaganda film. Fine. I loved it.

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