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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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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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This English film was made just prior to WWII, which would truly see "Fire Over England" three years later during the Nazi Germany air campaigns known as "The Battle of Britain," and "The Blitz."See more »
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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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26 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
One of England's finest hours, 9 May 2005
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Sir Laurence Olivier once said that he thought his work before Wuthering Heights markedly inferior to that after because it was William Wyler who taught him the art of film acting and the difference between that and the stage. Although he overacts in spots in Fire Over England, even with that it comes natural because the character he's playing is an impetuous youth.

England did not have the big navy and the empire it boasted of in later centuries. Spain was the big kid on the European block in 1587 when this story takes place. It's Hapsburg King, Philip II either directly or through his Hapsburg relations lay claim to about half of western Europe and about 3/5 of the North and South American continents combined.

And Spain was driven by a religious ideology in the Roman Catholic faith with its Inquisition determined to stamp out diversity of thought in it's wake. England had broken away from the Roman Church and the Pope and was asserting its own religious sovereignty.

England didn't have a navy, but it did have privateers, although the Spanish called them pirates. They raided Spanish commerce and exacted a heavy toll in life and property. That got Philip II pretty mad and he set out to build the biggest fleet anyone ever saw to wipe these upstarts out. He called it the Armada.

These upstarts had a female ruler in Elizabeth I, played by Flora Robson. Over 400 years before Germaine Greer and Betty Friedan were writing about feminism, in that most masculine of ages Queen Elizabeth devoted her very existence to her people and sacrificed a lot of personal happiness in doing so. Flora Robson gives the definitive portrait of Elizabeth of England in this film. She did it so well that when she came to America, Warner Brothers had her play Queen Elizabeth again in The Sea Hawk. Elizabeth in this writer's humble opinion was the greatest monarch the English have ever had.

Raymond Massey plays Philip II, a dour humorless man who also unceasingly worked for his country. He's a cunning adversary for Elizabeth.

Fire Over England was the first film that Olivier did with his future wife Vivien Leigh. On this film they started the affair that was the Taylor-Burton romance of it's day. I'm sure the publicity helped the box office here. Vivien Leigh is one of Elizabeth's ladies in waiting and she falls big time for Olivier who has been captured, escapes Spain and then sent on a confidential mission by Elizabeth to find out about some English fifth columnists she suspects. How Olivier escapes the first time and what happens on the mission, well that's for you to see Fire Over England for.

Two other main characters are Lord Burleigh played by Morton Selten and the Earl of Leicester played by Leslie Banks. Leicester in his youth was the lover and chief confidant of Elizabeth even before she became Queen. Their story is a part of the rich tapestry of pageant that was Elizabeth of England's life. Why they didn't marry is a whole film in and of itself and Banks's anguish is captured well here.

Grand entertainment and a grand historical pageant tribute to one of the most heroic times in English history.

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