The story of Queen Victoria from her coronation, focused on her meeting and marriage to Prince Albert and the way they established shared responsibilities until his death.

Director:

Reviews

Comic-Con 2017: All Aboard the IMDboat

 | 

July 20 to 23, 2017

Get entertainment news, trailer drops, and photos with IMDb's coverage of 2017 San Diego Comic-Con featuring host and IMDboat captain Kevin Smith, including Saturday's live event.

Browse Our Guide to Comic-Con

2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Picking up where Victoria the Great (1937) left off, this sequel to the 1937 film has Anna Neagle return to the role of Queen Victoria in another colorful account of the revered British ... See full summary »

Director: Herbert Wilcox
Stars: Anna Neagle, Anton Walbrook, C. Aubrey Smith
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

When an itinerant reluctantly returns home to help his sickly mother run her shop, they are both tempted to turn to crime to help make ends meet.

Director: Clifford Odets
Stars: Cary Grant, Ethel Barrymore, Barry Fitzgerald
Lifeboat (1944)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Several survivors of a torpedoed ship find themselves in the same boat with one of the men who sunk it.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Tallulah Bankhead, John Hodiak, Walter Slezak
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In pre-WWI England, a youngster is expelled from a naval academy over a petty theft, and his parents raise a political furor by demanding a trial.

Director: Anthony Asquith
Stars: Robert Donat, Cedric Hardwicke, Basil Radford
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Based on the Reginald Berkeley stage play, this compelling historical drama offers a depiction of the life story of Florence Nightingale (Anna Neagle), the young 19th-century Englishwoman ... See full summary »

Director: Herbert Wilcox
Stars: Anna Neagle, Michael Wilding, Gladys Young
Deception (1946)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A piano teacher believes that her fiancé was killed on the battlefield. When he miraculously returns, they decide to marry, but are threatened by a wealthy, egotistical composer the piano teacher started dating on the rebound after she became convinced her love had died.

Director: Irving Rapper
Stars: Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A butler gets elected to the Hungarian parliament where he opposes his master's government.

Director: Walter Lang
Stars: William Powell, Annabella, Helen Westley
Odette (1950)
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

This is the story of a brave woman who volunteered to join SOE (Special Operations Executive) during WWII. She was flown into occupied France where she fought with the French resistance. ... See full summary »

Director: Herbert Wilcox
Stars: Anna Neagle, Trevor Howard, Marius Goring
For Men Only (1952)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A college professor begins to suspect that a student's accidental death was tied to his refusal to take part in a traditional "hazing" and was no accident.

Director: Paul Henreid
Stars: Paul Henreid, Kathleen Hughes, Russell Johnson
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
James Dale ...
...
...
Gordon McLeod ...
...
Arthur Young ...
...
Baroness Lehzen (as Grete Wegener)
Paul Leyssac ...
...
Hugh Miller ...
Edit

Storyline

The story opens on the morning of 20 June 1837, when the Lord Chamberlain and Archbishop of Canterbury arrive to inform young Princess Victoria that her uncle, William IV, is dead, and that she is now queen. The new queen's mother and her adviser, Baron Stockmar, have been used to seeing their opinions prevail with Victoria, but now she is on the throne, she makes an effort to assert herself and show that she will not be a mere puppet. However, she agrees to confirm Prime Minister, Lord Melbourne in his place. Melbourne advises Victoria to marry, and suggests her German cousin, Prince Albert. The two appear incompatible but soon find that they are in love. As Prince Consort, Albert becomes frustrated that he is given no role in governing the country and by his powerless role as husband to the queen. Though Sir Robert Peel suggests that Victoria share some of the burdens of the crown with her husband, she refuses, on the grounds that the people would reject Albert as an interfering ...

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | History

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

28 October 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Königin Viktoria  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Color:

| (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Anna Neagle (Queen Victoria) was married to the director Herbert Wilcox from 1943 to 1977. See more »

Quotes

Lord Palmerston: We must face the fact that the prince is the best hated man in the country.
Prince Albert: And you the best loved?
Lord Palmerston: That would at least give Your Highness and myself something in common - to be opposite ends of the same stick.
Queen Victoria: Lord Palmerston, we are not amused!
See more »

Connections

Version of The Young Victoria (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

The Water Music
by George Frideric Handel (as Georg Friedrich Handel)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Anton Prince of Sax Coburg
22 December 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

It was inspired casting to give the part of Prince Albert to Anton Walbrook while Anna Neagle looked far too glamorous as the Princess Victoria when compared to the many photos extant of her which show a rather plain dumpy woman about 4ft 11ins in height.I've always been a fan of Anton Walbrook ever since I saw him as Lermontov in "The Red Shoes" and as the menacing fraudster who tries to drive his wife mad in "Gaslight" (1940).I can still hear that slow, menacing, Teutonic voice

  • "you're going mad my dear".It is so much more satisfying when an
actor is the same nationality as his character as it gives verisimilitude to the portrayal.

The producer cannot change the historical facts but I liked the parade of famous politicians - Lord Melbourne, Gladstone, Disraeli, the Duke of Wellington.Of course the screenwriter included the famous remark attributed to Victoria about Gladstone who was pompous when speaking at their weekly meetings on the affairs of state; " he speaks to me as if he is addressing a public meeting".I was intrigued by the 1840s train, did they arrange for its loan from the railway museum at York? The film accurately shows the effort Albert went to organise "The Great Exhibition" in Hyde Park in 1851.Victoria was loath initially for Albert to help her with the state papers deeming it unconstitutional but later in their marriage he gave her considerable advice and help to such an extents that when he died prematurely in 1861 she was bereft of his counsel.

It was a big learning curve for Albert too learning about the British constitution.As a member of the aristocracy, he was not made to feel welcome when he went to the House of Commons to hear an important debate.He was a talented pianist and amateur scientist hence his idea about the Great Exhibition.The Royal Albert Hall was erected to his memory and is still today a venue for music, concerts, and sporting contests.It was interesting to see Victoria's Gillie Brown portrayed.A newer film has Dame Judy Dench in the role of Victoria and Billy Connelly as Brown in "Mrs Brown" which I believe won an award.Victoria acceded to the throne in 1837 because her uncle, William IV left no issue.She died on 22/1/1901 at Osbourne House on the Isle of Wight so reigned for 64 years beating the 60 year record set by George III from 1760-1820.

If nothing else you will learn a little of modern British history by watching "Victoria the Great".


9 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page