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Young Bess (1953)

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The early life of Elizabeth I, from her childhood until her accession to the throne of England in 1558.

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Kay Walsh ...
Mrs. Ashley
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Ned Seymour
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Ann Seymour
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Mr. Parry
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Lady Tyrwhitt
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Robert Tyrwhitt
Noreen Corcoran ...
Bess as a child
Ivan Triesault ...
Danish Envoy
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Chronicles the life of queen Elizabeth I, before she became the queen of England. Apart from taking part in the court intrigues, she is unhappily in love with admiral Thomas Seymour, and dreams of building a navy to match the Portuguese and the Spanish. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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A Great and Spectacular Drama!


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29 May 1953 (USA)  »

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Die Thronfolgerin  »

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$2,423,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Cast as on-screen lovers Young Bess (Queen Elizabeth I) and Sir Thomas Seymour, in real life Jean Simmons and Stewart Granger were married to each other when this movie was filmed. See more »

Goofs

In the film, young Bess is mostly referred to as "Princess Elizabeth". In history, Elizabeth was denied that title from the age of three. Her father Henry VIII declared his marriage to Anne Boleyn invalid before her execution for treason, thus Elizabeth was declared illegitimate and only to be called "Lady Elizabeth". See more »

Quotes

Anne Boleyn: [referring to her involvement in little Elizabeth's birth] But Henry, didn't I have a hand in it?
King Henry VIII: Of course.
[smiles wickedly at Anne]
King Henry VIII: But I gave you the idea.
[laughter from Anne and the courtiers]
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Referenced in Kiss Me Kate (1953) See more »

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a great love story.
16 April 2004 | by (Taiwan) – See all my reviews

Never mind about the historical accuracy, the movie is very enjoyable as a great love story. It is well written and elegantly portrayed by a good assemble of actors. Simmons is excellent as Young Bess, a smart and strong minded princess growing from adolescence into young womanhood, falling for a much older heroic Admiral, attracting his love from his beautiful and tender loving wife. Granger is a great match as Simmon's lover, the arrogant adventurous war hero, also the loving husband of the more classical beauty Kerr. The love triangle between the three is convincing and moving, and its tragic end is heart broken.

The costume is wonderful, especially of Granger's.


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