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Young Bess (1953)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, History | 29 May 1953 (USA)
The early life of Elizabeth I, from her childhood until her accession to the throne of England in 1558.

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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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29 May 1953 (USA)  »

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Die Thronfolgerin  »

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$2,423,000 (estimated)
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The second time that actor Charles Laughton played Henry VIII on film. The first film was The Private Life of Henry VIII. (1933) for which he won an Oscar. See more »

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In the shot showing Elizabeth leaving Whitehall after Edward becomes king, her carriage becomes transparent (due to the matte painting of trees and sky behind it). See more »

Quotes

Prince Edward: [muttering to Tom about Uncle Ned, who rules while Edward is King as a minor] I wish he'd die.
Thomas Seymour: What? What was that?
Prince Edward: I said, I wish he'd die. D-Y-E.
Thomas Seymour: It's the wrong spelling.
Prince Edward: [nonchalant] Oh, is it?
Ned Seymour: What is Your Majesty talking about?
Prince Edward: Spelling. Nobody knows for certain how to spell the King's English.
Ned Seymour: The spelling is not important, so long as the word carries the right meaning.
Thomas Seymour: The word His Majesty had *exactly* the right meaning.
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Referenced in Kiss Me Kate (1953) See more »

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The queen
25 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

"Young Bess" features three of the greatest English actors of all time :Jean Simmons,Stewart Granger and Deborah Kerr;the two actresses had already teamed up for "black narcissus" but in "young Bess" it's Simmons who plays the lead .

The movie does not really show it,but Elizabeth had a very harsh childhood ,unlike Mary Stuart ,her dear cousin who spent her youth in the sweet Chateaux de La Loire in France .That may explain why Elizabeth was prepared to reign and Mary failed dismally. It was a wonder she kept her head after all those years with Mary Tudor.But Jean Simmons succeeds in her performance:from a romantic young girl to the strong queen (the big shadow on the wall is revealing),she runs the whole gamut and she gets strong support from Stewart Granger as her dashing attentive escort ,from Deborah Kerr ,in an underwritten part, and from Charles Laughton,ideally cast as Henry the Eighth.


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