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(1953)

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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.
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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.
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Jean Simmons almost didn't get the part of Elizabeth because she was considered too pretty.
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This was young Rex Thompson's film debut as Prince Edward/King Edward VI. He turned in a truly engaging performance as the ill-fated young King of England, remarkable considering he was only eleven years old, and was not British but a native New Yorker.
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In the mid 40's, this was going to be a James Mason and Judy Garland vehicle.
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Turner Classic Movies presents this movie in actual Stereophonic Sound, although it's a bit warped at times.
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Rex Thompson and Deborah Kerr played mother and son in The King and I.
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Kathleen Byron and Deborah Kerr played look alike nuns in Black Narcissus, one virtuous, the other insane.
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