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The Virgin Queen (1955)

Approved | | Drama, History, Romance | 22 July 1955 (USA)
Sir Walter Raleigh overcomes court intrigue to win favor with the Queen in order to get financing for a proposed voyage to the New World.

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Sir Walter Raleigh gains audience with Queen Elizabeth I and soon wins her over to his way of thinking. He wants ships to sail and make a name for England. A young ward of the court, Beth Throgmorton, is strongly attracted to Raleigh and returns the attraction. But soon the Queen shows her desires and he bends in order to achieve his goal of ships. But still he loves Beth. Written by McGinty <McGinty@aol.com>

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Burt Lancaster was originally pursued to play Sir Walter Raleigh. See more »

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At the concluding scene of the movie, Queen Elizabeth looks through her window with a telescope, an invention of 1608, five years after her death in 1603. See more »

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[the Queen enters as Raleigh is on his knees trying to pick up Beth Throgmorton's broken pearl necklace]
Queen Elizabeth I: [to Beth] Is this your pet swine? You've cast your pearls before him.
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Opening credits prologue: In 1581 all the roads of England led to London -- for better or worse. See more »

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"All Devils Do Not Dwell In The Darkness" (Movie Quote)
12 July 2015 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

After repeatedly getting a very sorry eyeful of Miss Bette Davis as "The Virgin Queen", it sure got me to thinking that, if this particular queen really looked and carried on like this snivelling cow, then it was no wonder that she remained a virgin.

I mean, not only did Davis physically resemble that of an anaemic munchkin, but her character came across to me like some sort of reigning, male-castrating, bull-dyke who was clearly nothing but a repulsive eyesore to any sane man with eyes in his head (with, of course, the exception of that royal ass-kisser, Sir Walter Raleigh).

And, speaking about "queens" - I sure thought that most of the high-ranking dukes, lords, earls (whatever) who hung out in Elizabeth's imperial court were, without a doubt, the biggest, the snottiest, most bitchiest, back-stabbing queens imaginable. They really were.

In my opinion - 1955's "The Virgin Queen" was a very stagy and, yes, very stuffy costume drama. And, (in typical Hollywood style) it was the inaccurate retelling of history that inevitably reduced this production to the level of being a decidedly tiresome soap opera, punctuated generously by some of the most pompous, unintentionally laughable dialogue that this viewer has ever heard.

Anyway - Besides Bette Davis, this "less-than-thrilling" production also starred Richard Todd and Joan Collins.


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