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Fire Over England (1937)

Queen Elizabeth is running this show. The men in her court should be thinking about how to add to the glory of the Elizabethan Age and how to foil those pesky Spanish who got far too much ... See full summary »

Director:

William K. Howard

Writers:

A.E.W. Mason (novel), Clemence Dane (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Flora Robson ... Queen Elizabeth
Raymond Massey ... Philip of Spain
Leslie Banks ... Leicester
Laurence Olivier ... Michael
Vivien Leigh ... Cynthia
Morton Selten ... Burleigh
Tamara Desni ... Elena
Lyn Harding ... Sir Richard
George Thirlwell George Thirlwell ... Gregory
Henry Oscar ... Spanish Ambassador
Robert Rendel ... Don Miguel (as Robert Rendell)
Robert Newton ... Don Pedro
Donald Calthrop ... Don Escobal
James Mason ... Vane
Charles Carson ... Adm. Valdez
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Storyline

Queen Elizabeth is running this show. The men in her court should be thinking about how to add to the glory of the Elizabethan Age and how to foil those pesky Spanish who got far too much influence in England when her older sister Mary was on the throne after their father Henry VIII was succeeded by their sickly half brother. Elizabeth thinks Michael Ingolby can do great things. Michael is mostly thinking about one of Elizabeth's ladies in waiting, Cynthia. Soon his mind is on survival when Elizabeth sends him on a voyage to Spain. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eld över England See more »

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London Film Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System Noiseless Wide Range Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

It was while screening this movie, that agent Myron Selznick saw Vivien Leigh and decided that she was Scarlett O'Hara. Coincidentally, she was in Hollywood to accompany her lover and future husband, Sir Laurence Olivier who was making Wuthering Heights (1939), and Selznick brought her down to the Gone with the Wind (1939) set, "The Burning of Atlanta", and introduced her to his brother David O. Selznick as his new Scarlett O'Hara. See more »

Goofs

Queen Elizabeth uses a small telescope to check on the progress of her fleet against the Spanish Armada (1588). The telescope was invented in 1608, five years after her death. See more »

Quotes

Spanish Ambassador: If your majesty will not hear words, we must come to cannon and see if you will hear them.
Queen Elizabeth I of England: If you use threats of that kind, I will chase you out of my kingdom.
Spanish Ambassador: But, your grace. You MUST listen.
Queen Elizabeth I of England: Must? Little man, little man, must is NOT a word to use to princes. Our council shall confer with you. Meanwhile, go home and be quiet!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: IN 1587 SPAIN POWERFUL IN THE OLD WORLD MASTER IN THE NEW

ITS KING PHILIP RULES BY FORCE AND FEAR

BUT SPANISH TYRANNY IS CHALLENGED BY THE FREE PEOPLE OF A LITTLE ISLAND

ENGLAND

EVERYWHERE ENGLISH TRADERS APPEAR ENGLISH SEAMEN THREATEN SPANISH SUPREMACY

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Connections

Featured in The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

The Spanish Lady's Love
(uncredited)
Sixteenth century English ballad by Henry Morley
Sung by Vivien Leigh
Reprised by Laurence Olivier and Tamara Desni
Reprised by Laurence Olivier at the Spanish court
Played as background music often
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Complicated for a Reason
7 December 2008 | by rsternesqSee all my reviews

This is a great movie with excellent production values, performances and exposition. These were very complicated times and neither Elizabeth nor Philip was a simple ruler. Neither was good nor bad and both were permitted by the mores of their times to be outrageous. Given that Flora Robson did not resemble Elizabeth in the slightest and was far, far younger at the time of her portrayal, she presents the great Queen as she should be portrayed except that Elizabeth was a beauty in her youth and permitted the illusion of beauty to continue long after it was lost. See it, hear it and enjoy it. It is a mountain beside the current portrayals of these people and their times as a bland pageant of farthingales.


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