6.7/10
1,353
24 user 4 critic

Young Bess (1953)

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

Director:

George Sidney

Writers:

Margaret Irwin (based on the novel by), Jan Lustig | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Simmons ... Young Bess (Queen Elizabeth I)
Stewart Granger ... Thomas Seymour
Deborah Kerr ... Catherine Parr
Charles Laughton ... King Henry VIII
Kay Walsh ... Mrs. Ashley
Guy Rolfe ... Ned Seymour
Kathleen Byron ... Ann Seymour
Cecil Kellaway ... Mr. Parry
Rex Thompson ... Prince Edward / King Edward VI
Robert Arthur ... Barnaby
Leo G. Carroll ... Mr. Mums
Norma Varden ... Lady Tyrwhitt
Alan Napier ... Robert Tyrwhitt
Noreen Corcoran ... Bess as a child
Ivan Triesault ... Danish Envoy
Learn more

More Like This 

Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

In the South Pacific islands, two brothers, one good and one bad, fight over the same girl and over a bag of pearls.

Director: Richard Thorpe
Stars: Robert Taylor, Stewart Granger, Ann Blyth
The Actress (1953)
Certificate: Passed Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

This is an account of the real life experience of actress/playwrite Ruth Gordon.

Director: George Cukor
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Jean Simmons, Teresa Wright
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An Englishman vacationing in a Ruritarian kingdom is recruited to impersonate his cousin, the soon-to-be-crowned king when the monarch is drugged and kidnapped.

Director: Richard Thorpe
Stars: Stewart Granger, Deborah Kerr, Louis Calhern
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A depiction of the love/hate relationship between Queen Elizabeth I and Robert Devereux, the Earl of Essex.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

At the height of the Roman Civil War, a young Cleopatra (Vivien Leigh) meets a middle-aged Julius Caesar (Claude Rains), who teaches her how to rule Egypt.

Director: Gabriel Pascal
Stars: Claude Rains, Vivien Leigh, Stewart Granger
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Charlie Reader is a successful theater agent. He is also successful with young ladies. One day he is visited by his old friend Joe, married with three children. Joe falls in love with ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Walters
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Debbie Reynolds, David Wayne
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An Irish maid falls for the son of her wealthy boss, though their disapproving fathers and a bitter strike at the steel mill complicates matters.

Director: Tay Garnett
Stars: Greer Garson, Gregory Peck, Donald Crisp
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Trials and tribulations beset the one hundred odd settlers that journey to Virginia in 1620 including unexpectedly arriving in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Gene Tierney, Van Johnson
Dream Wife (1953)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A business tycoon decides to wed a Middle Eastern princess whose customs dictate the pair must live apart for several months before marrying; even more complications settle in when the tycoon's ex-fiancée is assigned to chaperone the pair.

Director: Sidney Sheldon
Stars: Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Walter Pidgeon
Trio (1950)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Three short stories by W. Somerset Maugham, "The Verger", "Mr. Know-All", and "The Sanatorium" are introduced by the author.

Directors: Ken Annakin, Harold French
Stars: James Hayter, Kathleen Harrison, Felix Aylmer
Lady Be Good (1941)
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Songwriters Dixie Donegan and Eddie Crane are still in love after their divorce. Dixie's friend Marilyn Marsh tries to convince them to marry again, but this isn't that easy.

Directors: Norman Z. McLeod, Busby Berkeley
Stars: Eleanor Powell, Ann Sothern, Robert Young
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Tom Lee is a sensitive boy of 17 whose lack of interest in the "manly" pursuits of sports, mountain climbing and girls labels him "sister-boy" at the college he is attending. Head master ... See full summary »

Director: Vincente Minnelli
Stars: Deborah Kerr, John Kerr, Leif Erickson

Photos

Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A Great and Spectacular Drama! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

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

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]
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Kiss Me Kate (1953) See more »

User Reviews

Hollywood gloss triumphs - as usual.
1 February 2005 | by gregcoutureSee all my reviews

Its historical inaccuracies aside (including its scrubbed and polished depiction of a far less sanitary time, even, most probably, amidst the pomp and pageantry of the royal court), this costume romance is typical of the very carefully produced and handsomely mounted style of M-G-M in the waning days of its preeminence among the major Hollywood studios. Its well-chosen cast performs most satisfactorily under George Sidney's assured direction and the artistic and technical credits are impeccable, notably the art direction and the almost absurdly luxurious costuming. This film was nominated in the color categories for those two contributions and, most unjustly in my opinion, lost out to Twentieth's first CinemaScope blockbuster, "The Robe," in both cases. The prolific Miklos Rozsa provides one of his more sprightly scores, deftly enhancing the script's focus on the romantic entanglements of the principals. Still, enough attention is paid to the great peril of being close to the apogee of power in England at the time. Throughout a sense of dread pervades the audience's hope that Young Bess might actually survive to realize her dream of a love fulfilled.


6 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 24 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 May 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Young Bess See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$2,423,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed