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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 »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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
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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

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The Love Story of a Princess See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 May 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Thronfolgerin See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,423,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Deborah Kerr (Catherine Parr) and Rex Thompson (Prince Edward) played mother and son in The King and I (1956). See more »

Goofs

The film shows Anne Boleyn lowering her head to the block to be executed as many traitors of that time were executed. Although the ax is not shown, the fact is that Anne Boleyn was executed in the "French style" - by a sword, kneeling with head erect, and not by an ax. See more »

Quotes

Thomas Seymour: If you were queen of England, what would you do, eh? Would you give your admiral the opportunity to do great deeds?
Young Bess: I'd give him the opportunities he never dared to dream about. I'd send him around the globe as the Portuguese do. I'd send him to the New World to let the Spaniards know that they are no longer masters of it.
Thomas Seymour: That won't be easy. We're a small country, Bess.
Young Bess: That can be remedied, Tom. It CAN be remedied!
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Young Bess
14 February 2005 | by janes6womackSee all my reviews

I don't expect or even want precise historicity in a costume drama, so I love this beautifully-filmed production. Did anybody else find Rex Thompson's portrayal of Edward, the little king, as remarkable as I did? Rex was only 11 at the time, and no matter how visionary the director, how plausible the writing or how facile the film editor, it takes real brilliance for a person that young to perform so believably. He perfectly reproduced Laughton's characterizations of Henry VIII in miniature, and was as matter-of-dactyl bloodthirsty as Henry ("I wish he'd die," he remarks about his "Oncle Ned," seeing nothing untoward about it). He worked again with Deborah Kerr playing Louis in "The King and I." He was "The Page" in the Hallmark Hall of Fame production of the same name in 1966, but there are no later entries about him on this site. Also, no death date, which I'm glad to see...was he one of those unfortunate child actors who was robbed blind by unscrupulous relatives/agents/investors? Did he just get sick of the grind and chuck it all? Or did he change his name and vocation? I would have liked to have seen him as an adult. He was such an appealing child!


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