The Virgin Queen

  • U
  • Henry Koster (1955)
  • US
  • 87 min
Film Review
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2 out of 5

Sixteen years after she played Elizabeth I in The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, Bette Davis reprised the role of the last Tudor in this colourful but rather tepid melodrama. She gets to chew a little scenery as she realises that Richard Todd's Walter Raleigh is in love with lady-in-waiting Joan Collins, but the history lesson script keeps her on a short leash. Todd comes across as a sulky boy who isn't allowed to play in the Americas rather than an ambitious man of action, and his romance with the demure Collins is soggier than a cloak over a puddle.

Plot Summary

Historical drama starring Bette Davis, Richard Todd and Joan Collins. While trying to persuade Queen Elizabeth I to support an expedition to the Americas, Walter Raleigh becomes involved with a lady-in-waiting.

Cast and crew

Cast

Queen Elizabeth I
Bette Davis
Sir Walter Raleigh
Richard Todd
Beth Throgmorton
Joan Collins
Chadwick
Jay Robinson
Lord Leicester
Herbert Marshall
Lord Derry
Dan O'Herlihy
Sir Christopher Hatton
Robert Douglas
French ambassador
Romney Brent
Anne
Leslie Parrish
Mary
Lisa Daniels

Crew

Director
Henry Koster

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Available on video and DVD
Certificate U
Categories
Drama

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