The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex,
Warner Brothers, 1939
Based on the play Elizabeth the Queen, Bette played Queen Elizabeth I to Errol Flynn's rendition of the Earl of Essex. Full of colorful scenery and costarring Olivia DeHavilland, Bette was at her feisty best. She never felt that Flynn was much of an actor. She would have preferred Laurence Olivier to play the part of Essex, but she certainly appreciated Flynn's good looks. I totally agree with her and found the chemistry between the two very watchable. Elizabeth I of England is my favorite historical person and although, as Hollywood often does oftentimes with history, the facts are left at the door, Bette's characterization of Elizabeth is worth seeing. Also, she reprised her portrayal of Elizabeth in the 1955, in The Virgin Queen and seemed just as interesting with Sir Walter Raleigh was her love interest.
The cast included:
- Bette Davis ... Queen Elizabeth I
- Errol Flynn ... Earl of Essex
- Olivia de Havilland ... Lady Penelope Gray
- Donald Crisp ... Francis Bacon
- Alan Hale ... Earl of Tyrone
- Vincent Price ... Sir Walter Raleigh
- Henry Stephenson ... Lord Burghley
- Henry Daniell ... Sir Robert Cecil
- James Stephenson ... Sir Thomas Egerton
- Nanette Fabray ... Margaret Radcliffe
- Ralph Forbes ... Lord Knollys
- Robert Warwick ... Lord Mountjoy
- Leo G. Carroll ... Sir Edward Coke
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