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The war between England and Spain in the late 16th century serves as backdrop for the fictional machinations of Fire Over England. Laurence Olivier plays a British naval officer who offers his services to Queen Elizabeth (Flora Robson) after his father is executed by the Spaniards. The queen dispatches Olivier to the court of Spain, there to determine which of her courtiers are actually spies for King Philip (Raymond Massey). Working under cover, Olivier learns that the Spaniards intend to send an armada to decimate the British navy. Barely escaping with his life, Olivier relays this information to his queen and also dispatches the traitors in her midst. Cast as one of Elizabeth's ladies-in-waiting, Vivien Leigh appears in the role that brought her to the attention of Gone With the Wind producer David O. Selznick. Directed by Hollywood's William K. Howard, Fire Over England was based on a novel by A.E.W. Mason of Four Feathers fame. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Flora Robson
as Elizabeth I
Raymond Massey
as Philip of Spain
Leslie Banks
as Earl of Leicester
Laurence Olivier
as Michael Ingolby
Vivien Leigh
as Cynthia
Morton Selten
as Burleigh
Lyn Harding
as Sir Richard
Henry Oscar
as Spanish Ambassador
Robert Rendel
as Don Miguel
Robert Newton
as Don Pedro
Donald Calthrop
as Don Escobal
Charles Carson
as Admiral Valdez
Herbert Lomas
as Richard Ingolby
Lawrence Hanray
as French Ambassador
Howard Douglas
as Lord Amberley
James Mason
as Hillary Vane
Evelyn Ankers
as Bit Part
Roy Russell
as Cooper


William Howard
Alexander Korda
Erich Pommer
Sergei Nolbandov
Clemence Dane
James Wong Howe
Muir Mathieson
Musical Direction/Supervision
Jack Dennis
Rene Hubert
Costume Designer
Wilkie Cooper
Camera Operator