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The Virgin Queen Details

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Having previously portrayed England's Queen Elizabeth I in 1939's The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, Bette Davis reprises the role in the Technicolor-and-Cinescope costumer The Virgin Queen. Harry Brown and Mindret Lord's screenplay proposes that Elizabeth's relationship with adventurer Sir Walter Raleigh (Richard Todd) was somewhat more than cordial. Raleigh is depicted as a charming opportunist, who deliberate leads the Queen on in order to further his chances of heading an expedition to the New World. Complications ensue when Sir Walter falls in love with lady-in-waiting Beth Throgmorton (Joan Collins). Not to be believed for a single moment, The Virgin Queen works well on a swashbuckler level, with Davis outacting everyone in sight-even such veteran scene-stealers as Herbert Marshall, Dan O'Herlihy, and Jay "Caligula" Robinson. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:July 22, 1955

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Charles LeMaire Best Color Costume Design 1955 Nominee

Cast

Bette Davis
as Elizabeth I
Richard Todd
as Sir Walter Raleigh
Joan Collins
as Beth Throgmorton
Jay Robinson
as Chadwick
Herbert Marshall
as Lord Leicester
Dan O'Herlihy
as Lord Derry
Robert Douglas
as Sir Christopher Hatton
Romney Brent
as French Ambassador
Marjorie Hellen
as Courtier
Barry Bernard
as Patch Eye
Robert Adler
as Postillion Rider
Noel Drayton
as Tailor
Rod Taylor
as Cpl. Gwilym
David Thursby
as Landlord
Frank Baker
as Physician
Leslie Parrish
as Anne
Ashley Cowan
as Sailor
Nelson Leigh

Crew

Henry Koster
Director
Charles Brackett
Producer
Mindret Lord
Screenwriter
Charles G. Clarke
Cinematographer
Franz Waxman
Composer (Music Score)
Lyle Wheeler
Art Director
Leland Fuller
Art Director
Walter Scott
Set Designer
Charles LeMaire
Costume Designer
Bernard Freericks
Sound/Sound Designer
Perc Westmore
Makeup
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