The Virgin Queen


(out of 5)

 played Queen Elizabeth I twice in her career, first in The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex and then again sixteen years later in this costume soaper. While Essex was a much better film, this one gives Davis a better role. Elizabeth’s affair with Sir Walter Raleigh is the central concern of the plot, but it’s not a very rich one and leaves all the plush furniture and giant, billowy costumes to do all the talking. Handsomely produced, and featuring a supporting performance by a painfully young , but unimpressive otherwise.

USA, 1955

Directed by Henry Koster

Screenplay by , , based on the story Sir Walter Raleigh by Harry Brown

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by ,

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1955



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