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Young Bess (1953)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Romance | 29 May 1953 (USA)
The early life of Elizabeth I, from her childhood until her accession to the throne of England in 1558.

Director:

George Sidney

Writers:

Margaret Irwin (based on the novel by), Jan Lustig | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Simmons ... Young Bess (Queen Elizabeth I)
Stewart Granger ... Thomas Seymour
Deborah Kerr ... Catherine Parr
Charles Laughton ... King Henry VIII
Kay Walsh ... Mrs. Ashley
Guy Rolfe ... Ned Seymour
Kathleen Byron ... Ann Seymour
Cecil Kellaway ... Mr. Parry
Rex Thompson ... Prince Edward / King Edward VI
Robert Arthur ... Barnaby
Leo G. Carroll ... Mr. Mums
Norma Varden ... Lady Tyrwhitt
Alan Napier ... Robert Tyrwhitt
Noreen Corcoran ... Bess as a child
Ivan Triesault ... Danish Envoy
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Storyline

Chronicles the life of queen Elizabeth I, before she became the queen of England. Apart from taking part in the court intrigues, she is unhappily in love with admiral Thomas Seymour, and dreams of building a navy to match the Portuguese and the Spanish. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 May 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Young Bess See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,423,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the mid 40's, this was going to be a James Mason and Judy Garland vehicle. See more »

Goofs

In the film, young Bess is mostly referred to as "Princess Elizabeth". In history, Elizabeth was denied that title from the age of three. Her father Henry VIII declared his marriage to Anne Boleyn invalid before her execution for treason, thus Elizabeth was declared illegitimate and only to be called "Lady Elizabeth". See more »

Quotes

Thomas Seymour: If you were queen of England, what would you do, eh? Would you give your admiral the opportunity to do great deeds?
Young Bess: I'd give him the opportunities he never dared to dream about. I'd send him around the globe as the Portuguese do. I'd send him to the New World to let the Spaniards know that they are no longer masters of it.
Thomas Seymour: That won't be easy. We're a small country, Bess.
Young Bess: That can be remedied, Tom. It CAN be remedied!
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Referenced in Kiss Me Kate (1953) See more »

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a great love story.
16 April 2004 | by mvfeverSee all my reviews

Never mind about the historical accuracy, the movie is very enjoyable as a great love story. It is well written and elegantly portrayed by a good assemble of actors. Simmons is excellent as Young Bess, a smart and strong minded princess growing from adolescence into young womanhood, falling for a much older heroic Admiral, attracting his love from his beautiful and tender loving wife. Granger is a great match as Simmon's lover, the arrogant adventurous war hero, also the loving husband of the more classical beauty Kerr. The love triangle between the three is convincing and moving, and its tragic end is heart broken.

The costume is wonderful, especially of Granger's.


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