Not so much a swashbuckler as a costume romance, kept high-toned (not to say strangled) by its source in a Maxwell Anderson play. Dominated by historical inaccuracies and a tightly controlled performance from Davis as the waspish queen, all too conscious of her fading charms and her favourite Flynn's roguishly roving eye. Some spectacular pageantry too in what was, oddly enough, the only colour film in which Davis appeared until the '50s.
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex
Cast and crew
|Screenwriter:||Norman Reilly Raine, Aeneas Mackenzie|
Olivia de Havilland
Leo G Carroll