The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex

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.

Release details

Duration: 106 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Michael Curtiz
Screenwriter: Norman Reilly Raine, Aeneas Mackenzie
Cast: Bette Davis
Errol Flynn
Olivia de Havilland
Donald Crisp
Vincent Price
Henry Daniell
Nanette Fabray
Alan Hale
Robert Warwick
Leo G Carroll
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