Victor and Hillary are down on their luck to the point that they allow tourists to take guided tours of their castle. But Charles Delacro, a millionaire oil tycoon, visits, and takes a ... See full summary »
Tom Lee is a sensitive boy of 17 whose lack of interest in the "manly" pursuits of sports, mountain climbing and girls labels him "sister-boy" at the college he is attending. Head master ... See full summary »
A business tycoon decides to wed a Middle Eastern princess whose customs dictate the pair must live apart for several months before marrying; even more complications settle in when the tycoon's ex-fiancée is assigned to chaperone the pair.
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
Turner Classic Movies presents this movie in actual Stereophonic Sound, although it's a bit warped at times. See more »
Early in the film, King Henry (Charles Laughton) is depicted as being very pleased with his toddler daughter. He reference to the young princess ads 'your future Queen Elizabeth'. In actuality, Henry's lifelong quest was for a son to succeed him. He divorced his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, because she wouldn't have a baby boy (in six tries, the only child that survived to adulthood was the future 'Bloody Mary') and he wasn't at all happy that the first child of his second wife, Anne Boleyn, was girl. If fact, the REAL reason Boleyn ended up being beheaded was because she wouldn't have a baby boy, either. Finally, wife three, Jane Seymour, had Edward, who succeed him. Then came Lady Jane Gray (only for nine days) then Mary, and finally Elizabeth. See more »
If you were queen of England, what would you do, eh? Would you give your admiral the opportunity to do great deeds?
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.
That won't be easy. We're a small country, Bess.
That can be remedied, Tom. It CAN be remedied!
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Its historical inaccuracies aside (including its scrubbed and polished depiction of a far less sanitary time, even, most probably, amidst the pomp and pageantry of the royal court), this costume romance is typical of the very carefully produced and handsomely mounted style of M-G-M in the waning days of its preeminence among the major Hollywood studios. Its well-chosen cast performs most satisfactorily under George Sidney's assured direction and the artistic and technical credits are impeccable, notably the art direction and the almost absurdly luxurious costuming. This film was nominated in the color categories for those two contributions and, most unjustly in my opinion, lost out to Twentieth's first CinemaScope blockbuster, "The Robe," in both cases. The prolific Miklos Rozsa provides one of his more sprightly scores, deftly enhancing the script's focus on the romantic entanglements of the principals. Still, enough attention is paid to the great peril of being close to the apogee of power in England at the time. Throughout a sense of dread pervades the audience's hope that Young Bess might actually survive to realize her dream of a love fulfilled.
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