Friday, September 22, 2017

Young Bess (1953)

Director: George Sidney

Writers: Margaret Irwin, Jan Lustig, Arthur Wimperis

Composer: Miklos Rozsa

Starring: Jean Simmons, Stewart Granger, Deborah Kerr, Charles Laughton, Kay Walsh, Guy Rolfe, Kathleen Byron, Cecil Kellaway, Rex Thompson, Robert Arthur, Leo G. Carroll, Norma Varden, Alan Napier

More info: IMDb

Tagline: A Great and Spectacular Drama!

Plot: The early life of Elizabeth I, from her childhood until her accession to the throne of England in 1558.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again?  Maybe.

You can guess by the title that this is all about Bess (Simmons).  But that doesn't mean you can't have fun.  There are some great bits of dialogue that come from her mouth.  She's got a sharp tongue, that young Bess.  There's also the dashing and equally well-spoken Thomas Seymour (Granger).  He's great, too.  And don't forget the great Charles Laughton as King Henry VIII.  Ooh, it gets nasty when Guy Rolfe shows up as Thomas' brother, Ned.  Boo!  Hiss!  Miklos Rozsa once again pulls a great score out of the ether and elevates the majesty of the film's subject.  It's by no means a happy and cheerful film (although I did chuckle a few times at some very choice dialogue and dark humor) but it is interesting.  Between the cast, music, set design, costumes, dialogue, etc., I found it a very nice distraction for a couple of hours.

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