U certificateThe Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex is a Film programme that first aired in 1939 and has been classified a U certificate.

The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex is a 3 star programme

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The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)

Directed by
Michael Curtiz

Nominated for five Osacrs, Michael Curtiz's lush historical drama stars Bette Davis as Queen Elizabeth I, with Errol Flynn as one of her favourites, the Earl of Essex. She is infatuated with him but is also aware he has designs on her throne. Essex, while not immune to her charms, has a roving eye which encourages Lady Penelope Gray, only for her hopes to be dashed. Donald Crisp plays Francis Bacon, friend to both the Queen and the Earl while among those plotting Essex's downfall are Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir Robert Cecil.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 105 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 1939

3/5 Stars

Classification: U Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Colour


Bette Davis...Queen Elizabeth I
Errol Flynn...Robert Devereux Earl of Essex
Image for Olivia de HavillandOlivia de Havilland...Lady Penelope Gray
Donald Crisp...Francis Bacon
Alan Hale Jr....Hugh O'Neill Earl of Tyrone
Image for Vincent PriceVincent Price...Sir Walter Raleigh
Henry Stephenson...Lord Burghley
Henry Daniell...Sir Robert Cecil
James Stephenson...Sir Thomas Egerton
Nanette Fabray...Mistress Margaret Radcliffe
Ralph Forbes...Lord Knollys
Robert Warwick...Lord Mountjoy
Leo G. Carroll...Sir Edward Coke