The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex

Rated NR 106 minutes 1939

Queen Elizabeth (Bette Davis) secretly loves the ambitious and courageous Earl of Essex (Errol Flynn), but at the same time she distrusts his desire for power, fearing he will exploit his political influence to her detriment. Though Essex's popularity soars when he returns victorious from a military campaign in Spain, Elizabeth instead chides him for prosecuting an unprofitable war. While the lovers quarrel, Sir Walter Raleigh (Vincent Price) schemes to bring about the downfall of Essex.

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Director: Michael Curtiz

Producer: Hal Wallis

Cast: Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Donald Crisp, Alan Hale, Vincent Price, Henry Stephenson, Nanette Fabares, Ralph Forbes, Guy Bellis, Robert Warwick, Leo Carroll, Forrester Harvey, Doris Lloyd, Maris Wrixon, Rosella Towne, John Sutton and I. Jolley

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