Young Bess (1953)

The mother died under the executioner's axe; the daughter rose to become England's greatest monarch -- the brilliant and cunning Queen Elizabeth I. Jean Simmons portrays young Bess in this rich tapestry of a film that traces the tumultuous, danger-fraught years from Elizabeth's birth to her unexpected ascension to the throne at a mere 25. Charles Laughton reprises his Academy Award®-winning* role as her formidable father Henry VIII. Deborah Kerr plays her last stepmother (and Henry's last of six wives), gentle Catherine Parr. And Simmons' then real-life husband, Stewart Granger, adds heroics as Lord Admiral Thomas Seymour. In a resplendent world of adventure, romance and court intrigue, Young Bess reigns.

Directing:
  • George Sidney

Writing:
  • Jan Lustig
  • Arthur Wimperis
  • Margaret Irwin

Stars:
Release Date: 1953-05-29
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  • Country: US
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 112
Cecil Kellaway
Cecil Kellawa...
Mr. Parry
Leo G. Carroll
Leo G. Carrol...
Mr. Mums
Alan Napier
Alan Napier
Robert Tyrwhitt
Charles Laughton
Charles Laugh...
King Henry VIII
Stewart Granger
Stewart Grang...
Thomas Seymour
Jean Simmons
Jean Simmons
Young Bess (Queen Elizabeth I)
Deborah Kerr
Deborah Kerr
Catherine Parr
Kay Walsh
Kay Walsh
Mrs. Ashley
Guy Rolfe
Guy Rolfe
Ned Seymour
Kathleen Byron
Kathleen Byro...
Ann Seymour
Rex Thompson
Rex Thompson
Prince Edward / King Edward VI
Robert Arthur
Robert Arthur
Barnaby
Norma Varden
Norma Varden
Lady Tyrwhitt
Noreen Corcoran
Noreen Corcor...
Bess as a child
Ivan Triesault
Ivan Triesaul...
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