The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex

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Betty Davis plays Queen Elizabeth the 1st, and Errol Flynn is Robert Devereaux, the Earl of Essex…and the fur flies…

Actually, this is pretty darn good. It’s taken from a play, so the dialogue is great…and there are many good actors as well as a good solid script: Olivia De Havilland as the Other Woman, the ubiquitous Alan Hale, and a very young Vincent Price as Sir Walter Raleigh. Not to mention a small part for Nanette Fabray as well.

Flynn was a serious honey from 1935 to 1945 (and his best movies were made during this ten years), and this is no exception…he and Bette Davis chew scenery in a way that is a delight to behold.

I’m probably showing my age, but this was the first time I had seen it in color; when I was a young otter and used to catch this on television (usually at 2 am), I was watching a black and white set. Do they even SELL black and white television sets any more? Oh, and it had TUBES…nuf sed.

Anyway, catch this one if you can, it’s worth it.

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