The Invincible Armada

The Armada ( Fire Over England ) is a British film of William K. Howard released in 1937 . Adapted from a novel by AEW Mason , this work brings together for the first time on the screen the couple Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh , who remained famous in the history of British cinema. Actor James Mason , who nevertheless plays a significant role in the plot of the film, is not credited to the credits.

The title refers to the Invincible Armada , in 1588 .


Under the reign of Elizabeth I , the British annihilate the Spanish fleet.

Technical sheet

  • Title: The Invincible Armada
  • Original title: Fire Over England
  • Director: William K. Howard
  • Writers: AEW Mason (novel), Clemence Dane and Sergei Nolbandov
  • Production: Erich Pommer and Alexander Korda for London Film Productions
  • Photo: James Wong Howe , assisted by Wilkie Cooper (cameraman)
  • Editing: Jack Dennis
  • Music: Richard Addinsell
  • Set decorator: Lazare Meerson
  • Costumes: René Hubert
  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Format: Black and White – 35mm – 1.37: 1 – Sound: Mono (Western Electric Wide Range Noiseless Recording)
  • Genre: Historical Adventure, Historical Movie
  • Duration: 92 minutes
  • Release dates: United States  : (first in Los Angeles ),(national exit); United Kingdom  : (first in Los Angeles )


  • Flora Robson  : Queen Elizabeth I re England
  • Raymond Massey  : Philip II of Spain
  • Leslie Banks  : ‘Robin’, the Earl of Leicester
  • Laurence Olivier  : Michael Ingolby
  • Vivien Leigh  : Cynthia
  • Morton Selten  : Lord Burleigh
  • Tamara Desni  : Elena
  • Lyn Harding  : Sir Richard Ingolby
  • George Thirlwell  : Mr. Lawrence Gregory
  • Henry Oscar  : The Spanish ambassador
  • Robert Rendel  : Don Miguel
  • Robert Newton  : Don Pedro
  • Donald Calthrop  : Don Escobal
  • Charles Carson: Admiral Valdez
  • Francis De Wolff  : Sir James Tarleton
  • James Mason : Hillary Vane (uncredited in the credits: error: he is credited to the credits and to the final cast)

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