The private life of Elizabeth of England

The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex) is an American film directed by Michael Curtiz , released in 1939 .


The film tells the romance between Queen Elizabeth re and Lord Essex.

Technical sheet

  • Title: The Private Life of Elizabeth of England
  • Original title: The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex
  • Director: Michael Curtiz
  • Scenario: Norman Reilly Raine , Aeneas MacKenzie , from the play Elizabeth The Queen of Maxwell Anderson
  • Dialogues: Stanley Logan
  • Production: Robert Lord , Hal B. Wallis
  • Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Photography: Sol Polito and W. Howard Greene
  • Editing: Owen Marks
  • Music: Erich Wolfgang Korngold
  • Artistic direction: Anton Grot
  • Costumes: Orry-Kelly
  • Country of origin: United States
  • Format: Technicolor
  • Genre: historical film
  • Language: English
  • Duration: 106 minutes
  • Release dates:
    •  United States  :(first in Beverly Hills , California ),  (national release)
    •  France  :


  • Bette Davis ( VF  : Lita Recio )  : Queen Elizabeth
  • Errol Flynn ( VF  : René Dary )  : Robert Devereaux, Earl of Essex
  • Olivia de Havilland ( VF  : Denise Bosc )  : Lady Penelope Gray
  • Donald Crisp ( VF  : Emile Drain )  : Francis Bacon
  • Alan Hale ( VF  : Pierre Morin )  : Hugh O’Neill, Earl of Tyrone
  • Vincent Price ( VF  : Richard Francoeur )  : Sir Walter Raleigh
  • Henry Stephenson  : Lord Burghley
  • Henry Daniell ( VF  : Abel Jacquin )  : 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
  • Guy Bellis  : Lord Charles Howard (uncredited)
  • Doris Lloyd  : a maid (uncredited)

Around the film

  • Bette Davis would have liked to have Laurence Olivier as a partner in the role of Lord Essex, stating that Errol Flynn ‘s diction did not suit the character. She says in an interview with the Washington Post in 1974  : “I was sitting on my throne and I was telling myself, every time the doors were going to open,” Oh my God! Make it Laurence Olivier! Bette was very upset during the entire shoot that her opinion was ignored. The two actors never worked together again.
  • Aged and ugly for the role of Elizabeth, Bette Davis has even shaved eyebrows and part of the skull.


”  Bette Davis , in unattractive Elizabeth, gives a composition of strength and determination against which Mr. Flynn in Essex is as lucky as a bean sprout in front of a tank … She has great difficulty saving their lives. love scenes. ” The New York Times

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