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Fire Over England (1937)

Queen Elizabeth is running this show. The men in her court should be thinking about how to add to the glory of the Elizabethan Age and how to foil those pesky Spanish who got far too much ... See full summary »

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William K. Howard

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A.E.W. Mason (novel), Clemence Dane (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Flora Robson ... Queen Elizabeth
Raymond Massey ... Philip of Spain
Leslie Banks ... Leicester
Laurence Olivier ... Michael
Vivien Leigh ... Cynthia
Morton Selten ... Burleigh
Tamara Desni ... Elena
Lyn Harding ... Sir Richard
George Thirlwell George Thirlwell ... Gregory
Henry Oscar ... Spanish Ambassador
Robert Rendel ... Don Miguel (as Robert Rendell)
Robert Newton ... Don Pedro
Donald Calthrop ... Don Escobal
James Mason ... Vane
Charles Carson ... Adm. Valdez
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Storyline

Queen Elizabeth is running this show. The men in her court should be thinking about how to add to the glory of the Elizabethan Age and how to foil those pesky Spanish who got far too much influence in England when her older sister Mary was on the throne after their father Henry VIII was succeeded by their sickly half brother. Elizabeth thinks Michael Ingolby can do great things. Michael is mostly thinking about one of Elizabeth's ladies in waiting, Cynthia. Soon his mind is on survival when Elizabeth sends him on a voyage to Spain. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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. . . A truly brilliant producer brings you a thrilling tale of love and danger that will live in your memory as long as there is romance in your heart !


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eld över England See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System Noiseless Wide Range Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This is the first of three films that paired Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh. The other two are 21 Days Together (1940) and That Hamilton Woman (1941). See more »

Goofs

Cynthia is admonished by the Queen when she tries to fit the Queen's foot into the wrong shoe. Shoes made for the left foot and the right foot were not introduced in England until the 1860's. See more »

Quotes

Don Pedro: You see, Elena, the whole trouble comes from treating your enemies like human beings. Don't you see, my dear, that if you do that they cease to be enemies. Think what that leads to: the end of patriotism; the end of war; it's the end of everything."
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: IN 1587 SPAIN POWERFUL IN THE OLD WORLD MASTER IN THE NEW

ITS KING PHILIP RULES BY FORCE AND FEAR

BUT SPANISH TYRANNY IS CHALLENGED BY THE FREE PEOPLE OF A LITTLE ISLAND

ENGLAND

EVERYWHERE ENGLISH TRADERS APPEAR ENGLISH SEAMEN THREATEN SPANISH SUPREMACY

A WOMAN GUIDES AND INSPIRES THEM ELIZABETH THE QUEEN. See more »

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Featured in In Search of Shakespeare (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

O Magnum Mysterium
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Composed by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Sung by unseen chorus at the Spanish court
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Classy Film
22 November 2005 | by wright7700See all my reviews

Even considering the 1937 production here, this is a classy effort on every front: acting, sets, script, plot, historical accuracy, etc.

My major reason for seeking out this film was a compilation of the works for the incomparable Vivien Leigh. While she is stunning here, adding her usual vitality to any of her roles, there are many other strengths to admire in "Fire Over England." This is certainly the best of her early works with Laurence Olivier.

The film only runs about 90 minutes but moves quickly with a plot that makes perfect sense. The whole production is quite believable, and Olivier is stronger here than in "That Hamilton Woman." Flora Robson steals the show. Her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth I reveals a complex woman with a big heart. She is brilliant, wise, cunning, ruthless, and forgiving all in one package. These terms describe both Robson and the Monarch she played.

Go out and get this one. You will be glad you did.


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