The Virgin Queen

The Virgin Queen

DVD - 2008
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Sir Walter Raleigh wants Queen Elizabeth I to give him a fleet of ships to sail and make a name for England. A young ward of the court, Beth Throgmorton, is strongly attracted to Raleigh and he returns the attraction. The Queen wants Raleigh for herself.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Jul 13, 2015

After repeatedly getting a very sorry eyeful of Miss Bette Davis as "The Virgin Queen", it sure got me to thinking that, if this particular queen really looked and carried on like this snivelling cow, then it was no wonder that she remained a virgin.

I mean, not only did Davis physically resemble that of an anaemic munchkin, but her character came across to me like some sort of reigning, male-castrating, bull-dyke who was clearly nothing but a repulsive eyesore to any sane man with eyes in his head (with, of course, the exception of that royal ass-kisser, Sir Walter Raleigh).

And, speaking about "queens" - I sure thought that most of the high-ranking dukes, lords, earls (whatever) who hung out in Elizabeth's imperial court were, without a doubt, the biggest, the snottiest, most bitchiest, back-stabbing queens imaginable. They really were.

In my opinion - 1955's "The Virgin Queen" was a very stagy and, yes, very stuffy costume drama. And, (in typical Hollywood style) it was the inaccurate retelling of history that inevitably reduced this production to the level of being a decidedly tiresome soap opera, punctuated generously by some of the most pompous, unintentionally laughable dialogue that this viewer has ever heard.

Anyway - Besides Bette Davis, this "less-than-thrilling" production also starred Richard Todd and Joan Collins.

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