Tudor Rose (April 1, 1936)
Released on April 1, 1936: Lady Jane Grey, a teenage girl from the England countryside becomes Queen of England for nine days.
Produced by Michael Balcon
Directed by Robert Stevenson
Written by Robert Stevenson and Miles Malleson
The Actors: Cedric Hardwicke (Earl of Warwick), John Mills (Lord Guilford Dudley), Felix Aylmer (Edward Seymour), Gwen Ffrangcon Davies (Mary Tudor), Leslie Perrins (Thomas Seymour), Frank Cellier (Henry VIII), Desmond Tester (Edward VI), Martita Hunt (Jane's mother), Miles Malleson (Jane's father), Sybil Thorndike (Ellen), Nova Pilbeam (Lady Jane Grey), Peter Croft (confidant of Thomas Seymour), Albert Davies (Barnaby Fitzpatrick), Shaun Desmond (unknown), Edward Dignon (unknown), Roy Emerton (Squire), C.V. France (clergyman at execution), Arthur Goullet (Sir John Gates), Henry Hallett (unknown), John Laurie (John Knox), Eugene Leahy (unknown), Fewlass Llewellyn (unknown), Cicely Paget-Bowman (courtier), John Singer (young boy), John Turnbull (Arundel)
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A Holiday from Manners . . .
My father was of Swiss heritage and my mother was of German heritage, but my knowledge of history is from an American viewpoint, and I sadly know little about the history of other nations. As I began watching this movie I was thinking that the Royal history of England is probably very dull stuff, and this story would be about as much fun as watching paint dry on a warm summer day . . . . . Wow . . . . . Those British Monarchs come from very exciting and dangerous ancestors . . . . As I write this America is once again starting the long process of selecting our next President . . . . and with my tongue firmly in cheek I admit that our process of selecting the leader of our nation is a full-contact, take-no-prisoners kind of race for the White House . . . . But not so long ago in Britain the path to the throne was truly deadly, and truly makes our Presidential selection process look like child's play. King Henry the 8th is near death, and it is his duty to declare who will succeed him. . . . . . In those days in England King Henry's choice for who will succeed him is almost like a stop sign at the corner of a busy street in America – it is often little more than a suggestion . . . . . So Henry declares that Edward should be the next King . . . . And if he is not available it should be Mary Tudor . . . . And if Mary is not available it should be Elizabeth . . . . . And if Elizabeth is not available it should be Jane . . . . And if his dying wishes are not obeyed, may a curse fall upon the one who disobeys and may their head be cut off and displayed on the gate of London Bridge . . . . How many heads do you think we will see hung on London Bridge? How many traitors will we watch trying to manipulate the four people in that list of succession? Of course it will come down to the ladies . . . . Lady Jane Grey, played by Nova Pilbeam, and Mary Tudor, played by Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies. The men who want the power to rule England will manipulate, plot, deceive and murder in an attempt to control the Tudor Rose. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Cedric Hardwicke and Felix Aylmer
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Martita Hunt and Miles Malleson
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