Young Bess

Synopsis: Chronicles the life of queen Elizabeth I, before she became the queen of England. Apart from taking part in the court intrigues, she is unhappily in love with admiral Thomas Seymour, and dreams of building a navy to match the Portuguese and the Spanish.
Director(s): George Sidney
Production: MGM
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 1 nomination.
112 min

Her father, Henry VIII,

called her Young Bess.

Her mother, Anne Boleyn,

ended on the block.

Born at a time when heads fell

around her like cabbage stalks, -

- to grow up at all

was an achievement.

To grow up to greatness

was a miracle.



- Mr. Parry.

- Bills for gowns, shoes, caps!

Where's the money to come from?

No I didn't. That's all over!

Mrs. Ashley. What have you done?

Sit down and prepare yourself

for some news.

Bad news.

I've just left my Lady Elizabeth.

She received a message from London

Her stepsister, Queen Mary, is ill

- It's cruel to lose one's sister.

- You mean Bloody Mary is dying?

- She'll be dead by morning?

- Dead as a doornail.

- This means ...

- Young Bess will be queen.

Queen of England

at the age of five and twenty.

- Mrs. Ashley!

- Mr. Parry!

Do you remember the last

little drink we had together?

- Yes. It got us into trouble.

- We mustn't overdo it this time.

- Long live Young Bess.

- Long live Queen Elizabeth.

Well, when she sits on the throne,

- I can safely say ... I did it.

You're a remarkable woman.

You've been no ordinary governess.

Yours has been no easy task.

A difficult child.

All children are. Let alone a

daughter of the monster, King Henry

- And Anne Boleyn.

- A dangerous mixture.

Well, we're in harbor.

- At last.

- But it's been a stormy passage.

Like the song of the seesaw:

Here we go up, up, up

- Up to the sky so high

- Here we go down, down, down

Bumpety-bump, goodbye.

That's how it was.

To start with,

we were our father's darling.

Those were the times

when we went up, up, up.

Up, up, up in the sky.

So high.

- Look. Your future Queen Elizabeth

- Just like her father.

There's breeding for you.

No mistaking the fatherhood.

- Henry, didn't I have a hand in it

- Yes. But I gave you the idea.

Don't scowl at me like that. Why

don't you laugh like your mother?

That's the way

to win peoples' hearts.

But Anne Boleyn laughed once too

often and with the wrong people.

She took three lovers with her.

Old Harry did things in a big way.

Come, we're no longer the future

queen. The King doesn't want us.

We're a nobody.

So we were chased away from Court

to Hatfield. Without a mother.

Without a home. Old Harry took

another wife and a son was born.

He was heir to the throne.

We were declared illegitimate.

So we went down, down, down.

Bumpety-bump. Goodbye.

We'll never wear these shoes again

They're full of holes.

We have to see to it that

our new stepmother likes us, -

- our appearance,

our little ways and our manners.

Now Your Highness is back in your

father's grace. Isn't it wonderful

Your Highness!

Now listen carefully. This one is

German. Don't forget that.

After all, it's not her fault.

We can't pick and choose.

What we need is a mother.

Ist das meine liebe Tochter

Elizabeth? Komm hier, mein Kind.

Hab keine Angst, mein Liebling.

I took one look at the King's face

and knew what he was contemplating

For him a change,

for us, a ride to Hatfield.

In no time we were back to be

inspected by our fourth mother.

Don't be stubborn.

It can't hurt us to try again.

This one is said to be beautiful.

Your father is very much in love.

Come in, child.

I won't eat you.

Don't stare at me like that.

Say something.

I made you legitimate out of the

goodness of my big, fat heart.

Doctor says it will kill me one day

He's in the Tower reconsidering.

Anne Boleyn's brat, I'll put you in

the Tower if you dare defy me.

You dare. I'm beginning to like you

To my good health.

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Margaret Irwin

Margaret Emma Faith Irwin (27 March 1889 – 11 December 1967) was an English historical novelist. She also wrote a factual biography of Sir Walter Raleigh. more…

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