Young Bess

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Young Bess ★★★½ 1953

Simmons and real-life husband Granger star in this splashy costume drama about 16th century England's young Queen. Features outstanding performances by Simmons as Elizabeth I and Laughton (repeating his most famous role) as Henry VIII. Based on the novel by Margaret Irwin. 112m/C VHS . Jean Simmons, Stewart Granger, Deborah Kerr, Charles Laughton, Kay Walsh, Guy Rolfe, Kathleen Byron, Cecil Kellaway, Rex Thompson; D: George Sidney; W: Jan Lustig, Arthur Wimperis; C: Charles Rosher; M: Miklos Rozsa.