- General info
Superbly scripted dramatization of the story of Lady Jane Grey, the Queen of England for 9 days in 1553. As King Henry VIII lies on his deathbed, he instructs his courtiers on the order of succession to the throne, firstly his son Edward VI, then Mary Tudor, then Elizabeth and finally Jane Grey. Those around him adhere to his wishes. But on the death of the young King Edward VI aged 15, the Duke of Somerset and the Earl of Warwick (Cedric Hardwicke) begin scheming to have their favored candidate ascend to the thrown of England.
- Nova Pilbeam, Cedric Hardwicke, John Mills, Felix Aylmer, Leslie Perrins, Frank Cellier, Desmond Tester, Gwen Ffrangcon Davies, Martita Hunt, Miles Malleson, Sybil Thorndike, Peter Croft, Albert Davies, Shaun Desmond, Edward Dignon, Roy Emerton, C.V. France, Arthur Goullet, Henry Hallett, John Laurie
- Robert Stevenson
- Michael Balcon
- Robert Stevenson, Miles Malleson
- Nine Days a Queen
- Strawberry Media
- British Films, Classics, Drama
1936 Venice Film Festival Best Cinematography
- Release Date:
- Run Time:
- 76 minutes
- DVD Regions:
- Region 2
- Aspect Ratio:
- Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
- B & W
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- Tudor Rose review by CH
Softly lit, her hair shining on the gallows while drums beat and white birds wait upon the Tower roof, Nova Pilbeam is as striking as ever she was during that all-too-brief run of films during the Thirties, one which ended with her husband's wartime death - and a retreat which lasted until her death a few years ago. Tudor Rose is not her best showing, lumbered as it is by the need to explain machinating characters as one follows another through this chunk of history, when Kings and Queens did not get to sit long upon the Throne, and a cannon marked the sound of the executioner's axe for those out of its earshot. A series of sometimes neat scenes (Henry VIII's deathbed is a corker), it lacks dramatic sweep. As indeed could be said of the mid-Eighties incarnation of this sad story: Lady Jane, with Helena Bonham-Carter.
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