Fire Over England | 1937 | Flora Robson, Raymond Massey

Fire Over England | 1937 | Flora Robson, Raymond Massey

An entertaining English drama set in Elizabethan times. Olivier is a dashing young military man who offers to spy on the Spanish in order to get revenge for his father’s death at their hands. Naturally, women – including Queen Elizabeth, a Spanish aristocrat and a lady-in-waiting – fall head over heels in lust with him, and help him in any way they can as he heads for victory in destroying the Armada. It’s total bunkum, but done with panache and a sense of fun that is somehow infectious. At the time it was made, there was also a clear message to audiences that Britain should be worried about the build-up of Nazi power across the Channel.

production details

UK | 92 minutes | 1937

Screenplay: Clemence Dane, Sergei Nolbandov
Novel: A.E.W. Mason
Assistant Directors: Wilfred O’kelly, René Clair
Director: William K. Howard
Set Decoration: Lazare Meerson
Director Of Photography: James Wong Howe
Costume Design: René Hubert
Sound Recordist: Jack Rogerson
Editor: Jack Dennis
Production Manager: Roland Gillett
Producers: Erich Pommer, Alexander Korda
Music: Richard Addinsell
Sound Designer: A.W. Watkins

cast
Flora Robson as Queen Elizabeth I of England
Raymond Massey as King Philip II of Spain
Leslie Banks as The Earl of Leicester
Laurence Olivier as Michael Ingolby
Vivien Leigh as Cynthia
Morton Selten as Lord Burleigh
Tamara Desni as Elena
Lyn Harding as Sir Richard Ingolby
George Thirlwell as Mr. Lawrence Gregory
Henry Oscar as Spanish Ambassador
Robert Rendel as Don Miguel
Robert Newton as Don Pedro
Donald Calthrop as Don Escobal
Charles Carson as Adm. Valdez
James Mason as Hillary Vane
Howard Douglas as Lord Amberley
Cecil Mainwaring as Lord Illingworth
Francis de Wolff as Sir James Tarleton
Graham Cheswright as Mr. Joseph Maddison
A. Corney Grain as Hatton
Laurence Hanray as French Ambassador
Roy Russell as Sir Humphrey Cooper
Evelyn Ankers as Lady-in-Waiting

 

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