The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex | Chicago Reader

The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex

Warner prestige from 1939, adapted from a Maxwell Anderson play. Bette Davis is Queen Elizabeth, steeling herself to order the execution of her lover-turned-revolutionary, Lord Essex (Errol Flynn). With Olivia de Havilland, Donald Crisp, Vincent Price, Henry Stephenson, and, so Flynn would have someone to talk to, Alan Hale. Michael Curtiz directed, in Technicolor. Also known as Elizabeth the Queen.

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