Directed by William K. Howard • 1937 • United Kingdom
Starring Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh, Flora Robson
The leading couple of the British stage and screen—Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh—were first paired together in this sumptuous historical romance produced by Alexander Korda and gorgeously lensed by the great cinematographer James Wong Howe. During the reign of Queen Elizabeth I (a scene-stealing Flora Robson), a young British naval officer (Olivier) discovers the Spanish plot to launch the Armada against England. His bravery wins him the love of the Queen’s lady-in-waiting (Leigh in the role that led to her casting in GONE WITH THE WIND)—but before they can be together, he must lead the British fleet into battle.