This lavish but talky 17th-century extravaganza proved to be a showy vehicle for Davis. Flynn, much to his chagrin, was used as a handsome prop and his experience with his fiery costar did little to enhance his reputation. This romantic fantasy, which has little to do with history,
begins as the Earl of Essex (Flynn) triumphantly enters London after conquering Cadiz. The public adores Essex, but Queen Elizabeth (Davis), fearful of her lover's growing power, humiliates Essex before the court. Not only has Essex failed to bring her the riches of Spain, Elizabeth announces, but
he has allowed the Spanish to sink England's treasure ships and deprive the nation of much-...