Review: ‘Victoria the Great’

Not cloak-and-cocked-hat historical tedium of pageantry and fancy dramatics, Victoria the Great travels a long way toward a full and clarified explanation of the most popular ruler England ever had. Her career, both public and private, is traced from 20 June 1837 when she ascended the throne, until the day of her 60th anniversary as queen, shortly before her demise.

Not cloak-and-cocked-hat historical tedium of pageantry and fancy dramatics, Victoria the Great travels a long way toward a full and clarified explanation of the most popular ruler England ever had. Her career, both public and private, is traced from 20 June 1837 when she ascended the throne, until the day of her 60th anniversary as queen, shortly before her demise.

Anna Neagle, in the title role, gives an unwavering performance throughout. Anton Walbrook as Albert, the Prince Consort, is superb.

The film wisely puts its prime focus on the private life of Victoria, her romance, marriage, and personal characteristics. Backgrounded is her public life, and her gradual rise to such high estimation of her people.

Victoria the Great is done with a lavish hand – the closing sequence is in Technicolor [shot by William V. Skall]. The tinting isn’t too good, but serves effectively as a pointer-up for the climax.

This is the very first pic made after the Crown permitted a dramatization to be presented within the Empire dealing with Victoria.

Victoria the Great

UK

Production

Imperator. Director Herbert Wilcox; Producer Herbert Wilcox; Screenplay Miles Malleson, Charles de Grandcourt; Camera Freddie Young, William V. Skall; Editor James Elmo Williams, Jill Irving; Music Anthony Collins; Art Director L.P. Williams

Crew

(B&W & Color) Extract of a review from 1937. Running time: 112 MIN.

With

Anna Neagle Anton Walbrook Walter Rilla Mary Morris H.B. Warner Felix Aylmer
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