Drake of England
|Drake of England|
|Directed by||Arthur B. Woods|
|Produced by||Walter C. Mycroft|
Louis N. Parker (play) |
Matheson Lang |
G.H. Clutsam |
Claude Friese-Greene |
|Edited by||Edward B. Jarvis|
|Distributed by||Wardour Films|
|16 May 1935|
Drake of England is a 1935 British drama film directed by Arthur B. Woods and starring Matheson Lang, Athene Seyler and Jane Baxter. It depicts the life of Francis Drake and the events leading up to the defeat of the Armada in 1588.
The film was made at Elstree Studios, as part of the boom in historical films that followed the global success of The Private Life of Henry VIII. The film was based on the play of the same title by Louis N. Parker. The art direction was by Duncan Sutherland who designed the film's sets. It was given an American release in 1936, when it was distributed by Grand National Pictures.
- Matheson Lang as Francis Drake
- Athene Seyler as Queen Elizabeth I
- Jane Baxter as Elizabeth Sydenham
- Henry Mollison as John Doughty
- Ben Webster as Lord Burghley
- Donald Wolfit as Thomas Doughty
- George Merritt as Tom Moone
- Amy Veness as Mother Moone
- Allan Jeayes as Don Bernardino
- Gibb McLaughlin as Don Enriquez
- Helen Haye as Lady Lennox
- Moore Marriott as Bright
- Low, Rachael. Filmmaking in 1930s Britain. George Allen & Unwin, 1985.
- Richards, Jeffrey. The Age of the Dream Palace: Cinema and Society in 1930s Britain. I.B. Tauris, 2010.
- Wood, Linda. British Films, 1927–1939. British Film Institute, 1986.
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