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Tudor Rose (film)

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Tudor Rose
Nova Pilbeam and John Mills
Directed byRobert Stevenson
Written byMiles Malleson (dialogue)
Robert Stevenson (screenplay)
Produced byHubert Bath
StarringCedric Hardwicke
Nova Pilbeam
CinematographyMutz Greenbaum
Edited byTerence Fisher
Music byHubert Bath (composer)
Louis Levy
(music director & additional music)
Distributed byGaumont British
Release date
  • 1 September 1936 (1936-09-01)
Running time
78 min
CountryUnited Kingdom

Tudor Rose (U.S. title: Nine Days a Queen) is a 1936 British film directed by Robert Stevenson and starring Cedric Hardwicke and Nova Pilbeam.

The film is a dramatization of Lady Jane Grey's brief reign as the queen of England. It opens with King Henry VIII on his deathbed stating the order of succession and ends with Jane's beheading. The story deviates from the historical record somewhat, including a fictional Earl of Warwick character who is similar to John Dudley, 1st Duke of Northumberland.

The title refers to the Tudor rose. The story of Lady Jane Grey was also the basis for the film Lady Jane (1986).

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Writing for The Spectator in 1936, Graham Greene offered a negative review, noting that he had "seldom listened to more inchoate rubbish than in Tudor Rose." Green described Robert Stevenson's direction as "smooth, competent, if rather banal" and criticized the film's historicity, dialogue, writing and scenes. Greene wrote: "There is not a character, not an incident in which history has not been altered for the cheapest of reasons," concluding that the historical-drama genre had reached "the Dark Age of scholarship and civilization."[1]

The film was voted the second best British picture of 1936 by readers of Film Weekly magazine, trailing only The Ghost Goes West. Nova Pilbeam won the magazine's Best Acting award, besting Robert Donat for his performance in The Ghost Goes West.[2]


  1. ^ Greene, Graham (8 May 1936). "Anne-Marie/Tudor Rose". The Spectator. (reprinted in: Taylor, John Russell, ed. (1980). The Pleasure Dome. pp. 73–74. ISBN 0192812866.)
  2. ^ "BEST FILM PERFORMANCE LAST YEAR". The Examiner. Launceston, Tasmania. 9 July 1937. p. 8 Edition: LATE NEWS EDITION and DAILY. Retrieved 4 March 2013 – via National Library of Australia.

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