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|Sixty Years a Queen|
|Directed by||Bert Haldane|
|Distributed by||Royal Film Distributors|
The film portrays the six decade-long reign of Queen Victoria, serving as a wider depiction of the Victorian era and its leading British figures. It was based on the 1897 non-fiction work of the same title by Sir Herbert Maxwell, 7th Baronet which had been written to celebrate Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.
The film was conceived in 1912 at a meeting between G. B. Samuelson and his brother Julian Wylie. Samuelson was looking for his first film project, and later brought in Will Barker as his co-producer. The picture was largely filmed at Barker’s newly built Ealing Studios, where Barker gained a reputation for extravagant productions, often historical.
A great deal of money was invested in Sixty Years a Queen, and more than a thousand actors and extras were employed, on many locations. There was also much advance publicity. The picture was a great success at the box-offices, making the producers a profit of some £35,000.
- Blanche Forsythe as Queen Victoria (younger)
- Louie Henri as Queen Victoria (older)
- Fred Paul as Archbishop of Canterbury
- Roy Travers as Prince Albert
- Gilbert Esmond as Duke of Wellington
- E. Story Gofton as W.E. Gladstone
- Rolf Leslie as 27 Different Roles
- J. Hastings Batson
- Alfred Bailey Groves as Prince Edward
- Gabriel A. Sivan, “George Berthold Samuelson (1889–1947): Britain’s Jewish film pioneer” in Jewish Historical Studies, vol. 44 (2012) pp. 205–206
- Oakley p. 58
- Oakley, Charles. Where We Came In: Seventy Years of the British Film Industry. Routledge, 2013.