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Elizabeth the Queen

The Screen Guild Players

Elizabeth the Queen

Oct 20 1947



CAST:

ROY, announcer

CHANDLER, announcer

VOICE

and a VOCAL QUARTET, which sings


ELIZABETH

ESSEX

PENELOPE

RALEIGH

CECIL

MARVEL

MAN-AT-ARMS

ARMIN, a.k.a. CAPTAIN OF THE GUARD

HERALD

A GUARDSMAN

LORD CHIEF JUSTICE

plus various VOICES




ROY: (COLD) From Hollywood, Camel Cigarettes present --- The Screen Guild Players. 


MUSIC: SYMPHONIC CAMEL THEME FULL...FADES AND CONTINUES UNDER:


ROY: Our stars -- Bette Davis and Brian Aherne. 

Our play -- "Elizabeth the Queen." 

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VOCAL: C-A-M-E-L-S


MUSIC: SHOW THEME (FADE FOR)


ROY: And now Camel Cigarettes present the Screen Guild Players in Maxwell Anderson's famous play "Elizabeth The Queen" starring Bette Davis as Elizabeth and Brian Aherne as Essex. 


The Camel Screen Guild Players in "Elizabeth the Queen". 


MUSIC: PLAY THEME (FADE)


ANNCR: The year is 1598. Elizabeth of England has already been forty years a queen. And jealous voices in her court hold secret council. (MUSIC OUT


RALEIGH: It's happened, Sir Robert. Lord Essex has returned to the palace. 


CECIL: Sir Walter, he must not see the Queen. 


RALEIGH: He has. Their quarrel's made up. My lord is more than ever now the favorite. 


CECIL: In truth, my friend, I can no longer stomach Lord Essex. 


RALEIGH: Then why put up with him? 


CECIL: The Queen, my friend. What Elizabeth wants, Elizabeth will have. And she must have her Essex. 


RALEIGH: If we could find some way -- some means to separate those two --  


CECIL: (SLYLY) Has it ever occurred to you that if he could be sent from England, there might be a chance to come between them? 


RALEIGH: Would she let him go?


CECIL: No, but if in the Council he could be teased and stung about his generalship till he was too angry to reflect -- what say you to that? 


RALEIGH: (SOFTLY) By the ten thousand holy names, I like it much.


CECIL: In the Council, then...


MUSIC: (BRIDGE


PENELOPE: (FADING IN) Your Majesty, The Earl of Essex.


ELIZABETH: Admit his lordship, Penelope, then leave us. 


PENELOPE: (FADING SOMEWHAT) The Queen will see you now, my Lord. 


SOUND: FOOTSTEPS COMING IN, DOOR BEING CLOSED 


ESSEX: Your Majesty. 


ELIZABETH: I had hardly hoped to see you again, My Lord of Essex, after what was vowed forever when you left. 


ESSEX: You are unkind to remind me. 


ELIZABETH: I think I also used the word forever, and meant it as much, at least -- therefore, no apology. 


ESSEX: Why did you plague me without a word? 


ELIZABETH: Why did you not come? 


ESSEX: You are a queen, my queen. You had proscribed me -- let it be known I would not be admitted if I came. 


ELIZABETH: I may have meant it at the time. 


ESSEX: I think I have a demon and you are it. 


ELIZABETH: If ever a mocking devil tortured a woman, you are my devil and torture me. Oh, how I curse you sometimes!


ESSEX: Curse me? Why? 


ELIZABETH: Because I must love you and cannot help myself. Why have you done this to me? 


ESSEX: You have done this to me! You have made life empty away from you. 


ELIZABETH: You only want my favor. 


ESSEX: I never yet loved or hated for policy or purpose. Oh, you are a witch and have a witch's brain. I love you, I fear you, I hate you, I adore you. 


ELIZABETH: Oh, Essex, you are young and strangely winning and strangely sweet. My heart goes out to you wherever you are. And something in me has drawn you. 


ESSEX: Oh, my Queen.


ELIZABETH: But this same thing that draws us together hurts and blinds us until we strike at one another. This has gone on a long while. It grows worse with the years. It will end badly. 


ESSEX: If you would sometimes heed me. 


ELIZABETH: But you were wrong. A new campaign into Spain is pure madness. 


ESSEX: Think of the name you will leave.


ELIZABETH: Is it my fame you think of, my lord, or your own? Have you not built your name high enough? Now there is no name in all England like yours. When we ride in the streets it is Essex they cheer and not their Queen. What more would you have? 


ESSEX: Is it for this hollow cheering you hold me back from Spain? 


ELIZABETH: It's because I believe in peace and have no faith in wars, or what wars win.


ESSEX: You don't fear me? 


ELIZABETH: Aye, I fear you too. You believe yourself fitter to be king than I to be queen! You are flattered by this crying of your name by fools. You believe you'd rule England better because you are a man.


ESSEX: That last is true, because I love you and I see wherein you fail. It is because you cannot think and act like a man. 


ELIZABETH: Think and act like a man? Why should I? Oh, Essex, let us not quarrel.


ESSEX: Quarrel or no, all that matters is that we be together. 


ELIZABETH: Love, will you let me say one thing more that will hurt you? 


ESSEX: Anything. 


ELIZABETH: Your blood's on fire to lead a new command. Today in the council we shall hear about Ireland if Cecil has his way. You must not go to Ireland. 


ESSEX: No. That's a war I am content to miss. 


ELIZABETH: Thank God for that. Now what can come between us?


ESSEX: Nothing. Nothing out of heaven or hell.


MUSIC: (BRIDGE


AD LIB VOICES


CECIL: This rebellion is spreading north and south, your Majesty. We must conquer Ireland finally now or lose the island.


ELIZABETH: This means, men, money, ships? 


CECIL: And more than that, your Majesty -- a leader.


ELIZABETH: What leader? 


CECIL: A Lord Protector, the best we have.


ELIZABETH: Name one, Sir Robert. 


CECIL: Sir Walter, I hope I betray no secret, if I tell the Council that I spoke to you before the session, and asked if you would go into Ireland, if the Queen requested it. 


RALEIGH: I would go should the Queen desire it.


CECIL: But I believe, your Majesty, and Sir Walter believes, there should be more than one hand in this -- that if he goes, Lord Essex should go with him.


ESSEX: I go in what capacity? 


CECIL: Leading an equal command. Two generals of coeval power, landing north and south and meeting to crush Tyrone. 


ESSEX: Would you set up two Lord Protectors in Ireland? 


CECIL: (BLANDLY) It was my thought that we name Sir Walter as Lord Protector. 


ESSEX: Am I under him? This is deliberate, an insult planned! 


CECIL: I speak for the good of the state, my Lord. 


ELIZABETH: Then let Sir Walter go alone. 


CECIL: As the Queen wishes. It is a task both difficult and dangerous. I cannot blame Lord Essex for refusing to risk his fame there. 


ESSEX: (RAGING) What is this that hangs over Ireland? Is it haunted, this Ireland? If I am challenged to go to Ireland, then I'll go! 


ELIZABETH: My lord-- ! 


ESSEX: They have challenged me. I must go! 


ELIZABETH: (WITH A SIGH) Very well, if you volunteer to go to Ireland, there is none to stop you. Break up the Council, my lords. We meet tomorrow. Lord Essex will go to Ireland. 


AD LIBS: (FADING) YOUR MAJESTY, ETC. 


SOUND: DOOR CLOSES OFF


ELIZABETH: You should have had the court fool's brain and the fool yours! You would have bettered by the exchange. 


ESSEX: I thank you kindly, lady. 


ELIZABETH: You were a child in Council. I saw them start to draw you into this, and tried to warn you --but it was no use. 


ESSEX: They drew me into nothing. I saw their purpose and topped it with my own. 


ELIZABETH: You will withdraw. I'll countermand this. 


ESSEX: And let them laugh at me? 


ELIZABETH: Better they should laugh a little now than laugh at you forever. 


ESSEX: And why not win in Ireland? 


ELIZABETH: No man wins there -- and if you go, I think I'll never see you again. 


ESSEX: Mistrust all these forebodings. 


ELIZABETH: Come touch me, tell me all will happen well, for if you lose, that will divide us,--if you win, that will divide us too. 


ESSEX: I will win, and it will not divide us. 


ELIZABETH: Here, the King, my father, gave me this ring -- and told me if ever he lost his temper with me, to bring it to him and he'd forgive me. 


ESSEX: Darling, if ever you're angry, rings won't help. 


ELIZABETH: Yes, but it would. I'd think of you as you are now, and it would. Take it.


ESSEX: I have no pledge from you. I'll take it, to remember you in absence. 


ELIZABETH: Take it for a better reason. Take it because the years are long, and full of sharp, wearing days that wear out what we are and what we have been and change us into people we do not know, living among strangers; lest you and I who love should wake some morning strangers and enemies in an alien world, far off. Take my ring, my lover.


ESSEX: You fear you will not always love me? 


ELIZABETH: No, that you will not love me, and will not let me love you.


MUSIC: (BRIDGE...FADE IN TO THE PLAYING OF A VIRGINAL GIVING FORTH A MELANCHOLY ELIZABETHAN AIR:)


CECIL: (SOTTO VOICE) If one may judge by our Queen's playing, Sir Walter, our Queen is sad tonight. 


RALEIGH: (WITH SUBDUED MOCKERY) Even a Queen's heart aches for a faithless lover, Sir Robert. She's not had one word from her Essex since he's been in Ireland. 


CECIL: Nor he from her, Sir Walter.


RALEIGH: Heaven forbid their letters should be interfered with. 


CECIL: The Plan is working well. Each day she grows more troubled and suspicious. 


MUSIC: (SUDDENLY WITH A SHARP DISCHORD THE PLAYING OF THE VIRGINAL STOPS


RALEIGH: So I hear, Cecil. (CECIL CHUCKLES) So I hear ....


MUSIC: (BRIDGE)


SOUND: A TRUMPET CALL 


ESSEX: Marvel! Marvel!


MARVEL: (FADING IN) Yes, my lord. 


ESSEX: No word yet from London and the Queen? 


MARVEL: No, my Lord.


ESSEX: (WITH A BITTER SIGH) I think we have been forgotten in London, or worse than forgotten.


MARVEL: My lord, the men have not been paid. 


ESSEX: My revenue has been stopped. Let them know that. Are they deserting? 


MARVEL: They want one thing -- to follow you to London. 


ESSEX: And why to London? 


MARVEL: Forgive me for saying this. They wish to make you king. 


ESSEX: (AFTER A PAUSE) Have they forgotten the Queen? 


MARVEL: They are willing to forget her. 


ESSEX: But I am not! We wait here! 


MARVEL: We cannot wait longer without supplies. 


MAN-AT-ARMS: (OFF) Lord Essex-----Lord Essex!


ESSEX: Who's there? 


MAN-AT-ARMS: (FADING IN) Milord, a courier has brought this message from the Queen.


ESSEX: At last then!


SOUND: PAPER BEING OPENED:


MARVEL: What news, my lord?


ESSEX: Hear this! "Lord Essex is required to disperse his men and return to the capital straightway on his own recognizance, to give himself up." To give himself up!


MARVEL: And nothing but this? 


ESSEX: There is a limit to my humiliation, Marvel. Tell the men their wish is granted. I shall lead them into London and they can make me king.


MUSIC: BRIDGE


PENELOPE: (GENTLY) Your Majesty. 


ELIZABETH: (WEARILY) What now, Penelope? 


PENELOPE: It is late. Your Majesty should sleep.


ELIZABETH: Sleep...yes... Penelope --


PENELOPE: Yes, Your Majesty.


ELIZABETH: More than once I have seen you look on Lord Essex with soft eyes.


PENELOPE: I did not mean to offend Your Majesty. 


ELIZABETH: We women cannot help the fools our hearts do make of us. Tell me, do you trust Lord Essex? 


PENELOPE: Oh yes, Your Majesty. 


ELIZABETH: If there were only the sound of one honest voice...but Cecil bids me be wary of him, and I must rule England. He cannot, cannot fail me! Me, both woman and Queen!...But I have written him my love and he has not answered.


PENELOPE: But if there were something wrong... 


ELIZABETH: He had my letters. That could not go wrong. Oh, I am gone mad. Pacing my room, pacing the room of my mind. They say a woman's mind is an airless room, sunless and airless, where she must walk alone. Saying he loves me, loves me. Loves me not; and has never loved me. 


CAPTAIN OF THE GUARD: (OFF) Your Majesty! Your Majesty! 


ELIZABETH: Enter.


CAPTAIN OF THE GUARD: (FADING IN) Your Majesty. Lord Essex and his army are now in England and a state of full rebellion exists.


ELIZABETH: Essex in England! A rebel!


CAPTAIN OF THE GUARD: What preparations shall I make to withstand this rebel force?


ELIZABETH: None! 


CAPTAIN OF THE GUARD: Your majesty!


ELIZABETH: Whatever orders you receive from your superiors, whatever broils occur, Lord Essex is to have free access to my presence here. 


MUSIC: (FIRST ACT CURTAIN)


(APPLAUSE)


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VOICE: More people are smoking Camels than ever before.


ROY: Experience is the best teacher. Try a Camel yourself. And remember...Camels by the carton are the best buy.


ORCH: THEME


ROY: And now, Camel Cigarettes present the Screen Guild Players in ACT II of 'Elizabeth the Queen' starring Brian Aherne and Bette Davis. 


MUSIC: (SECOND ACT OVERTURE)


CECIL: I tell you, Sir Walter, it's beyond belief. The Queen still waits and makes no move against the rebel. His expedition is coming this way by forced marches, yet there is no preparation to counter him. 


RALEIGH: How does she defend this? 


CECIL: I have not seen her. She will see no one. She has been shut up for days alone. 


RALEIGH: We must make this a war whether she wants it or not. 


CAPTAIN OF THE GUARD: (OFF) My Lord..Sir Walter! 


SOUND: (APPROACHING FOOTSTEPS)


RALEIGH: What news, Captain Armin? 


CAPTAIN OF THE GUARD: Essex encamped last night not far from the city, and comes openly down the river with his whole force. 


CECIL: He is upon us then! 


RALEIGH: Cecil, we must see the Queen.


VOICE: (OFF STAGE) Make way for Her Majesty, the Queen. 


RALEIGH: What! Will she hold court now? 


ELIZABETH: (FADING IN) Now let us have entertainment, gentle lords. Let us be merry. The players are here. Let us have a play. 


CECIL: Your Majesty, some preparations must be made to meet these rebels.


ELIZABETH: Later, Cecil. Now we are to have a play. 


SOUND: HURRIED FOOTSTEPS:


HERALD: (FADING IN) Your Majesty! Your majesty! Lord Scroop sends me to tell you there is a mob rising in the city. People come through Fleet Street. They have sacked a grocer's and broken into a wine merchant's cellar. It is said they will break into Fleet prison and set all free.... 


ELIZABETH: Not they. If they've broken into a wine cellar they'll get no farther. We're a marvelous people, we English, but we cannot hold liquor. Now if they were Scotch one might worry. What are they saying, these wine drinkers? 


HERALD: I cannot tell you that, Your Majesty. 


ELIZABETH: Are they not crying, "Up with Essex! Down with Elizabeth"? 


HERALD: Yes, Madam. 


ELIZABETH: What else would they be crying? If I were there I would cry it myself. It has a marvelous ring --"Up with Essex! Viva! Down with Elizabeth! The Queen is dead! Long live the King!" 


A GUARDSMAN: (COMING IN) Your Majesty, Your Majesty...Lord Essex is landing from the river with a complement of soldiers. 


RALEIGH: Your Majesty, I ask authority to call out the guard. I alone will be responsible if he enters here. 


ELIZABETH: No, Sir Walter, I alone will be responsible. 


RALEIGH: Have I permission to go?


ELIZABETH: No, you have not. I take enormous pleasure in your presence here. Where are the players? 


CECIL: You are mad, Your Majesty! This is rebellion!


ELIZABETH: Little man, little man, let me alone! 


SOUND: (ANGRY VOICES OFF) 


CECIL: If you take no steps, both you and your kingdom are at the mercy of Essex. 


ELIZABETH: What are you trying to save here--my kingdom or your hides? 


SOUND: (ANGRY VOICES BUILD) 


A VOICE: (OFF) Way for Lord Essex! Way for Lord Essex!


SOUND: (MARCHING FEET START OFF) 


RALEIGH: Your Majesty..Let me....... 


CECIL: (AT THE SAME TIME) You must call out the.... 


ELIZABETH: Stand back, my lords. Let him enter. 


SOUND: TREAD OF MARCHING FEET STOP: 


ESSEX: Your majesty!


ELIZABETH: You come with a file of soldiers at your back, my Lord of Essex.


ESSEX: Do I need them, Your Majesty?


ELIZABETH: No. 


ESSEX: You have your orders, Marvel. Stay with your men. 


MARVEL: Yes, my lord.


ELIZABETH: It seems you are in rebellion, my good lord. Enter and state your grievance, if you have grievance.. 


ESSEX: Why were my money and supplies cut off in Ireland? 


ELIZABETH: Why did you write me nothing of what went on? Am I a witch to find out what happens on the far side of the Irish sea without being told? 


ESSEX: I wrote you. 


ELIZABETH: You wrote me? 


ESSEX: Many times. 


ELIZABETH: Had you letters from me? 


ESSEX: None. 


ELIZABETH: Before God, if couriers were tampered with there shall be some necks stretched here. My Lords, I wish to speak with Lord Essex here alone. Leave us. 


CECIL: Dear Queen, do you think it is safe? 


ELIZABETH: Leave us! 


SOUND: AD LIBS FADING: DOOR CLOSES OFF 


ELIZABETH: Now then, My Lord of Essex, what did you write me? 


ESSEX: I wrote you of my love--for I thought you loved me then ----and then I pled with you not to bring me home in the midst of my mission--and then at last angrily--for I had not heard. But always to say I loved you. Always. 


ELIZABETH: But is this true? 


ESSEX: Would I lie?.....What did you write me? 


ELIZABETH: I wrote --my love--God keep you safe--and then, not hearing, I wrote God knows what madness, as to a rebel, thinking you were no longer mine--faithless! 


ESSEX: I would I had known. I was in torment. I--forgive me-- 


ELIZABETH: God, how I've hated you! 


ESSEX: No. 


ELIZABETH: Planned to put you to torture.


ESSEX: I have been in torture.


ELIZABETH: Come, put your arms around me if you love me. Do you still? 


ESSEX: Yes. 


ELIZABETH: If this were false, then, truly then, I should die. I thought because I was older, you see, someone else.. 


ESSEX: No one, no one.. 


ELIZABETH: Do you ask forgiveness? Then all is forgiven.


ESSEX: Together we shall build an England to make the old world wonder. 


ELIZABETH: Together? 


ESSEX: Being equal in love, why should we not be equal in power? Am I not--and I say this too in all love--as worthy to be King as you to be Queen? 


ELIZABETH: You are young in policy, My dear Essex. If I should grant high place to you now it would be believed that you had forced this on me. 


ESSEX: Is this your reason or have you another? Would you trust me as King?


ELIZABETH: No. 


ESSEX: Then now, when the country is mine and you my prisoner, do you expect I shall send my men away? 


ELIZABETH: I am your prisoner? 


ESSEX: The palace and the city are in my hands. 


ELIZABETH: This is your friendship! This is your love! 


ESSEX: Power goes to him who can use it. 


ELIZABETH: Oh my Essex, you are a child in war as in council..Well, you wanted my Kingdom. You have it--make the best of it. What are your plans? 


ESSEX: I have none. 


ELIZABETH: The Tower, the block --you could hardly take a Queen prisoner and have no thought of her destiny.


ESSEX: You know you are as free as air.


ELIZABETH: If I do as you ask.


ESSEX: Is it so hard to share your power with your love? 


ELIZABETH: Why all this talk of power? No army opposed you, no guard was set to stop your entrance. Why? Because I wished to keep peace between us and for that I am your prisoner. 


ESSEX: My dear prisoner. 


ELIZABETH: Let's have no more pretending. You do not love me nor want me. 


ESSEX: God knows I want you. I want power, yes--but not without you. 


ELIZABETH: If you had wanted me, would you rise and strike at me with an army? Never. Never. You'd have come to me quietly and we'd have talked of it together as lovers. This is your kingdom --but I, I am not yours. 


ESSEX: (PLEADING) Promise I shall share the realm with you. The soldiers shall leave and you shall be free. 


ELIZABETH: As I am Queen I promise it.


ESSEX: Then this is my answer. Marvel! Marvel! 


MARVEL: (OFF) M'Lord! 


ESSEX: Dismiss my guard. Return the palace into the Queen's hands. 


MARVEL: (OFF) Yes, my lord. (CALLS) Form for retire! 


ANOTHER VOICE: (OFF) Form for retire! 


ANOTHER VOICE: (FARTHER OFF) Form for retire! 


ANOTHER VOICE (AWAY OFF) March! 


SOUND: TRAMPING FEET IN THE DISTANCE:


ESSEX: I have kept my word. 


ELIZABETH: If I clap my hands now, whose guard would appear? 


ESSEX: Yours only. If you don't believe me--try! 


SOUND: (ELIZABETH CLAPS HANDS FOUR TIMES) 


SOUND: (DOOR OPENS) 


CAPTAIN OF THE GUARD: Your majesty....


ELIZABETH: Captain Armin, the palace is in our hands again? 


CAPTAIN OF THE GUARD: Yes, Majesty.


ELIZABETH: My Essex, I have ruled England for a long time, and I have found that he who would rule must be quite friendless, without mercy, without love. Capt. Armin, arrest Lord Essex! Take him to the tower! 


ESSEX: Is this a jest?


ELIZABETH: I never jest when I play for Kingdoms, My Lord of Essex.


MUSIC: (BRIDGE)


SOUND: THREE RAPS OF A HEAVY STAFF ON A FLOOR 


LORD CHIEF JUSTICE: (OFF) Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex, Earl Marshall of England, subject of Her Majesty, the Queen, you are found guilty of treason against the state and a sentence of death is pronounced upon you. May Christ our Lord and Savior have mercy on your soul.


MUSIC: BRIDGE: FADE  OUT INTO:


ELIZABETH: (DULLY) Penelope...Penelope.. 


PENELOPE: (SOFTLY) Your Majesty? 


ELIZABETH: What is the hour? 


PENELOPE: It is long after five. 


ELIZABETH: And at six he dies.


PENELOPE: (LITTLE SOB) 


ELIZABETH: Do you love him well, My dear? 


PENELOPE: Yes, Your Majesty. 


ELIZABETH: I love him. But he has never loved me. 


PENELOPE: But he does, Your Majesty. He told me. 


ELIZABETH: You tell me this because you want to save him.


PENELOPE: No, dear queen. It is true.  


ELIZABETH: This is the end for me. Nobody dies happy, queen or no. Will he send the ring to me, think you? 


PENELOPE: No, not now. 


ELIZABETH: You see, this is the end of me.


PENELOPE: (SOBBING) No, no. 


ELIZABETH: Oh, I shall live. I shall walk about and give orders-- a horrible while. 


PENELOPE: (SOBBING) You must send for him. He is as proud as you are. He will say nothing. You must send for him! 


ELIZABETH: No. Let him come to me.


SOUND: KNOCK ON THE DOOR.


ELIZABETH: (JUBILANTLY) Penelope, open the door! Was I not wise to wait? He has spoken first!


SOUND: FOOTSTEPS FADING. DOOR OPENING. 


PENELOPE: (OFF) It is Sir Robert Cecil, Your Majesty. 


ELIZABETH: Sir Robert! You bring word from----?


CECIL: (FADING IN) Your Majesty, a citizen rebel has gathered to protest the execution of Essex.


ELIZABETH: (PAUSE) Sir Robert, call Lord Essex for me from his cell..and bring him thither! I'll wait no longer.


CECIL: (FADING) Yes, Your Majesty. 


SOUND: DOOR CLOSES OFF 


ELIZABETH: Penelope. He's so young and I'm so old, girl..I'm so old...Do not be here when he comes, Penelope. Do you mind? You look so young.


MUSIC: PUNCTUATES AND FADES OUT INTO: 


ESSEX: Your Majesty, you sent for me? Or so they said. 


ELIZABETH: You must have known I never meant you to die. 


ESSEX: I am found guilty of treason, on good evidence. This is punishable with death. 


ELIZABETH: Must I say first how much I have longed for you? 


ESSEX: I do not find it fitting to speak like a lover, lest you think I do it to save my head.


ELIZABETH: You never loved me, did you? It was the nearest way to power, that's all. 


ESSEX: That is not true. 


ELIZABETH: You did love me? 


ESSEX: Yes. 


ELIZABETH: And still do? 


ESSEX: You should know that, I think. 


ELIZABETH: Then why did you not send my ring? I'd have set you free. 


ESSEX: If I offered you this ring? 


ELIZABETH: Yes, even now. 


ESSEX: And what will happen to your throne? 


ELIZABETH: My throne? Nothing. 


ESSEX: Yes, for I would try to take it from you.


ELIZABETH: Again? You would play that game again? 


ESSEX: I know myself. I must be first wherever I am. But, loving you, I will not quarrel again. 


ELIZABETH: You do this for me? 


ESSEX: Yes, and partly for England, too. A time in prison leads to thinking. You govern better than I should. I'd lead the country into wars, make a name, leave a legacy of deaths and bloodshed. You will leave peace, happiness.


ELIZABETH: It cannot go this way. 


ESSEX: It must. Could you forgive me and keep your throne? 


ELIZABETH: No. 


ESSEX: Are you ready to give your crown up for me? 


ELIZABETH: No. Never.  


ESSEX: If we had met some other how we might have been happy. There has been an empire between us. And even now, if you were not queen and I were not pretender, that God who searches heaven and earth and hell for two who are perfect lovers could end his search with you and me. Remember --I am to die --and so I can tell you truly, out of all the earth that I am to leave, there's nothing I'm very loath to leave save you. Yet if I live I'll be your death or you'll be mine. 


ELIZABETH: Give me the ring. 


ESSEX: No.


ELIZABETH: Give me the ring. I would rather you kill me than I kill you. 


ESSEX: It is better I should die young than live long and not rule well, is it not? (NO ANSWER) Is it not


ELIZABETH: (IN A WHISPER) Yes. 


ESSEX: Goodbye then. 


ELIZABETH: Oh, then I am old. I am old. I could be young with you, but now I'm old. Why could you not have loved me enough to give me your love and let me keep as I was?


ESSEX: I only know I could not...Now I must go. I have an appointment with the headsman..he comes sharp on the hour.


ELIZABETH: Lord Essex! Take my kingdom! It is yours!


ESSEX: (OFF) Goodbye, my Queen.


SOUND: FOOTSTEPS FADING. DOOR CLOSES. BELL STARTS TOLLING SIX. ELIZABETH SOBS. THERE IS A MUFFLED SOUND OF DRUMS. FADE:


(APPLAUSE)


ROY: Thank you Bette Davis for taking time from your current Warner Bros. production, "Winter Meeting"--and thank you Brian Aherne for coming over from your Allied Artists picture "Smart Woman" to give us this deeply moving and inspiring half-hour. 


DAVIS: You know Mr. Roy, we're all glad to appear on the Screen Guild Theatre, because this program helps support the Motion Picture Relief Fund and its Country House--and that work is very close to our hearts. Congratulations to Camels for joining the Screen Guild Family. 


AHERNE: And thanks to Camels for another swell job. Each week, they're sending free cigarettes to servicemen's hospitals from coast to coast. This week the Camels go to Veterans' Hospital, Mountain Home, Tennessee...U. S. Army Murphy General Hospital, Waltham, Massachusetts..U. S. Naval Hospital, Pensacola, Florida..U. S. Marine Hospital, Neponsit Beach, New York...and Veterans' Hospital, Danville, Illinois.


(APPLAUSE


ORCH: MUSIC TAG 


VOICE: According to a nationwide survey, more doctors smoke Camels than any other cigarette.


ANNOUNCER: Three leading independent research organizations made that survey. They asked one hundred thirteen thousand, five hundred and ninety-seven doctors..doctors practicing in every field of medicine and in every state of the Union..What cigarette do you smoke, Doctor? The brand named most was Camel!


VOCAL: C-A-M-E-L-S


ORCH: SHOWTHEME 


ROY: Don't forget -- in the weeks ahead the Screen Guild Players will bring you Hollywood's brightest stars in their greatest pictures. For example: Next Monday night "The Shocking Miss Pilgrim" starring Betty Grable and Tony Martin.


Be sure to listen! 


(APPLAUSE


"Elizabeth the Queen" was directed by Bill Lawrence, with music by Wilbur Hatch, and was presented through the courtesy of Maxwell Anderson. 


This is Michael Roy in Hollywood wishing you good night for Camel Cigarettes. 


THIS IS CBS, THE COLUMBIA BROADCASTING SYSTEM!

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