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Sixty Years a Queen
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Sixty Years a Queen
Directed byBert Haldane
Written by
Produced by
Barker Films
Distributed byRoyal Film Distributors
Release date
November 1913
CountryUnited Kingdom

Sixty Years a Queen is a 1913 British silent historical film directed by Bert Haldane and starring Blanche Forsythe, Louie Henri and Fred Paul.


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.[1]


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.[1] The picture was largely filmed at Barker's newly built Ealing Studios, where Barker gained a reputation for extravagant productions, often historical.[2]

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.[1]

More than twenty years later Herbert Wilcox made a similar film, Sixty Glorious Years, which was also very popular.



  1. ^ a b c Gabriel A. Sivan, “George Berthold Samuelson (1889–1947): Britain’s Jewish film pioneer” in Jewish Historical Studies, vol. 44 (2012) pp. 205–206
  2. ^ Oakley p. 58