A Queen Is Crowned

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A Queen Is Crowned
Film poster
Directed byMichael Waldman
Written byChristopher Fry
Produced byCastleton Knight
Narrated byLaurence Olivier
Music byGuy Warrack
Distributed byGeneral Film Distributors
Release date
  • 2 June 1953 (1953-06-02)
Running time
79 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office$602,702 (US)[1]

A Queen Is Crowned is a 1953 British Technicolor documentary film written by Christopher Fry. The film documents the 1953 Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, with a narration of events by Laurence Olivier. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and was the first winner of the now-defunct Golden Globe Award for Best Documentary Film.[2][3][4] The film was one of the most popular at the British box office in 1953.[5]



It was the first film ever shown on the Scottish islands of Eigg and Rùm, although played on the latter island without sound as the generator was not strong enough.[6]

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  1. ^ "John Davis Cites Cases". Variety. 17 November 1954. p. 8.
  2. ^ "The 26th Academy Awards (1954) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2011.
  3. ^ "NY Times: A Queen Is Crowned". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. 2011. Archived from the original on 21 May 2011. Retrieved 8 November 2008.
  4. ^ "Winners & Nominees Documentary". GoldenGlobes.com. Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  5. ^ Thumim, Janet. "The popular cash and culture in the postwar British cinema industry". Screen. Vol. 32, no. 3. p. 259.
  6. ^ "Scot Isle's 1st Films". Variety. 19 August 1953. p. 13. Retrieved 17 March 2024 – via Internet Archive.

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