This agreeably murky tale of court intrigue, corruption and sexual manipulation is a rare excursion for Ealing into historical drama. Peter Bull and Joan Greenwood are perfectly cast as the dissolute Prince George-Louis and his reluctant bride Sophie Dorothea. Shooting in colour for the first time allowed the studio to give full rein to the period costumes and (Oscar-nominated) sets. The design provides an evocative backdrop to the princesses' tragic story. As her lover, Stewart Granger demonstrates why he was soon poached by Hollywood.