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The Private Life of Henry VIII. (1933)

Tells how King Henry VIII came to marry five more times after his divorce from his first wife.

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This movie tells the story of King Henry VIII and the last five of his six wives. Set almost entirely within the royal castle, it begins just before the death of his second wife (Anne Boleyn) and ends just after his sixth wedding (to Catherine or Katherine Parr). Written by Anonymous

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HE GAVE HIS WIVES A PAIN IN THE NECK And did his necking with an axe. Henry, the Eighth Wonder of the World! And this picture...the wonder of all time! See more »


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21 September 1933 (USA)  »

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Das Privatleben Heinrichs VIII.  »

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£60,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Because of the memorable banquet scene, Charles Laughton for many years thereafter was often given a free roasted chicken, without utensils, by restaurant owners who thought it was a good joke. See more »

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Anne of Cleves compares Henry to the legend of Bluebeard, a literary work not known to exist before 1697. See more »

Quotes

Katherine Howard: Who's there?
King Henry VIII: Henry.
Katherine Howard: Henry who?
King Henry VIII: The King.
Katherine Howard: Oh, the King, not the man.
King Henry VIII: Unlock the door.
Katherine Howard: Isn't it rather late for a maid to unlock her door to a... man?
King Henry VIII: On, come on, unlock the door.
Katherine Howard: Is that a command?
King Henry VIII: Yes.
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Great classic movie with Charles Laughton
11 April 2001 | by See all my reviews

The personal life of England's infamous monarch is portrayed marvellously in this British classic.Starting with the beheading of his second wife the ambitious Anne Boleyn we follow Laughton's masterly performance of King Henry through his subsequent marriages which all end in tragedy,until his last wife outlives him.

Charles Laughton is simply fantastic in his role.Portraying the King of England as a virile,charming but dangerous man when he's young and a crouching,old fool in his latest years.Very good performances also by Elsa Lanchester and Binnie Barnes as two of his wives. Rating: **** out of *****


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