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The Private Life of Henry VIII. (1933)

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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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EVERY WOMAN GOT IT IN THE NECK - Eventually See more »


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21 September 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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Stunned by Merle Oberon's radiant beauty in "The Private Life of Henry VIII" director William Wyler recommended to cousin Carl Laemmle to sign her. Months later Wyler discovered that Universal had taken his advice but mistakenly signed Binnie Barnes. See more »

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When Henry has Wriothesley on the table, Wriothesley's hand goes from the table to his throat between shots. See more »

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King Henry VIII: Six wives, and the best of them's the worst.
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Don't forget Elsa Lanchester
31 January 2003 | by (Prince George, British Columbia) – See all my reviews

All the comments I have read about this movie have focussed on Charles Laughton and though he gives a performance that makes this film worth seeing on that basis alone, I was more struck by Elsa Lanchester and daresay that she even managed to usurp him in their scenes together. Her performance as Anne of Cleves is one that is memorably eccentric, as she plays her with a kind of flakey caginess that is funny, fascinating and original. She is also quite striking to watch and I am thankful that Bride of Frankenstein has given her a degree of cinematic immortality that might otherwise have been denied her. Returning to this film though, it is highly entertaining, though its abrupt mood shifts leave the viewer with an inconsistent impression about Henry VIII and his volatile personality, but, then again, perhaps that was the point: to show just how inconsistent a man he was in his thoughts and desires.


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