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The Private Life of Henry VIII. -- Tells how King Henry VIII came to marry five more times after his divorce from his first wife.

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Director:
Writers:
Lajos Biró (story) and
Arthur Wimperis (story) ...
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Release Date:
21 September 1933 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
Tells how King Henry VIII came to marry five more times after his divorce from his first wife. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
(3 articles)
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 (From WeAreMovieGeeks.com. 12 November 2013, 8:26 AM, PST)

A Journey Through the Eclipse Series: Alexander Korda’s Rembrandt
 (From CriterionCast. 11 July 2011, 12:00 PM, PDT)

What I Watched, What You Watched: Installment #80
 (From Rope Of Silicon. 13 February 2011, 8:19 AM, PST)

User Reviews:
Don't forget Elsa Lanchester See more (31 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Charles Laughton ... Henry VIII

Robert Donat ... Thomas Culpeper
Franklin Dyall ... Thomas Cromwell

Miles Mander ... Wriothesley
Laurence Hanray ... Archbishop Cranmer (as Lawrence Hanray)
William Austin ... Duke of Cleves
John Loder ... Peynell
Claud Allister ... Cornell (as Claude Allister)
Gibb McLaughlin ... The French Executioner
Sam Livesey ... The English Executioner

Merle Oberon ... Anne Boleyn The Second Wife
Wendy Barrie ... Jane Seymour The Third Wife

Elsa Lanchester ... Anne of Cleves The Fourth Wife
Binnie Barnes ... Katherine Howard The Fifth Wife
Everley Gregg ... Katherine Parr The Sixth Wife
Lady Tree ... The King's Nurse
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frederick Culley ... Duke of Norfolk (uncredited)
Mark Daly ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Annie Esmond ... The Cook's Wife (uncredited)
William Heughan ... Kingston (uncredited)
Arthur Howard ... Kitchen Helper (uncredited)
Judy Kelly ... Lady Rochford (uncredited)
Wally Patch ... Butcher in Kitchen (uncredited)
Hay Petrie ... The King's Barber (uncredited)

Terry-Thomas ... Extra (uncredited)
John Turnbull ... Hans Holbein (uncredited)

Directed by
Alexander Korda 
 
Writing credits
Lajos Biró (story and dialogue) (as Lajos Biro) and
Arthur Wimperis (story and dialogue)

Arthur Wimperis (scenario)

Produced by
Alexander Korda .... producer (uncredited)
Ludovico Toeplitz .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Kurt Schröder  (as Kurt Schroeder)
 
Cinematography by
Georges Périnal (photography by) (as Georges Perinal)
 
Film Editing by
Stephen Harrison 
 
Costume Design by
John Armstrong (costumes designed by)
 
Production Management
David B. Cunynghame .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Geoffrey Boothby .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Vincent Korda .... settings designer
C.P. Norman .... assistant art director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
A.W. Watkins .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
W. Percy Day .... matte painter (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Man Mountain Dean .... stunt double: Charles Laughton (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Osmond Borradaile .... camera (as Osmond Borrodaile)
 
Editorial Department
Harold Young .... editorial supervisor
Stephen Bearman .... colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... assistant musical director (uncredited)
Kurt Schröder .... musical director (uncredited)
Alfred Strasser .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Alfred Strasser .... music arranger (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Philip Lindsay .... technical adviser
Espinosa .... choreographer (uncredited)
Phillip Glasier .... falcon cadger (uncredited)
C.W.R. Knight .... falconry expert (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
USA:97 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System Noiseless Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Netherlands:AL (DVD rating) (2009) | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1934) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1987) (1992) (1996) | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Anne of Cleves compares Henry to the legend of Bluebeard, a literary reference not known to exist before 1697.See more »
Quotes:
King Henry VIII:No, Thomas, not clever, thanks be to heaven. My first wife was clever, my second was ambitious, but my third... Thomas, if you want to be happy, marry a girl like my sweet little Jane. Marry a stupid woman! Ha ha ha...See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)See more »

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20 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Don't forget Elsa Lanchester, 31 January 2003
Author: Dennis Schreiner (A-No.1) from Prince George, British Columbia

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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